Join the Conversation: Honoring the Pledge of 'Never Again'

Note: Planning to watch live and engage in the discussion? RSVP on facebook and pose questions for the panel now.

On Monday, April 23, President Obama will speak at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to commemorate the Holocaust and discuss how the United States is honoring the pledge of “never again” by developing a comprehensive strategy to prevent and respond to mass atrocities.

Later in the afternoon, the White House is hosting an event that will offer a more in-depth look at the strategy President Obama and his Administration are working to put in place so that the United States is able to engage early, proactively and decisively in the face of mass atrocities. 

Here's how you can get involved:

  • 9:45 a.m. ET: Watch President Obama's live on WhiteHouse.gov/live or on Facebook. Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel will introduce the President.
    • To discuss the speech online, use the hashtag #NeverAgain
    • After the speech, Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications, will answer questions on Twitter during White House Office Hours. Ask questions with the hashtag #WHChat.
  • 1:00 p.m. ET: Watch the White House event with Administration officials, student leaders and organizations about how communities across America are mobilizing and playing a role in saving lives around the word.

The agenda for the post-speech event, which begins at 1:00 p.m., includes:

Introductory Remarks  

  • Jon Carson, Director, White House Office of Public Engagement
  • Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President

Discussion with the Atrocities Prevention Board

Moderator: Samantha Power, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the National Security Council

Panel Discussion: “Never Again”

Moderator: Mike Abramowitz, Director, US Holocaust Memorial Museum Genocide Prevention Program, with panelists:

  • Monique Beadle, Advocacy Director, Falling Whistles
  • Stacy Burdett, Director of Government and National Affairs, Anti-Defamation League
  • Omer Ismail, Enough Advisor, The Enough Project
  • Daniel Solomon, Student Director, STAND

Panel Discussion: Modern Tools for an Ongoing Challenge

Moderator: Alec Ross, Senior Advisor for Innovation, U.S. Department of State, with panelists:

  • Sam Gregory, Program Director, WITNESS
  • Jon Hutson, Satellite Sentinel Project
  • Benjamin Keesey, CEO, Invisible Children
  • Don Steinberg, Deputy Administrator, USAID

Panel Discussion: Sudan and South Sudan, and the LRA: What More Can Be Done?

Moderator: Samantha Power, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, with panelists:

  • Grant Harris, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council
  • Princeton Lyman, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan

Closing Remarks by Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications

Related Topics: Foreign Policy
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