The Next Generation
The group has identified four target spots: Darfur, the Middle East, Burma, and North Korea. The plan is to start with a fact-finding mission to each area, building relationships with key people and organizations in the process. Press conferences, summits, and reports will focus attention on humanitarian crises. Trudeau says, "We are about shining a light. In many places, human rights abuses take place under cover of night. That is not a metaphor. That is literally true." On the other hand, as Tutu says, "We don' want to be disaster tourists." Gen II members will speak out and use their influence with key leaders and decision makers. They will organize relief efforts and raise financial aid. The members also want to leave behind tangible things: systems for clean drinking water, improvements to hospitals. And they want to expand their circle outward. "We don' want to just be about ourselves," says Chavez. "We want other people to be involved in this process as well. I think the time is right. There's a war going on, there's a sense of despair, and I think people are looking for something."
Three of Gen II's founding members aren' in attendance at the photo shoot, but their presence is felt nonetheless. Arun Gandhi, grandson of the late Mahatma Gandhi, cofounded India's Center for Social Unity, whose mission is to alleviate poverty and caste discrimination; he also cofounded the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in Memphis, in 1991. Nadim Gemayel, the son of Bashir Gemayel (the Lebanese military commander who, as president-elect, was assassinated in 1982), is politically active in Lebanon. And Dalia Rabin-Pelosoff, daughter of the late Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated after signing the Oslo Accords peace agreement with the Palestinians, chairs the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies Administrative Committee and is a former member of the Knesset.
In 1968 Dr. King said, "We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools." In 2007 Kerry Kennedy suggests the best way to get there: "The government's not going to do it. The military is not going to do it. The multinationals aren' going to do it. Wal-Mart's not going to do it. Margaret Mead said, 'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.' And this is a small group of determined people. A group of smart, committed, determined people."