LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Walk to End Genocide will be held Sunday in the Fairfax district, seeking to raise funds and awareness while seeking to inspire people of all faiths and cultures to join the ongoing fight against genocide.
The walk includes what is described as a unity program, including speakers representing the Armenian, Congolese, Rohingya, Uyghur, Tigrayan and Indigenous communities.
Scheduled speakers include:
-- Los Angeles City Councilwoman Katy Yaroslavsky;
-- Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale;
-- Camille Ntoto, a co-founder of Africa New Day, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit organization which seeks to change the Democratic Republic of Congo through empowerment;
-- Sarkis Balkhian, the Western Region executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America; and
-- Nurnisa Kurban, of UyghurLA, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that works to promote the preservation of the Uyghur culture and supports the right of the Uyghur people to use peaceful, democratic means to determine their own political future.
The 1.8-mile walk will begin at 9 a.m. at Television City, go past the Holocaust Museum in Pan Pacific Park, The Grove shopping center, Writers Guild America West headquarters and Farmers Market.
Organizers said they expect 500 participants.
Funds raised will support the education and advocacy work of Jewish World Watch, which organizes the walk, and fund the organization's international empowerment projects, Jeff Hensiek, its senior director of Communications & Marketing, told City News Service.
Jewish World Watch bills itself as "an expression of Judaism in action, bringing help and healing to survivors of mass atrocities around the globe and seeking to inspire people of all faiths and cultures to join the ongoing fight against genocide."