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Monday, June 11, 2007

FIDELITY INVESTING IN CHINESE COMPANIES IN SUDAN

What does Fidelity Investment Company have to do with the Darfur Genocide? Follow the money and find out. They are investing in China's Sinopec and PetroChina in Sudan providing money for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's military budget that in turn is used to bomb the Darfur people. 70% of the Sudanese budget is spent on military.

May 9, 2007, here I am with the Fidelity Investment Company’s Public Relations employee at the Smithfield, Rhode Island headquarters. He has been instructed exactly what to do if we show up with petitions like was done at the Fidelity Headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts on May 7, 2007. They were prepared to keep us at bay.


“Fidelity Out of Sudan” petitions
being handed over to Fidelity’s Public Relations employee.


"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil

is for good men to do nothing."

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When Liars Talk

Lyrics by Sandra Hammel


Liar Liar

At best, you say you care

Liar Liar

‘s not enough to say

Liar Liar

At worst, y’ refuse to see

‘n pretend to be free

but lies just hold ’em down

O- Oh, children

Can’t eat your words of care

Can’t keep their spirits up

When

Liars Talk ‘bout caring

Do nothing more than talk

when children’s spirits are dying

we refuse to see

‘n pretend to be free.

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My father died May 10, 2007.
That is why this blog has been dormant for about a month.


May 9, 2007, three Smithfield police cars behind my car along the highway near the entrance to Fidelity headquarters in Smithfield, RI before the STAND students showed up to join me from Providence College and Brown University (during Finals week) - We were not allowed on the grounds "proper" although the Fidelity security guard who called these three Smithfield police cars to keep me off their grounds - said the side of the road was also their land.


Providence College and Brown University STAND activists and students for the petition hand over at Fidelity rethinking our plans on the side of the highway since we're not being allowed to enter the Fidelity Investment property proper.


Colin O’Brien getting filled in by Sandra Hammel

at Fidelity Investment Company May 9, 2007.

Fidelity's Public Relations representative waiting for us. He waited for a long time because I showed up about an hour before the other Darfur activists arrived.

Getting the petitions out of my car to hand over to Fidelity.

Anna Hildago, STAND student activist from Brown University stating reasons
for being interested in the people of
Darfur
to the Fidelity Investment Company representative in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

Colin O’Brien, Anna Hildalgo and Sandra Hammel with the Fidelity representative.

College students in the middle of final exam week, taking time off to stand up against Fidelity and its complicity of the Darfur genocide.

The truck sent down to transport the petitions.

You can see three Fidelity employees about the truck.

May 9, 2007, near the entrance to the Fidelity headquarters in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Four STAND students from Brown University and four from Providence College (during finals week) and myself presented our points regarding Darfur and Fidelity's responsibility to the designated Fidelity Investment Company's representative (in the blue shirt).

I'm holding one of the petitions presented to the appointed Fidelity representative, May 9, 2007 while we were speaking to the Fidelity representative - who obviously was instructed to say absolutely nothing to us. We were told to call the Boston Fidelity office to get the already released Fidelity official response to us. Our petitions, we were told, would be sent to the Boston Fidelity office.

Here's a handful of petitions "Fidelity Out of Sudan”

They had a couple of boxes brought down from the Fidelity complex for the
"Fidelity Out of Sudan" petitions to be shipped to
Boston

May 9, 2007 employees leaving work at Fidelity headquarters in Smithfield, RI

Standing on Bryant University property across from Smithfield RI's Fidelity headquarter's entrance until the Fidelity security called the Bryant University security to have us kicked off their property too.

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In case you haven’t heard, genocide is when a group of human beings are targeted to get rid of them. This can be done through demolishing their livelihood, murdering them, maiming them, raping as a tool of genocide, starving them to death, torturing them. And cultural genocide is included as a part of the overall picture. It is systematic and it is for the purpose of exterminating a group of people. It is an ugly behavior and we have had it as a part of human history. And we still stand for it. We still don’t want to get involved if we aren’t pressured into it. Our government is no better than the rest. Our record on standing up and against genocide is not only dismal, but our government was founded on stolen land that perpetrated genocide on the indigenous people who were already living on North American soil. We forced the native north American peoples to leave their homes, forbid them to live their established way of life, forbid them their beliefs, forced them to take English names in place of their own names, cut their hair, legalized stopping their speaking in their own languages, forced them to lose their children by way of forcing them to boarding schools in order to become “civilized”, get a white person’s education and become “cultured” into an assimilated white culture. Genocide is an ugly word that no country happily or even just willingly, stands up to say, “Yes, we did that. We committed genocide.”

And countries around the world have shown that they don’t want to do what it takes to stop a genocide unless absolutely pushed to do the right thing. Our current and most widely known genocide is on the Darfur people in Sudan. It’s been going on for over four years. Hitler’s regime went on for twelve years. Will it take 8 more years to end the Darfur genocide? The 100 day genocide in 1994 that the whole world “knew” about but stood absolutely idly by and unapologetically - was in Rwanda. We just didn’t care enough to say, “Hey, we won’t let this happen.”

If our principles don’t cause us to stand up and out against something so blatantly morally wrong as genocide, then our principles are null, void and lack any kind of remote integrity.

Shame on us. We aren’t strong. We aren’t courageous. We aren’t free, if genocide happens on our watch.

Monday, May 7, 2007, the Massachusetts Save Darfur Coalition presented petitions to the Fidelity Headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts:

http://www.myfoxboston.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail;jsessionid=D11243F6C8EC5883CE72CB80CC6E0DD3?contentId=3137558&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1

“More pressure on Boston-based Fidelity Investments. Activists rally in Boston, calling on Fidelity to stop investing in Chinese oil companies doing business with the government in Sudan. They say those investments are bankrolling genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.”

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On Wednesday, May 9, 2007, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur and their resolute focus to stop investing in the Sudanese genocide on its own people of Darfur, I managed with the help of eight STAND college students to deliver 5,865 petitions to the Fidelity headquarters in Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA. Fidelity investment company has investments in Chinese companies in Sudan that in effect fund the four + year genocide in Darfur. Regardless of the rhetoric, the smokescreen Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir talk and Youtube presentations by Sudanese government officials, the Sudanese government is behind the genocide of the Darfur families.

Is it surprising that someone who is perpetrating genocide doesn't simply admit that they are indeed doing it? They wouldn’t welcome the international media across its borders to witness what they are doing, would they? That is why it is only possible to know what is going on if you find a creative way to get around the Sudanese government’s forbidden entrance to Darfur. Press is not allowed in. Don’t you think that if there was nothing to hide in Darfur, that the media would be allowed to go in?

Fidelity Investment company’s response to their direct relationship to funding the Darfur genocide:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqq3Bb44JjE

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Contact Presidential Candidates Today -

Did the presidential hopefuls know their debates were being sponsored by Fidelity? The mutual fund with ties to the genocide in Darfur? Contact the Candidates:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QouWU-wUtuI

If you watched the Democratic and Republican presidential debates televised this week on CNN, you may have been concerned to see that the television coverage was sponsored by Fidelity Investments. Although Fidelity took a positive step when it recently sold a substantial amount of its PetroChina and Sinopec shares, Fidelity continues to have massive holdings in these two worst offending companies that help to fund the genocide in Darfur. Additionally, Fidelity has made no commitment to avoid further investments in these problem stocks.


Many of the presidential candidates have been increasingly vocal, both during and prior to the debates, about their commitment to helping end the genocide. Some, including Senator Brownback, Senator Edwards, Mayor Giuliani and Senator Obama, have taken important steps to divest their personal investments in companies that help to support the genocide.

Given the concern expressed by the presidential candidates regarding the crisis in
Darfur, their association with a debate sponsored by Fidelity, a company whose investments help fund the genocide, is an issue for many voters. This association was widely reported in newspapers across the country and around the world:

We ask you to call or email one or more of the presidential candidates today and let them know that you noticed this connection to Fidelity. Specifically, please ask the following of the candidates:

  • Personally divest (if they haven’t already) from companies and investment firms with holdings that help to fund the genocide in Darfur.
  • Refuse campaign contributions from companies and investment firms with holdings that help to fund the genocide.
  • Decline to participate in any events or debates sponsored by companies or investment firms with holdings in companies that help to fund genocide.
  • Publicly commit to each of the above three actions.

Every individual, especially those in a leadership position, has a personal responsibility to avoid any situation in which they directly or indirectly enable the government of Sudan to continue its genocidal campaign against the people of Darfur.

We expect those who aspire to the highest public office in our country to not only condemn the genocide, but to support effective action to stop it and disassociate themselves from all those connected to the genocide. Please join us in telling the presidential candidates how Americans feel about this important issue.

Contact information for the presidential candidates is listed below.

Thanks for making a difference.

The FidelityOutOfSudan Team

Democratic

Joseph Biden - http://www.joebiden.com/footerlinks?id=0001
Hillary Clinton - http://www.hillaryclinton.com/help/contact/
Christopher Dodd - http://www.chrisdodd.com/contact
John Edwards - http://johnedwards.com/about/contact/form/
Mike Gravel - http://www.gravel2008.us/contact
Dennis Kucinich - http://kucinich.us/contact
Barack Obama - http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/contact/
Bill Richardson - http://action.richardsonforpresident.com/page/content/contactus/

Republican
Sam Brownback - http://www.brownback.com/s/Contact/tabid/108/Default.aspx
Jim Gilmore - http://www.gilmoreforpresident.com/contact.php
Rudy Giuliani - http://www.joinrudy2008.com/contact.html
Mike Huckabee - http://www.explorehuckabee.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Home.ContactUs
Duncan Hunter - http://www.gohunter08.com/inner.asp?z=3
John McCain - http://www.johnmccain.com/Contact/
Ron Paul - http://www.ronpaul2008.com/contact/
Mitt Romney - http://www.mittromney.com/ContactUs
Tom Tancredo - http://www.teamtancredo.com/tancredo_state_index.asp
Fred Thompson - http://www.imwithfred.com/contact.aspx
Tommy Thompson - http://www.tommy2008.com/Contact_Us.aspx

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