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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

DEAR MR. PRESIDENT, WE NEED YOU TO NOT FAIL THE TEST BEING PUT TO YOU BY PRESIDENT BASHIR

DARFUR AND THE USA

GENOCIDE IS SUCCESSFUL WHEN THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY

WILL PRESIDENT OBAMA DO SOMETHING?

YES, WE CAN

BUT WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOUR VOICE TELLING OUR NEW ADMINISTRATION THAT DELAY IS A TIRED POLICY THAT JUST HELPS OMAR AL-BASHIR CONTINUE HIS MURDEROUS BEHAVIOR


The International Criminal Court has reportedly decided to issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, and Bashir may react by lashing out against civilians, aid workers and peacekeeping forces.

We need a clear, bold message from President Obama that the U.S. will not stand for retribution from Khartoum. And President Obama immediately appoint a high-level official with the stature, mandate and authority to be the U.S. point person on Sudan—and bring an end to the genocide.

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Court issues arrest warrant against Bashir

In an unprecedented move, judges at the International Criminal Court today issued a long-awaited arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar al Bashir - the first time a sitting head of state has ever been indicted by the ICC. Our advocacy efforts, along those of the anti-genocide movement nationwide, have paid off! A real and credible threat against Bashir - prosecution in an international court - now exists!

In an attempt to blackmail the international community, Bashir has escalated his attacks against Darfuri civilians in recent weeks. He has also threatened retaliation against UNAMID peacekeepers if this charge came through.

We must act now!
Call President Obama at 202-456-1111
or 1-800-GENOCIDE
and pressure him to immediately take steps
to ensure the protection of civilians in Darfur!


An example of your phone call text can be found below.
It is encouraged that you make it personally your message.
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And call the USA Secretary of State

The USA State Department public comment line works 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Please, call as soon as possible.

URGENT ACTION ALERT:

The New York Times has reported today that the ICC has decided to issue an arrest warrant for Omer al Bashir, Susan's genocidal president. Bashir has previously threatened increased violence and blockage of humanitarian assistance if the arrest warrant is issued.

Call the State Department's public comment line 24/7 at 202-647-6575


The White House (9 AM - 5 PM EST weekdays) at 202-456-1111


or 1-800-GENOCIDE with a similar message as the one below.

If you have called already, please call again:

I'm calling to ask President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton and Ambassador Rice to protect innocent civilians in Darfur in the wake of Bashir's arrest warrant. Please issue immediate warnings to Bashir and the government of Sudan specifying consequences of attacks on civilians. Please also prepare an emergency response plan to address further violence and appoint a full-time senior level envoy. Lastly, please stand firm in support of the ICC indictment and veto any delay in the prosecution of Bashir.


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February 12, 2009

Court Approves Warrant for Sudan’s President Bashir

THE HAGUE — Judges at the International Criminal Court have decided to issue an arrest warrant for President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan, brushing aside diplomatic requests to allow more time for peace negotiations in the conflict-riddled Darfur region of his country, according to court lawyers and diplomats.

It is the first time the court has sought the detention of a sitting head of state, and it could further complicate the tense, international debate over how to solve the crisis in Darfur.

Read the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/12/world/africa/12hague.html?_r=1&ref=world

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The Obama Administration’s First 25 Days:

No one has been appointed for the Sudan crisis of 6+ years.


February 13, 2009 marks President Obama’s 25th day in office. However, after 25 days the
Obama Administration has not taken the important first step of appointing a Special Envoy for Sudan. This inaction is unacceptable from a President and Secretary of State who pledged "unstinting resolve" in working to end genocide in Darfur.

Envoys have already been selected for Afghanistan-Pakistan, the Middle East and climate
change. In fact, these envoys are already at work to address those pressing priorities. Sudan is no less important and deserves its own high-level envoy. President Obama needs to send a clear signal to the Khartoum regime that Sudan is a priority and appoint someone who can negotiate and preserve a lasting peace.

Call your Senators and Representative Today!

Congress was instrumental in persuading President Bush to appoint a series of envoys for Sudan. Now, Congress is needed to ensure that Sudan remains a priority for President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton by urging the Administration to appoint a high-level Sudan envoy.
Call the offices of your Senators and Representative.

Ask your Senators and Representative to urge President Obama and Secretary of State
Clinton to appoint a high-level envoy for Sudan.
Ask to speak with your Senators' and Representative's legislative assistant for foreign affairs.

Let them know that:

* The new Administration has been in office for 25 days and a high-level envoy for Sudan
has not been appointed.

* In Sudan, these first 25 days were marked by an aerial attack in which the government of
Sudan dropped 29 bombs on the village of Muhajiriya in south Darfur.

* An indictment of President Bashir by the International Criminal Court is expected within
weeks and the government has threatened that they will respond with violence.

* Time is critical and a high-level envoy for Sudan is needed now.

Ask your Senators and Representative to urge President Obama and Secretary of State
Clinton to appoint a high-level envoy for Sudan.

Find your elected politicians contact information at this link:

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee To Probe U.S. Relations With Sudan, The Ongoing Crisis in Darfur, and the Status of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement

You can watch the discussion tomorrow at on line at 2 pm

Thurs. Feb. 12th.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) today announced that on Thursday, February 12th at 2:00 p.m. in Room 419 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, the Committee will hold an on-the-record roundtable to examine U.S. policy toward Sudan, the status of the North-South peace agreement, and the ongoing crisis in Darfur.

“The human devastation in Sudan continues and basic human rights continue to be denied to far too many Sudanese. Human suffering on such a massive scale cannot be sidelined or ignored. The United States has an obligation to help the people of Sudan create the conditions necessary for an end to the violence and a peaceful future” said Kerry. "Our Committee will work to push this issue to the forefront and keep it there."

The roundtable allows participating Senators to come from behind the dais and join the guests at tables in the Committee room. This new format is designed to permit greater interaction between the Committee members and the guests and to encourage a candid exchange of ideas. Innovative thinkers will be assembled for a free-flowing discussion on issues of vital importance, with members encouraged to probe, ask questions, and voice their own opinions. In order to make these sessions a vehicle for public education and spur a wider debate, the roundtables will be conducted on-the-record, open to the public and the press, and transcribed for future reference.

WHO:

Jerry Fowler, President of the Save Darfur Coalition.

John Prendergast, Co-chair of the Enough Project and noted author.

Michael J. Gerson, Roger Hertog Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

Roger Winter, until 2001, Executive Director of the U.S. Committee for Refugees, former Assistant Administrator of USAID for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance and former Special Representative on Sudan.

Ambassador Timothy Carney, last accredited U.S. Ambassador to Sudan and former Ambassador to Haiti

WHAT: Roundtable

WHEN: Thursday, February 12, 2009

2:00 p.m.

WHERE: SD-419, Washington,


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Genocide Ends

When Enough of Us

Stand Up Against It

JOIN US
1-800-GENOCIDE
www.savedarfur.org
www.genocideintervention.net

www.standnow.org

www.miafarrow.org


Write President Obama
www.whitehouse.gov
You can also call or write to the President:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Comments to President Obama: 202-456-1111

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IF NOT,

THEN,

YOUR SILENCE

CONTRIBUTES

TO

ANOTHER

GENOCIDE.


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