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Events: January-February 2011

January 11, 2011

Boston Performance of “Ruined”
Will Benefit Congo Action Now

Lynn Nottages’s powerful Pulitzer-Prize-winning play, described in our prior post, is now on stage at Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company, continuing through February 6, 2011. 
            Ruined is set in the Democratic Republic of Congo where the country and its people, especially its women, are being devastated by horrific war and sexual violence.
            The Huntington is donating a portion of all ticket proceeds to Congo Action Now, a Massachusetts and New Hampshire based group working to support the Congolese people in their efforts to end the conflict and the violence against women associated with it, to expose the illegal mining of ‘conflict minerals,’ and to pressure multinational companies that trade in them to stop. CAN is a project of the Boston branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. (Note: some portions of the CAN website are evidently not yet fully functional.) 
            Congo Action Now will be participating in discussions of Ruined following these performances: January 9, 7pm; January 16, 2pm; January 21, 8pm; January 22, 2pm; January 28, 8pm; January 29, 2pm; February 5, 2pm. (Discussions after other performances may be facilitated by other local experts – check with the theater.)  Ticket discounts are available online or by phone (617) 266-0800 (use the code “CAN.”)
 

Panel Discussion on ICE’s “Secure Communities” Program

Also coming up in Boston, Boston College’s Center for Human Rights and International Justice is hosting a discussion of “Secure Communities,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s controversial, enforcement-dominated approach to immigration issues, and how it is affecting immigrant communities.  It’s on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 11am, at Suffolk University. Contact the program sponsor, Centro Presente by email or at (617) 629-4731

Accountability in Kenya 

 The Washington, DC, office of the Open Society Institute will be hosting a panel on Kenya: Two Years After the Post-Election Violence—Where is the Accountability? The discussion will take place on January 20, 2011, from 12:30 to 2:30, and lunch will be served. Visit OSI’s website for details and to RSVP.

In late 2008, violence erupted in Kenya following the presidential elections, leaving more than 1,000 people killed and 300,000 people displaced from their homes. Following these devastating events, a coalition of governance, human rights and legal organizations created Kenyans for Peace, Truth and Justice whose mission is to seek accountability for those responsible for the violence. Please join us as three panelists from Kenyans for Peace, Truth and Justice discuss what has happened in the two years following the violence, including developments with the International Criminal Court investigation.

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