This Friday April 25th, Rwandan President Paul Kagame will speak at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, from 12-1pm in CEMEX Auditorium.
Stanford STAND recognizes the importance of marking the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda, and acknowledges the efforts Kagame’s administration has made to promote public health, economic growth, and stability in the aftermath of such a crisis.
However, the Stanford community should not be uncritical of Kagame’s record of grave human rights violations, both in Eastern Congo and in Rwanda. Please join STAND as we work to raise awareness about this oft-overlooked dimension of Kagame and the Rwandan Government, and take action in solidarity with the people of Eastern Congo.
Here’s how you can take action…
Raising Awareness at the Event
Meet at CEMEX Auditorium at 11am this Friday 4/25, to join STAND members as we distribute informational flyers detailing Kagame’s war crimes and human rights violations. This will be a peaceful and respectful demonstration of solidarity and awareness raising. Please wear business casual.
Tweet Your Concerns
Please tweet the following messages to help spread the word about why you are dismayed by Kagame’s visit. Make sure to follow @standstanford
Email the Organizers
Please copy and paste, customize, and send the following email.
To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Dear President Hennessy, Garth Saloner and Maria Jenson,
I’m sending this email to express my disappointment, dismay, and outrage at Stanford University, the Graduate School of Business, and the Center for Global Business and the Economy for hosting and collaborating with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. President Kagame stands accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide crimes in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Please rescind his invitation as soon as possible, and support democracy and human rights in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Call the Organizers
Please call the organizers of the event to express your concerns. Feel free to use the script below, or write your own.
President Hennessy – (650) 723-2481
Garth Saloner (Dean of the GSB) – (650) 723-1940
The Center for Global Business and the Economy – (650) 723-4201
Hi [person picking up phone by name if applicable], my name is ____________ and I’m a Stanford [student, professor, alumni, donor, community member, etc.]
I’m calling to express my disappointment, dismay, and outrage at the University for hosting and collaborating with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. President Kagame stands accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possible genocide in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Please rescind his invitation as soon as possible, and support democracy and human rights in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.