JWW hosts major community events each year to raise awareness about conflict in Sudan and Congo and to mobilize the community towards action. Our annual events include:
Walk to End Genocide
Now gearing up for its fifth year, JWW’s annual Walk to End Genocide attracts thousands of concerned and motivated Californians, raising awareness and support that is vital to realizing our goals of ending the crises in Darfur and Congo.
The annual JWW iWitness Awards recognize those who have made vast contributions to the fight against genocide by raising awareness and spurring activism. Past honorees include: Armenian genocide and history scholar Dr. Richard Hovanissian (’07) and filmmaker Dr. J. Michael Hagopian (’07) for their lifetime of work furthering knowledge about the Armenian genocide; filmmaker Socheata Poeuv (’08) for documenting the Cambodian genocide in her film New Year Baby and teaching others in her community to do the same; and filmmaker Lisa Jackson (’09) for her film documenting the ongoing atrocities in Congo, The Greatest Silence: Rape in Congo.
State of Humanity
The annual JWW State of Humanity Forum provides the JWW community with an opportunity to explore the current state of crises worldwide that require attention. Past speakers include Gareth Evans (former Australian Foreign Minister and CEO of International Crisis Group); Drs. Barbara Harff and Ted Gurr (renowned scholars on genocide prevention and conflict management); and John Prendergast (Co-Founder of the Enough Project).
Since its inception in Spring 2005, JWW’s Speakers Bureau has been an essential part of our work to raise awareness about genocide and activate the community to end the conflicts in Darfur and Congo. With dozens of JWW Speakers trained to deliver multi-media presentations to all ages, and hundreds of speaking engagements at schools, universities, temples, and other community organizations filled to date, JWW has been an integral player in educating the greater Los Angeles community about Sudan and Congo.