Thursday, January 21, 2010



Australian Open 2010

Round 3

Rafael Nadal defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber

6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5


Round of 16

Rafael Nadal versus Ivo Karlovic

45 Pictures ~ Round 3 ~ Rafael Nadal

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Call for Clear Benchmarks for Sudan Policy

Today ten NGOs, including Enough, Humanity United, Human Rights Watch, Save Darfur Coalition, Genocide Intervention Network, Physicians for Human Rights, American Jewish World Service, Investors Against Genocide, and i-Act/Stop Genocide Now, released a major policy paper calling on the Obama administration to apply firm benchmarks to Sudan to prevent much broader conflict. In its Sudan policy review completed in mid-October 2009, the Obama administration indicated it would regularly assess the progress of peace in Sudanā€"or lack thereof. But the administration has not publicly disclosed precisely what benchmarks it is applying to assess progress in Sudan, even as it begins its official review process this month and as tensions increase across Sudan.

To help bring transparency to the process by which the United States ensures strict adherence to unambiguous benchmarks, and ensure that the appropriate pressures and incentives are applied accordingly, "Clear Benchmarks For Sudan" aims to provide guidance for how officials, concerned citizens, and others in the international community can assess genuine progress toward a lasting peace in Sudan.

In addition to today's release, Sudan Now, a coalition of Sudan advocacy groups, ran a new advertisement in the Washington Post. Click here to view the ads.

Take Action

1. As constituents who don't have access to these high level policy officials, it's important that we use every tool at our disposal this week to increase the pressure on these individuals. Call 1-800-GENOCIDE (1-800-436-6243) today to ask your member of Congress to contact the Deputies and ask them to implement clear benchmarks for Sudan.

2. Update your status on Facebook with the following information, urging your friends to do the same.

"This week senior U.S. Government officials will meet to review Sudan policy. Become a fan of the State Department Facebook page and publicly urge Deputy Secretary Jim Steinberg and the other deputies on the National Security Council to be firm when holding Sudan's leading parties to their commitments to promote peace."

3. Join our petition on Twitter, urging the Deputies to be strong on Sudan benchmarks when they meet this week.

Click here to sign the petition

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Genocide will only stop

when we make it a priority to do so

Candles only stay lit for 48 hours,
then you can light another candle.
You can also light more than one candle at a time.


Contact information

The Whitehouse




More ways to contact the President:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Please include your e-mail address

Phone Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461




Speak Up

You Have A Voice


From Katie-Jay Scott:

Dear Darfur and Sudan Activist Leaders,

Last week we sent out an email about a possible campaign - SudanSham2010 - that would be 50 days of Action by all 50 states leading to the April Sudan elections (Feb 20, 2010 - April 10, 2010). I received several emails back in support and 7 states are already signed up! We are moving forward with the idea.

We really feel this campaign will unite activists from all parts of our society (students, faith communities, grassroots groups, and others) and from all of our states. It's a compliment to other actions and a way for everyone in the state to be part of opportunities like in-district meetings that GI Net and SDC will be promoting prior to the elections (Have your action day be the same day as your meeting date - more people can participate that way!). We feel that it is very important for the campaign to build horizontally across our group and across the country upon the grassroots we've all started to be most effective! We want the actions and targets to work for each state, at a time that works for each state. That's why we need you!

1. We are still looking for people who want to help develop the campaign, actions, targets, website, help with outreach, etc! We will be having a call on:

  • Tuesday January 26th 3pm PST, 6pm EST.
  • Call Number: 1-866-213-1863
  • Access Code: 6316927#

2. Lead your state for a day by signing up to be a point person! You can pick the day for your state (do you want it to coincide with something else you planning in the next few months?), help develop the action/target so it works for your group, and send info out to other groups in your state to join. You can sign on your state now and find a co-leaders to help you organize in the coming days and weeks.

We have started with a draft mission:

United States, stop supporting the sham April 2010 elections in Sudan. In a climate of violent political intimidation and with millions disenfranchised in camps, there cannot be credible elections in Sudan. Our support gives the Government of al-Bashir, indicted on war crimes and crimes against humanity, legitimacy it does not deserve. It is a waste of American taxpayer money, and non-credible elections will fuel violence and divisions in a country that is already on the brink.

The website is still a blank slate, but hopefully we have something up soon. In the meantime, check out the Map we will embed and see states that have signed up!

Let me know if you are interested in working to develop this national campaign or taking the lead for your state. I, among others, feel like this could really pull together our movement and mobilize us for sustained action in Darfur.

Why don't you join us?

I'll be on the conference call

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