International House of Dan: Mark Your Calendars: Next Tuesday

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Mark Your Calendars: Next Tuesday

As most, if not all of you know, last year I was asked by John Washburn of the New York-based American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court (AMICC) to start a local group in Chicago to voice support for the ICC and press lawmakers to sign and ratify the Rome Statute. The resulting Chicago Alliance for the International Criminal Court (CAICC) has seen become a solid entity. While still small in member groups, we are growing steadily in size and notoriety.

It has been right about one year, and I am pleased to announce that in one week, Tuesday April 25th, we will be hosting our first annual event NUREMBERG NOW, in honor of Yom Hashoah, the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust. Congress (Public Law 96-388, October 7, 1980) the United States Holocaust Memorial Council designates the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust. In 2006, those days are Sunday, April 23 through Sunday, April 30, with Yom Hashoah on Tuesday the 25th. This year's theme is "Legacies of Justice", and our event will focus on the role of the U.S. at Nuremberg and now. 60 years ago we led the world and established the very precedents used today to punish genocide, but today, the Bush Administration's opposition to the ICC threatened to prevent the prosecution of the genocide in Darfur. Our panelists will explore the legacy of Nuremberg, much fun will be had by all.

Our Outreach Director and I have been working hard to make this event a success, and we will be launching an aggressive outreach campaign immediately after. I am in the process of securing statements or proclamations in honor of Yom Hashoah, and incorporating this year's theme and the role of the ICC in preventing future genocides, as well as prosecuting present ones. I have had positive responses from the offices of Governor Rod Blagojevich, Senator Barack Obama, and Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Jesse Jackson Jr. I am awaiting responses from Senator Dick Durbin, Representative Luis Gutierrez, and a few others.

I encourage everyone do support the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and if you happen to be in Chicago next Tuesday at 5:30, drop by our event!


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