Call for action against the visit of Paul Kagame at William Penn University

On May 12, 2012, the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, will give the commencement address at William Penn University’s graduation ceremony and also receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, for his contributions to the humanities or human welfare. The address of the school is 201 Trueblood Avenue, Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577.

We need your help to educate the school, which is a Quaker school, about Paul Kagame’s criminal activities in the Great Lakes region.

There is a call script below.

Here the people to call at the university:

1. President of William Penn University; Dr. Ann Fields
fieldsa@wmpenn.edu
641-673-1078

2. Vice President of Advancement, Steve Noah
noahs@wmpenn.edu
641-673-1048

3. Marketing Media Director – William Penn University
lakea@wmpenn.edu
641-673-1078

4. Jared Pierce, Chairman of the Humanities Division
piercej@wmpenn.edu
641-673-2107

5. Michael Collins, Head of Social & Behavioral Sciences
collinsm@wmpenn.edu
641-673-1393

Here is the call script

Calling The University Officials and Administrators:

Note: When you call the university, ask if the person you’re speaking to is the right person with whom you report grievances regarding university guests. If not, ask with whom you can speak to express your grievances, and call them right of way with the same script.

Hi [person picking up phone by name if applicable], my name is ____________ and

I’m calling because I have serious concerns about William Penn University’s partnership and collaboration with the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame. President Kagame stand accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes of genocide in the Great Lakes of Africa. [Give a personal story if you have one]. Please rescind his invitation as soon as possible, and support democracy and human rights in Rwanda and Congo.

[Your choice words, speaking of the plundering of minerals in the DRC, the millions of deaths caused by the invasions of Rwanda and Uganda into the Congo, the lack of democratic space in Rwanda, the fear of assassination faced by exiled Rwandans, and refugees, etc.]

You don’t necessarily need to be Rwandan, Ugandan, Congolese, Burundian or a citizen from the Great Lakes region to get involved in this action. You only need to care about humankind. If two evils needed being compared, Joseph Kony who has been made famous by Kony 2012 video would look like an angel in front of Paul Kagame. The count of his victims is in the millions of people. And unfortunately, as a paradox, he continues to be supported by his friends in the West [US, Canada, Britain, France, Belgium, Holland] and other corners across the world.

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