Sunday, April 24, 2005

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Congratulations to Samantha Power for winning the National Magazine Award for Dying in Darfur, published in The New Yorker Magazine.

Darfur Legislative Update
The Senate expects to wrap up floor consideration of the FY05 Emergency Supplemental bill later this week, but it is not yet clear how the two Darfur-related amendments will be handled. However, thanks to all the calls and messages to Senate offices, the Senate leadership has recognized the strong support for both the Brownback/Corzine/DeWine/Durbin amendment for $93 million for the AU and disaster aid, and 2) the Darfur Accountability Act. Your messages and calls have been heard.

On April 14, 65 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Nigerian President Obasanjo urging him to support a stronger protection mandate for the African Union mission in Darfur. The effort was led by Rep. Tancredo (CA) and Rep. Payne (NJ).

Secretary Rice has declined an invitation to appear before a Senate-House joint hearing on Sudan and the crisis in Darfur, originally scheduled for April 28.

College Project I
mtvU & the Reebok Human Rights Foundation announced the Darfur Activism Awards for credible ideas and implementation plans to raise awareness about the unfolding genocide in Darfur by 1) raising funds for humanitarian relief and/or 2) political activism. All organizations must be student-led. Established groups with a history of Darfur activism are eligible for a $40,000 grant to continue their work, and start-up organizations are eligible for a $10,000 grant to get their idea off the ground. Find more information at:

College Project II
The Darfur Peace and Development Fund is launching a Darfur Schools Sponsorship Program through which high schools, colleges and universities in the United States can sponsor school children in refugee camps. (School children in the refugee and internally displaced camps have missed 2 consecutive years of their academic lives, and are now on the verge of losing another.) For more information, contact

Spruce up your wardrobe
To raise money for victims in Darfur, a student group from the Claremont Colleges is selling "Stop Genocide in Sudan" t-shirts. They've already raised more than $6,000 for Sudan-related charities through sales of these shirts on campus, and have made them available at cost to other groups. The shirts are originally designed, sweatshop-free, and have a minimum order of 12. Please see Students against Genocide for more info.