Darfur Rally in SF April 9
Posted by challahbackgirl on March 14, 2008
Wednesday, April 9On Wednesday, April 9, San Francisco will play host to the official Beijing Olympic Torch Relay. Tens of thousands of Bay Area residents, joined by journalists from around the world, will take to the streets, as China attempts to present a friendly, spirited image to our country as well as international community. (San Francisco has been chosen to be the ONLY U.S. host of the torch relay!)
As you may know, the Chinese government is the major military and diplomatic sponsor of the genocide in Darfur. Among other things, Beijing’s leaders supply the Government of Sudan with the small arms and other weaponry that it needs to kill Darfuri civilians. In this and other ways, the Chinese government has fueled a conflict that has seen the deaths of over 400,000 innocent people.
The Save Darfur Coalition, Dream for Darfur, STAND: An Anti-Genocide Coalition, and the San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition, and other groups are planning an unprecedented rally for April 9. People from coast to coast — from Portland to Washington, DC — are bringing “Delegations of Conscience” to San Francisco, in order to urge the Chinese government to help stop the genocide in Sudan. This peaceful rally will bring together a truly diverse coalition of activists, including teachers, students, hundreds of Sudanese refugees, and more than a few celebrities!
A successful April 9 event can translate into a world of difference for the people of Darfur. After Steven Spielberg resigned as an artistic advisor to the 2008 games, China immediately starting addressing the Darfur issue in a more robust way, even going so far as to criticize the Sudanese government in modest yet definite diplomatic terms. Here, the Darfur movement’s reasoning is this: If Steven Spielberg can have such an actual policy effect, so can we … but only if we turn out thousands of voices of conscience on April 9.
Please join us for this rally! We really want this to be a day of interactive learning… and we really think that April 9 can be a day of student empowerment, in particular. Because while it is one thing to read inspiring stories about the Civil Rights Movement, the Anti-Apartheid movement, etc., it is another thing entirely to be an agent for change within a similar social movement. For more information, please contact Sivia Van Gundy at 408.354.6428.