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Speakers and Performance Artisits
Carl Wilkens will speak. As a humanitarian aid worker, Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the spring of 1990. When the genocide was launched in April 1994, Carl refused to leave, even when urged to do so by close friends, his church and the United States government. Thousands of expatriates evacuated and the United Nations pulled out most of its troops. Carl was the only American to remain in the country. Venturing out each day into streets crackling with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of angry, bloodstained soldiers and civilians armed with machetes and assault rifles in order to bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. His actions saved the lives of hundreds.
Mr. Yassir A. Kori was born in 1971 in the Nuba Mountains region of the Southern Kordufan province of central Sudan. He is a member of the Nuba tribe. Mr. Kori fled from his homeland to the United States in 1995 due to the massive human tragedy continuing as a consequence of the Sudanese Civil War that began in 1983. That war took place between the Arabs of North Sudan and African indigenous people of the Southern Sudan and other marginalized areas including the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile. Mr. Kori is a Christian man who faced severe persecution due to his beliefs.
Dr. Gregory W. Stanton will also speak. Dr. Stanton is Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Stanton is the founder (1999) and president of Genocide Watch (website: www.genocidewatch.orgwww.genocidewatch.org) , the founder (1981) and director of the Cambodian Genocide Project, and is the founder (1999) and Chair of the International Campaign to End Genocide. He was the President (2007 - 2009) of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS.)
Dr. Stanton served in the State Department (1992-1999), where he drafted the United Nations Security Council resolutions that created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. In 1994, Stanton won the American Foreign Service Association's prestigious W. Averell Harriman award for 'extraordinary contributions to the practice of diplomacy exemplifying intellectual courage,' based on his dissent from U.S. policy on the Rwandan genocide. He wrote the State Department options paper on ways to bring the Khmer Rouge to justice in Cambodia, and drafted the rules of procedure for that tribunal.
Martin Luther McCoy, aka, Martin Luther, is a dynamic soul singer with a heavy rock sound. He seamlessly traverses the soundscape of class soul/r&b and hip hop while maintaining his singer songwriter roots. Speaks and sings from his heart and has gained a worldwide audience for having one of the most engaging voices of modern times. Martin has continued to release music on his own label, Rebel Soul Records and is now ready to release this third studio LP entitled ‘Love Is the Hero.’ He has toured with The Roots as a member of their ensemble and has shared stages with the likes of Jill Scott and Dave Matthews and The Red Hot Chili Peppers and many others.
Tumani Onabiyi has been a folkloric artist of African and Diaspora culture for more than three decades. He has worked with an extensive array of artists from all over Africa and the world, as well as many different groups in the Bay Area including Fua dia Congo, Harrambee, Africa Queens, Ceddo, Bantaba, and many more. He has travelled and performed in Africa at Festac 77, Cultural Exchange Tour with the Lagos State Council of the Arts, Nigeria, Nelson Mandela Comes to Oakland, National Summit on Africa, San Francisco, and Washington DC. Tunani has also shared his expertise in educational programs all over the Bay Area for two decades.
Bhi Bhiman is an American original, and yet he seems transported from an era when songs were more important than the pretty faces that delivered them. His rich, bellowing tenor can soothe or explode at a moment’s notice. His lived-in, knowing delivery belies his years. His songwriting, too, is quick to captivate. Bhi’s mix of humor and deep empathy puts him in the company of distinguished (and much older) lifelong songsmiths like John Prine, Nick Lowe and Randy Newman. And Bhiman’s technical, emotive guitar playing rises to the challenge that his striking voice presents. t’s fitting, then, that there truly is—as far as anyone can tell—only one Bhi Bhiman. His parents, emigrants from Sri Lanka, named the songwriter after Bhima, a central character in an ancient Indian text called The Mahabharata. But Bhiman’s own American experience was markedly less exotic than his name would imply—he came of age in the ‘90s in St. Louis, reared on Soundgarden and Nirvana, and later relocated to the Bay Area, where he lives today. Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder may have first inspired him to write songs, but Bhiman’s approach—comical, curious, whip-smart—remains wholly unique. As a songwriter, Bhi consistently exceeds the expectations that should rightly rest on the shoulders of a well-adjusted twenty-something: He can inhabit any number of disparate characters and make them his own.
Greg Lawson is a teacher, activist, singer, and songwriter who has been involved with the Save Darfur movement through the group Genocide No More- Save Darfur in Redding, CA, since 2006. His songs have been used at various anti-genocide events and rallies around the country. Together with his wife Vicki Ono, Greg has performed throughout Northern California and Oregon, including last April’s Walk to End Genocide in Oakland. In November 2008 Greg was invited to sing at the Gathering of the Tents of Hope Rally for Darfur on the National Mall in Washington, D C. His song “For the Camps” has been featured as part StopGenocideNow’s traveling genocide museum “Camp Darfur” across the United States and in a YouTube video highlighting the plight of Darfur's refugees. Greg is especially proud to know that Gabriel Stauring of the I-ACT team has shared his music with Darfur refugees living in camps in Eastern Chad.
A Tamil American, a sophomore at UC, Berkeley will perform a traditional Tamil dance in the style of Bharatanatyam. This classical art form hails from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is accompanied by carnatic music. By learning this traditional dance, she was able to preserve her heritage.'
Beneficiaries of this second annual walk are the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA), the Genocide Education Project (GEP), and the San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition (SFBADC).