Field Report 4: UC Berkeley, California
Dear Friends and Familia:
Do enough people care about the fate of Darfur? It is so much more comfortable to look the other way and pretend it is not there. Why worry about people that are so far? It does not affect us.
It is so easy to be cynic, after years of working on the Darfur cause. I keep asking myself, can we make enough people care? The truth is, people do care, if they allow themselves the uncomfortableness of knowing.
So many young people do not only want to know, but they are also embracing the responsibility to act. Camp Darfur visited Berkeley to be a part of the STAND Western Regional Conference. The cynic gets knocked out of me, when hanging out with so many Upstanders.
Millions of lives in danger is more than enough of a reason to act. As the young people of STAND are doing, and they are all across the nation, please join us in finding creative and effective ways of sharing what is happening in Darfur with more and more people. Once they know, they will want to act.
Please call your representatives in Congress and ask them to do a lot more for Darfur. Call 1 800 GENOCIDE to connect with your representatives. Please post here any ideas on how to get people to connect with the very real people that are suffering and dying every day in Darfur and Chad.