From President Obama's appointment of a special envoy for Sudan to the expulsion of 16 aid groups from Darfur, the past several weeks have brought both welcome first steps and the development of a potential humanitarian disaster to the situation in Sudan. Many activists have grown understandably and increasingly frustrated given the seeming lack of urgency and relative silence from the Obama administration in addressing the looming humanitarian crisis in Darfur.
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