Legacies of War Benefit: April 8th, 2017
Sahtu Press founder Nor Sanavongsay will be among the community builders helping to raise funds for the non-profit Legacies of War on April 8th in Berkeley, CA.
Hosted by Hilary and Daniel Goldstine, Adam Thongsavat, Dr. Cynthia Nguyen, and many more to come the event addresses a tragic era in US foreign policy. During the Vietnam War-era, over 270 million bombs were dropped, an estimated 80 million remain, killing and maiming Lao villagers today. There are over 12,000 victims from accidents caused by unexploded bomblets.
This year’s theme, “LaoNow/ActNow” will highlight the urgency to make sure that the U.S. government follows through on its $90 million pledge made by President Obama last year.
Over the past 10 years, Legacies of War has built a strong network of support among policymakers in Washington, DC. The organizers note that the new US administration has taken office and marked the beginning of " new priorities. Past commitments and policies are being reversed - nothing is guaranteed."
Guests will learn how the problem is being addressed, and ways in which people in the U.S. can help to clear Laos of bombs, support survivors of accidents, and help to create a safer future for the people of Laos. Proceeds from the event will support Legacies of War's life-saving and awareness-raising projects on the bombs leftover in Laos more than 40 years after the Vietnam War-era. Delicious Lao food will be served, and Nor Sanavongsay will be presenting in part the role art, artists, and activism connects to create vital change for our communities. Interested community members are encouraged to contact Arina Chithavong-Lester with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details can be found online.