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16th Annual Reflections on Holocaust and Genocides
Sunday, January 24, 2021 – 12-2:00 PM EST
Restoring harmony in the world is our sacred duty. We invite everyone from Atheists to Zoroastrians to attend this event and feel a part of humanity.
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Meeting ID 812 1603 8101- Passcode 997405
Washington, DC, United States, January 11, 2021. The Center for Pluralism is organizing its 16th Annual Reflections on the Holocaust and Genocides and you are invited to be a part of the event via zoom link.
The purpose of this event is education, information, and activism. We hope to learn and acknowledge our failings and make a personal commitment to say, "Never Again."
We hope you
will walk out of the event with a genuine feeling of becoming a contributor
towards building a cohesive world where no human has to live in apprehension or
fear of the other.
At the Center for Pluralism, we are committed to spreading knowledge of the Holocaust and Genocide through interfaith and public events, including the Annual reflections since 2006.
Please note that in the last 15 years, we have covered many genocides, massacres, and grim ethnic cleansing events, and we intend to cover all in the coming years.
In this program, we do not debate, but express the plight of the people and offer solutions to create a cohesive environment for every human to function with relative comfort. For instance, in political pluralism, China blocks Taiwan- instead of both speaking their concerns in a public forum.
We have received calls to block the speakers or topics, or refusal to join because others are speaking. It is a headache for the organizers who sincerely want to present the issues as they are. It is a free nation and we should express freely whatever is happening. "If we can learn to respect the otherness of others, conflicts fade and solutions emerge." Mike Ghouse
This year we will be addressing the following events;
A few speakers are to be confirmed.
1. Holocaust Reflections: Kate English
2. Forced Cremation in Sri Lanka: Soraya Deen
3. The Plight of Kashmiri Pundits: Dr. Pundit Sharma
4. Kashmir under Siege: Dr. Nyla Ali Khan
5. Uyghur’s update: Rushan Abbas
6. Rohingya Update: Dr. Wakar Uddin
7. India’s egregious violations of Human Rights Dr. Gregory Stanton
Keynote address by MaryAnn Thompson-Frenk
When we acknowledge each other's grief and participate in each other's commemoration, we connect with the humanness within ourselves and seed the relationship of understanding and caring for each other.
There is a shameless cruelty in us, either we shy away or refuse to acknowledge the sufferings of others, worrying that it will devalue our own, or amounts to infidelity to our pain and every community and nation has suffered through this.
To all those who have endured the
Holocaust, Genocides, Massacres, Ethnic Cleansing, Land Mines, Hunger, Rape,
Torture, Occupation, Expulsion, and inhuman brutality, we must say, you are not
alone. The least we can do in the process of healing is to acknowledge everyone's
pain in one voice.
The Annual Reflections on Holocaust and Genocides is a Muslim initiative to assure fellow humans who have endured Holocaust, Genocide, ethnic cleansing, massacres, rapes, injustice, and other atrocities that we are all in this together to create a better world. Tikkun Olam is, indeed, our sacred duty.
Dr. Mike Ghouse,Center for Pluralism
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