Across the country activists stood in solidarity with the Sudanese, holding local events protesting the use of food as a weapon of war.
George Clooney lent his celebrity to highlight Sudanese President al-Bashir’s use of food as a weapon of war two weeks ago at the United to End Genocide rally and protest in Washington, DC. Across the country, activists stood in solidarity with the Sudanese in their communities, holding dozens of local events.
Highlighted events include:
David Rosenberg hosted U.S. Senior Adviser for Darfur, Ambassador Dane Smith at a luncheon presentation titled “Resolving Sudan’s Crisis in Darfur.” at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Ambassador Smith also spoke at the University of Pittsburgh on “Diplomacy and Peace building in Darfur” which was co-sponsored with University of Pittsburgh STAND.
The Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition (PDEC) met with Hawa Abdullah; a Darfuri activist arrested for “Christianizing” children. PDEC lobbied their City Council officials and gained their support in writing to Secretary Clinton for her release. Hawa has since been released and was a recipient of the 2012 International Women of Courage award.
Keith Blackwell from Jim Thorpe Area High School in PA held an event in the Commons area of his High School. Their event was featured on the local news.
Activists held signs at busy intersections convincing passerby’s to call their Member of Congress to talk about Sudan.
Sharon Silber along with the New York City Coalition to Save Darfur met at the Church of St Paul with activists and local leaders. They watched a ten minute presentation by Ann Curry on conditions in Yida Camp and they called and wrote letters urging their representatives to co-sponsor HR 4169.
Staci Alziebler led a meeting with activists and the Sudanese Diaspora at the Conference of Nongovernmental Organizations office to discuss next steps i to move legislation on Sudan forward.
Mary Chen-Johnson got her community members to gather at the Tacoma Community College in the 6th district to call Congressman Norm Dicks to co-sponsor the Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act (H.R. 4169.
Steve Robert in Muncie, Indiana held a presentation on Sudan. Ayesha Quirke in Miami, Florida held a 24 hour hunger strike to raise money for United to End Genocide. Heather Dorsey in Reno, Nevada hosted a small gathering where activists called their members of congress.
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