Wednesday, January 5, 2011




One thing I disagree with that I hear a lot from others is - what an election outcome means. We are a fickle lot. First, many people who could vote, don't vote. And those who do vote, don't vote while being informed. Many people don't "know" the candidates, don't know the way government works, don't know issues, don't know the phone number of their elected officials who are in office. Don't know the names, even. And we don't know how they vote on bills or even if they show up to vote. I once was one of those uninformed voters. But that changed when I became active as a citizen who cared about ending crimes against humanity, specifically genocide.

The world we live in is the one we define with our words and actions or words and actions we fail to use.

Votes: thomas.loc.gov/home/rollcallvotes



My state is Rhode Island ~ here is contact information for our federal elected politicians ~

Rhode Island's U.S. Representatives ~ www.house.gov

David Cicilline ~ District 1 (replaced the retiring Patrick Kennedy)

249 Roosevelt Avenue Suite 200

Pawtucket, RI 02860

Phone: 401-729-5600

128 Cannon HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-4911

Fax: (202) 225-3290

Email Rep Cicilline

Facebook Cicilline

Articles ~



Retiring U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., left, and his successor Providence Mayor David Cicilline, right, talk in Providence, R.I., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. Kennedy and other members of his family have paid tribute to his uncle, John Kennedy, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of his election as president. Read more: nypost

James Langevin ~ District 2

300 Centerville Rd., Suite 200 South
Warwick, RI 02886

Phone: (401) 732-9400
Fax: (401) 737-2982

109 Cannon HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515

Phone: (202) 225-2735
Fax: (202) 225-5976

Email: Rep Langevin (You need a zip code in his district. You can use his Warwick zip code to get to his form, but you do type in your address on the form): langevin.house.gov/contact/email-me.

All postal mail sent to my offices must be scanned for security purposes, which means it will take an additional two weeks for me to receive it.

Rhode Island's U.S. Senators

Whitehouse, Sheldon - (D - RI) Class I
(202) 224-2921
Web Form: whitehouse.senate.gov/contact/

Reed, Jack - (D - RI) Class II
(202) 224-4642
Web Form: reed.senate.gov/contact/contact-share.cfm

Library of Congress ~ thomas.loc.gov

Contact the President:


Comments: 202-456-1111

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500


Contact the following:

President Obama: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

or for organizations at


Secretary of State Clinton:


Ambassador Susan Rice:


Vice President Biden:

or for organizations at





I saw this movie and recommend it. Since it is a true story, I overlook that it is slow going until near the end of the movie.


Darfur Daily News - January 5, 2011

Bloomberg : South Sudan Expels Darfur Rebel Groups as Bashir Vows to Respect Elections. Southern Sudanese President Salva Kiir ordered the expulsion of armed Darfur rebels from his own territory five days before a referendum on its independence, the state-run SUNA news agency reported. Kiir’s announcement yesterday came shortly after Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir pledged to respect the results of the referendum and maintain peace with Southern Sudan during a visit to its capital, Juba.

AFP: Red Cross provides aid for fresh Darfur fighting victims. The international Red Cross said Tuesday that it had provided aid in recent days for nearly 7,800 people affected by recent fighting in Sudan's Darfur region. The ICRC said it was monitoring the situation in north Darfur following the deadly clashes between government forces and fighters from an alliance of Darfur rebel groups about ten days ago. "Almost 7,800 people affected by recent fighting and tensions around Shangil Tobaya, in north Darfur, have received emergency assistance from the International Committee of the Red Cross over the last three days," it added. They were supplied with shelter equipment, blankets, clothes, cooking utensils and hygiene items.

Reuters: Uneasy climate surrounds south Sudan secession vote. After south Sudan votes as expected to secede from the north on January 9, leaders of both countries must still resolve a daunting range of practical issues if they are to prevent a return to violence. While brinkmanship and quick fixes have characterised the north-south partnership since the peace accord, the creation of two new states raises problems that are far too sensitive to be leveraged off against each other with last-minute wrangling. Neither the north or south can afford a return to war and most expect they will continue some form of oil revenue-sharing after secession in order to offset a major economic shock to either economy. The commission in charge of the vote -- with international help -- has performed a miracle by preparing it in less than six months instead of the more than three years they should have had. So while the result of the referendum will surprise few, Sudan's problems are far from over.

CNN: South Sudan returnees put a strain on limited resources. An influx of people returning home to vote in Southern Sudan is straining communities suffering from lack of food and water in the remote region, aid groups said Wednesday. In the past three months, about 106,000 have returned from the north, the International Rescue Committee said in a statement. The returnees are coming to a region already facing dire shortages of food, water, health care and sanitation. Nine of 10 people in the region live on less than $1 a day, and one in seven women who become pregnant die from complications, according to the United Nations. The returnees are also facing security threats; violence in the region has forced more than 220,000 from their homes in the past year, according to the International Rescue Committee.

Reuters: Sudan vote tests Obama's Africa diplomacy. South Sudan's independence referendum on Sunday marks the start of a new test for U.S. diplomacy in the region, which analysts say could yet present President Barack Obama with his "Rwanda moment" if violence explodes in its wake. Obama has stressed his personal interest in Sudan, but for the first year of his administration the policy seemed adrift as various U.S. officials advocated different strategies. In mid-2010, however, Washington dramatically increased its involvement by offering Khartoum new incentives, including eventual normalization of U.S. ties if it allowed the vote to go ahead, and dispatching a retired diplomat, Princeton Lyman, to personally shepherd talks between the North and the South.

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