New York City, Wednesday Oct. 24, 2007
In conjunction with United Nations Day 2007, Amnesty International has made the call to have a Day of Action on Darfur. The Afrosphere Darfur Action Coalition has headed the call and proposes a "Day of Blogging Against Genocide" to raise public awareness and thus political pressure for the U.S. and the world to act now!
After viewing the film 'Hotel Rwanda', the reality of life in a war torn zone where peoples were decimate in great numbers while the world sat by; created an awareness for many of us, who in a mostly free country had no real prior information to draw from. It opened the door for us to see with informed eyes, and avoid inaction when others struggle in ways our minds could barely visualize as real. It created an opportunity for us to draw from the roots of humanity in our hearts, and take a stand so we may put a stop to the suffering of children, woman and men anywhere.
After this a 'buzz' began opening our eyes to the horrors Darfurians have been experiencing. Starving children and women, brutal systematic rape, murder and the displacement of citizens from their rightful homes are the reality taking place in the Sudan; and we have the power to change it. Some individuals are taking action, but many of the actions of so called leaders who have the power to effect real change are nothing more than symbolic. More voices are required to draw sincere focus to the resolution of the issue in Darfur. A country who went to war very quickly based on little to no proof of threat, should have no problem coming to the aid of those in true and actual need just as swiftly.
Concerned that more action be taken; The Afrosphere Darfur Action Coalition is leading a day of action that includes a checklist of sorts, detailing activities that can be taken to provide support from a grassroots level. The list of those who've already agreed to blog against genocide on October 24 can be found at http://www.blackperspective.net/index.php/darfur-blogging-against-genocide/
The Day of action is set for the 24th of October, according to BlackPerspective.net's recent post calling for the participation of bloggers.
We ask that the post against genocide contain the following elements:
1. Ask your readers to call or mail the white house and, or congress. 2. A link to a cribbed letter (whatever one you like) that people can send and use as talking points. 3. A Virtual Marcher Picture, such as was done for the Jena 6 march: http://purplezoe.blogspot.com/2007/09/march-for-justice-in-jena-6-and-black.html 4. A list of 3 succinct reasons you think the Darfur situation threatens humanity as a whole 5. A pledge in one's own words to boycott the Olympic games and their sponsors if the sponsors don't take a stance to persuade China to act on their influence over Sudan (In conjunction with signing the Global Petition at Dreamfordarfur.org 6. Post a found video or make a youtube (or other video vendor) based Darfur video that you believe motivates action.
The actions offered are but a few suggestions made for participating bloggers on the 24th. Creative and insightful offerings are encouraged, and may be referenced and shared with other bloggers for inspiration.
"Every action begins with consciousness." shares Daz Wilson of the Afrosphere Darfur Action Coalition. "Actions like the previous Day of Blogging for Justice, Virtual March and the 24th's Day Of Darfur are affirmative actions that serve to draw focus to subjects that require our attention.
For more information on the Day of Action for Darfur, please log onto BlackPerspective.net
Daz Wilson * UltravioletUnderground.com * firstname.lastname@example.org
Yobachi Boswell * www.Blackperspective.net * 615-478-5204