Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Darfur Call to Action!

Dear Good Spirits

As you read this, diplomatic leaders from around the world are discussing what to do about the genocide in Darfur. Help us seize this opportunity!

Over the next few days, as the United Nations General Assembly gathers in New York, President Bush will meet with many of these world leaders – and he will speak in front of the entire Assembly next week.

We must ensure that a solution to Darfur's spiraling violence is on the agenda at the UN and in the president's speech there. That is why we are organizing a nationwide call-in day TODAY.

Join Darfur activists from around the country and call President Bush today at 202-456-1111.

Ask him to:

  • Make Darfur a top priority during his meetings with world leaders and in his speech to the UN General Assembly;
  • Immediately appoint a Special Envoy; and
  • Do whatever is necessary to deploy a UN peacekeeping force in Darfur.

After you've made your call, click here to let us know how it went.

Making your call is easy. When you dial 202-456-1111, you will speak to a communications coordinator who will take down your comments and then pass them on to the president's advisers. If you get a busy signal, please try again.

The situation in Darfur is dire. Hundreds of thousands are dead, and millions of men, women, and children have been displaced from their homes. Many more are at risk.

Please add your voice to those of the many Americans calling on President Bush to do more to stop the Darfur genocide.

Click here to report back on your phone call.

We must do all we can. I will be calling President Bush today. Will you join me?

Sincerely,

David Rubenstein
Save Darfur Coalition

P.S. Join us on September 17 for the "SAVE DARFUR NOW: Voices to Stop Genocide" rally and concert in New York City. Click here for more information.

In addition, Symphony Space in New York is holding a benefit for the Save Darfur Coalition on the evening of September 16 with musical performances and speakers. Tickets are $50 apiece with a group rate available. Visit http://www.symphonyspace.org/ for more information.

P.P.S. Click here to see photos from "Shine a Light for Darfur" vigils held across the country last week.

1 comment:

Jay McGinley said...

THE ONLY HOPE FOR DARFUR: WE-THE-WORLD’S-PEOPLE. Duh.

It is said that the mark of truly being “crazy” is expecting different results from doing the same thing over and over and…. Ok, we needed to try some new approaches, hoping we could find a new formula for mass social change (stopping Genocide has NEVER been done); looking for an approach that would be comfortable, convenient, safe, executed from our computer terminal / phone / TV or office in some combination. The variations we’ve tried are: * Blame (Bush, UN, EU…) , * Emails, letters, postcards…,* Letting the Nonprofits do it, * Divestment. And the results are in. WE ARE NOT, STOPPING THE GENOCIDE!

You mean that the answer for Darfur is the same answer we found for…* Ending the Vietnam War, * Gaining Civil Rights in the US, * Gaining Women the right to Vote in the US, * Ending apartheid in South Africa, * Throwing off the British oppression at our start....?

Yup. No one else, nothing else can stop it, can save 4,000,000 in Concentration Camps in Sudan and Chad. The buck stops with WE-THE-WORLD’S-PEOPLE. Let’s stop talking and start - marching, demonstrating, sitting-in, hunger striking….

The next step is September 17th (SaveDarfur.org; DayForDarfur.org). BUT, then we need to be ready on SEPTEMBER 18th, 19th… AS LONG AS IT TAKES, WHATEVER IT TAKES.

Jay McGinley, jymcginley@cs.com; Day 105 24/7 DC VIGIL; Day 35 HUNGER STRIKE (54 days so far this summer, with breaks); ARRESTED Sept 9th at White House with 29 others from Africa Action; http://wwww.standwithdarfurwhitehouseii.blogspot.com

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