Sunday, July 25, 2004

Darfur Genocide Protest - DC - 07/22/04

Went to a protest outside the White House this past Thursday from 12 noon until 1:30 pm.  At least a couple hundred people were there - all over the spectrum.  Thank God for black preachers - they were letting the powers that be have it - and kept us all in an energized mood - in the oppressive heat. 

Participated in my first 'die-in' - kind of like a 'sit-in', except you pretend to be dead for a while.

Check out the Darfur Genocide website.  They have lists you can sign up for to be notified of upcoming events/protests.

Not sure where I heard about the protest.  Possibly True Majority.   Congressman Rangel was arrested outside the Sudanese Embassy the other day - where I think there are continuing daily protests at 12 noon, every day.  Props to Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) for showing-up to voice her support of a resolution and more.  The House voted to pass a resolution stating that ongoing events in Sudan are, by definition, genocide.  Doesn't necessarily save any lives yet, but it's a step in the right direction.

The scariest part?  People are being killed because of the color of their skin - black skin.  Based on our world's history of violence and killing because of religion, I could at least have had a basis to understand how some lunatics could kill because of their twisted religious beliefs, but many of those being killed are Muslims - the same religion as their killers.

Below are some pics of the event.  Not great quality, but it's still documentation.

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