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Media Advisory: Members of Congress to Protest at the Sudanese Embassy

Apr 24, 2009



APRIL 27, 2009
10:00 AM ET

Contact: Cosabeth Bullock
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                          MEDIA ADVISORY


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
Washington, D.C. 

[Members of Congress, activists and organizers will gather here before marching to the Embassy]

10:00 Outside Sudanese Embassy
2210 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C.






President Obama and Sudan: A Blueprint for Peace

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.

Sen. Kerry on Engaging Sudan

Senator Kerry and John Prendergast

At Demonstration, 5 House Democrats Arrested and Released - The Caucus, The New York Times

Apr 27, 2009
Bernie Becker

Five House Democrats, including civil rights pioneer John Lewis of Georgia, were among the eight people arrested during a demonstration outside the Sudanese Embassy Monday morning.

The representatives were protesting Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s expulsion last month of 16 aid groups from war-ravaged Darfur. 

Continue reading here.

Mini-Cooper Diplomacy?

Five Members of Congress, Activists Arrested Outside Sudanese Embassy - UN Dispatch

Apr 27, 2009
Mark Leon Goldberg

 Huffington Post relays video of a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. which resulted in the arrest of five members of congress, including civil rights legend John Lewis. 

Watch the video here.

Precarious South Essential to Sudan - The Washington Post

Apr 25, 2009
Stephanie McCrummen

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. 

Continue reading here.

5 US Lawmakers Arrested at Sudan Embassy in Darfur Protest - The Wall Street Journal

Apr 27, 2009

Washington police arrested five members of Congress Monday during a protest outside the Sudanese embassy over the humanitarian crisis in Sudan's Darfur region.

Organizers said the five, who included Democratic Rep. John Lewis, a veteran of the civil rights movement, were arrested on charges of civil disobedience after refusing a police order to disperse. 

Continue reading here.

Sudanese Embassy Protest - Fast for Darfur

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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.

Read the official statements by:

Read Enough's coverage of the event on Twitter.

WATCH a video of the arrest on Huffington Post.

SEE photos of the protest on and READ more.

Check back often for updates to this page.


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.


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

FOLLOW the progress of Mia's April 27 to May 8 fast, in her blog.


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