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STAND students at a rally for Sudan.

Here are some highlights:

  • Mobilized grassroots advocacy in support of major U.S. policies including the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act and the Global Fragility Act, which both became law in 2019.
  • In nearly four years of advocacy for the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, met 58 Senators and 38 Representatives, and ran a successful campaign called #EasyAsAPB to highlight the work of the Atrocities Prevention Board. Of those we met, 26 Senators and 13 Representatives co-sponsored the bill.
  • Met with over 72 Congressional offices to express opposition to U.S. arms sales used in Yemen and in support of the War Powers Resolution, and placed 10 op-eds and Letters to the Editor.
  • Raised over $8,000 in small grant support for local Burmese peacebuilders through our #RiseForRohingya campaign, in collaboration with The Nexus Fund.
  • Co-founded Books Not Bombs in 2016, a campaign whose successes include the creation of 8 campus-specific scholarships for Syrian refugees totaling $1,340,000, engaging over 200 U.S. campuses in the process.
  • Divested the endowments and pension funds of more than 25 states and 8 universities from companies doing business in Sudan.
  • Through lobby and high-level advocacy efforts, helped pass national divestment legislation, or more specifically the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act (SADA).
  • Lobbied Congressional offices nationwide to help pass the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act.
  • Made calls to the Obama administration for the successful appointment of a Special Envoy to Sudan and a Darfur Diplomat.
  • Advocated for the implementation of the No-Fly Zone in Libya by making calls to Susan Rice.
  • Through an MTV-held Twitter town hall with President Obama, tweeted over 5,000 times to get the Obama administration on the record speaking about U.S. policy toward South Sudan.
  • Fundraised more than $650,000 for Genocide Intervention Network’s civilian protection program.
  • Partnered with Enough’s Raise Hope for Congo Campaign to power the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative (CFCI), made up of students who encourage university officials and stakeholders to pressure electronics companies to responsibly invest in Congo’s minerals sector.  CFCI passed 12 conflict-free resolutions at participating schools.
  • Sponsored and organized 3 national conferences, 13 regional conferences, 3 STAND Camps, and 1 bootcamp, and in doing so, trained over 2,500 student advocates.