Students Nationwide Gather at Georgetown to Announce Second Phase of Campaign Against Sudan Genocide

STAND & mtvU Launch 'Sponsor-A-Camp' Initiative,

October 6th Darfur Fast & More



Lauren Bush to Debut Photo Journal from Chad Refugee Camps on mtvU.com



Aug 11, 2005, 01:00 ET from mtvU

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 300 youth activists, from over
 150 colleges and high schools, will convene at Georgetown University August
 11-14, 2005 to launch the newest phase of their campaign against genocide in
 the Sudan. Building off last year's successes, the event marks an intensified
 effort by STAND, Students Taking Action Now: Darfur, partnering with mtvU to
 fight the crisis in Sudan and aid those victimized by the tragedy. The two
 organizations will work closely together on a campaign of on-air, online, and
 on campus events and programs to provide students with an assortment of tools
 and resources to help end the crisis in Darfur.
     "By launching the 'sponsor-a-camp' initiative, we hope to humanize the
 crisis in Darfur for the public, and establish a personal connection between
 our community and the displaced people in the Sudan," said Sasha Kinney, a
 coordinator of Georgetown STAND. "Ultimately, we hope that the initiative will
 foster greater activism from the American people, not only to provide schools
 but to bring an end to the violence before thousands more die."
     "These college students are taking the lead in standing up for human
 rights," said Stephen Friedman, GM of mtvU. "We're proud to give them the
 megaphone, via mtvU and mtvU.com, to help make their voices heard."
 
     The campaign will include:
 
      * The "Sponsor-A-Camp" initiative, which will organize student support
        for refugee camps in Darfur and Chad. To formally launch the
        initiative, former United States Marine Brian Steidle will join
        representatives from the World Food Programme and STAND on Thursday,
        August 11 at 7:00 p.m. Conference participants will construct a model
        refugee camp, where the launch will occur. Student volunteers will
        spend the night in the camp during the conference to express solidarity
        with the refugees of Darfur. Additionally, mtvU will screen its
        documentary "Translating Genocide."
 
      * The Darfur Fast on October 6th. A number of organizations will join
        STAND and mtvU, alongside millions of individuals worldwide to fast for
        Darfur. Leading up to and throughout the day, mtvU will feature on-air
        messages from students who are fasting, explaining their commitment and
        encouraging others to participate. Those interested are encouraged to
        pledge their commitment to the fast by signing up at
        http://www.darfurfast.org or http://www.mtvU.com. Notable participants
        include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nicholas Kristof and Ruth Messinger,
        among many others.
 
      * A national speaking tour, "Witness to Genocide," this fall, sponsored
        by mtvU, the International Crisis Group, and the Save Darfur Coalition
        in partnership with STAND and Hillel. The tour will educate communities
        about the crisis and encourage grassroots activism. John Prendergast,
        an Africa expert with Crisis Group, along with refugees from the
        crisis, will speak at churches, synagogues, and campuses across the
        country. In addition, the mtvU documentary "Translating Genocide" will
        be shown.
 
      * The Divestment Project, which will educate students about what it means
        to divest, and give them the tools to organize a campaign on their
        campus, focusing on university or state-controlled investment. For more
        information, youth activists are encouraged to visit
        http://www.mtvU.com and http://www.standnow.org.
 
      * A photo journal from Lauren Bush, UN World Food Programme spokesperson
        and college student, who will document her experiences in Chad refugee
        camps on mtvU.com.
 
      * STAND Video Updates.  Students from STAND chapters across the country
        will produce video updates for mtvU.com on what is happening in Sudan
        now and what college students are doing about it around the country.
 
     Additionally, throughout the semester, mtvU will continue to feature
 programming on the crisis and information on how college students can get
 involved. This fall, mtvU will debut a series of public service announcements
 featuring footage from refugee camps in Chad. mtvU will also showcase student
 activists who have taken up the cause and are inspired to impact the lives of
 the people of Darfur on-air and on mtvU.com.
     For additional information visit http://www.standnow.org and
 http://www.mtvU.com.
 
     About STAND
     Students Taking Action Now: Darfur, or STAND, is a student group founded
 in September of 2004 at Georgetown University. There are now chapters at over
 200 colleges and high schools. In May 2005, Georgetown STAND received a
 $40,000 grant from mtvU and the Reebok Human Rights Foundation to support
 their efforts to begin the sponsor-a-camp program to help provide education to
 the more than 2 million refugees from Darfur. Georgetown STAND co-founder and
 rising senior Nate Wright was also honored with one of Reebok's first Human
 Rights Young Activist Awards. For more visit http://www.standnow.org.
 
     About mtvU
     Broadcasting to over 720 colleges across the country, with a combined
 enrollment of over 6.5 million, mtvU is the largest, most comprehensive
 television network just for college students. 24hrs a day, seven days a week,
 mtvU can be seen in the dining areas, fitness centers, student lounges and
 dorm rooms of campuses throughout the U.S. For more information about mtvU,
 and for a complete programming schedule, visit http://www.mtvu.com.
     mtvU is part of the Viacom International Inc. family which also owns the
 MTV Networks programming services MTV, MTV2, VH1, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite,
 TV Land, Spike TV, CMT and others.
 
 

SOURCE mtvU
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 300 youth activists, from over
 150 colleges and high schools, will convene at Georgetown University August
 11-14, 2005 to launch the newest phase of their campaign against genocide in
 the Sudan. Building off last year's successes, the event marks an intensified
 effort by STAND, Students Taking Action Now: Darfur, partnering with mtvU to
 fight the crisis in Sudan and aid those victimized by the tragedy. The two
 organizations will work closely together on a campaign of on-air, online, and
 on campus events and programs to provide students with an assortment of tools
 and resources to help end the crisis in Darfur.
     "By launching the 'sponsor-a-camp' initiative, we hope to humanize the
 crisis in Darfur for the public, and establish a personal connection between
 our community and the displaced people in the Sudan," said Sasha Kinney, a
 coordinator of Georgetown STAND. "Ultimately, we hope that the initiative will
 foster greater activism from the American people, not only to provide schools
 but to bring an end to the violence before thousands more die."
     "These college students are taking the lead in standing up for human
 rights," said Stephen Friedman, GM of mtvU. "We're proud to give them the
 megaphone, via mtvU and mtvU.com, to help make their voices heard."
 
     The campaign will include:
 
      * The "Sponsor-A-Camp" initiative, which will organize student support
        for refugee camps in Darfur and Chad. To formally launch the
        initiative, former United States Marine Brian Steidle will join
        representatives from the World Food Programme and STAND on Thursday,
        August 11 at 7:00 p.m. Conference participants will construct a model
        refugee camp, where the launch will occur. Student volunteers will
        spend the night in the camp during the conference to express solidarity
        with the refugees of Darfur. Additionally, mtvU will screen its
        documentary "Translating Genocide."
 
      * The Darfur Fast on October 6th. A number of organizations will join
        STAND and mtvU, alongside millions of individuals worldwide to fast for
        Darfur. Leading up to and throughout the day, mtvU will feature on-air
        messages from students who are fasting, explaining their commitment and
        encouraging others to participate. Those interested are encouraged to
        pledge their commitment to the fast by signing up at
        http://www.darfurfast.org or http://www.mtvU.com. Notable participants
        include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nicholas Kristof and Ruth Messinger,
        among many others.
 
      * A national speaking tour, "Witness to Genocide," this fall, sponsored
        by mtvU, the International Crisis Group, and the Save Darfur Coalition
        in partnership with STAND and Hillel. The tour will educate communities
        about the crisis and encourage grassroots activism. John Prendergast,
        an Africa expert with Crisis Group, along with refugees from the
        crisis, will speak at churches, synagogues, and campuses across the
        country. In addition, the mtvU documentary "Translating Genocide" will
        be shown.
 
      * The Divestment Project, which will educate students about what it means
        to divest, and give them the tools to organize a campaign on their
        campus, focusing on university or state-controlled investment. For more
        information, youth activists are encouraged to visit
        http://www.mtvU.com and http://www.standnow.org.
 
      * A photo journal from Lauren Bush, UN World Food Programme spokesperson
        and college student, who will document her experiences in Chad refugee
        camps on mtvU.com.
 
      * STAND Video Updates.  Students from STAND chapters across the country
        will produce video updates for mtvU.com on what is happening in Sudan
        now and what college students are doing about it around the country.
 
     Additionally, throughout the semester, mtvU will continue to feature
 programming on the crisis and information on how college students can get
 involved. This fall, mtvU will debut a series of public service announcements
 featuring footage from refugee camps in Chad. mtvU will also showcase student
 activists who have taken up the cause and are inspired to impact the lives of
 the people of Darfur on-air and on mtvU.com.
     For additional information visit http://www.standnow.org and
 http://www.mtvU.com.
 
     About STAND
     Students Taking Action Now: Darfur, or STAND, is a student group founded
 in September of 2004 at Georgetown University. There are now chapters at over
 200 colleges and high schools. In May 2005, Georgetown STAND received a
 $40,000 grant from mtvU and the Reebok Human Rights Foundation to support
 their efforts to begin the sponsor-a-camp program to help provide education to
 the more than 2 million refugees from Darfur. Georgetown STAND co-founder and
 rising senior Nate Wright was also honored with one of Reebok's first Human
 Rights Young Activist Awards. For more visit http://www.standnow.org.
 
     About mtvU
     Broadcasting to over 720 colleges across the country, with a combined
 enrollment of over 6.5 million, mtvU is the largest, most comprehensive
 television network just for college students. 24hrs a day, seven days a week,
 mtvU can be seen in the dining areas, fitness centers, student lounges and
 dorm rooms of campuses throughout the U.S. For more information about mtvU,
 and for a complete programming schedule, visit http://www.mtvu.com.
     mtvU is part of the Viacom International Inc. family which also owns the
 MTV Networks programming services MTV, MTV2, VH1, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite,
 TV Land, Spike TV, CMT and others.
 
 SOURCE  mtvU