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St. Louis Save Darfur Coalition
The St. Louis Save Darfur Coalition, coordinated by the JCRC, works to mobilize and educate a broad group of religious, human rights, campus and civic organizations in the St. Louis region on the genocide in Darfur and advocates on behalf of the people of Darfur.

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Legislative Activity

January 2009  
Contact the President-Elect and your legislators

Ask President Elect Obama to develop a specific Darfur policy to implement at the start of the new presidential term.  With the impending issuance of arrest warrants by the Int’l. Criminal Court in mid to late January, the potential for volatility is great as is the opportunity for negotiations.  This threat has weakened President Bashir and could force his government to be more pragmatic.  Bashir’s weakness could also be the impetus for an internal struggle for power.

Urge the President to use all diplomatic channels to overcome the logistical barriers and Sudanese government obstruction blocking the African Union/United Nations Hybrid deployment in Darfur (UNAMID). At its present capacity of just over 10,000 out of 26,000 mandated peacekeepers on the ground (and the lack of helicopters and other key assets) UNAMID can do little to protect civilians from violence. 

Urge the President and legislators to engage key international governments in addressing the regional issues of Sudan, including China, the EU, Arab League and the African Union.

Urge your legislators to develop a comprehensive plan to address all of Sudan's regional conflicts.  Active U.S. engagement is needed to support the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the North and South.

Ask your legislators to examine the conflicting message that the U.S. sends to Sudan when our government cooperates with the Sudanese on the ‘war on terror.’ Congress and the State Department should work together to address the government of Sudan's complicity in the violence in Darfur and other regions of Sudan.


The JCRC reaches over 1000 individuals and over 75 community groups with advocacy 'action alerts.' 

The Coalition, through the good offices of State Senator Joan Bray and State Representative Sam Page, submitted Resolutions SCR35 and HR2446 that condemned the ongoing genocide in Darfur and called for specific action steps to be taken by the US Congress.  The House passed HR2446 on May 11, 2006.
SCR 33 was submitted by Senator Bray in February 2008 urging the President to work with an international coalition to bring peace to Sudan.

Coalition representatives communicate regularly with members (and staff) of the U.S. Congressional delegation on issues relating to Sudan.

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Education
The Coalition provides educational materials and speakers for community groups. The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center incorporates information on Darfur in its presentations to high school students.
For more information about educational material and speakers please call (314) 442-3871.

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Media
The Coalition's Strategy Committee works on a media campaign to increase awareness, highlight local activities and encourage participation in advocacy activities.

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Events

Voices for Darfur (April 29, 2007)
On April 29, 2007, the St. Louis Save Darfur Coalition observed the Global Day for Darfur along with over 200 communities around the U.S. at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Over 250 people attended.

Activists called for immediate action from President Bush, Congress and the international community to help end the violence in the western region of Sudan and work towards peace for all of Sudan.

"Voices for Darfur" featured jazz vocalist, Denise Thimes; St. Louis Hip Hop group, The Apostlez; poet, K. Curtis Lyle; vocalist, Alexandra Petrullo and actress, Vivian Watt.  Dr. David Greenhaw, President of Eden Seminary made a special address, calling people to take action.

St. Louis hip hop group, The Apostlez, debuts "Darfur" at "Voices for Darfur".
Click here to see more photos from the event.


Darfur: Never Again? (February 22, 2007)
Aish HaTorah of St. Louis: The Annual Rubin Feldman Memorial Lecture.
Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), in her presentation “Ruth Messinger Bears Witness” gave a firsthand account of the ongoing genocidal campaign in Darfur, Sudan that has been raging since February, 2003. Reflecting on her own visits to the region in August 2004 and October 2005, Ruth described what must be done to stop these atrocities that have claimed over 450,000 lives. In addition to her presentation on the current conflict in Darfur, she also highlighted the work of AJWS and its 270 projects in over 35 countries throughout the Americas, Africa and Asia. She shared the words of dedicated volunteers from across the United States – students, community leaders and skilled professionals. Ruth told of the enormous transformative impact we can make as global citizens working to ensure lasting social justice.

Darfur: A Lost Boy of Sudan Speaks Out (September 14, 2006)
The St. Louis Save Darfur Coalition and the Ethical Action Committee of the Ethical Society of St. Louis sponsored a presentation by Mel Deng, Vice President of the Lost Boys Network of Kansas City, MO. In 1987, a civil war in southern Sudan drove an estimated 20,000 young boys from their families and villages. These "Lost Boys" walked thousands of miles through rugged countryside, half of them dying of disease and starvation before reaching a Kenyan refugee camp. Mr. Deng spoke about his own personal journey with the Lost Boys and about the genocide that rages today in Darfur. Lesley Levin, chair of the St. Louis Save Darfur Coalition spoke about how St. Louisans can advocate for the people of Darfur.

Vigil for Darfur (May 10, 2006)
The Coalition sponsored a 'Call to Action-Vigil for Darfur' on May 10 at the Missouri History Museum attended by a diverse audience of 300.  Individual coalition member groups have sponsored activities such as vigils, lectures, teach-ins, concerts and art exhibits.

Washington, DC Rally (April 30, 2006)
An interfaith group of over 40 St. Louisans represented the Coalition at the April 30 rally.

Call (314) 442-3871for more information on how your faith group, organization or agency can join the Coalition.

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St. Louis Save Darfur Coalition Roster

Rabbi Andrea Goldstein, Chair

Coordinated by the Jewish Community Relations Council

Aish HaTorah
African Mutual Assistance Organization of Missouri
American Friends Service Committee
American Jewish Committee
American Jewish Congress
Amnesty International Chapter at John Burroughs School
Amnesty International Stop Violence Against Women Campaign, Missouri
Amnesty International, St. Louis Local Group #105
Anti-Defamation League, Missouri/Southern Illinois
Aquinas Institute of Theology
Archdiocese of St. Louis
Association of Reform Rabbis
Bais Abraham Congregation
Bethel Lutheran Church
B'nai El Congregation
BSKI Social Action
Center for the Study of Ethics and Human Values at Washington University
Central Agency for Jewish Education
Central Reform Congregation
Church Women United In Metropolitan St. Louis
Church World Service
Community Church of God
Congregation B’nai Amoona
Congregation Kol Am
Cultural Leadership
Eden Theological Seminary
Eliot Unitarian Chapel
Emerson Unitarian Universalist Chapel
The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri
Ethical Society of St. Louis
Evangelical United Church of Christ in Webster Groves
Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church
Gitana Productions
Global Justice Project (STLCC)
Hip Hop Congress
Institute for Peace and Justice
International Institute of St. Louis
Islamic Community Center of St. Louis
Jewish Community Relations Council
Kol HaNeshama Congregation
Logos School
Muslim Students' Association of St. Louis University
The National Conference for Community and Justice of Metropolitan St. Louis (NCCJSTL)
National Council of Jewish Women—St. Louis Section
Northwest Academy Darfur
Nusach Hari B'nai Zion
Peace Economy Project
Rabbinical Assembly of St. Louis
Shaare Emeth Congregation
Shaare Zedek Synagogue
Shiloh M.B. Church
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Social Witness Policy Action Team Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery Center
Solomon Schechter Day School St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Chapter Hadassah
St. Louis Jewish Community Center
St. Louis Hillel at Washington University
St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center
St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition
St. Louis Rabbinical Association
St. Paul United Church of Christ
Temple Emanuel
Temple Israel
Traditional Congregation
Torah Mitzion Kollel of St. Louis
United Hebrew Congregation
United Nations of Greater St. Louis
Unity Christ Church
University City High School Global Justice Project
Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
Washington University Amnesty International
Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice
Young Israel of St. Louis

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Links

Save Darfur Coalition - The Save Darfur Coalition is a national alliance of over 100 faith-based, humanitarian and human rights organizations.

The United States Holocaust Museum Committee on Conscience - works to insure that such a totally inhuman assault as the Holocaust – or any partial version thereof – never recurs.

American Jewish World Service - Since 2004, the American Jewish World Service has been providing humanitarian aid to many of the displaced and traumatized people who have been violently forced from their homes and are now living in camps in Sudan and Chad.  AJWS is engaged in an education and advocacy campaign to put pressure on the United States and world leaders to end the crisis.

The Genocide Intervention Network - The Genocide Intervention Network works to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide.

 

Contact Us
To find out how you can get involved and for more information call (314) 442-3871.

 

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