What Can Bones Tell Us About Genocide?
What Can Bones Tell Us About Genocide?
TO: UNA-OKC, OK-Global
This message includes two items:
(1) I want to remind you about the International Day of Peace, September 21st, which will be celebrated in various ways around the world. In OKC, our annual Pinwheesl for Peace festival will be held at Oklahoma City University. Find complete details here:
(2) I'm also forwarding a volunteer recruitment notice from an organization called "One Million Bones." You can read about their program below. It is an educational project that uses symbolism as a call to action. They are seeking a state coordinator in Oklahoma, and they are offering a stipend to cover some expenses.
This isn't a formal endorsement of the One Million Bones project, but it sounds like a worthy project. You might know someone who is interested in this volunteer opportunity.
See you at OCU on September 21st!
President, OKC Chapter
United Nations Association of the USA
Hello! My name is Leigh Durham and I work with a project called One Million
Bones based in Albuquerque, NM. We are a national social arts practice that
works to raise awareness of ongoing genocide and violent conflicts by
incorporating participatory art-making. By making handmade bones, the
project seeks to honor those who have been affected, as well as emphasize
our shared humanity and responsibility to one another. Each bone made also
triggers a $1 donation towards CARE International's work on the ground in
Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, up to $500,000, through
our partnership with Students Rebuild and the Bezos Family Foundation. In
June of 2013, we will be laying down 1,000,000 handmade bones on the
National Mall in Washington D.C., creating symbolic mass grave and a visual
call to action.
As a means to reaching this 1,000,000 bone goal, we've recently received
funding to bring on coordinators in each state who would act as a liaison
between the local and the national levels of the project. When looking for
connections in Oklahoma, I came across the United Nations Association of GOC
and thought it might be a great resource to find a possible candidate for
the position, which would run through the fall semester. I thought I would
reach out to your organization in hopes that you may be able to circulate
the State Coordinator position information (see below) on a listserv or may
know of someone in particular who might be interested in applying.
Please let me know if you have any questions! I really appreciate it.
One Million Bones
One Million Bones is seeking local coordinators in each state to support
their educational outreach work. Coordinators will represent the national
organization at a local level with schools and other organizations
interested in participating in this national social arts practice. Great
organization and communication skills required. A passion for the arts,
human rights activism or both is highly recommended.
Acquire a general understanding of the One Million Bones project, our
educational partnership with Students Rebuild, and some basic knowledge of
the history and current situations in our countries of focus.
Coordinating state bone making efforts to produce 7,000 bones by December
Act as a liaison between One Million Bones main office and individual
Conduct outreach, follow-up and act as facilitator as needed to meet 7,000
Attend weekly or bi-weekly skype calls with National Liaison and/or Public
Assist participants in securing storage, supplies and transportation as
Support local efforts to publicize the project.
Willing to travel locally if needed.
Clear, consistent communication with One Million Bones office about
$1,200 Stipend for fall semester to be divided in to two payments.
Coordinator is responsible for all applicable taxes.
To apply, please familiarize yourself with the One Million Bones project and
if fitting, please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for
two references to our Field Organizer, Leigh at: