March 27, 2012

Thank You Congressman McGovern

Filed under Public Statements

Act for Sudan sent the following letter to Congressman McGovern:

March 23, 2012

Dear Congressman McGovern,

Thank you for carrying on the proud tradition of Congressman Donald Payne by standing with the people of Sudan against a regime that, for generations, has stolen the lives, resources, hopes and futures of the Sudanese people.

We are particularly grateful for your leadership in organizing the Friday, March 16, 2012 demonstration at the Embassy of Sudan in Washington, DC and for introducing the Sudan Peace, Security and Accountability Act (H.R. 4169.) Please know that you have our full support. We recently launched the “They Can’t Wait” campaign and activists are contacting their Members of Congress to co-sign H.R. 4169. Already 3,425 activists have taken this action.

It is our hope that we will see this important piece of legislation become law but even before then, that it will help guide U.S. policy on Sudan. For example, the action recommended in Section 4, “Statement of Policy,” #2 (A) “demands that the Government of Sudan permit free and unfettered access for international humanitarian aid throughout Sudan, including throughout Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Abyei, and absent such agreement, the United States should seek other mechanisms to mitigate the effects of the lack of such humanitarian aid.”

As you know, time is running out in Nuba Mountains/Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile. It is our hope that the Administration, with strong support from Congress and the American people, will take immediate action to save lives.

Best regards,
Naama Haviv, Co-Founder

cc: Ambassador Princeton Lyman, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of African Affairs Denis McDonough, U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Grant T. Harris, Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director for African Affairs