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The United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed every year on 21 March.
From the Background information:
, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid "pass laws". Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination (resolution 2142 (XXI)) (PDF, 177 kBytes).
In 1979, the General Assembly adopted a Programme of activities to be undertaken during the second half of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (A/RES/34/24) (PDF, 371 kBytes). On that occasion, the General Assembly decided that a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination, beginning on 21 March, would be organized annually in all States.
Since then, the apartheid system in South Africa has been dismantled. Racist laws and practices have been abolished in many countries, and we have built an international framework for fighting racism, guided by the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Convention is now nearing universal ratification, yet still, in all regions, too many individuals, communities and societies suffer from the injustice and stigma that racism brings.
Spring 2019 Ensemble auditions are open for registration. See Ensemble page for details.
In Spring term we offer the Balinese Gamelan, Instrumental Chamber groups, orchestra@uwaterloo, and the University Choir.
The orchestra needs 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, & 2 bassoons
4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, and a tuba
Timpani, percussion, harp, and strings.
Out of Galilee
Christian thought as a great conversation
Author: M. Darrol Bryant
When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Where: Dunker Family Lounge
Free draw for a signed book!
Please RSVP to Karrie by email, or call 519-884-4404 x28591.
Decoding racism, multiculturalism, and post-colonialism in the quest for belonging in Canada and beyond
Authors: Kathy Hogarth & Wendy L. Fletcher
When: Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 12:00pm
Where: Renison Atrium
Please RSVP to Karrie Cornies by email, or call 519-884-4404 x28591.
Students with offers of admission to University of Waterloo are invited to attend a special open house with a focus on finding the right place to live!
Come experience what residence life at Grebel is like! On-site applications to residence and interviews will be offered.
For more information email Rebekah DeJong, Student Life and Recruitment Coordinator, email@example.com
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During a 12-week writing and performance workshop facilitated by local professional artists and hosted at the Centre for Peace Advancement, 19 refugee and immigrant women from Waterloo Region each developed a personal narrative. They then worked collaboratively to bring their individual stories together into a cohesive presentation to be shared publicly.
Join us on May 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm to hear their stories.
A reception will follow the performance.
Register for this event here.
At this week’s regular meeting we’re having a follow-up with participants from the Viewpoints on Poverty forum.
We’ll discuss the actions each of us can take to address the issues raised during the forum.
This meeting is open to everyone who wants to work on nonviolent solutions for poverty elimination!
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Feeding the Colony, the Nation and the Market: Transported Foodways and New Crops in Latin American Mennonite Communities
How did persistent attachment to wheat shape Mennonite settlement in Paraguay? What did it mean for Mennonites to rapidly expand the availability and affordability of butter, milk, and cheese in local markets in northern Mexico and eastern Bolivia? Learn how the place of Mennonites in Latin American societies over the past century has been premised on practices of producing, marketing and consuming food.
About the speaker:
Dr. Ben Nobbs-Thiessen is a postdoctoral fellow at Washington State University. His research and teaching interests include migration, transnational history, agriculture, and environmental history. He is the second recipient of the Fretz Fellowship at Conrad Grebel University College.
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Celebrating those that were here anytime between ’05-’10
Please join us for an afternoon BBQ informal event. The event will take place from 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Activities will include Beach Volleyball, Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, Board Games, Video Games, etc.
Please register ahead of time on the UW reunion site. Or email Alison Enns at email@example.com
Your reunion planners are Amanda Zehr ’09 and Michael Shum ’11. Let us know if you would like to help!
Attendees: Amanda Zehr ’09, Michael Shum ’11, Morgan Grainger ’09, Mark Peters ’10, Rachel Reist ’12, Sean Anderson ’11, Kathleen (Wonnacott) Schwartzentruber ’09, Daniel Schwartzentruber ’08, Gillian Willard ’12, Megan (Walther) Blair ’08, Tim Blair ’09, Jason Booy ’08, Mimi (Hollinger-Janzen) Browne ’11, Sherrie (Friesen) Tiessen ’07, Chris Brnjas ’12, Sarah Connors ’09, Rachael Verbruggen ’10.
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We can find ourselves in new territory where much is unknown as we face challenges and difficulties in illness, in the aging process, and in dying. In the same way the grit inside an oyster transforms into a pearl, we wonder if our fear and frustration can be transformed into something just as beautiful in us.
You are invited to a time of learning, reflection, and self-care.
We will be led by a collaborative, experienced group of spiritual companions of various faith traditions who work in long-term care, hospice, and the community: Teresa Bryant, Miriam Frey, Dale Guenter, Jane Kuepfer, Celia McBride, and Maureen McDonnell.
Learn more and register here
The Balinese Gamelan is meant to be heard outdoors, so please join us at Waterloo Town Square for a terrific evening concert. Free admission. This ensemble is directed by I Dewa Made Suparta, a noted Gamelan composer, and Dr. Maisie Sum. Stay after the concert to try out an instrument or two.
The rain location is Conrad Grebel’s Great Hall, so please keep an eye on this website if storms are threatening.
A refugee is someone who fled his or her home and country owing to “a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion”, according to the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention.
For refugee assistance in Canada see the Government of Canada web page on Refugees and Asylum.
Saturday, June 22, 2019
4-6pm | Dunker Family Lounge
Renison University College
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Please join us for the 15th Annual Nonviolence Day In The Park!
There will be children’s games, a meditation area, music performances, and, of course, exhibitors, vendors, and community groups all bringing a message of nonviolence.