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Archive: 2014

2015 In-Kind Gifting

Posted by OBS Team on December 26th, 2014

Since 2012, we have found that the growth of our media program is diretly linked to growth in donations and volunteer activist efforts. We believe and know that our success in visual storytelling is what inspires ordinary people to action within our movement for peace and justice in Sudan. 

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Our Latest Documentary Film Featured on WMC Channel 5

Posted by OBS Team on December 20th, 2014

Our Executive Director recently joined the WMC-TV Action News 5 team here in Memphis to talk Sudan, our mission, and our latest documentary film. Watch the full interview here.

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How To Communicate With Your Fundraising Team

Posted by OBS Team on December 11th, 2014

Good leaders are good communicators. Here are some great tips to improve your communication with your team members!

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Campaigns We Love: Chris Ward's Story

Posted by OBS Team on December 10th, 2014

Chris Ward is on a mission to raise $150,000 for our emergency relief efforts in the Nuba Mountaisn of Sudan. This is his story. 

Tags: Sudan, fundraising, Chris Ward, End Nuba Genocide
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Campaigns We Love: John Weiss and the Ithaca Community

Posted by on December 10th, 2014

Professor John Weiss at Cornell University is inspiring his community to action. Check out the story. 

Tags: Fundraising, Sudan, New York,
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Give The Gift Of Hope This Holiday Season

Posted by OBS Team on November 28th, 2014

When you give to our movement this holiday season, you get to decide where it goes. Learn more.

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Lost Generation of Sudan

Posted by OBS Team on November 23rd, 2014

Our third documentry film introduces you to Sudan's emerging generation of war orphans who have fled the Nuba Mountains. 

Tags: Sudan, Nuba, Mountains, Documentary, Film
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University of Oregon Students & Faculty Work To Unite Technology To Genocide Prevention Efforts

Posted by OBS Team on November 17th, 2014

Mark recently travelled to Eugene, Oregon to meet with University students, faculties, and others to discuss the intersection of technology and genocide prevention efforts. 

Tags: Sudan, GMAP, Oregon, Genocide Prevention
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Media Release: Lost Generation of Sudan Film

Posted by OBS Team on November 16th, 2014

Operation Broken Silence is pleased to announce the release of the organization’s third documentary film. Filmed in May and June of 2014 in multiple locations across South Sudan, Lost Generation of Sudan examines the ongoing war in Sudan through the eyes of an emerging generation of war orphans. 

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Ask Your Representative To #SupportHR1692

Posted by OBS Team on November 1st, 2014

H.R. 1692, the Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act, has the potential to change outdated U.S. foreign policy towards Sudan. This important legislation will only work if you begin communicating with your Representative’s office and urge them to become a cosponsor. We’ve done actions similar to this in the past, but this time we’re taking a different approach. Instead of just calling your Representative’s local office, we want you to go there in person. We’ve broken this down into a few easy steps.

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Adam's Story

Posted by OBS Team on August 10th, 2014

Here at Operation Broken Silence, we bring the stories of others to the world. We nourish relationships, inspire communities, and bring people together. Members of our movement have laughed together, cried together, and been there for each other through thick and thin. Volunteers come and go as seasons of life pass by, but the relationships always continue. Many of our past volunteers still keep up with us and each other. Our movement has transformed into our family.

It is with great sadness today that we bid farewell to an amazing member of our family.  But before we do that, we want to tell you a little bit about him. This is Adam’s story.

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Report: Lost Generation of Sudan

Posted by OBS Team on July 5th, 2014

A new generation of Sudanese children, this time from the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile areas are walking alone out of the conflict zone, now navigating the crisis in South Sudan, and arriving in makeshift refugee camps that have few or no services available to meet their needs. This flow of unescorted children began in 2011 and continues today. 

This report is based on 37 interviews Operation Broken Silence (OBS) staff conducted between May 22 – June 1, 2014 in South Sudan. Interviewees included children, community leaders, and Nuba-based humanitarian actors who could speak to the issues children impacted by this conflict face. 

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$2,300+ Raised At Good People | Good Beer 2014

Posted by OBS Team on July 4th, 2014

Wednesday, July 2 was unforgettable. We hosted our second beer tasting fundraiser at Wiseacre Brewery and 50 of you joined us to celebrate our work. Congressman Steve Cohen gave us a shoutout and we raised over $2,300 in just two hours. We want to thank everyone who came and celebrated the evening with us!

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How To Follow Up

Posted by OBS Team on May 3rd, 2014

Following up with your Member of Congress is a must if they are going to stay concerned about Sudan and South Sudan. Learn why and get some tips on how to best do that here.

Tags: advocacy, South Sudan, Sudan
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U.S. State Department Takes Our #AskJen Twitter Question on Sudan

Posted by OBS Team on April 21st, 2014

Earlier today the U.S. State Department hosted a Twitter Q&A to answer important foreign policy questions from civil society and the general public. You can visit State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki’s Twitter profile to check out how the #AskJen Q&A went.

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Report: Abandoned

Posted by OBS Team on April 4th, 2014

In a new report, “Abandoned,” following a March 2014 End Nuba Genocide Coalition relief operation to Kodok refugee camp near the border of Sudan and South Sudan, Operation Broken Silence provides visual evidence that the crisis in South Sudan is further deepening the humanitarian issues for refugees who are trapped between two conflicts. For refugees closer to direct ground conflict in South Sudan and those not on the beaten paths of current humanitarian efforts, the 2014 rainy season could spell disaster for those most vulnerable such as children under the age of five, the elderly, and the ill.

This important field update also notes that a lack of vaccination campaigns, educational supplies and teachers, and international willpower to bring relief to some of these refugees trapped on the border will have increasingly negative long-term effects for the future of these people.

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How To Collect Petition Signatures

Posted by OBS Team on April 1st, 2014

Petitioning your Member of Congress is an excellent way to move them towards taking action on Sudan and South Sudan. Get some tips on how to best do that here.

Tags: advocacy, South Sudan, Sudan
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How To Make A Phone Call

Posted by OBS Team on March 1st, 2014

Calling your Member of Congress is an excellent way to keep up with them concerning Sudan and South Sudan. Get some tips on how to best do that here.

Tags: advocacy, South Sudan, Sudan
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How To Write A Personal Letter

Posted by OBS Team on February 1st, 2014

Writing a letter or email to your Member of Congress is an excellent way to keep up with them concerning SUdan and South Sudan. Get some tips on how to best do that here.

Tags: advocacy, Sudan, South Sudan,
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How A Bill Becomes A Law

Posted by OBS Team on January 2nd, 2014

We know this info is a bit basic. But just in case you need your memory jogged since your 7th grade civics class, we thought we’d provide a quick primer on the fundamentals of how our governmental system works. 

Tags: advocacy, Sudan, South Sudan, law
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Tips For Meeting With Congressional Offices

Posted by OBS Team on January 2nd, 2014

What to do, what not to do, and how to make your meeting as impactful as possible. 

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Nuba Mountains & Blue Nile

Posted by OBS Team on January 1st, 2014

This overview is a brief history that provides a contextual background for understanding the issues Operation Broken Silence works on. Specifically, this overview provides an overarching historical narrative of the war and genocide in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile areas of Sudan. It is part of our Educational Resources list. 

Tags: Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, Sudan, educational resources
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Sudan Conflict Overview

Posted by OBS Team on January 1st, 2014

This overview is a brief history, intended to provide a contextual background for understanding the issues Operation Broken Silence works on. It is part of our Educational Resources

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Darfur

Posted by OBS Team on January 1st, 2014

This overview is a brief history that provides a contextual background for understanding the issues Operation Broken Silence works on. Specifically, this overview provides an overarching historical narrative of the war and genocide in Darfur. It is part of our Educational Resources list. 

Tags: Sudan, education, Darfur,
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