The new year typically brings a sense of renewel; of second chances and opportunities to change. For many right now, however, the light at the end of the tunnel appears to be well beyond reach. Like every year, 2013 had its challenges. In Syria, the refugee crisis exploded with numbers swelling from around 500,000 in January 2013 to 2.2 million by December 2013 while in Sudan, Mali, and Somalia, thousands more were displaced due to ongoing famine and sectarian violence. In the Phillippines, Typhoon Haiyan left relief groups scrambling to provide for the thousands who lost their homes while in Myanmar, massacres targeting the Rohingya Muslims have continued unabated. As we enter 2014, new crises have quickly emerged as the Central African Republic and South Sudan draw closer and closer to civil war and potentially, genocide. The list appears to be never ending. So what do we do?
Back in 2011, 3 Generations launched 'The End of Atrocity' project in which we commited ourselves to building a collective vision of what our world would look life without genocide, crimes agains humanity, an atrocity. The project was inspired by a comment made by the Dalai Lama who said, "if we cannot imagine a better world, how can we create one?" We decided to address this question head on and since 2011 we've interviewed numerous visionaries, each of which has unrelentingly pursued their commitment to eradicating intolerance and atrocity. Take for example, John Prendergast whose organization, the Enough Project, conducts intensive field research and produces practical polices to address crises in countries plagued by genocide and crime against humanity. As the situtations in South Sudan and the Central African Republic continue to worsen, Prendergast's work and the reports published by the Enough Project, have proven invaluable. Likewise, James and Stephen Smith, co-founders UK Holocaust Centre and Aegis Trust which manages the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, continue to work towards providing survivors and future generations with the education necessary to prevent genocide from reoccurring. As the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide approaches, Aegis Trust and the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre have much to prepare for.
Each of these people have a vision and each is doing extraordinary work to make that vision a reality. Help us share the stories and visions of others like John, James, and Stephen by donating today.
Thank you for being a supporter of our film project, End of Atrocity. Before you leave the office for the weekend, mark you calendar for October 23rd. Next Wednesday, Global Giving is running a Regional Bonus Day for projects based in North America. This means that for every donation you make, Global Giving will match 30% of your donation. PLUS the project that raises the most money on that day will win an additional $1000 from Global Giving.
As you may remember from our last update, we have big plans for our End of Atrocity project. This spring, we are hoping to travel to Dharamshala, India where we will interview Tibetans who have unique visions of the world without human rights abuses. Through our Tibetan contacts, the 3 Generations team has secured rare interviews with high-ranking Tibetan rinpoches, as well as other lamas and spiritual leaders, who have powerful visions for the future. With these interviews we will be able to expand our End of Atrocity project enormously, but we need your help!
The trip to Dharamshala will be expensive so please consider donating next week and support our project once more. All you have to do is log in anytime between Oct. 22nd at 9:01 pm and Oct. 23rd at 8:59, and donate. It's that easy!
Once again, thank you all for your continued support and enjoy the weekend!
When we first began our project, Imagine the End of Atrocity, our goal was to collect the visions of activists, political and spiritual leaders, artists and writers, so that we could picture what the world would look like after the end of human rights abuses, genocide, and violence against women.
The Tibetan government, along with political refugees escaping persecution from the Chinese government, keep hope alive for a peaceful, independent Tibetan state, from their exile in Dharamshala, India. Who better than this diaspora, whose life is dedicated to maintaining hope for an end to violence and occupation, to share their visions for the end of atrocity?
In 2014, as part of our ongoing campaign, the 3 Generations video crew will travel to Dharamshala, where we will interview Tibetans who have unique visions for the world without human rights abuses. Through our Tibetan contacts, the 3 Generations team has secured rare interviews with high-ranking Tibetan rinpoches, as well as other lamas and spiritual leaders who have powerful visions for the future. The interviewees will also include Tibetans who have been tortured by the Chinese government, and want to share their stories of survival and their visions for the future. The visions and stories of governmental leaders will also be incorporated into this project. The interviews will be edited for 3 Generations’ website, as well as incorporated into our short film project Imagine the End of Atrocity.
We are fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with these Tibetans, whose visions and stories will be recorded for our benefit, as well as for generations to come.
As we prepare to launch a new website for our organization in the middle of the summer, we are expanding our on-going series such as End of Atrocity. Over the past months, we have asked survivors, activists, officials and other luminaries to share their vision for a world without genocide and crimes against humanity. At the end of the summer, we hope to travel to Dharamsala in India to speak with a rinponche who is the exiled head of a monestary in Tibet, where monks are committing self-immolation in protest of Chinese annexation of the traditional home of the Dalai Lama. He has a powerful story and we feel honored for the opportunity to hear how he envisions the future, free of crimes against humanity.
The End of Atrocity project was first inspired by his holiness, the Dalai Lama, who said, “in order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision.” This roused Jane Wells, the founder of 3 Generations, to begin a campaign to build a vision that would ideate a society without genocide and crimes against humanity in order to one day achieve such a grail. As it exists, there is no one all-encompassing solution to rid the planet of injustice and inhumanity. There simply can’t be until there is a universal notion of how a planet without atrocity would actually look. This is why the “End of Atrocity” project works with various activists and visionaries to collectively conceptualize a place without human rights abuses and mass atrocities. This is an ongoing endeavor and it requires YOUR help. The picture is incomplete without YOUR input and YOUR participation. That is why, this year, we are developing a campaign that will incorporate the ideas of our supporters, asking them to imagine and share their vision of a world without atrocity with us. We are excited to bring the Imagine component of 3 Generations to the next level & expect to give you more details in our next update about how YOU can become more involved.
Thank you so much for your continued support.
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