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Stop the Genocide in Darfur

Demand Bold Action from President Bush

Since 2003, as many as 400,000 Black Africans have been killed and over 2 million have been driven from their homes. It's genocide, plain and simple, but no one is doing what's necessary to stop it.

We can change that.

Speaking on the genocide in Rwanda, the late Senator Paul Simon said, "If every member of the House and Senate had received 100 letters from people back home saying we have to do something about Rwanda, when the crisis was first developing, then I think the response would have been different."

On Sunday April 30th, tens of thousands of people will gather in Washington to demand that President Bush take the steps necessary to end the genocide and build a lasting peace. To coincide with that effort, we're hoping to get at least 100 people from each congressional district to send a letter to President Bush, urging him to push for a UN Security Council resolution which would create a peacekeeping force with the power to stop the violence. We'll send the letter to each person's representative in the House and senators, letting them know we expect them to keep the heat on Bush.

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Here is the letter that we'll send to President Bush, unless you create your own. The letter will have your name on it.

Dear President Bush,

I'm writing to express my deep concern about the genocide occurring in Darfur, and to ask, with great urgency, that you take decisive action to establish an international peacekeeping force with the power to stop the killings. This peacekeeping force must have the authority to protect civilians, and the resources necessary to do so, regardless of whether or not the Sudanese government cooperates. To that end, I urge you to use our nation’s seat on the United Nations Security Council to push for immediate passage of an authorizing resolution for a robust peacekeeping force under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, and to apply all necessary diplomatic pressure to UNSC member nations who would stand in the way of such a resolution. I also urge you to exert maximum diplomatic pressure on the Sudanese government to end its campaign of genocide against civilians in Darfur.

As millions in Darfur await our help, failure to take the strongest possible action to prevent further loss of life would be criminal and inhuman. In acting, let us, as a nation, send a powerful message to the international community, the government of Sudan, and, most importantly, to the people of Darfur: we will do everything in our power to end the genocide immediately and to establish long-lasting peace and justice for the region.

Sincerely,

[Your name here]

Cc: your representatives in congress