May 2007 - Letter
Organized over 100 signed
Senators urging the passage of S.831, the Sudan
Divestment Authorization Act, which protects states,
cities and schools who divest from companies supporting
genocide in Sudan. Space on each letter was left
to allow individuals who signed an opportunity to write
a personal message to their representative.
Informational sheets were also handed out.
This event was organized as part of a nationwide letter
writing campaign organized by
September 2007 -
Club Fair Recruitment
Participated in the NYMC
club fair to recruit more active members and form a
mailing list of students who wished to receive updates
with the situation in Darfur and other humanitarian
crises in the world. Our inaugural club was
mentioned in the
monthly NYMC publication InTouch.
October 2007 - A
Crisis Before Our Eyes: Darfur Awareness
Held an informational
event detailing the ongoing situation in Darfur, recent
activism activities, and had a moving speech by Dr.
Padimini Murthy, our club advisor and Director of NYMC
School of Public Health - International Medicine
flyers were distributed.
October 2007 -
Informational Event for STEP Students
Held informational events
for STEP students, minority high school students from
the surrounding community involved in a Saturday science
enrichment program, in order teach about the genocide in
Darfur. Presentations available for download were
Presentations to the
parents of these STEP students were subsequently made in
December 5, 2007 -
with over 800 STAND
chapters across U.S. campuses, GAAP asking students and
faculty to give up 1 item they usually buy and donate
that money each day for a week. $1000 was raised
from the generous donations of the NYMC community.
The event ended with a video screening and roundtable
discussion of the situation in Darfur. Over
$500,000 was raised nationwide. The donations went
Genocide Intervention Network which provides guarded
firewood patrols for women that must venture away from
refugee camps searching for firewood and exposing
themselves to rape and attack from neighboring Janjaweed
militia. Donations also helped to provide
alternative cooking supplies such as solar cookers, and
income generating equipment.
were distributed for the event.
February 2008 -
Informational Event for STEP Parents' Association
Held an informational
event for parents of STEP students, minority high school
students from the surrounding community involved in
Saturday science enrichment program. Discussed
were the history of the genocide in Darfur, recently
passed legislation protecting the ability of states,
universities and investment companies divesting from
companies supporting genocide, and how individuals can
screen their own mutual funds and stocks to see if they
are unknowingly investing in genocide. Information
presentation on divestment was taken from the
Divestment Task Force.
February 2008 -
Screened Sand and Sorrow
Screened the acclaimed
George Clooney narrated documentary,
Sand and Sorrow,
and held a roundtable discussion about the genocide in
Darfur and current activism activities in the U.S.
March 2008 - Guest
Speaker Ellen O'Connell from International Rescue
Held a seminar with
speaker Ellen O'Connell, Vice President of International
Rescue Committee (IRC), an non-profit humanitarian
organization providing relief in 25 countries worldwide,
including Sudan. Mrs. O'Connell gave an
impassionate speech about the origin and change of
humanitarian organizations, spoke about what IRC does
and then answered questions from students and faculty.
Flyers were distributed for the event.
Left to right: Ellen
O'Connell, Vice President of International Rescue
Committee and Amaka Ozah, President of GAAP
2008 - Hiroshima Bomb Survivor Shigeko Sasamori and
Guest Speaker Steven L. Leeper discussed nuclear
NYMC In Touch Article: "Shigeko Sasamoriís story of
human suffering was the focus of the first meeting of
the academic year of the Genocide Awareness and
Prevention Club (GAAP). In keeping with the clubís theme
of human rights violations, Ms. Sasamori, still scarred
from the radiation burns she suffered, urged the
audience to make sure the world never repeats the
mistakes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She is part of a
group seeking an end to war and a definitive timetable
for nuclear disarmament."
March 2009 -
In continuation of our
club's previous Fast, this event asked students to give
up 1 item for a week and donate that money to the
Genocide Intervention Network. The event raised
over $400 and generated great awareness of ongoing
June 2009 -
Student Presentation of Global Humanitarian Crises
During this event,
officers of GAAP presented 15 minute lunch time
presentations regarding global issues. Topics
included: The Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and
Somalia, Darfur, Kiva.org
Powerpoint presentation was made.