Ilankai Tamil Sangam

24th Year on the Web

Association of Tamils of Sri Lanka in the USA

Sangam's AGM

The Sangam is holding our Annual General Meeting on November 15, 2008 in Somerset, New Jersey, USA. Members and guests are welcome to attend.

Full details, registration and accomodation information are at Sangam Events.
Questions to ilankaitamilsangamusa@yahoo.com.

Program Outline
8.00am
On-site Registration Begins

8.30am - 10.00am
Continental Breakfast

9.45am
Morning Program
Welcome Address
Mani Vannan, President

10.00 am - 11.30am
Preventing genocide

  • Genocide Intervention Network: Overview of the definition of genocide and its usage in international law
  • PEARL: Role of Diaspora in preventing genocide
    -- Congressional advocacy
    -- Media advocacy
    -- Other ways to stop genocide: raising awareness, product boycotts, divestment etc.
  • Progress on Model Indictment: Tamils Against Genocide
  1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Tamil Statehood: Solution to Stop Genocide?
Moderated by: Dr. Karunyan Arulanantham
  • Does plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka qualify as Genocide?
    -Karen Parker, JD, President, Association of Humanitarian Lawyers
  • Role of Sinhala Polity in Tamil Genocide
    -Brian Seneviratne, MD, Brisbane, Australia
  • Can Tamil Statehood end Genocide and bring
    durable peace to the Island of Sri Lanka?
    -V. Rudrakumar, Attorney at Law, New York

3:00pm
Book Release
Tamils in Sri Lanka – A Comprehensive History

(C 300 B.C. – 2000 A.D.)
Introduction by Anita Pratap
Author : Murugar Gunasingam, Ph.D.

3.15 – 4.15pm
Workshops for Intensifying Activism
Moderated by: PEARL

-- Discussion about Congressional advocacy:
how to lobby, demonstrate effective and ineffective meetings, role play meetings.
-- Media outreach:
letters to the editor, responding to bias in articles

5.30 – 6.00pm
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING [members only]

6.00pm – 7.00pm
Cocktail Hour

Evening Program
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC FUSION

Ms. Anita Pratap
"Tamil Struggle through the lens of a journalist"

*5 minute PEARL video*

Dance Fusion

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Brian Seneviratne
“Role of Diaspora Tamils in preventing genocide”

Dinner, Light Music, Socializing!!!!!!!!