For more information on any of the speakers below, please contact mark@gadarfur.org or call (678)521-4399.

 

 

Jared Feuer - Amnesty International

 

Jared Feuer is the Southern Regional Director of Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), a region comprising eleven states from Texas to the Southeast, based in Atlanta, Georgia.  AIUSA is the U.S. Section of Amnesty International, a Nobel Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with over 1.8 million members worldwide. Amnesty International undertakes research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights. Prior to joining Amnesty in September, 2005, Jared launched the Suffolk Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) from a PO Box to a staffed office with a legislative and legal program that passed resolutions by local government bodies against the unconstitutional provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and litigated on behalf of free speech rights.  In addition to his work with the NYCLU, Jared built the American Civil Liberty Union’s national online organizing program into a list of over 200,000 online activists sending a million faxes per year to elected officials.  Jared has been featured in such media as The New York Times, ABC, CBS, and Newsday.


Melanie Nelkin - Activist


Keisha Hoerrner, Ph.D. - Kennesaw State University

 

Dr. Hoerrner is an Associate Professor of Communication and Asst. Dept. Chair in the Dept. of University Studies at Kennesaw State University. Prior to KSU, Dr. Hoerrner served on the faculty of the Manship School of Mass Communication at Lousiana State University. She's an avid researcher of Holocaust and genocide issues. In 2004, she and Dr. Catherine Lewis organized KSU's first study abroad program focused on the Holocaust entitled "Following in Anne Frank's Footsteps." She founded and serves as the faculty advisor for the KSU chapter of STAND, a student anti-genocide coalition. During her tenure at KSU, she's served as a faculty fellow with the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character. Dr. Hoerrner is also the Chair of the Darfur Urgent Action Coalition of Ga. She received her BA from Kennesaw State University and her MA and Ph.D. from the Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.


Rabbi Scott Saulson, Ph.D. - Atlanta Rabbinical Association

 

Scott Saulson earned a BA in political science from the University of Michigan, an MA in international relations from the University of Miami, and MA in Hebrew letters from the Hebrew Union College where he was ordained as a rabbi in 1976, and a PhD in Semitics from the University of South Africa. Prior to commencing rabbinic studies, Rabbi Saulson served as a volunteer in the US Peace Corps.
 
His rabbinic experience includes the pulpit, religious education, administration, publication, and community work.  He was served Jewish communities in his native USA and overseas. Rabbi Saulson serves the Jewish community of Atlanta as its chaplain through Jewish Family & Career Services, Congregation Beth Israel, Gadsden, Alabama, as its rabbi, the Atlanta Rabbinical Association as the dean of its Introduction to Judaism Cooperative, and Congregation Shema Yisrael as a spiritual leader. In addition, he is a trained mediator, providing an alternative to litigation in domestic and commercial disputes, and the executive producer of "Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul," a 25-minute video offering spiritual upliftment to the infirm and isolated.
 
He is president of Sr. Connections and a board member of the ACLU of Georgia.


David Lefkovits - Activist

David was born in Brazil and raised in Venezuela and moved to the US to obtain his Industrial Engineering degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He has lived in more than 5 countries in North America, South America and Europe and has traveled extensively in these regions as well as in Asia, Australia and Africa.

David is co-founder of LEFKO Group, a real estate investment and development firm. His passion is activism inthe community; he is currently a board member and serves on the executive committee for the Anti-Defamation League (Southeast Region), he is a founding board member of Hugging His Lambs, a non-profit organization that serves underprivileged Hispanic children and is an active member of the Darfur Urgent Action Coalition of Georgia since its conception in 2005.

David currently serves on the legislative advocacy committee of the Darfur Urgent Action Coalition of Georgia, where he works with state and federal legislators to address the crisis in Darfur.