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Africa Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 8, 2006
12:38 PM

CONTACT: Africa Action
Diana Duarte (202) 546-7961

 
"Break the Deadlock on Darfur," Interfaith Candlelight Vigil in Crawford, TX
Africa Action Vigil in Crawford to Call on President Bush to Take New Action to Stop Genocide in Darfur
 

WASHINGTON - August 8 -

WHAT: A Candlelight Vigil near President Bush's Ranch in Crawford, Texas, featuring Religious Leaders and Local Activists

WHEN: Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 9:00pm

WHERE: Crawford Peace House (9142 E. Fifth St., Crawford, TX 76638)

Co-sponsored by American Jewish World Service and the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church.

During the President's annual vacation in Crawford, TX, interfaith activists will gather at the Crawford Peace House in a candlelight vigil to call attention to the increasing violence in Darfur and the need for new U.S. action on this crisis. This event will boost the pressure on the Bush Administration to use its influence to break the continuing deadlock on Darfur and achieve a United Nations peacekeeping mission that can protect civilians and humanitarian operations.

Africa Action's statement on "How the U.S. Can Break the Deadlock on Darfur" is available here: http://www.africaaction.org/newsroom/docs/LeverageonDarfur.pdf

The diverse community of activists represented at this event will underscore the fact that this genocide continues without a break and cannot be ignored. The U.S. must mobilize support in the United Nations Security Council for a new resolution to deploy UN peacekeepers to Darfur, and it must challenge the Sudanese government's opposition to a UN mission. As the only nation to have identified the bloodshed in Darfur as genocide, the United States has both the responsibility and the power to protect the people of Darfur, and it must act now to stop this ongoing genocide.

The event in Crawford on August 10th comes just weeks ahead of a major Africa Action mobilization outside the White House in Washington, DC on September 9th, to mark the second anniversary of the Bush Administration's acknowledgement that what is happening in Darfur constitutes genocide.

For more information, see http://www.africaaction.org/darfur. A flyer for this event is available at http://www.africaaction.org/docs/flyer.pdf.

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