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President Obama commemorates Holocaust, references STAND

Yesterday, President Obama gave a speech at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where STAND housed its first National Student Conference in 2007. Throughout the course of the speech, President Obama cited inspiring acts of bravery and selflessness that had saved lives during the Holocaust, instances where regular people put their lives in jeopardy in order to hide those who were seeking refuge.

Towards the end of his speech, he spoke about genocide in our time, stating, that his "commitment as President" was to do "everything we can to prevent and end atrocities like those that took place in Rwanda, those taking place in Darfur."

He also made a reference to STAND:

"We find cause for hope as well in Protestant and Catholic children attending school together in Northern Ireland; in Hutus and Tutsis living side by side, forgiving neighbors who have done the unforgivable; in a movement to save Darfur that has thousands of high school and college chapters in 25 countries, and brought 70,000 people to the Washington Mall — people of every age and faith and background and race united in common cause with suffering brothers and sisters halfway around the world."

This is incredible–President Obama publicly recognized the work that we are all doing to bring the genocide in Darfur to an end. Now more than ever, we must reach the White House by all means possible on Day 100 of Obama’s presidency, and let President Obama know we agree with him– we must do everything we can to end the atrocities of our time.

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