Active TopicsActive Topics  Display List of Forum MembersMemberlist  CalendarCalendar  Search The ForumSearch  HelpHelp
  RegisterRegister  LoginLogin  Old ForumOld Forum  Twitter  Facebook
Advertisement:
         

Current Events
 IslamiCity Forum - Islamic Discussion Forum : Politics : Current Events
Message Icon Topic: Virtual March Against Genocide in Sudan Post Reply Post New Topic
Author Message
Mishmish
 
Senior Member
Senior  Member


Joined: 01 November 2005
Location: United States
Online Status: Offline
Posts: 1694
Quote Mishmish Replybullet Topic: Virtual March Against Genocide in Sudan
    Posted: 24 April 2006 at 2:45pm

Dear MoveOn member,

For years, many of us have read reports of the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, and wondered why world leaders have failed to step in. As many as 400,000 civilians have died1 and over 2 million have been driven from their homes,2 and yet the United States and other leading nations won't intervene and stop the killing.

This week, we may have the best chance since the genocide began to capture national media attention and give our leaders a mandate to act. On Sunday, April 30th, tens of thousands of concerned Americans, organized by the Save Darfur coalition, will gather in Washington to demand a real multi-national peacekeeping force to protect civilians in Darfur and end the genocide—now.

To support this urgent call, we're launching a "virtual march" to end the genocide in Darfur. We'll announce the total number of virtual marchers and read some of your comments at the big rally in DC (with the national media looking on) and then we'll deliver every signature to Congress and the President. We're aiming to sign up 100,000 virtual marchers in time for the rally—can you help us get there?

You can join the virtual march against genocide by clicking here:

http://political.moveon.org/darfur?id=7381-5874814-m9em22Y1O RIQzMYHH6D5QA&t=2

In 2003, the Sudanese government launched a systematic campaign to massacre or drive out millions of Darfurians who happened to share the same ethnicity as a local rebel group.3 Since then, "Janjaweed" militias, armed and funded by the Sudanese government, have swept into thousands of rural farming villages with guns, machetes, and even helicopter gunships. They typically kill or rape anyone unable to flee, leaving every home and crop field burned to the ground.4

Responding to calls from thousands of MoveOn members and many other groups, Congress and the White House officially labeled the conflict a "genocide" in mid 2004.5 But nearly 2 years later, almost nothing has been done to actually stop the killing.

Experts agree that deploying a relatively small, armed and well-funded United Nations peacekeeping force could protect the civilian populations and allow a sustainable peace process to begin.6 We wouldn't even need to commit new American troops. But the UN won't act unless leading nations, especially the United States, step up and insist on it. So why haven't we?

As the Los Angeles Times reported, the Bush administration has been relying on the Sudanese government, who used to harbor Osama Bin Laden, for military intelligence—even sending a private jet to fly one of the primary architects of the genocide to Washington for secret meetings with the CIA.7 According to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, the administration is concerned that holding these Sudanese officials accountable could "disrupt cooperation."8 This is simply an unacceptable trade-off.

To change things around, we must show President Bush and Congress that there's a real political reward for bold action—and a serious political cost for standing still. This week is our best chance yet to do just that: the DC rally will draw national media attention, and your names will be added to those the Save Darfur coalition has already collected in their "Million Voices for Darfur" campaign.

After our tragic failure to act in Rwanda, the world pledged never again to let a preventable genocide unfold before our eyes. The crisis in Darfur is the first great test of that pledge, and it's time to act.

Please sign up as "virtual marcher" today, and encourage your friends and family who are concerned about this issue to join you—we'll all need to spread to reach 100,000 virtual marchers this week.

http://political.moveon.org/darfur?id=7381-5874814-m9em22Y1O RIQzMYHH6D5QA&t=3

Thanks for all that you do,

–Ben, Wes, Tanya, Carrie and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
  Monday, April 24th, 2006

P.S. There is one prominent figure who is publicly against intervening to stop the genocide: Osama Bin Laden. Yesterday, he released a new tape condemning the presence of peace keepers and defending his old friends, the government of Sudan.9

P.P.S. Here are some links with additional information, resources and some powerful visuals about life in Darfur:

Sources:

1. "Darfur's real death toll" Washington Post, April 24, 2006
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1662

2. "5 truths about Darfur" Washington Post, April 26, 2006
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1663

3. Human Rights Watch
http://hrw.org/english/docs/2004/05/05/darfur8536.htm

4. "The silence of bystanders" New York Times, March 19, 2006
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1664

5. The House of Representatives recognized the Darfur crisis as a genocide in July of 2004
"US House calls Darfur 'genocide'" BBC News, July 23 2004
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3918765.stm

Then Secretary of State Colin Powell followed suit in September of 2004
"Powell declares genocide in Sudan", BBC News, September 9, 2004
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3641820.stm

6. "Beyond strong words on Darfur, New York Times, February 22, 2006
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1665

7. "Official Pariah Sudan Valuable to America's War on Terrorism," Los Angeles Times, April 29, 2005
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1666

8. "Official Pariah Sudan Valuable to America's War on Terrorism," Los Angeles Times, April 29, 2005
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1666

9. "On tape, Bin Laden warns of long war" Washington Post, April 24, 2006
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1667

It is only with the heart that one can see clearly, what is essential is invisible to the eye. (The Little Prince)
IP IP Logged
Post Reply Post New Topic
Printable version Printable version

Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot create polls in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Disclaimer:
The opinions expressed herein contain positions and viewpoints that are not necessarily those of IslamiCity. This forum is offered to stimulate dialogue and discussion in our continuing mission of being an educational organization.
If there is any issue with any of the postings please email to icforum at islamicity.com or if you are a forum's member you can use the report button.

Note: The 99 names of Allah avatars are courtesy of www.arthafez.com

Advertisement:



Sponsored by:
Islamicity Membership Program:
IslamiCity Donation Program  http://www.islamicity.com/Donate
IslamiCity Arabic eLearning http://www.islamiCity.com/ArabAcademy
Complete Domain & Hosting Solutions www.icDomain.com
Home for Muslim Tunes www.icTunes.com
Islamic Video Collections www.islamiTV.com
IslamiCity Marriage Site www.icMarriage.com