It is with both sorrow and gratitude that I announce the end of The ETHIC's Darfur Pledge campaign. Sorrow, because the violence in western Sudan continues -- yet, gratitude for the compassion and commitment each of you extended towards those affected by the tragedy.
With your help, individuals from more than 40 countries pledged to contact the White House -- on a daily basis -- until a highly skilled international protection force of at least 44,000 was deployed in Darfur. Sadly, that mission never materialized. Instead, five years into this crisis, the beleaguered African Union monitors, now operating under the auspices of the United Nations, have merely changed the color of their hats from green to blue.
No social justice movement has ever succeeded without speaking truth to power. And while we cannot bring back those who have lost their lives in Darfur and may not be able to protect those who are still in harm's way, we have an obligation to each of them to ensure that this critical period in human history is written accurately -- and by doing so, lay the foundation necessary to prevent future crimes against humanity. To that end, I urge you to read - and share - the following article, as well as the articles linked below.
San Francisco Chronicle, August 19, 2007.
"The best article on Darfur anybody has written in a long time. A superb analysis."
- Dr. Gregory H. Stanton, President of Genocide Watch
Thank you again for your participation in and support of The Darfur Pledge campaign. We will continue our work to create a compassionate and just world for all. And, like each of you, we will keep the people of Darfur in our hearts and thoughts, forever.
Founder of The Essence of True Humanity Is Compassion (The ETHIC)
Director of The ETHIC's Darfur Pledge Campaign (2005-2007)
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