WASHINGTON – The Save Darfur Coalition today launched the latest phase of its divestment advertising campaign with a print advertisement calling on the U.S. Senate to pass the strongest possible version of the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act, a bill similar to H.R. 180 which was recently passed by a bi-partisan House majority of 418 – 1. The advertisement ran today in The Hill, Roll Call, and the Washington Times. To view a copy of the print ad, click here: http://www.savedarfur.org/divestment/presskit.
The Sudanese government uses up to 70 percent of its oil revenue – generated mainly through foreign direct investment – to fund the military, which arms and supplies the proxy Janjaweed militia. The bill, introduced by Senate Banking Committee chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT), would protect state and local divestment, prohibit U.S. government contracts with companies fueling the genocide, and authorize states to prohibit contracts with companies fueling the genocide.
“The genocide in Darfur is fueled by more than hate. It’s fueled by money,” the print advertisement said. “And some of that money is coming from our pockets. Local, state and federal tax dollars are invested in a few select companies that are enriching the government of Sudan and supporting the genocide in Darfur. American taxpayers and their leaders deserve to stop this.”
The Save Darfur Coalition recently launched additional television and online advertising targeting five American mutual fund companies for their investments in PetroChina, which through its parent company CNPC has been labeled the worst of the “highest offending” funding the genocide in Darfur. Activists specifically appeal to mutual fund companies because such firms hold the retirement savings for millions of Americans.
According to a poll conducted earlier this year, eight in ten Americans said they would withdraw their investments from American companies that do business with companies that directly or indirectly support genocide. Eight in ten – 82 percent – also said they would advise friends, family and co-workers against buying products or services, or investing in American companies that invest in a foreign company that directly or indirectly provide revenue to a government that perpetrates genocide. The poll was conducted by KRC Research.
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