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Happy PhantomWar crimes

On Monday the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued formal charges against Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir for genocide.

How Bashir will respond is unclear. His record suggests that he could take his vengeance out on Darfuris.

If that danger weren’t enough, a BBC report this week revealed evidence suggesting that China, one of the Security Council’s permanent five members, has been providing the weapons used to carry out the genocide.1

It’s never been clearer that the U.N. Security Council needs a comprehensive plan for Darfur. And its leaders need the political will to implement it.

The Save Darfur Coalition is circulating a petition to the leaders of the five most critical voices on the U.N. Security Council to demand that they stop dragging their feet. I’ve already signed. You can too by clicking here. 6 years ago


Happy PhantomUntitled

Not since World War II have all major presidential candidates come together on an international issue.

Until now. Today, Senators Clinton, McCain and Obama released a joint statement condemning the violence against the people of Darfur and promising to address the issue with “unstinting resolve.”

Let’s show our appreciation. Click here to watch a video with the three candidates and send a note applauding their unity on this matter of grave national concern.

The three candidates have honest differences about many issues. But this joint statement shows us they are willing to put aside those differences to stand in solidarity against genocide. They are united in the belief that “atrocities against civilians in Darfur” are “unacceptable to the American people and to the world community.”

The Senators go on to say that:

”...on this moral issue of tremendous importance, there is no divide between us. We stand united and demand that the genocide and violence in Darfur be brought to an end and that the CPA [Comprehensive Peace Agreement] be fully implemented.”

If peace and security for the people of Sudan are not in place when one of us is inaugurated as President on January 20, 2009, we pledge that the next Administration will pursue these goals with unstinting resolve.

At the Save Darfur Coalition, we encourage policymakers to make the right decisions. We show them our disappointment when they make bad choices, but also our gratitude when they make good ones. 6 years ago


mg1418TURN OFF THE COMMERCIALS during the Olympics

Learn more…

Click here: http://www.dreamfordarfur.org/TheCampaign/TargetingOlympicSponsors/TurnOffforDarfur/tabid/288/Default.aspx

Don’t Sponsor Genocide!!! 6 years ago


mg1418Attend a STAND Regional Conference

Visit www.standnow.org for more details. While these are held on college campuses and mainly intended for students, anyone can benefit from attending. I believe the cost is about $35 for the weekend. I’ll be at the one in Austin starting FRIDAY! “Never Again!!” 6 years ago


Happy Phantom24 helicopters

Last Tuesday, the Sudanese Armed Forces attacked the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission for Darfur just ten days after it began. The peacekeepers are not equipped to protect themselves or the people of Darfur without helicopters.

More than 42,000 Save Darfur activists have called on President Bush to secure the 24 helicopters and we are finally seeing some progress.

The U.K. has called an urgent meeting – scheduled for tomorrow – to bring together possible helicopter donors. This meeting could get the peacekeepers one step closer to the necessary 24 helicopters.

But, President Bush needs to hear from you before the meeting. Click here to tell the White House to do everything in its power to secure commitments for the 24 helicopters.6 years ago


mg1418MUST SEE: Sand and Sorrow, Produced by George Clooney

Sand and Sorrow

Ten years after the genocide in Rwanda, another tragic story of inhumanity is unfolding in another African nation. As a bloody byproduct of the ongoing civil war in Sudan, hundreds of thousands of native Sudanese have died, while millions more have been forcibly displaced from their homes and land in the western region of Darfur by their own government. Executive produced and narrated by George Clooney, and directed by Peabody Award winner Paul Freedman, SAND AND SORROW journeys into the heart of the crisis in Darfur.

http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/sandandsorrow/video.html?ntrack_para1=feat_sec1_text

It’ll be availible for viewing online until this Sunday. One of the best, if not the best documentary film I’ve seen on this issue. Please watch it and share with others! 6 years ago


mg1418Spread GENOCIDE Awareness

USE the free and anonymous literary campaign, www.BookCrossing.com as an edu-activism tool to spread awareness about the genocide in the Sudan. The official BC challenge is entitled, “READ,” Respond in Earnest Action for Darfur. See this bookshelf for more info: http://www.bookcrossing.com/mybookshelf/goldem1217 6 years ago


mg1418Dream for Darfur OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY...Texas Events

WALK WITH US.
The Dream for Darfur Olympic Torch Relay, which has also traveled internationally to countries with a history of genocide and mass atrocities, aims to URGE CHINA – as Sudan’s chief diplomatic sponsor, major weapons provider, and largest foreign investor and trade partner; and as host of the 2008 Summer Olympics – to use its unique position to lead the world in bringing an end to the ongoing violence and humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

San Marcos (Texas State University STAND chapter) – Nov. 28, 11:45 AM city square – LBJ street – campus mall.

San Antonio (SAIDC) – Dec. 3, Institute of Texas Cultures
SEE www.saidc.blogspot.com for more info.

Austin (UT White Rose Society) – Dec. 5

www.dreamfordarfur.org
www.standnow.org 6 years ago


Happy PhantomNo funding, no peace

Funding delays in Congress are threatening to hold up the long-awaited U.N.-A.U. peacekeeping mission to Darfur. We cannot sit by and allow budget battles to get in the way of peacekeepers.

Tell Congress to approve funding for Darfur ASAP.

Last week’s peace talks in Libya were another step in the long-awaited political process that can bring peace to Darfur.

But real peace remains elusive. The peace process could take months or years to bear fruit. Meanwhile, violence continues to escalate, making the need for peacekeepers even more urgent.

Yet, political disputes in Washington over issues unrelated to Darfur are threatening to delay America’s promised contribution to the Darfur peacekeeping mission.

The people of Darfur cannot afford any more delays.6 years ago


Happy PhantomDarfur action needed

Darfur peace talks are happening right now in Libya, but the situation on the ground continues to deteriorate.

Violence has escalated in recent weeks, engulfing civilians and peacekeeping forces alike. Meanwhile, political upheavals throughout Sudan threaten to eclipse the faint glimmer of hope of the peace talks.

We MUST remind our leaders that the people of Darfur need their high-level engagement now more than ever. International pressure is essential to ensure progress in peace talks and the timely deployment of the U.N.-A.U. peacekeeping force for Darfur.

This is not a time for complacency. Please remind President Bush and UN Secretary-General Ban to do all they can to ensure progress towards security and political reconciliation in Darfur. Click here to send your message now.?6 years ago


Happy PhantomOlympics and Darfur

SaveDarfur.org has a post called “Olympics Seen As Leverage for Darfur” that’s worth checking out…

What do the Beijing Olympic Games have to do with genocide in Darfur?Nothing, according to the Chinese government.A lot, say some diplomats and experts on Darfur. They say that, as next year’s Games draw closer, China is taking steps to end the humanitarian disaster in the region of western…

6 years ago

Happy PhantomKeep reminding myself

It isn’t over. I keep forwarding information, but what can I do? I have signed petitions. I have written letters and made phone calls. It does not seem to be getting us anywhere. It’s getting very discouraging.

On a lighter side, I just learned that Green Day is performing a cover of John Lennon’s Working class Hero to raise funds for Amnesty International’s campaign in Darfur. It will be a CD called Instant Karma. You can download some preview tracks on iTunes that will include music from REM and Los Loney Boys too.

I’m looking forward to hearing it. But there has to be more. I’m thinking of hosting a house party to discuss and try to raise money. What do you think? 7 years ago


Happy PhantomFrustrating

I am tired of watching the Sunday morning political talk shows. They are already talking about the 08 Presidential campaign as if tomorrow were the primary. Geesh. And what are they talking about? Well, some of them are talking about climate change, but no one is mentioning Darfur. Have we forgotten that hundreds of thousands of people are being slaughtered and displaced? This should be a campaign issue. 7 years ago


Happy PhantomActivities from SAVE DARFUR COALITION

Dear Alisa,

Activists across the world have come together to plan “Global Days for Darfur” – a week of rallies, marches, vigils and other events designed to make it clear that “time has run out” for the people of Darfur.

Will you please join us and thousands of committed Darfur activists the week of April 23rd – 30th?

Click here to find an event taking place near you.

At the web page, locate the “Find an Event” section on the right-hand side of the page, enter your zip code and the distance you’d like to search within, then click “Find Events.”

As you know all too well, time has run out for the people of Darfur.

We must call attention to the escalating violence and the continued failure of the international community to adequately respond to this crisis.

The Global Days for Darfur week of action offers a perfect forum to help raise awareness of the crisis and to call for the immediate deployment of an international peacekeeping force to Darfur.

Please support your fellow activists in speaking out for the people of Darfur by joining an event in your area. Or, if there are currently no activities planned in your community, we hope you will consider creating your own event during this important week.

The Save Darfur Coalition is an alliance of over 175 faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations whose mission is to raise public awareness about the ongoing genocide in Darfur and to mobilize a unified response to the atrocities that threaten the lives of more than two million people in the Darfur region. To learn more, please visit http://www.SaveDarfur.org. 7 years ago


Happy PhantomWhen will I ever agree with Sen. Bill Frist again?

I can’t believe it. But I agree with Sen. “nutball” Frist. I don’t know what that might say about me.

*Note: the White House comment line is only open 9am-5pm EST.  That's a joke. I'll call tomorrow.

Dear friend,
Join Me in Calling the White House

Dial 1-800-671-7887 to urge President Bush to save lives in Darfur by launching “Plan B” immediately.

Once you’ve hung up, click here to report your call back to the Save Darfur Coalition.

Each year I travel to Africa as a medical missionary. I’ve just returned from my latest trip, a deeply troubling visit to the Sudan.

Due to a series of increasingly violent attacks on foreign aid workers in Darfur over the past six months, international efforts to protect civilians and provide them with food, clean water, shelter, and medical care are in a state of crisis.

Countless men, women, and children are in real danger of falling prey to violence, starvation, or disease as a result of these attacks.

The U.S. must take the lead in working with the international community to end the violence. The lives of millions hang in the balance.

Please join me in calling the White House comment line today to urge President Bush to launch “Plan B,” his tough, three-tiered plan to push Sudan to end the genocide, before more lives are lost in Darfur.

It will only take two minutes of your time and could make a world of difference for millions of people in need. Just follow the steps below:

Dial 1-800-671-7887 (toll-free)
Once you’ve been transferred to the comment line leave your comment using the talking points below:

I’m calling to urge President Bush to implement “Plan B” to help bring an end to the genocide in Darfur. Specifically, I am asking him to:
  • Enforce tough sanctions against Sudan;
  • Work with the UN to authorize and enforce a no-fly zone over Darfur to protect civilians from Sudanese bombers; and
  • Press the UN for faster deployment of UN peacekeepers to protect civilians in Darfur.

The U.S. and the international community are all that stand between millions of civilians in Darfur and the Sudanese regime’s policy of genocide. Hundreds of thousands have already been killed, and time is running out for millions more.

Without tough “Plan B” measures to accompany diplomatic efforts, the international community’s efforts to end the violence in Darfur are doomed to fail.

Please follow the steps above to join me in calling the White House comment line to ask President Bush to launch “Plan B” without further delay, then click here to report your call back to the Save Darfur Coalition.

I hope you will help me spread this message of urgent action by forwarding my email to your friends, family and co-workers and asking them to join you in taking two minutes to call the White House.

Thank you for your ongoing advocacy on behalf of the people of Darfur.

Sincerely,

Senator Bill Frist, M.D. 7 years ago


pastillacontinuing to follow darfur.org

They have weekly suggestions of things to do. 7 years ago


Happy PhantomPlan B

The Sudanese government has thumbed its nose at all opportunities to cooperate with international efforts to end the violence.

The Bush administration has already developed “Plan B,” a multi-tiered plan to push Sudan to end the genocide, but they keep delaying its launch. Adding to the frustration, despite the continuing mass-displacement and attacks, Special Envoy Andrew Natsios claimed last week that genocide is no longer occurring in Darfur.

We need your help to encourage President Bush and his advisors to launch “Plan B” before more lives are lost in Darfur.

Click here now to send a message asking President Bush to launch his plan to make Sudan cooperate with international efforts to end the violence.

The Sudanese government-sponsored genocide has already claimed at least 400,000 lives, displaced 2.5 million people and left more than 3.5 million men, women and children struggling to survive amid violence and starvation.

We simply can’t afford to wait any longer.

That is why the Save Darfur Coalition is urging President Bush to:

  • Enact and enforce stronger sanctions;
  • Prepare and oversee the deployment of international peacekeeping forces;
  • Implement the U.N. authorized no-fly zone;
  • Fully fund the United States’ share of peacekeeping and humanitarian aid; and
  • Develop a military contingency plan to respond to the potential collapse of security and humanitarian aid networks in Darfur.

We need your help to make sure they get the message right away.

To learn more, please visit http://www.savedarfur.org/7 years ago


Happy PhantomThere are 2 sites I want to direct you to.

The first site is from MTVU. It’s an online video game to help raise awareness for the plea of the people of Darfur. It’s called DarfurisDying.

The other, I just read in the newspaper today. It’s a guy from Seattle who started his own web site to raise money for humanitarian aids in Darfur. It’s called DarfurWall. The web site has 400,000 numbers to represent the 400,000 people who have been killed by the genocide. If you go to the site and click on a part of the wall, you can give money to light up one of the numbers ($1 for each number). The goal is to raise $400,000. 100% of the proceeds got to 4 charities, including Doctors Without Borders, Sudan Aid Fund, Save the Children, and Save Darfur.

Once you go to the web sites, it is hard not to do SOMETHING.

I hope you check them both out. 7 years ago


Happy PhantomNews from the Save Darfur Coalition

I want to share some important news from Khartoum. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson just released a joint statement with Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir that, if implemented, would bring some immediate security and relief to the people of Darfur as well as provide a clear path forward to long-term peace in the region.

We asked Governor Richardson to travel to Sudan to discuss ways to secure peace in Darfur and to end the genocide. The Governor was accompanied by Save Darfur Senior International Coordinator Ambassador (ret.) Lawrence Rossin, Refugees International Executive Director Kenneth Bacon, and Public and International Law and Policy Group senior attorney Amjad Atallah. Since Sunday, when they arrived in Khartoum, Governor Richardson and the delegation have visited Darfur and participated in a variety of meetings with government officials, rebel leaders, humanitarian officials, AU commanders and UN officials.

The promises from President Bashir in this agreement are encouraging. They include commitments to:

  • A 60-day ceasefire with an international peace summit to be held before March 15, 2007.
  • Sudan’s cooperation to work with the African Union and United Nations on the deployment of a hybrid peacekeeping force in Darfur.
  • Ensuring “zero tolerance” policies for gender-based violence in Darfur.
  • Free access for humanitarian aid workers and journalists.

Click here to read the full joint statement and the press release.

Your concerns for the people of Darfur were voiced directly to President Bashir by Governor Richardson and Ambassador Rossin. We believe that today’s agreement offers a promising step forward to end this four-year nightmare for the people of Darfur. By no means, however, has the genocide ended.

We call urgently upon Sudan, the United Nations, the African Union, and the Bush Administration to make these promises become a reality for the long-suffering people of Darfur.

We must demand that the international community take advantage of this dramatic progress. Your help in this effort will be vital in the months ahead.

Thank you for your contribution to these new developments.

Best regards,

David Rubenstein
Save Darfur Coalition 7 years ago


pastillasmall steps

http://www.savedarfur.org/section/get_involved 7 years ago


Happy PhantomNew Year's Resolution

They are so good at sucking me in. The Save Darfur Coalition is asking me to get 5 people to sign the Save Darfur Petition that will be given to the new U.N. Secretary General.

Can I get 5 people to do this? Well, I sent an e-mail to 5 friends and family members. I’m also asking all of you to sign the petition too.

Pleeeaaaasssseeee.

Visit Save Darfur. 7 years ago


Ashlyn.I think

I’ll start working on this. And…I’d like to stop whats goin down in Uganda. invisiblechildren.com 7 years ago


Happy PhantomSaw the commercial

They had a SaveDarfur.org commercial on TV yesterday. It had to be during one of the football games. It was a number of ordinary people reading letters, seemingly for the first time, from people in Darfur. The stories told were done so in simple, breathtaking sentences about fear and survival.

I could not find this TV ad on the savedarfur.org web site, but I did find a short video from a trip to Darfur with Mia Farrow and David Rubenstein. You can watch it here. 7 years ago


Happy PhantomHoliday gifts

So here we are. We spend, spend, spend this time of year. We go out and buy strange gadgets like that silly fondue set or a chocolate fountain for someone. Or we buy people more DVDs so they can watch it on their new flat screen TV.

Meanwhile, more than 2.5 million people have been displaced from their homes because of the violence in Darfur. And right now, approximately 3.5 million men, women and children in the western Darfur region of Sudan are trying to survive government-sponsored violence and forced starvation.

You know, I made a holiday wish list for my family. I wish I had asked them to make donations in my name to causes like Save Darfur and other humanitarian efforts around the world. Why on earth do I need a new toaster oven?

I’d love to give such donations to friends and family instead of gifts, but the holidays are for giving to people I love what they want, not what I want. 7 years ago


Happy PhantomThanksgiving

Tomorrow, I am going to mention the struggles in Darfur to my family. I visited the Thanksgiving Page from savedarfur.com and I’m downloading the talking points. I know my family will sigh and roll their eyes. Here’s another one of my crusades. I don’t care. Perhaps, they will think twice about it. 7 years ago


Happy PhantomDiplomats face new deadline

I have to admit, I’m tired of these stupid deadlines. The UN has taken 2 years to decide what to do about the situation. In the meantime, hundreds of thousands of innocents people have been brutally murdered.

There was a good piece on NPR today. The written story does not go into as much detail as the one I heard, but it’s pretty close.

There will be rallies all over the country today. The biggest probably being in NYC to send a message to Bush and Annan to put an end to this terrible waste of life. I am so afraid that by the time it ends, there will be far more loss of life than we aver thought. Just like the holocaust. Human beings must stand up for each other. It makes me so sad.

You can sign the petition to Bush and Annan and make your voice heard just a little. Please, we must do something! 7 years ago


Happy PhantomNew e-mail from Save Darfur Coalition

Today I received an e-mail regarding organizing for the Sept. 17th rally in NYC. It;s just 10 days away. I can’t go. But they are asking folks to do a few other things.

In order to help bring even more attention to the suffering of innocent men, women, and children in Darfur, they are launching 10 Days of Action leading up to September 17.

  1. Today, as the first of those days, they encourage you to “Shine a light for Darfur.” Join thousands of other Darfur activists by organizing a local candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the genocide in Darfur.
  1. Place a single lit candle in your window as a remembrance, or ask others in your community to join with you and hold your event in a public place.
  1. There is no better way to raise public awareness than with a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.

The editorial page is one of the most widely read sections of the newspaper, especially by elected officials who want to know what’s on their constituents’ minds. Let newspaper readers know that you will not stand by and watch a government-sponsored genocide take the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women, and children in Darfur.

http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/darfur/pickMedia.jsp?letter_KEY=560">Click here to write your letter to the editor today.

I am going to put a candle in my window and write a letter to the editor. 7 years ago


Happy PhantomSept 17

As New York City prepares for the big Sept 17 Save Darfur Rally in Central Park, what can we do? Faced with almost 300,000 Muslim Africans being killed in Darfur, and 2 million homeless, what is our capacity to learn from history, and to take effective action together?

I’d love to hear from 43thingers about what you’re doing. Perhaps gain some ideas from each other? 7 years ago


Happy PhantomHaven't heard much

Here’s waht’s on the savedarfur.org web site, listed as the “current situation.” But I don’t know how current it is.

According to reports by the World Food Program, the United Nations and the Coalition for International Justice, 3.5 million people are now hungry, 2.5 million have been displaced due to violence, and 400,000 people have died in Darfur thus far. The international community is failing to protect civilians or to influence the Sudanese government to do so.

Go to www.savedarfur.org and send a postcard. 7 years ago


Happy PhantomFunny how this has dropped from the news

But let’s be real, there is so much death and carnage a person can handle. I guess you need o prioritize.

Empty Promises for Darfur is a great piece from TomPaine.com that might just wake you up.

“As the violence in the Middle East dominates the deadlines, the crisis in Darfur grows worse by the day.

“Despite the apparent progress signaled by the conclusion of a peace deal in May, the security situation on the ground has markedly deteriorated since then. Aid agencies this week voiced worries that increasing chaos and instability may cause them to shut down or seriously diminish the scale of their operations, even as the humanitarian crisis deepens…” 7 years ago


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