Democrat and Independent Thinker..."The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." -Nietzsche

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Take action for Darfur

Visit the American Jewish World Service site to find out how. Join the Genocide Intervention Network. Check your states scorecard and individual representatives ranking on their support for action in Darfur here. Find out how to take action here. Email or call your representative. Find Senators contact info here, House of Representatives here. Or send a letter. Find a sample letter here:

[Senator/Representative Name]
[Senator/Representative Address]
[Senator/Representative City, State Zip]

Dear [Senator/Representative]:

I am deeply concerned about the tragic events currently unfolding in Darfur, Sudan and am writing to ask that you support increased funding for peacekeeping and humanitarian operations in Darfur.

Up to 450,000 people have lost their lives in Darfur since the genocide began in 2003. More than 2.5 million people have been displaced; their livelihoods and villages destroyed by government forces and their proxy militias, and many thousands of women and girls have been raped.

I urge you to do everything you can to assure that the peacekeeping forces in Darfur are fully funded and that humanitarian aid reaches all those in need. Please also demand that the Administration continues to pressure the international community to plan for a United Nations takeover of the African Union mission in Darfur. The African Union has shown important leadership, but it does not have the capacity or the funding to do enough. Genocide is a crime against humanity and it requires an international response.

As a supporter of American Jewish World Service, I believe we have a moral obligation to do all we can to stop the atrocities.


[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State Zip]

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