One Doctor. One Hospital. One Million Patients. Welcome to the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where American Doctor Tom Catena selflessly and courageously serves the needs of a forgotten people, as the region is bombed relentlessly by an indicted war criminal, Sudan's President Omar Al-Bashir. Two things remain constant: Dr. Tom's faith and his enduring love for the Nuba people. Run time: 1 hour 32 minutes
***We are deeply honored and excited to have Dr. Jim Peck and Sara-Christine Dallain with us for the screening. Dr. Peck is a local surgeon who volunteers with Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)and recently worked at Mother of Mercy Hospital which is the focus of Heart of Nuba. Sara-Christine is the program director for iACT which provides humanitarian action to aid, empower, and extend hope to those affected by mass atrocities. Please stay around after the film to hear from them.***
Heart of Nuba will give us a glimpse into the devastating situation in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. The conflicts in Sudan are numbered and complex. The genocide in Darfur is now in its 14th year. More than 3 million people are internally displaced because of fighting. We will have experts on hand to discuss the background and the current situation in Sudan. In addition, we will have information for organizations working on the ground with Sudanese refugees in the neighboring countries of Chad and South Sudan - iACT and Operation Broken Silence. More info on the film on their website.
At age 24, Ruth Gruber became a New York Herald Tribune reporter and photographer and the same year was the first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic. A trusted member of the Roosevelt Administration during WWII, she was given a dangerous secret mission. A feminist before feminism, Ruth was never just an observer, she was a participant in the making of history. Run time: 1 hour 13 min
The theme for the night is Remembering the Holocaust/Bystander Resistance. Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day is the same week as this screening. Before the film starts, Rabbi Ariel Stone will lead us as we will take a moment to remember all of those lost during the Holocaust and join together to pledge to work towards "Never Again!" We are honored to have April Slabosheski, Holocaust Educator at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and Julia Reihs, local photographer, videographer, writer and storyteller with us for an engaging talk-back after the film. Attendees will also have a chance to share a reflection for a Together We Remember (TWR) project. TWR is a global month of remembrance and activism for all victims of genocide and mass atrocities.
For more information, visit the film's website.
**We are collecting laundry and dish detergent for refugees. Please bring some with you to the screening.**
Children of Beqaa documents director Elias Matar and his daughter Lyla, traveling to the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon in June of 2016 to work with Salam LADC, a local NGO. Here in the Beqaa, there are over 500,000 Syrian refugees who have been living in a state of limbo for the past 5 years. These refugees are left in the dark; they have no country, nearly no rights, very little education and not enough food. Children of Beqaa gives a voice to the refugees, who just want their stories to be heard. Run time: 1 hour 16 minutes
The number of Syrian refugees is staggering. In addition to Syrian refugees overseas, we also have some in Portland. Learn how you can help Syrians both here in Portland and abroad. Learn about the online tutoring program Paper Airplanes. We are collecting laundry and dish detergent for refugees. Please bring some with you to the screening.
Information and volunteers from Portland Refugee Support Group, Islamic Social Services of Oregon State, IRCO, RAIN International, Catholic Charities and Lutheran Family Services will also be on hand. And don't forget, you can meet with Children of Beqaa director Elias Matar who will be preparing for his next trip to the Syrian refugees camps in Lebanon. More information about the film on their website.
Don't forget to bring your old cell phones for our e-cycling campaign!
The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to one of the world's richest deposits of copper, coltan and other minerals increasingly sought after by Western electronics consumers. Rather than improving life for the world's poorest people, however, billions of dollars have been redirected to tax havens and to local militias. Fueling a war that has cost 5 million lives and counting since 1996, it may one day come to be known as the worst human atrocity in modern history. Can we stop it? Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Local activists, Amanda Ulrich and Rob Hadley will be speaking. They were instrumental in making Portland a Conflict Free City. We are now working on making Oregon a Conflict Free State. Legislation has just been introduced. This comes at a time when the Administration is attempting to dismantle the Conflict Minerals Act, part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. Join us to raise your voice! We will have an e-cycling bin. Tabling from Stand with Congo, Amnesty International, Mercy Corps and the Enough Project. Find out more about the film on their website.
Doors at 6:30pm. Film starts at 7pm. PSU's Urban Center Building, Room 212 (Parsons Gallery) map
April is widely recognized as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. With that in mind, we've teamed up with PSU’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project to engage people with a series of films and actions. Each Thursday night in April will feature a film, along with talk-backs and action opportunities. We want people to walk away from these films, not feeling hopeless, but invigorated and feeling like they can help make change. All films start at 7pm. View our film festival page for more information.
April 6, The Uncondemned
April 13, When Elephants Fight
April 20, Children of Beqaa
April 27, Ahead of Time - The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber
May 4, Heart of Nuba
The gripping and world-changing story of a group of young international lawyers and activists who fought to make rape a crime of war. The documentary reveals the mystery witnesses who testified from behind a curtain to bring about the world’s first-ever conviction of rape as a war crime in Rwanda. Run time: 1 hour 21 minutes
Our theme for the night is Fighting Rape as a Weapon of War. Following the film, we will have a discussion panel including Amy Kayon, PSU Prevention Violence Coordinator and Aerlyn Pfeil, Certified Professional Midwife and MSF Volunteer.. In addition, we will have information tables featuring Panzi Foundation, Never Again Coalition and more. More information can be found on the film's website.
Treat yourself to music, art and wine at Portland's Old Church for the benefit of Music Beyond and its work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The event will feature a classical music concert with the world renowned flutist and founder of Music Beyond, Kaori Fujii, along with other musicians on cello, guitar, and piano.
Chocolate for Congo is a month-long event. Visit one of the twelve participating restaurants and bakeries in Portland and treat yourself to a mouth-watering chocolate dessert created with fair trade organic Theo Chocolate just for this event. A dollar of each dessert sold goes to Eastern Congo Initiative, doing advocacy and grant-making for the people of eastern Congo.
Check out our Chocolate for Congo page for more details.
Our partner, iACT, is on a mission to empower and extend hope to refugees facing humanitarian crises in central Africa. You can make a difference in the lives of refugees by showing up to drink beer and wine, and eat award-winning food. Join us at Lagunitas Community Room for live music, Lagunitas beers on tap, Oregon wines, appetizers by Le Pigeon, Little Bird and Stella taco; a raffle; and a silent auction. This event is 21 and over.
A ticket purchase includes 2 drink tokens and complimentary appetizers. Purchase tickets HERE: bit.ly/iACTpdx
If you can't make it to the event, you can buy raffle tickets on the ticket page too! Check out the bottom of this page for a list of all of the exciting raffle and silent auction items.
All proceeds from the event will support iACT education and sports programs in central Africa.
For questions about the event, please contact iACT Director of Programs Sara-Christine Dallain: firstname.lastname@example.org
iACT is an international organization providing humanitarian action to aid, empower, and extend hope to those affected by mass atrocities. For more information on iAct, visit their WEBSITE
Check out these amazing raffle and silent auction items. Remember, you can buy raffle tickets in advance at bit.ly/iACTpdx
- BEE Local honey package
- Erik Abel prints (2)
- Rapinoe Be your Best You swag bag
- 2 University of Portland basketball tickets and dinner in the Pilot club! (pick your own date)
- Beer package #1: Gigantic gift certificate, Leikam Brewery beer, and Vintage Beer book
- Beer Package #2: Lagunitas swag and The Beer Geek Handbook
- 2 Portland Center Stage tickets (pick your own show, best available seats)
- $100 Little Bird gift certificate
- Signed Le Pigeon Cookbook
- Italian pottery collection
- Handmade glass collection
- Hand cut glass vase and flower arrangement
- $250 gift certificate towards a Studio School workshop or class at the Oregon College of Art and Craft
- VIP Tasting and Tour of SE Wine Collective, including hors d'oeuvres, for 6 people
- Private barrel tasting at Walter Scott Winery, with the winemakers. Followed by a wine-paired lunch overlooking the vineyards of the Eola-Amity Hills.
- 2 night, 3 day stay in an Oregon Coast Condo - 3 BR, 2 Bath condo on the water in Neskowin for the weekend of December 9-11.
Team Congo PDX will participate in the annual Cause & Event run/walk. Registration is closed to the event but you can still support the team. Support here: bit.ly/TeamCongoPDX_Fundraise
Your donation will support Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI). ECI says: A fundamental lack of good governance in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is preventing the development of a civil society that will lift the Congolese people out of the cycle of poverty. ECI addresses reform of the security sector, the health of mothers and children, and the creation of constructive economic opportunity.
$50 per plate / $450 Table for 10
Authentic African fare, Congolese music, Dance
Speaker: Lisa Shannon,
Human Rights Activist & Author,
Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen:
an Ordinary Family’s Extraordinary Tale of Love and Survival in Congo
Sing Portland Community Choir performing African chants.
Friends of Minzoto is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EIN 46-5236865, dedicated to empowering the community of Dungu, Democratic Republic of Congo as it recovers from destruction imposed by the Lord’s Resistance Army and works to build a new and vibrant future.
Friends of Minzoto forms partnerships with local leaders and other aid groups in order to support community-led projects that are key to recovery and development. We strive to connect the people of Dungu—and thousands of internally displaced people who fled to Dungu from less stable parts of the region—with resources and expertise to increase access to education, improve community health and facilitate economic growth.
Please RSVP and order your tickets:
To purchase tickets online, click the DONATE NOW icon at the top of their home page, and include “Dinner Ticket(s)” along with the number of tickets you wish to purchase, or “Table, Dinner Fundraiser” in the message section of the donation form. We can mail your ticket(s) if you provide your mailing address, or hold at the door in your name.
Venue: IRCO, 10301 NE Glisan, Portland OR 97220
All funds raised will go directly to build or refurbish wells, improving thousands of lives for decades to come.
or more information, see: our Current Projects page for specific details on the well project), visit our crowdfunding site: www.youcaring.com/wellsfordungu, or email us at email@example.com
Young Families and Little Ripples
Little Ripples is a preschool program that takes place in Darfuri refugee camps in eastern Chad.
Children will be able to experience a mini version of what the preschools in the camp are like, enjoy a story from PJ Library and create art projects that will later be shared with the children of Little Ripples.
Families will have the opportunity to bring donation items that will help refugee children who are being resettled in Portland.
Register at http://jewishportland.org/gooddeedslist?page=2
Lewis and Clark's Conflict Free Mineral Committee is hosting a screening of When Elephants Fight.
Director of the Political Economy Department Professor Elizabeth Bennett will be speaking! Popcorn will be provided :)
Lewis & Clark College
December 2nd @ 7:00pm
LC for Conflict Free Minerals Committee promotes the awareness of conflict minerals in our electronics and aims to make an impact on the conflict mineral trade by pressuring our technology companies to track their supply chains and not import minerals from conflict mines in Eastern Congo. LC4CFM uses our role as consumors in the West to create a demand for conflict free electronics by using Universities as to help change company policies.
Come learn about this powerful grassroots movement sweeping Universities across the country!