Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The Genocide Prevention Task Force recognized these patterns and problems with past genocides and came out with a series of recommendations to help ensure future signs of genocide will be taken seriously. Genocide is planned, which means it is preventable.
You can be a part of helping to make sure the recommendations of the task force are implemented. The first week of December will be the kick-off of a National Canvass to get people to become a part of the movement to end genocide. You can join by signing up at ipledge2protect.org You can do more by getting your friends to sign up and by holding a Canvass event yourself, at your place of worship, at a social gathering, or even by going door-to-door. All the information you need is at ipledge2protect.org
The movement to end the British Slave Trade began with 12 people committed to seeing its end. It seemed to many like a hopeless endeavor when it started, with the British economy totally reliant upon the slave trade. Yet, it succeeded. The fight to end genocide is just as doable. You can be a part of it, starting today. Go to ipledgetoprotect.org and sign up now. Tell your friends. Become a member of the movement that will end genocide.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
SAIDC Advocacy Coordinator and 2009 Carl Wilkens Fellow Susan Smylie has been in Washington, DC this weekend attending the Pledge 2 Protect Anti-Genocide Conference.
She is shown here with Carl and Teresa Wilkens and other 2009 Carl Wilkens Fellows.
This is what the Anti-Genocide Generation looks like:
Layla Amjadi, STAND Student Director, inspiring us with her words "We are so blessed to be able to do this work."
Sam Bell, Genocide Intervention Network President, "It's about carrying the faith for a world without genocide with us wherever we go."
Monday, October 19, 2009
There is a new action on 1-800-GENOCIDE related to the release of the policy. Please take a few minutes to call today and ask to connect to the White House to leave a message for President Obama. You will be given information about what to say prior to being connected to the White House.
You can read reaction/analysis at the following sites:
Friday, October 9, 2009
American Approach to Darfur Genocide Woefully Lacking
Want an easy action to follow up with? Stop Genocide Now has done the work for you, just go here and copy the provided message to send to the White House:
Stop Genocide Now
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
here is the White House's response:
White House pushes back
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Relief Beads is a grassroots campaign raising awareness and support for Relief International’s humanitarian efforts in Darfur. Founded in 2007, Relief Beads has raised tens of thousands of dollars, which has provided life-saving relief for thousands of refugees. Each Relief Beads bracelet truly makes a difference!
Contributions raised by Relief Beads aided in the construction of the only Women’s Development Center in Darfur. The center is a place where women and children victimized by the crisis are able to get professional medical and psychological support. Relief Beads bracelets are assembled by the women at the center and this provides them with an invaluable opportunity to contribute to their own livelihoods.
Relief Beads is also currently raising funds to build a Children's Malnutrition Center at the second largest refugee camp in Darfur, Zam Zam.
Please vist the website at www.reliefbeads.org to learn more about this wonderful organization the work they’re doing to help IDP’s in Darfur, and to order bracelets for yourself and your friends!
(from Orange County for Darfur. Reused with permission)
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Join other faith leaders in signing the letter calling on President Obama to continue his work for lasting peace in Sudan.
Signing the letter is only the first step. The weekend of August 28th-30th, just before the U.S. takes the Presidency of the UN Security Council in September, communities of faith will unite in prayer and action for Sudan. Sign up as a Congregation of Conscience for forthcoming details.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
After the Nazi Holocaust, many people said, “Never again,” but in the sixty-plus years since, there have been more genocides than ever before in history.
Barry Block, senior Rabbi at Temple Beth-El, commissioned the Temple ’s theatre group to produce a play in order to educate the public about the tragedy in Sudan, Africa. Darfur Calls-a Trial for Humanity-a Trial of Conscience opens with an African interpretive dance and then moves into a trial in which an average woman, Miriam, is held accountable for her lack of response to the Darfur genocide. Audiences will hear witnesses from both sides and then will have to decide whether or not Miriam is responsible and, in the process, learn what they can do to help.
The writers’ hope is that the words, “Never again,” will never again be empty words.
Monday, June 15, 2009
While Rwanda has made remarkeable strides since then, many survivors of the genocide are still struggling to get by. UNICEF reports that close to three million children, about 83% of the population, are classified as orphans or are vulnerable because they do not have family members to consistently rely upon for support. Children-run households are common, and many genocide orphans do not have homes.
During the Fifteenth Anniversary of Rwanda's Commemoration it is the goal of the Diaspora One Dollar Campaign, not only to remember, but to effectively do something for the survivors. It is their hope by everyone pitching in at least one dollar, we can raise money to build homes for at least 500 genocide orphans (this is being through RINA, a US-based 501c3 organization).
To check out how you can help, make sure you attend a "fun" fundraising event filled with music, films, and info!!!!
WHAT: RWANDA DIASPORA ONE DOLLAR CAMPAIGN EVENT
WHERE: UNIVERSITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Youth Worship Center
5084 DeZavala, SA, TX
WHEN: SAT, JUNE 27TH
TIME: 6:00 P.M.
If you choose to give a donation, all donations are tax deductible.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO CONTRIBUTE: www.1dollarcampaign.org
*So, why $1? One dollar is just a symbol - meaning that if each person can give a dollar....what a huge impact it could make in the lives of people around the globe. Each person is encouraged to genorously give according to what he/she can afford. Most importantly, $1 allows everyone, particularly those with limited means to be part of the initiative
Monday, April 27, 2009
San Antonio stands strong with the people of Darfur, with numerous participants in this fast. If you would like to join the fast, email ContactSAIDC at gmail.com to be added to the fast list--specify the day(s) you wish to fast, your city, and whether you will fast on water only or on refugee rations.
What else you can do:
Contact your Senators and Representatives today by dialing 1-800-GENOCIDE (1-800-436-6243 ), tell them to:
Publicly support the International Criminal Court’s indictment of Sudan’s President al-Bashir.
Urgently seek the return of humanitarian aid agencies to Darfur.
Pressure the UN Security Council to ensure protection for Darfur’s civilians.
Work towards a peace agreement in Sudan which allows Darfuri’s to return home.
Friday, April 10, 2009
The Echoing Green Foundation, an organization aimed at promoting social change, has offered to match donations to the Burmese civilian protection project - up to a total of $25,000. For every $325 raised, one village in Burma will be added to the life-saving radio network.
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity - take the Burma challenge today. 100% matching ends on May 31st.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This does not mean we give up our activism. We need to make sure that Gration is given the resources and mandate to do the job that needs to be done. We also need to continue to press for the restoration of humanitarian aid within Sudan and for the overall peace process to continue, including full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Khartoum government and South Sudan. We cannot rest until the people of Sudan know peace.
Friday, March 13, 2009
The Chinese government, and the governments of Arab League and African Union members are key to resolving the current impass. We are requesting that they use their influence with the Sudanese government to secure a reversal of the decision to expel the aid groups, and to make clear that the United States will never support a trade-off of humanitarian access in exchange for concessions over the International Criminal Court. We are urging Members of Congress to sign "Dear Colleague letters" with this message to the heads of the Arab League, African Union, and China.
Please join us in this effort by calling your Representative (call 1-800-Genocide) and asking that he or she sign the three Darfur letters being circulated by Representative Michael Capuano and Representative Michael McCaul. The letters are addressed to China, the Arab League, and African Union and call on each to pressure the Sudanese Government to reverse its decision and allow the 13 expelled aid agencies back into the country.
If world leaders join together humanitarian aid can be restored to the people of Darfur. But, we need you to call your Representative today.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
This situation requires that we respond even more strongly than we have in the past. Please take the time to complete at least one of these actions. If you would like to get even more involved, please go to: http://www.enoughproject.o
1) Send President Obama a "progress report" on how he has responded to the Darfur crisis during his first 50 days in office. It only takes a few seconds to send a free e-fax, just click here for instructions:
2) Please send a text message to Secretary of State Clinton at 90822 (this is the phone number to use--it works! Does not need more digits) Ask her to act to restore humanitarian aid and appoint an envoy for Sudan.
3) This one is a bit more involved--it focuses on Congress--please take the time to call at least one office:
a. Call your Senator Cornyn's office at 202-224-2934 or Senator Hutchison at 202-224-5922 and ask to speak to the staffer for foreign affairs.
b. Tell that person that you are calling to advocate for firm action in response to the Sudan government's expulsion of humanitarian aid organizations and that you wo uld like the Senator to advocate the following:
1) FULL deployment and use of UNAMID to deliver humanitarian aid,
2) No-fly zone--(ban on offensive military flights),
3) Sanctions on senior Sudanese officials and an arms embargo
4) Appointment of a Special Envoy to Sudan
4. Then call your representative and follow the same steps. You can find your Representative and their phone number at: http://www.visi.com/juan/c
As always, your willingness to be engaged in action to keep alive hope for the Darfuri community is immensely appreciated.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Activist Community Response
Reuters News Story about Aid Agencies
Sunday, March 1, 2009
You can download a copy of the bill at: http://www.legis.state.tx.
Please write to your state Representative and Senator and either thank him or her for being an author/co-author of this bill, or if they are not listed below, ask them to support it.
You can find out who represents you and how to contact them here:
Author: Chisum | Cohen | Naishtat | Thompson | Branch
Coauthor: Allen | Bohac | Davis, John | Edwards | Gonzales | Weber
Author: Ellis | Shapiro
Coauthor: Carona | Deuell | Hinojosa | Lucio | Seliger | Van de Putte | Wentworth | West
Monday, February 16, 2009
La campaña de postales "Sea Una Voz Por Darfur" busca asegurar que Darfur es una prioridad para la administración de Obama. Usted y un millón de americanos más, le recordarán al presidente electo Obama, la promesa que hizo: "tener una determinación sin límite" para terminar con el genocidio en Darfur. En el 2009 estaremos entregando sus postales a nuestro presidente, acompañadas de un plan de acción sobre lo que es necesario hacer en Darfur. Inmediatamente despues de la campaña, seguiremos vigilantes para asegurar que la situación en Darfur sea tomada en cuenta de una forma urgente y definitiva.
© 2008 Be A Voice For Darfur
Thursday, February 12, 2009
WASHINGTON - The Save Darfur Coalition - in coordination with the Enough Project, Genocide Intervention Network, Refugees International, Physicians for Human Rights, Stop Genocide Now, Africa Action and American Jewish World Service - today released a statement on the reported decision by the International Criminal Court judges to issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese President al-Bashir. The organizations urged Sudanese authorities to comply with their obligation to cooperate with the court. The organizations also urged the U.S., the U.N., and the international community to take all necessary steps to ensure the protection of civilians, aid workers and peacekeepers in Darfur, and to focus renewed diplomatic efforts on building a lasting and inclusive peace for all of Sudan.
The full statement appears below.
"The judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will soon act on the prosecutor's request for an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
"Their decision will likely add international legal weight to a long obvious truth - primary responsibility for the atrocities in Darfur rests with the regime that Bashir heads. Individual nations and the international community as a whole cannot continue to do business as usual with Bashir once he is an indicted war criminal. At a minimum, countries should not allow him to travel to their territory and should limit diplomatic interaction with him in Khartoum to efforts to end the crisis in Darfur and bring peace to all of Sudan. He should not be allowed to attend summits, international conferences or similar functions. A regime led by an indicted war criminal cannot possibly be treated as a full member of the community of nations. The international community must press Sudanese authorities to comply with their obligations to cooperate with the ICC, including executing all outstanding warrants.
"The ICC decision will present both challenges and opportunities. The international community, led by the United States and other members of the United Nations Security Council, must first and foremost meet the challenges. It must make absolutely clear that the Government of Sudan will be held responsible for any preemptive or retaliatory action against civilians, humanitarian aid workers, or United Nations and Africa Union peacekeeping forces. The Security Council must explicitly identify severe consequences and employ them if necessary.
"Likewise, the Government of Sudan must know that the Security Council will categorically reject any attempt to abandon or suspend the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) with the Government of South Sudan in retaliation for the ICC decision. The Security Council - led by its five permanent members and the seven non-permanent members who are parties to the ICC Statute - must resolve that it will not allow Khartoum to hold hostage the CPA, Sudanese civilians or the international operation to alleviate suffering caused by the Sudanese government.
"The various Darfur rebel movements must also understand from the Security Council that any attempt to use the ICC decision as an excuse for offensive military action is unacceptable, will only result in greater suffering for the Darfuri people and will incur punitive measures. Rebels should be encouraged to come to the negotiating table to take part in a peace process that is better structured and managed than previous efforts. The rebels must know that they stand to gain nothing, and risk losing everything, if they take matters into their own hands.
"While the Bashir arrest warrant will present challenges, it also will provide an opportunity for peace. The international community, led by the United States, must pursue a comprehensive, negotiated peace in Sudan that builds on the framework of the CPA and takes into account the needs and rights of all citizens. Ultimately, the problem of Darfur cannot be resolved unless the problem of Sudan is resolved.
"For its part, the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) must take this opportunity to abandon its disastrous policies in Darfur and elsewhere and rehabilitate its relationships with the international community. For that to happen, it must end its attacks against civilians and its support for the janjaweed militias; cooperate fully with the UN-AU peacekeeping force (UNAMID); end impunity in Darfur; allow refugees and internally displaced persons to safely and voluntarily return home; negotiate in good faith with the rebel movements and Darfuri civil society to ensure equitable political rights and economic development; and fully implement the CPA. Any other course of action will lead only to greater isolation and further loss of legitimacy.
"The ICC judges' decision to issue a warrant for President Bashir's arrest will provide a choice to the NCP, twenty years after it seized power in a military coup. It can choose to move backwards into chaos, destruction and increasing isolation for Sudan, or forward to peace, prosperity and full reintegration of Sudan into the community of nations. We hope it will choose the latter. But if it does not, we will fully support strong and immediate action to protect civilians and humanitarian aid operations throughout Sudan. The Security Council must give U.N. forces throughout Sudan better resources and more capable military personnel to ensure that they can protect themselves from provocations from either the government or rebels and provide much needed protection to civilians and humanitarian agencies."
Sunday, January 25, 2009
TAKE ACTION: Call the White House today by dialing 202-456-1111 or 1-800-GENOCIDE. Urge President Obama to condemn the violence happening now in Darfur.
Reports are coming out of Darfur that the Sudanese government and its militia allies are attacking civilians even as you read this.
According to a first-hand account from Darfur, "People in Elfasher (my hometown where my mother, sisters, brothers and their children are still there) saw military jets and heard loud explosions outside the city. Situation is tense in the city. People stayed at home (no schools or ordinary business). Usually air strikes are signs that the ground troops and Janjaweed are not far."
President Obama, Secretary Clinton and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice must respond. This is the first time that there have been reports of aerial attacks under the new administration's watch. They must send a clear message to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and his regime that violence against civilians, peacekeepers and aid workers in Darfur will not be tolerated.
Hello, my name is (YOUR NAME) and I'm from (YOUR CITY, YOUR STATE). I'm calling to ask President Obama to urgently address the escalating violence in Darfur. According to on-the-ground reports, Omar al-Bashir has launched air and ground attacks throughout Darfur and civilians have been caught in the middle.
President Obama, please demand that Bashir, his regime and the involved rebel groups must immediately cease attacks on civilians in Darfur. Additionally, you should designate a high-level official with the necessary stature, authority and mandate to lead your administration's efforts to reach a comprehensive solution in Sudan. Thank you.
You can also call the State Department's Public Comment Line at 202-647-6575 and leave a similar message for Secretary of State Clinton.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Several activist groups including the San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition, the Massachusetts Darfur Coalition, New York City Coalition for Darfur,Stop Genocide Now, and Americans Against Genocide have worked together to develop a simple e-action that utilizes the invitation at the Obama website, change.gov, for American citizens to "Join the Discussion" and express ideas.
For those of you on Facebook, please post the e-action as a Note on your profile and share it with friends.
We've got a few weeks before Inauguration Day. Let's make our voices heard!
Text of e-action:
Please visit http://change.gov/page/s/ofthepeople today and
1. Provide your information.
2. Check off the "Foreign Policy" box.
3. Copy and paste the following text into the "Your Ideas" space:
"An immediate challenge to the United States is how to lead the international community in bringing peace and protection to the people of Darfur. I urge President-Elect Obama to:
1)Create a peace surge for Sudan, focused on ending the crisis in Darfur rather than managing it.
2)Prepare a comprehensive emergency response plan to prevent Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir from carrying out his threats to accelerate attacks on Darfur and the millions residing in refugee camps and to block the humanitarian aid on which they rely for survival.
3)Identify genocide prevention as a policy priority and implement the recommendations of the Genocide Prevention Task Force.
Elements of the peace surge include fully implementing and supporting the U.N.-authorized peacekeeping force that actively protects civilians, holding the perpetrators of the genocide accountable, ensuring the success of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed by the governments of Sudan and South Sudan, and making Darfur a priority from Day One. The emergency response plan is particularly important given the recent threats by the Government of Sudan to attack Darfuris and humanitarians if the ICC issues the arrest warrant for al-Bashir as expected in early 2009. The non-partisan, blue ribbon Genocide Prevention Task Force published a blueprint for U.S. policymakers to integrate the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities into the broader structures of U.S. foreign policy, including the creation of an interagency Atrocities Prevention Committee (APC) to monitor areas of concern and develop and coordinate responses and interventions.