Stand Up, it’s worth a misdemeanor.

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2009 at 5:05 PM

On April 27, this past Monday, five United States Representatives stood up for Darfur’s innocent. And I applaud them.

According to The New York Times political blog, The Caucus, “The representatives were (outside the Sudanese Embassy) protesting Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s expulsion last month of 16 aid groups from war-ravaged Darfur.”

There were a total of eight people arrested for crossing a police line, which is a misdemeanor, at the demonstration.

Five U.S. lawmakers who are as follows… civil rights pioneer Representative John Lewis of Georgia, Democrat Donna Edwards of Maryland, James McGovern of Massachusetts, Lynn Woolsey of California and the first Muslim elected to Congress, Keith Ellison of Minnesota.

And the other three were… Jerry Fowler, president of Save Darfur Now, John Prendergast, a co-founder of the Enough Project who worked in the State Department during the Clinton Administration, and Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

  The purpose of their protest lies in the tragedy that 300,000 people have died in Darfur in the past five years. The country’s president, has done nothing to help put an end to the genocide but plenty to continue it.

They stood up, and I’m impressed. When men and women who have influence and who are leaders outside of the stereotype of “bleeding heart activist” wield that influence in a productive public way, awareness is spread. And when more people are aware, more people begin to care. And when more people care, lives are changed, here as well as there.

We can stop this Genocide. But for that war to meet it’s end, people need to know about it. So may we follow the lead of these men and women who stood Monday morning and make people aware. Prustice.Rep. John Lewis



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