Help us Stop the Cycle of Genocide by showing "Screamers"
on your college or university campus. We can help you with information
about supporting groups and promotional materials. Contact us
Organizations around the world are working hard to get support
on the ground. The following organizations have supported “Screamers”
and provide up-to-date information on Darfur. Check them out to
see what you can do now to help.
Save Darfur has supported screenings of Screamers, from its premiere
in Los Angeles, to its opening in New York City, and special screenings
in the U.S. Congress and the Cannes Film Festival. Check out their
web-site for concrete actions you can take now.
“The Save Darfur Coalition was founded at the Darfur Emergency
Summit at CUNY Graduate Center in New York City on July 14, 2004.
Since then, the coalition has grown into an alliance of more than
180 faith-based, advocacy and human rights organizations with
more than 1 million activists and 1,000 community groups committed
to ending the genocide in Darfur. Save Darfur is headquartered
in Washington, D.C., with a staff of 30 professional organizers,
policy advisors and communications specialists. The mission of
the coalition is to raise public awareness and mobilize a massive
response to the atrocities in Darfur. By engaging and educating
Americans on the dire situation in Darfur, the coalition continues
to apply political pressure on elected leaders to end the first
genocide of the 21st century.”
If you are a student and want to know more about what you can
do, go to the STAND NOW web-site to see if your university or
college is hooked into the Darfur network.
“With more than 700 chapters at schools around the globe,
STAND is the fastest-growing student anti-genocide coalition in
the world today. STAND chapters actively organize to prevent and
stop genocide wherever and whenever it may occur. In partnership
with the Genocide Intervention Network, STAND's long-term goal
is to establish a permanent anti-genocide constituency that holds
elected officials accountable for doing all that they can to prevent
and end genocide.”
NOT ON OUR WATCH
“Our mission is to focus global attention and resources
to stop and prevent mass atrocities. Drawing on the powerful voice
of citizen artists, activists, and cultural leaders, our mission
is to generate lifesaving humanitarian assistance and protection
for the vulnerable, marginalized, and displaced.”
Other organizations to follow:
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
Human Rights Watch has valuable updates on Darfur, detailed reports
on the conditions on the ground and advice about what you can
“Human Rights Watch is working to document and end human
rights abuses in Darfur. Help us continue our work.” www.hrw.org
GENOCIDE INTERVENTION NETWORK
“The Genocide Intervention Network envisions a world in
which the global community is willing and able to protect civilians
from genocide and mass atrocities. Our mission is to empower individuals
and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide.”
DREAM FOR DARFUR
This campaign is directing their effort to the run-up to the Olympics
“Our goal is to protect civilians on the ground in Darfur.
To achieve this, the government of Sudan must allow a robust civilian
protection force into Darfur. Because of China’s extensive
economic interests in Sudan, leaders in Beijing are in a unique
- indeed unrivaled - position to persuade Sudan to consent immediately
to a true and robust U.N. operation in Darfur. Beijing is also
the host of the 2008 Summer Olympics, an event that stands for
peace and brotherhood. As the Games approach, advocates for security
in Darfur have an extraordinary opportunity to reach out to the
Chinese government, in its role as host, to urge Beijing’s
leaders to use their considerable influence with Sudan. We will
know when we have succeeded when a robust peacekeeping force is
in Darfur and there is security for civilians and humanitarian
US CONGRESS – TAKE ACTION!
Over 200 Congressman support passage of the HR 106, the Armenian
Genocide Resolution. As this number changes, go onto the Thomas
web-site to find out the current status. If you believe your Congressman
should be on the list, take action.
If you believe your Congressman or Senator should support recognition
of the Armenian Genocide, the resolution we featured in Screamers,
go onto the ANCA web-site (www.anca.org)
now to call or fax immediately.
For more information on the Armenian Genocide Resolution and other
actions to stop genocide now in Darfur, check out the Armenian
National Committee of America web-site.
"The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the
largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots political
organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices,
chapters and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated
organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the
concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of
Alternatively, call your Congressman’s office directly to
voice your opinion. They expect to hear from you – that’s
their job. So make your voice heard. It’s easy!
Go onto the Library of Congress’ Thomas web-site to get
the telephone number of your representative.
301 IN TURKEY – TAKE ACTION!
Here is a link to Serj's campaign with Amnesty International/Music
for Human Rights to change Article 301
Serj Tankian and “Screamers” both support Amnesty’s
campaign to change Article 301 of the Penal Code in Turkey –
the same code that was used to prosecute Hrant Dink, Orhan Pamuk,
Ragip Zaracolou, Taner Akcam and other writers, journalists and
scholars who want the freedom to speak openly about their past,
without fear of retribution or prosecution.
Amnesty International US has an Online Action Center to Urge Turkey
to Abolish Article 301. It’s easy to take a stand. Go to
their web-site for more information
Here is Amnesty’s statement:
“Amnesty International is extremely concerned with the frequent
use of Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code (TPC) to prosecute
human rights defenders, journalists and other members of civil
society peacefully expressing their dissenting opinion. Article
301, on the denigration of Turkishness, the Republic, and the
foundation and institutions of the State, was introduced with
the legislative reforms of 1 June 2005 and replaced Article 159
of the old penal code. Amnesty International repeatedly opposed
the use of Article 159 to prosecute non-violent critical opinion
and called on the Turkish authorities to abolish the article.
The organization is now concerned that the wide
and vague terms of Article 301 mean that it too can be applied
arbitrarily to criminalize a huge range of critical opinions.
It states that:
1. Public denigration of Turkishness, the Republic
or the Grand National Assembly of Turkey shall be punishable by
imprisonment of between six months and three years.
2. Public denigration of the Government of the Republic of Turkey,
the judicial institutions of the State, the military or security
structures shall be punishable by imprisonment of between six
months and two years.
3. In cases where denigration of Turkishness is committed by a
Turkish citizen in another country the punishment shall be increased
by one third.
4. Expressions of thought intended to criticize shall not constitute
Article 301 achieved international notoriety when it was invoked
against novelist Orhan Pamuk for comments made during an interview
with a Swiss newspaper in February 2005. “Thirty thousand
Kurds and a million Armenians were murdered,” he stated
at the interview. “Hardly anyone dares mention it, so I
do. And that’s why I’m hated.” The case made
headlines across the world. It was thrown out of court last January
on a legal technicality.
But the failure of Orhan Pamuk’s case is small consolation
for the many individuals who currently face similar charges. Article
301 has been used to prosecute anyone—journalist, artist,
student or lawyer—who expresses a view that can be construed
as “denigrating Turkishness,” including criticism
of state institutions or public officials. In 2006, Elif Shafak,
an internationally known Turkish writer, was brought to trial
simply because of a statement made by a character in her novel,
The Bastard of Istanbul. Hrant Dink, founder of the Armenian newspaper,
Agos, was repeatedly put on trial under this statute and, consequently,
was branded “an enemy of Turkishness” in many sections
of the Turkish media, helping to create the atmosphere which led
to his assassination in January, 2007.
Prosecutions under 301 have continued as well. Most recently,
journalists associated with the Agos newspaper, including Dink’s
own son, Arat Dink, have been subject to prosecution under this
law because they republished an interview that Hrant Dink gave
to Reuters in 2006. On October 11, 2007, Arat Dink and another
journalist, Serkis Seropyan, were convicted under this statute
and sentenced to a year in prison.
Amnesty International believes that the frequency with which Article
301 is being used and the arbitrary nature of its application
represent a real threat to freedom of speech in Turkey. The organization
reiterates its call for Article 301 to be abolished in its entirety,
thereby putting an end to arbitrary implementation of this ill-defined