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30 Things You Can Do During Genocide Awareness Month

Many people say that it takes at least month to develop a true habit. Holocaust Museum Houston encourages you to use the month of April to develop the habit of being an Upstander, a person who helps others when there is a need. Your actions can help to Stop Genocide. Starting Here. 30 Things

  1. Read the “What is Genocide?” page located at the “Resources” tab on the Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) Web site. Post the link to this page on your Facebook or other social media pages and ask your friends to read it as well.
  2. Join the Enough Project’s e-mail list so you stay informed on issues related to genocide today (http://www.enoughproject.org).
  3. Check with your local school to discover what genocide resources are needed in its library and provide funding for one or two books.
  4. Learn more about the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), a relatively new doctrine that informs much of genocide prevention today (http://www.un.org/en/preventgenocide/adviser/responsibility.shtml).
  5. Learn more about the Bosnian Genocide. April 5 marks the anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo. World Without Genocide has excellent background information about the genocide in Bosnia event: http://worldwithoutgenocide.org/past-genocides/bosnian-genocide.
  6. Learn more about the Rwandan Genocide. April 6 marks the anniversary of the start of this event. The BBC offers an excellent overview of the events of this genocide: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13431486.
  7. Bring a friend to Holocaust Museum Houston on a Saturday or Sunday and join a drop-in tour (12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday). Or, organize a group tour for 10 or more any weekday.
  8. Encourage your local bookstore or library to display books related to genocide during the month of April.
  9. Practice being an upstander: support a cause or a group of people in need and post about it on your Facebook page or the HMH Facebook page.
  10. Attend the public program on April 10, 2012 at HMH featuring Randall Butler of the Institute for Sustainable Peace. His work to bring peace to Darfur and South Sudan has been significant.
  11. Read (or re-read) the memoir “Night” by Elie Wiesel. Describe a pivotal scene from the book to a friend and encourage him or her to read the book as well.
  12. Visit United to End Genocide’s Web site and complete one of the “Take Action” items posted there: http://www.endgenocide.org/take-action.
  13. Dr. Gregory Stanton has developed a framework for examining genocide, the “8 Stages of Genocide.” Visit Genocide Watch’s Web site to learn more about this framework and the recommended preventative steps you can take to stop genocide early: http://www.genocidewatch.org/genocide/8stagesofgenocide.html.
  14. Learn more about events occurring in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by visiting the USHMM’s Committee on Conscience Web site: http://www.ushmm.org/genocide/.
  15. Read “Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction” by Adam Jones. Post on the HMH Facebook page what you’ve learned from this text and watch the HMH Web site for a public program in May 2012 featuring this author and scholar.
  16. Read about and watch Invisible Children’s film, “Kony 2012” at this link: http://www.kony2012.com/. Post your thoughts about the video’s intentions on the HMH Facebook page.
  17. Learn more about the Cambodian Genocide. April 17 is considered the anniversary. Yale University’s Cambodian Genocide Project has many resources for a study of this event: http://www.yale.edu/cgp/.
  18. Read about past U.S. response to genocide in Samantha Power’s book “A Problem From Hell: America in the Age of Genocide.”
  19. Call 1-800-GENOCIDE to learn about current issues related to genocide for which our government can take action. Stay on the line to reach your representatives and ask them to make a difference on those issues.
  20. Host a screening of a genocide-related film in your house. HMH’s Laurie and Milton Boniuk Resource Center and Library offers many titles you can check out as a member of the Museum.
  21. Nicholas Kristof is a columnist for the New York Times and works tirelessly on genocide awareness. Read his current and past columns related to genocide at 
  22. Attend the Citywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration on April 22, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at Congregation Brith Shalom, 4610 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX 77401.
  23. Visit the two temporary exhibitions currently on view at HMH: "Returning: The Art of Samuel Bak” and “The Impact of Racist Ideologies: Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Laws.” After your visit, go to the HMH Facebook page and leave a message about your response to these exhibitions.
  24. Learn more about the Armenian Genocide. April 24 is considered the anniversary. The Genocide Education Project provided information for the “Khloe & Lamar” TV show that aired on March 11, 2012: http://www.genocideeducation.org.
  25. Support the educational work of HMH. Become a member of the Museum (or renew your membership).
  26. Host a screening of a Holocaust-related film in your house. HMH’s Laurie and Milton Boniuk Resource Center and Library offers many titles you can check out as a member of the Museum.
  27. The HMH Laurie and Milton Boniuk Resource Center and Library has an extensive list of books related to genocide. Visit the library and select a book about genocide to read and post about it on your Facebook or other social media pages.
  28. Participate in HMH's Butterfly Project to help remember the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust.
  29. Women for Women International helps survivors of genocide – which often is conducted during war – rebuild their lives. Visit this site to learn more about the organization and how you can help: http://www.womenforwomen.org/.
  30. Genocide is ultimately about the loss of humanity and recognition of human rights. Read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948 by the United Nations. Select one right you wish to promote in your community and write a letter or volunteer for an organization that supports that right.
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