I just got back from a lunchtime lecture here at WB with Don Cheadle and John Prendergast about the current genocide in Darfur. It was harrowing but informative. Their main goal is to get people more informed and interested in activism. They kept stressing that everyone's activism, whether it's letters or phone calls or protests or emails, is important and does count. Apparently our President has a bill on his desk at the moment that would call for decisive action on sanctioning those in the Sudanese government who are committing the atrocities in Darfur. It's not a perfect plan, and this is a complex issue, but it would be an acknowledgment of the problem. He will be making a decision on it in the next three weeks. The White House just needs more pressure from the American people to act.
Every time there's a genocide on this planet, there has been rhetoric: "We must never allow this to happen again. Humanity will never allow these kinds of killings again." Well guess what, it's happening again. It happened not too long ago in Rwanda and it's happening right now in Sudan.
So this is my post to say that I acknowledge there is a problem and I want whoever reads this to act. Call the White House, 202.456.1111, and leave a recorded message about ending the genocide in Darfur. Gotosomewebsites and read up and get on mailinglists.