February 29, 2016

#JusticeNow: Rally for Sudan

JusticeNow IMG_6730Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. March 4th marks the 7th anniversary of the ICC issuing the first arrest warrant for al-Bashir.

To commemorate this anniversary, Sudanese and American friends will hold a rally in New York City near the United Nations, from noon to 4:30 pm on Friday, March 4th, in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on East 47th Street at First Avenue.

This anniversary arrives while government-led violence against ethnic-African civilians has been increasing and worsening, and delivery of essential humanitarian aid is being severely restricted or blocked altogether. Camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees are being attacked and/or dismantled, leaving residents defenseless and homeless.  Massive attacks in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur have been ongoing since January 15. Villages are being burned in El Geneina, the capital of Western Darfur State.  Crimes against humanity are rampant in Blue Nile and in the Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan.  Dams are being built in Sudan in specific locations selected so as to eliminate Nubian cultural sites.

Please join us at the rally and in sponsoring this event and the letter we will be delivering to United Nations Security Council Members on March 4th. If you haven’t already signed up to co-sponsor, please send an email with your organization’s name and location to one or both of the following organizers: 
Daowd Salih darmassalit@hotmail.com, Eileen Weiss interfaitharts@gmail.com

Co-sponsors thus far include:

Access Coalition Tennessee
Act for Sudan
American African Coalition Against Torture (Schenectady, NY)
Brooklyn Coalition for Darfur & Marginalized Sudan (NY)
Brooklyn For Peace (NY)
Damanga Coalition for Freedom & Democracy (NJ)
Darfur Action Group of South Carolina
Darfur and Beyond (Phoenix, AZ)
Darfur Community of Nebraska (Omaha)
Darfur Interfaith Network (DC)
Darfur Tear Fund (Nashville, TN)
Darfur Women Action Group (DC)
Genocide No More – Save Darfur (Redding, CA)
Help Nuba (Des Moines, IA)
Human Rights and Advocacy Network for Democracy
International Justice Project (Newark, NJ)
Investors Against Genocide (Boston, MA)
Jews Against Genocide NYC
Joining Our Voices (Baton Rouge, LA)
MA Coalition to Save Darfur (Boston)
National Religious Leaders of African Ancestry (NYC)
Never Again Coalition (Portland, OR)
New York Coalition for Sudan (NYC)
Nubia Project (DC)
Pittsburgh Save Darfur Coalition (PA)
San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition
Society for Threatened Peoples (Gottingen, Germany)
Stop Genocide Now (Redondo Beach, CA)
Sudan Advocacy Action Forum (Birmingham, AL)
Sudan Sunrise (Reston, VA)
Sudan Unlimited (San Francisco, CA)
The Association of the Sons of Darfur (Tucson, AZ)
The Nubia Voice (VA)
United Sudanese & South Sudanese Communities Assn. (Des Moines, IA)
World Peace and Reconciliation