People from all over the country are pledging to prevent genocide and canvassing to get others involved. Kathleen Kardon, a teacher from San Antonio, Texas, is one of those individuals. Kathleen just completed a canvass in her community where she collected 80 pledges, one of the many things she is doing to prevent genocide from happening again.
As an 8th grade teacher, Kathleen often taught about the Holocaust, but she realized through a conversation with her students that the goal of prevention was falling short. She and her colleagues expanded the curriculum to include contemporary genocide, and the teachers and students set out to play a more active role in genocide prevention. Kathleen co-wrote the play Darfur Calls with Michael Hardy, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Antonio, and Rachelle Neuman, a local free-lance director and writer. The play educates about the humanitarian crisis in Darfur while promoting the idea that we all share responsibility when humankind is threatened. In addition to being educational and advocating for a call to action, the play serves as a fundraising event. The theater group has already raised nearly $10,000 through its performances, with the proceeds going to displaced persons camps in Sudan.
Kathleen has plans to keep performing the play and will continue to canvass for Pledge2Protect. She has shown that individual action matters. What can you do to help build a different future?