Thursday, September 07, 2006

Save Darfur NOW

Back in April I went to a rally to raise awareness about the genocide in Darfur. People are more aware of what is going on, and the international community is denouncing the events in Sudan, but women, children, and men in the Darfur region are still dying. On September 17, while the UN General Assembly is meeting in New York, there will be a rally in Central Park, so that people can raise their voices in support of the people of Darfur. Right now the government of Sudan is fighting back against the rebels who are committing the genocide, but the civilians are still the ones suffering. The looting, raping, and fighting is apparently getting worse, and all the while there hasn't been a strong enough international push for peace.

Today is the beginning of 10 Days of Action for Darfur. During this time, people around the country and around the world will act together to raise awareness and move toward a resolution to this crisis.

Here's how you can be involved.

September 7. Shine a light for Darfur. People will be holding candlelight vigils and lighting candles for the people of Darfur. Put a candle in your window, and be sure to tell people why you are doing so.

September 8. Prayer and Action. Join the international community of faith in prayer for the people of Darfur, and educate others on the genocide.

September 9. Rally in DC. This rally will be smaller than the one in New York, and will target the White House with speakers and people practicing civil disobediance.

September 13. National Day of Prayer. Gather together to pray for peace and reconciliation in Darfur and around the world.

September 14. E-mail and Call in to the UN. Ask Secretary-General Kofi Annan to make a peacekeeping force in Darfur a priority.

September 15. Postcard Day. Send postcards to President Bush and Kofi Annan, asking them to support stronger peacekeeping efforts. Postcards can be printed or electronically sent from

September 17. Save Darfur Now: Voices to Stop Genocide.
Join me in New York to raise our voices and learn more about the situation in Sudan. Wear a blue hat to symbolize the need for more UN peacekeepers. If you are interested in riding up together, please leave me a message or e-mail me. The rally is from 2-5 pm.


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