STAND Hosts Darfur Lecture

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The University of West Georgia Student Anti-Genocide Coalition (STAND) will host Adam Sterling, a Darfur activist and executive director of the Sudan Divestment Taskforce, on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Food Services Building (Z-6.) The event is free and the community is invited to attend.

Sterling gained attention as a student co-chair of the University of California Los Angeles Sudan Divestment Taskforce or ucdivestsudan.com. His activism played a role in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s disinvestment of state funds from businesses that supported Sudan in 2006 and he continues to influence financial investment decisions of corporations, governments and academic institutions.

In February 2003, the Sudanese Liberation Army in Darfur began to fight against the Sudanese government after years of oppression. The government and allied militias answered with mass murder, rape and the wholesale destruction of villages and livelihood, resulting in a humanitarian and political crisis that continues today.

Sterling became executive director of the Task Force after graduating from UCLA and is featured in the 2007 documentary, “Darfur Now” and portions of the documentary will be featured during the event.

For more information, contact Mariam Abuhaideri at 678-321-5003.