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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:09 AM
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Action Alert! Never again. Act Now to Stop the Genocide in Sudan.
Edited on Mon Jul-19-04 10:17 AM by flpoljunkie
http://www.thenation.com

Tell our Government to take decisive action

Ten years ago, the international community stood by as the Rwandan Genocide claimed 800,000 lives. Today, as world leaders remember that unprecedented human catastrophe with empty expressions of "Never Again", the people of Sudan face a similar fate. Add your name to the petition calling on Colin Powell to immediately recognize the genocide occurring in the Darfur region of Sudan and move aggressively to bring it to an end - an action that could save more than 1,000,000 lives.

In Darfur, the Sudanese government is destroying African Muslim communities who have challenged the authoritarian rule of the government. Government forces and Arab militias known as the janjaweed have burned and pillaged thousands of villages, poisoned water systems, and subjected the population to large-scale rape and other atrocities.

With 30,000 people already killed, Darfur now faces the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Even if relief arrives now, 350,000 people may still die. If relief does not arrive, the toll will surely be many times higher.

At present, Secretary of State Colin Powell is deciding whether the US should officially recognize the atrocities in Sudan as constituting genocide. The 1948 Genocide Convention requires the 130 countries that are parties to it, including the US, to prevent and punish these crimes against humanity.

Please send a strong message to Colin Powell about the need to act quickly and decisively to put and end to the atrocities in Darfur.
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jay-3d Donating Member (240 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:21 AM
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1. done
and i e-mailed a bunch of Freepers. I think we can get both sides to agree with this
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 11:49 AM
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3. Thanks. Here is a direct link to the petition.
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 11:48 AM
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2. Done, with personal message added
I do think taking the time to peronalize these things will get more attention that going the straight form letter route. But do it any way it works for you. Just, please do it.

Peace, for everybody.
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