Darfur Is Heating Up – Now More Than Ever, We Need to Keep the Pressure On!
Over the last several weeks we have asked you to make phone call after phone call, to fax, to email, and to stand by the people of Darfur by changing your facebook, myspace, or twitter profile picture. Many of you have reached busy signals, answering machines, and your faxes have failed. This only means that more and more people are standing as you are, next to our friends during a time of increased violence. Now there is word of an ICC decision, although not yet confirmed, and al-Bashir could further unleash terror on the innocent civilians, humanitarian workers, and Peacekeepers.
The Obama Administration must be prepared to take swift action, beginning now by appointing a special envoy to Sudan with powerful skills and an international reputation that demands respect. He has surrounded himself with advocates who have spoken out on Darfur: Samantha Powers, Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, John Prendergast, and more. Now he must act.
TAKE ACTION: EVEN IF YOU HAVE CALLED, PLEASE CALL AGAIN! You are part of an urgent call-in campaign whose goal it is to keep phone lines busy for Darfur.
White House: 202.456.1111 (Open 9am – 5pm EST Mon-Fri)
State Department Message Line: 202.647.6575 (Open 24 hours a day/7 days a week)
Secretary of State Clinton Targeted Message: 1 800 GENOCIDE (1 800 436 6243)
“I’m calling to ask President Obama, Ambassador Rice, and Secretary of State Clinton to protect innocent civilians in Darfur during this volatile period approaching an ICC arrest warrant for Bashir. Please issue immediate warnings to the government of Sudan specifying consequence of attacks on civilians, appoints a full-time senior level envoy, and stand firm in support of the ICC indictment of Bashir.
Thank you for taking action. If you get a busy signal, please do not give up. Everyone of our voices is meaningful, and together we can keep their attention on Darfur.
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