Rally to Save Darfur This Sunday
This Sunday, April 30, hundreds of thousands of people in the United States will make the first national, organized attempt to capture the world's attention and urge our leaders to help end genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Over 200,000 civilians have died and over 2 million have been driven from their homes as a result of what the United Nations calls the "world's greatest humanitarian crisis." Activists across the country have been trying for years to get needed attention from national media and urge our government to act. High school and college students have been among the most active in organizing efforts and have waged successful campaigns to divest the financial holdings of their schools in companies doing business with Sudan. But the leaders of the U.S. and other nations still haven't intervened to stop the genocide.
In addition to critical humanitarian concerns, Sudan requires our attention as a grave security threat. Foreign Policy magazine calls Sudan "the single most unstable country in the world;" Sudan already hosted Osama bin Laden in the past. And while practically all of the U.S. troops are tied up in Afghanistan and Iraq, some analysts argue that the United States could help stop the genocide by providing committed leadership, modest financial support to a diverse U.N force and exert diplomatic pressure on the government of Sudan.
Below is (an incomplete and growing) list of cities that have announced demonstrations across the country. Please add cities that are not included in the comments section.
If you can't join the marches, there are other ways to get involved through:
GenocideIntervention.net, SaveDarfur.org, ColorofChange.org, MoveOn.org.
San Francisco, Calif., vigil: 11 a.m., rally: 1:30 p.m., Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio
New York, N.Y., Columbus Circle
Eugene, Ore., 2-3 p.m. Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza, 8th Avenue and Oak Street
Seattle, Wash., 2 p.m., Westlake Park, 4th Avenue and Pine Street
Portland, Ore., 1:30-3 p.m., Pioneer Courthouse Square
St. Paul, Minn., 2 p.m., State Capitol
Austin, Texas, 1-4 p.m., south steps of the Capitol Building, 112 East 11th St.
Tucson, Ariz., 7:30 p.m., University of Arizona Mall
Boca Raton, Fla., 1:30-3:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton
Somerville, N.J., 2-4 p.m., Somerset County Courthouse Lawn, Main Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1 p.m., Queen's Park
Boulder, Colo., 12 p.m., Pearl Street
Prescott, Ariz., all day, Court House Square, Gurley and Montezuma streets
Plymouth, Mass., 12-2 p.m., downtown waterfront area
Rutland, Vt., 12 p.m., Depot Park
Ipswich, Mass., 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Meetinghouse Green and Market Street
Chicago, Ill., 4:30 p.m., Federal Plaza, Dearborn and Adams streets