APRIL 27: MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, MIA FARROW, DARFUR ACTIVIST LEADERS TO PROTEST DARFUR’S DETERIORATING HUMANITARIAN CRISIS, PARTICIPATE IN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AT SUDANESE EMBASSY
WHAT: More than a month after Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir expelled 13 international humanitarian aid agencies – putting millions of Darfuri civilians at risk for starvation and disease - the situation on the ground in Darfur continues to deteriorate. On Monday, April 27, actress Mia Farrow and a number of U.S. lawmakers including: Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA), John Lewis (D-GA), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Keith Ellison (D-MN), and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), will participate in a protest at the Sudanese Embassy with Save Darfur Coalition president Jerry Fowler, Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast and Genocide Intervention Network executive director Sam Bell. Participants will protest the Sudanese government’s ongoing genocide in Darfur and - just days before President Obama’s 100th day in office - call for action by the United States and world leaders to ensure the safety of Darfuri civilians. Participants’ civil disobedience is expected to result in their arrest.
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
Jerry Fowler, Save Darfur Coalition
John Prendergast, Enough Project
Sam Bell, Genocide Intervention Network
Monday, April 27, 2009
9:50 Religious Action Center
2027 Massachusetts Ave NW
[Members of Congress, activists and organizers will gather here before marching to the Embassy]
This is the third installment in a series of open letters to President Obama spelling out a practical roadmap to end the crisis in Sudan. Co-authored by Enough, the Save Darfur Coalition, and the Genocide Intervention Network, the letter outlines a blueprint to achieve President Obama’s objective of a comprehensive peace for all of Sudan, a goal shared widely throughout the international community.
By John Prendergast, Omer Ismail, Jerry Fowler, and Sam Bell | Apr 30, 2009
BOR, Sudan -- The nascent government of southern Sudan, a key U.S. ally in the volatile nation, is threatened by severe problems including severe cash shortages and growing ethnic tensions spawned by a national ruling party determined to see the south fail, southern officials say.
The future of Sudan as a whole is closely tied to what happens in this oil-rich region, where the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement, or SPLM, fought a brutal, 21-year civil war against the government rooted in claims of discrimination by a northern, Arab elite. More than 2 million southerners died in the conflict, and millions more were displaced.
A protest outside of the Sudanese embassy this morning resulted in the arrest of five members of Congress and two Darfur activists.
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Jerry Fowler of Save Darfur Coalition, and John Prendergast of the Enough Project led the protest.
Following speeches by the protest's headliners, the group stepped onto the property of the embassy and was given three warnings by the U.S. Secret Service to leave. As the protesters stood defiant, police handcuffed each of the leaders and escorted them into a Secret Service vehicle.
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Enough's co-Founder John Prendergast speaking in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) tells the assembled media what must be done in Darfur.
MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE JOIN 'DARFUR FAST FOR LIFE'
Since actress and activist Mia Farrow began her fast for Darfur on April 27, more than 500 people around the world have joined the Fasting Chain of her group, Darfur Fast for Life, to fast or subsist on refugee rations for a day or more. Prominent individuals who have joined the fast include Sir Richard Branson, the singer Peter Gabriel, and U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne.
WATCH Mia Farrow discuss her hunger strike in protest of the expulsions of NGOs and aid workers from Darfur on Larry King Live.
JOIN Darfur Fast for Life - even if you want to fast or live on refugee rations for a single day. Sign up at http://fastdarfur.org.
FOLLOW the progress of Mia's April 27 to May 8 fast, in her blog.