Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Darfur Update: A Quick Easy Step

The below comes via Suzanne Feinspan:

So we were at the Darfur rally in NYC on Sunday and it was HUGE...upwards of 20,000 people. And, due to that political pressure, President Bush decided to send a US special envoy to Darfur which the advocacy community has been asking for for a year. So what we do really does make a difference.

While it's great that the special envoy is being sent, the people of Darfur are going to be without protection if the UN doesn't send peacekeepers by Sept. 30th. The African Union troops who are now doing their best to protect who they can, will be leaving on the 30th and if there's no one to replace them more bloodshed is inevitable.

There are people there dying everyday. Men, women and children. But rather than losing hope, there is something we can do. When we put pressure on the White House, Bush listens. Please find the time today, tomorrow and Friday to call the White House comment line and say the following script to the operator who answers the line. Even if you're put on hold, the whole thing should take less than 3 minutes. And it can make a difference.

Here's what to do:
Call the White House comment line at (202) 456-1111

Hello, this is [name] calling from [city], [state]. I'm calling to urge President Bush to use all diplomatic channels to pressure the Sudanese government to immediately consent to a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Darfur. If U.N. peacekeepers are not sent to Darfur to replace the African Union peacekeepers whose mandate expires on
September 30, it will demonstrate a failure of U.S. leadership. Please don't let the perpetrators of genocide veto the international community's responsibility to protect!


At 9/20/2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can we better urge China to put pressure on Sudan. Isn't China's support of Sudan (in return for their oil) the critical problem in changing the situation in Darfur?


At 9/21/2006 , Blogger Ruby K said...

the bad news is, the special envoy? He's the guy who messed up Boston's Big Dig and claimed the war in iraq was going to cost american taxpayers 1.7 billion dollars.

At 9/22/2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

China's relationship with Sudan has been a stumbling block, but it is not the only one. Additionally, last week China issued a number of public statements urging the Sudanese government to accept UN Peacekeepers. As American citizens, urging the President to take a personal role in securing the Sudanese government's consent for UN Peacekeeping troops is the most effective thing that we can do. It is up to him what diplomatic channels he uses - he has better access to information to know whether direct negotiations with the Sudanese government is more or less effective than working through the Chinese government.


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