Meet the new teammates: Lexi, Lara, and James!

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Why did I decide to join the SGN team?

Growing up in an Armenian community that has endured many years of pain and internal suffering because of a ruthless genocide has left a lasting impact on me and inspired me to work in the field of social justice. I firmly believe that current genocides are a product of past genocides because when a group of perpetrators is allowed to remain unaccountable and justice is not served, the precedence is set for further malicious action.

StopGenocideNow.org works to educate the masses and put pressure on the government to keep promises that it has previously made- two important steps in the process to ensure that genocides do not remain a recurring theme in our world. I personally decided to join the SGN team and promote its mission because I grew frustrated with hearing the phrase “never again” and then learning about the hundreds and thousands of people being murdered in Sudan. The violence must stop now; no more broken promises. SGN has made it possible for me, a 19-year-old college student, to have an impact on the global fight against genocide.

It is unbelievable that the organization is entirely run by simple people who have dedicated their lives to call for justice and to do whatever they can, no matter how small it may be, to make the voices of the silenced heard. Just in the past few weeks, by hearing the stories of the refugee camps and looking through the pictures of the Sudanese children who continue to smile even through these tough times, I hjames_1.jpgave been greatly inspired and cannot wait to continue working with the SGN team!

James Thacher has been an SGN team member for a while and has recently stepped up his involvement to help with videos, graphic design and Web site building! He is a graphic and web designer living in Brooklyn. He helps SGN and its various affiliates develop and strengthen their message through multimedia and interactive projects. He is also a video and media artist.

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Lexi Stauring

It was not too long ago that I found myself enjoying my final days of residency in Hawaii. I run in and out of the shade of tall palm trees, skipping along hot, black volcanic rock ignited by the heat of the sun, a sun shared by some many worldwide. My thoughts dangle between Hawaii and my future, and I am not yet thinking of the refugees who feel the same heat of the sun on the other side of the world.

Inside, my Apple lights up. My first stop is facebook to notify friends and family of my soon return to Los Angeles. Paging down the list of friends, I come across my uncle, Gabe. As I read his page, surrounded by the slow Hawaiian life, I feel a sudden change in emotion from excitement to pure remorse. What I see is only a small sample of all the progress that SGN had made since I last tuned in. What I feel is regret for being absent from it all; for living only in my moments and being so caught up in my own life.

I am fresh out of High School and around the same age as many of the students SGN works with. Like many of my peers, I am having a harder time discovering my niche in the world then I ever imagined. Since my arrival here, I feel most content when I’m helping with SGN projects and campaigns. Impatient excitement grows as each new project moves from idea to effective action. Now, I not only share the same sun with our Darfur friends, but I share my life with them as a member of the SGN team.

Katie-Jay keeps i-ACT running on several levels. Much of her work entails coordinating partnerships with other grassroots organizations and implementing the campaigns developed by Gabriel and seeing through the details. She graduated from Portland State University with a BA in Sociology and a focus on Community Development. She has previously worked as a community organizer in Thailand, Guatemala, and with grassroots organizations across the United States.

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