The Referenda Countdown (Oct 3, 2010 – Jan 9, 2011)

There’s no time to lose. In less than 100 days, Sudan will decide whether or not to divide itself in two. Preparations are woefully behind, and civilians are at real risk of escalating violence and a potential return to war. In Darfur, nearly three million civilians are living in camps and facing violence, rape and critical shortages of water and medical aid. The country’s president remains wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Please join with Sudan advocates around the country in an effort to ensure that the Obama Administration does all it can to ensure peace, protection, accountability and justice before, during and after the vote.

Starting October 2, 2010, and through January 9, 2011, check in regularly for new and ongoing actions that can have an impact on the future of millions of lives.

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ACTIONS

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Ongoing: Sunday, October 3, 2010 By E-mail, tell President Obama to use the next 100 days for an all-out press for peace, protection, accountability and justice in all of Sudan.
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Past: Thursday, October 7, 2010 If in the DC area on , join the Sudan Freedom Walk and Rally on the front lawn of the US Capitol.If not in DC, watch the webcast.
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Ongoing: Friday, October 8, 2010 We must not forget Darfur. Ask the Obama administration for the prompt appointment of a Special Envoy to Darfur. Send letter here!
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Ongoing: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 If you had 90 days to prevent another Darfur, what would you do? Send a personal message to the president on the Sudan Now website.
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Ongoing: Friday, October 15, 2010 After signing the letter to President Obama, tag 10 friends to do the same.
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Ongoing: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Tell Denis McDonough, Acting National Security Council Chief of Staff, to support Ambassador Rice’s efforts to apply multilateral pressures to the Government of Sudan for these ongoing violations and to help expedite the appointment of a senior level diplomat to Darfur.
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Ongoing: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 Take a moment to call the White House and tell them to do everything in our power to stop a war in Sudan before it begins. Dial 1-800-GENOCIDE (1-800-436-6243) to be connected toll-free to the White House. (You must call between 9am-5pm EST)
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Past: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 On Facebook, write your own, or use the most recent action above, and post it on the State Department’s Engaging the Community page.
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Ongoing: Monday, November 8, 2010 Sign the petition to let the Obama administration know that peace in Sudan matters to you, and that the US should set high benchmarks for progress that the regime in Khartoum must meet on both Darfur and South Sudan in order to receive incentives from the U.S.
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National Call-In Day: Tuesday November 16, 2010 Call U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton now, and urge her to hire a high-level diplomat for Darfur. Dial: 1-800-GENOCIDE (1-800-436-6243) to be connected to Secretary Clinton’s office and follow the instructions on the recording.
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Ongoing: Sunday December 5-12, 2010 Participate in a National Week of Action for Sudan. Sign the petition and visit Save Darfur to find out how else you can participate. Your voice is needed for Sudan. Now.
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Live Online Event: Sunday December 12, 2010 10-10:30 ET, 7-7:30 PTWhy Darfur: A Refugee Town Hall Meeting. Join i-ACT in a live conversation with Darfuri refugees from a refugee camp in eastern Chad. Participate in the meeting by sending questions through Twitter, Facebook, and the comment box. See and hear the people that are directly affected by war in their country, as they discuss their struggles and challenges, their hopes and dreams. They have now lived as refugees for over seven years, and the violence and destruction continues in their lands.
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Ongoing: Wed January 5, 2011Call Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at 202-647-6575 or post on the State Department’s Facebook Page. Post this message or, better yet, customize one of your own: Secretary Clinton, Thank you for appointing Dane Smith as Special Advisor on Darfur. We hope that you and Ambassador Smith will immediately take robust action to stop the ongoing violence by the Government of Sudan against innocent Darfuri civilians, including children, as recently occurred in Khor Abeche and Abu Deimat.
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Sunday, January 9, 2011 Voting BeginsStand in Solidarity with the people of Sudan. Join us in Los Angeles: 5pm at the LA Federal Building, 11000 Wilshire Blvd. Not in LA? Find a gathering near you.

In the coming months, as part of “100 Days of Action for Sudan,” we urge the Obama Administration to:

  1. Keep a spotlight on Darfur and drive the Darfur peace process by appointing a high-level diplomat as envoy to the region.
  2. Increase civilian protection and security by demanding unimpeded access for peacekeeping and humanitarian operations throughout Sudan, as well as robust independent human rights monitoring in all areas of concern.
  3. Promote good governance and human rights by pressing Sudanese parties to address unimplemented CPA provisions on democratic transformation and security reforms, and to commit to upholding citizenship and human rights of Southerners in the North (and vice versa) after the referendum.
  4. Hold the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan and all other parties accountable for their commitments and actions, imposing and multilateralizing consequences for negative behavior and supporting justice and accountability including ICC warrants.
  5. Uphold/Increase US credibility by adhering to the US own commitments and policies on Sudan.

Sudan Now is a campaign led by a group of prominent anti-genocide and human rights advocacy organizations committed to bringing meaningful and lasting peace to Sudan and encouraging strong American leadership and action to achieve this goal. The campaign challenges President Barack Obama and top U.S. administration officials to live up to their promises to take strong and immediate action to help end the international crisis in Sudan and bring a lasting peace to the people of that country. Participating organizations include the Enough Project at the Center for American Progress, Save Darfur Coalition, Genocide Intervention Network, Humanity United, Stop Genocide Now, and Investors Against Genocide.

Katie-Jay keeps i-ACT running on several levels. Much of her work entails coordinating partnerships with other grassroots organizations and implementing the campaigns developed by Gabriel and seeing through the details. She graduated from Portland State University with a BA in Sociology and a focus on Community Development. She has previously worked as a community organizer in Thailand, Guatemala, and with grassroots organizations across the United States.

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