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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

We Are All Keepers of Justice...We All Have a Voice

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It was an hour conference call, with each of the three giving their points, then we could ask questions. I listened, wrote 15 pages of notes and recorded the call. You see, I give presentations in my small state of Rhode Island to try to motivate citizens of our democracy to be activists on this “human-right-to-live-out-your-natural-life” …… and not be mutilated, slaughtered, burned alive, raped as a tool of terrorism/genocide/war/inhumanity. I write letters-to-editors and get them published, lobby my senators, representatives and call the President frequently, as well as have screenings for the film “Darfur Diaries – Message from Home” presented by three very young directors/producers who went there in 2004. They decided to find a way to go there because they knew no other way to get the word out, since our mass media has, for the most part, ignored a story that should be on our front page, not on essentially no page of most of our nation’s papers and TV news reports. “Thanks, Ann Curry,” …for recently going there and reporting. Thanks to Oprah…who has produced and aired some great footage from there. And the once, “Nightline” with Ted Koppel…who shone a light on this story. Thanks to the New York Times’ Nicholas D. Kristof. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/opinion/editorialsandoped/oped/columnists/nicholasdkristof/index.html

However, having worked hard here in Rhode Island on trying to raise awareness, I have met apathy face to face - way more times, on this issue, than I imagined possible. And mostly in places of faith and worship, where faith with works presented me with an oxymoron.

We need to call and write the President ( 202-456-1111, email: president@whitehouse.gov ), call, email, write, lobby our senators and representatives, write letters to the editor of our local papers, have events to raise awareness, such as vigils, display “Call to Conscience” banners, display “Not On Our Watch – Save Darfur” yard signs, join a local Darfur activist group, be an advocate for common decency toward the human beings that breathe the air that circulates around this planet. And it is important to heighten these activities now that the year’s end is coming as the African Union is scheduled to pull out after its extended deadline comes. These were the points stated on the conference call today.

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