Sponsorship of Civic Duty Helps to Further the National Work of STAND

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The support of Civic Duty and the Omidi brothers is greatly appreciated by STAND, the student-led movement to end mass atrocities across the world. The mission of the organization is to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide.

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STAND thanks the charity Civic Duty and its co-founders Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi for their support and sponsorship. STAND is a student-led national organization devoted to ending genocide throughout the world.

“STAND envisions a world in which the international community protects civilians from genocidal violence and elected officials are held accountable for their action, or inaction, in the face of genocide,” says Kathleen Fallon, the Senior Manager of STAND. “Every donation we receive goes directly to empowering our students to be the leaders of STAND and the genocide prevention movement at large. STAND remains the only student-led organization focused on genocide prevention and mitigation, determined to reflect the student voice in the long-term fight to make 'Never Again' a reality. On behalf of all of our student and anti-genocide leaders, we’d like to thank Julian Omidi, Dr. Michael Omidi and Civic Duty for helping us achieve that mission.”

After President George W. Bush publicly labeled the horrors of Darfur genocide, a group of student organizers in Georgetown University decided to begin a grassroots organization dedicated to eradicating the crimes against the people of Darfur. Calling their society “Students Take Action Now in Darfur,” the students began an advocacy campaign with the purpose of creating greater public awareness about the Darfur atrocities, thereby increasing public officials’ political will to take action. After numerous chapters sprung up in universities across the United States, STAND expanded their efforts, and began lobbying for anti-genocide legislation and action wherever mass atrocities are committed in the world.

Civic Duty (http://www.civicduty.org) is dedicated to mankind’s search for meaning and promotes the values of its founders, philanthropists Julian Omidi and his brother Dr. Michael Omidi. The charity’s mission is to inspire creative outreach, community service, and volunteerism through the stories of every-day people who are making an extraordinary difference in the world. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow men.” To get involved and help make a difference, send us a message using the website’s Contact Us function. More information about Civic Duty can be found on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter.

STAND (http://www.standnow.org) is entirely student-led and managed. To date, STAND has succeeded in raising more than $650,000 for the civilian protection program within the Genocide Prevention Network, lobbied for numerous pieces of anti-genocide legislation, pressured President Obama into speaking publicly about U.S. policies in Sudan and encouraged 25 states and eight universities to divest funds from companies engaged in irresponsible business practices in Sudan.

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