Night/Tolerance Unit
Advocacy Project
Introduction
§ Oskar Schindler (Faves) Murray Pantirer describes rescue effort/Ludmilla Page describes meeting Oskar Schindler/Murray Pantirer describes the Schindler Jews
§ Being an advocate means taking action in support of a cause…in this case, ending Genocide in the world.
§ There are numerous possibilities for advocacy, and the 21 choices below involve everything from ordering and wearing message bracelets to writing to the President of the United States.
§ Choose and complete one advocacy project from the list below.
§ Type a one-page “report” on your project: include what you did and when AND a personal assessment of the project's impact on you. Be specific and detailed in your report.
Extra credit: some bonus points may be earned for enlisting others (friends not in the class, parents, siblings, club members, etc.) to participate in the advocacy project with you. These folks must also write a brief paragraph of what they thought about the project and why it is important and include their names and emails.


Complete your advocacy project and post your report as a link on your wikispace by the end of Christmas Break, Sunday, January 4th 2009. No late or makeup points allowed on this project.


Advocacy Project Choices (21 in all)
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Schindler’s List or Hotel Rwanda

ü Watch the Spielberg film Schindler’s List or the Terry George film Hotel Rwanda with your family and/or friends.
ü Research either Oskar Schindler’s or Paul Rusesabagina life; type up a short biography and include a photo of him
ü Type a one-page double-spaced “movie review” with your opinion (and the opinions of those who watched it with you) on three aspects of the film-its effectiveness as an emotional experience, its effectiveness as an information tool, its effectiveness on advocating against Genocide. Include the names of those who participated in this experience and discussion with you.
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Visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum online at www.ushmm.org.
ü Explore the site then type up a one-page “web tour” where you make specific suggestions to others about the information on the site you recommend viewing. Give a list of at least 5 recommended links and a brief description (in your own words) of each of the 5 links and why you selected them for your web tour.
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Visit www.genocideintervention.net/advocate
ü Sign up for the action alert email.
ü Then choose one of the following 5 links and do it!
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Support the Genocide Intervention Network
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Use our tool kit to contact your members of Congress
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Hold an event to raise money and awareness
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Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper
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Learn more about current Darfur legislation (for this option, you will write a report on current legislation and what students can do when they vote to act against genocide.
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Visit www.savedarfur.org
ü Click on the Take Action link and explore the different ideas to choose from to be an advocate.

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Visit www.irenasendler.org
ü Order the DVD, view it, prepare a few clips from the movie to show us in class and prepare a short presentation to teach the class about Irena Sendler to include the clips selected.
ü Raise at least $20 from friends and family and contribute this donation to the Irena Sendler organization.
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Visit http://www.nothingbutnets.net/about-the-campaign and choose one of the ideas for advocacy on this website.

Links 12-21 below are found by clicking on the link Advocate and then on the link More Ways to Take Action. Here you will find additional links and ideas for getting involved!
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Join the Genocide Intervention Network: Join the community of concerned citizens fighting to stop genocide. GI-Net provides you with the necessary tools to transform your concern into effective action. The organization represents a movement of people like you whose actions and electoral influence matter. Take action and spread the word in your community. Help to build the first-ever permanent anti-genocide constituency!
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If you are a student or otherwise connected to a college/university or high school, **start a STAND chapter**. Even if you are unable to start a chapter, sign up on the website for STAND news, local events, advocacy talking points, and more. STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition is the student arm of the Genocide Intervention Network. There are more than 800 chapters at schools around the United States and a growing number of international chapters.
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Contribute to the Genocide Intervention Network: Support the peacekeeping mission in Darfur through donations. More than half of your contribution will go directly to support civilian protection. The remaining amount will fund programs, advocacy efforts and provide membership support for the network. Donate online today.
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Ask the Presidential Candidates About Darfur: Make sure the next president of the United States has made specific commitments to end the genocide. Pose questions to candidates at events and forums, and let them know how important this issue is to voters. Get involved today!
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Join the Rapid Response Network: There are instances when we need members to take immediate action. Join our Rapid Response Network and you will receive GI-Net action alerts in real time, ensuring that your action makes the maximum impact.
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Divest from Sudan: Take back American dollars from foreign companies that fund the genocide in Darfur. Learn more about targeted Sudan divestment and how to join the campaign in your state. Ask your governor and state legislators to support targeted divestment. Divest your own personal funds from Sudan. To find out if you own mutual funds that warrant scrutiny consult the Sudan Divestment Task Force screening tool.
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Write/Call/Visit Your Elected Officials: Tell your elected officials that you are a concerned voter who believes that the U.S. should do all that it can to end the genocide in Darfur. Learn if your members of Congress have “made the grade”. GI-Net's Darfur Scorecard grades elected officials on their efforts to end the genocide. Ask your legislators to co-sponsor and vote in favor of pending Darfur legislation. Urge them to take a stronger stance in the fight against genocide. Use the information available on the Darfur Scorecard, and the advocacy tool kit when you speak with your elected officials.
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Hold an Event: You can raise awareness in your community about Darfur and contribute to our anti-genocide campaigns by hosting a fundraiser. Monetary donations will directly support our civilian protection program in Darfur. A guide is available with fundraising tips and ideas on types of events to hold. The Save Darfur Coalition has an excellent directory of groups so you can connect with folks in your area.
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Write to Your Local Newspaper: Help raise awareness in your community. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about the genocide in Sudan, illustrate your concerns, and challenge others to take action. Learn more about how to write a letter.
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Bear witness
ü Eyes on Darfur — See with your own eyes the results of the genocide on villages across Darfur. Visit Amnesty International's **Eyes on Darfur** and witness what is happening on the ground in Darfur. View satellite evidence of destroyed villages. Once you have witnessed the devastation in Darfur, take action to protect other villages at risk from targeted Janjaweed attacks. Tell Sudanese President Bashir that the whole world is watching.
ü Crisis in Darfur — Download and install Google Earth to view the Crisis in Darfur online mapping project of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Google Earth. Similar to Eyes on Darfur, Crisis in Darfur combines satellite images with photographs, data, and eyewitness testimony from Darfur.
NOTE: If you have a different advocacy idea related to our prevent genocide/promote tolerance goals, please write up a detailed proposal and submit to Mrs. Clark for approval first.