Students who are a part of STAND, a student anti-genocide coalition, will participate in a hunger strike beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2. The goal is to raise funds along with awareness.
“We fast in solidarity with the refugees who don’t have a choice,” is what the group announced in a press release.
The group works toward raising awareness of hunger all around the world, but the money raised on that day will be sent to Uganda. Much of what the organization is currently focusing on is hunger in Africa. Some of that hunger is caused by conflicts in the nation. The $2,500 will be sent to the Invisible Children’s Operation, which covers Northern Uganda and the DRC.
Currently, STAND works for refugees in Darfur, casualties of the conflict in Africa. According to Amnesty International, more than 2.3 million Sudanese have been displaced from their homes by the genocide in Darfur. Also, 42 million people have been forcibly displaced by various conflicts since 2008.
Following the hunger strike, on Friday, Sept. 18, STAND will hold a fast-ending, black-tie banquet from 7-9 p.m. The banquet will feature live music, gourmet food, an alcoholic beverage service, a silent auction, a mini fashion show and Utah Reps. Neil A. Hansen and Jennifer Seelig. Admission to the banquet is $20 and children 12 and older are invited.
The banquet will be held at Arbat, an Armenian restaurant at 375 East 3300 South in Salt Lake City. Singer/songwriter Stratton Mccausland will be performing.
Weber State University’s STAND chapter is part of a group of more than 800 high school and college chapters throughout the United States. They focus on Darfur, DRC, Burma and more.