Thursday, November 22, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


PBS aired FRONTLINE: On Our Watch last night. The program presented a chronological accounting of the international community's (particularly the United Nations') response to the Darfur genocide. If you missed it, you can watch it online at

If the program drives one thing home, it is that our government and the governments of other countries can not be counted on to end this genocide. We can no longer sit idly by and expect, or believe, that some entity on its own accord will save Darfur. We must accept that the responsibility really lies with each and all of us. Now, let's get to work!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

22 States Have Now Divested

Last week, Massachusetts and New Mexico divested from Sudan, bringing the total number of states to divest to 22. Will Alaska be the 23rd? We certainly hope so, and Save Darfur Anchorage is continuing efforts to push for divestment and raise awareness about the genocide.

On Sunday, a letter-writing event was held at Holy Family Cathedral. Parishioners and others took time after mass to learn more about the genocide and divestment and to write their state legislators to request Alaska's divestment. Our appreciation goes out to every single person who took the time to send this very important message to their state senator and representative, to Holy Family Cathedral for providing the venue, and to Shawn Powers for putting the event together.

We also continue to work more with UAA Anchorage's STAND chapter. This incredibly motivated chapter of STAND is putting together plans for an on-campus showing of The Devil Came on Horseback. It will be held on Dec. 5th in conjunction with DarfurFast. We will publish the time and place once they are finalized. Admission will be free, but donations will be collected to support the Genocide Intervention Network's Civilian Protection Program. The program works with Darfuri community leaders, displaced women and girls, and the African Union Mission in Sudan to protect women and girls in internally displaced persons camps. Learn more aboutDarfurFast and this program at

Friday, November 2, 2007

Rep. Les Gara Joins Rep. Bob Lynn in Championing House Divestment Legislation

Thank you, Representative Lynn and Representative Gara! Yesterday, in a teleconference attended by members of Save Darfur Anchorage, Max Croes of the Sudan Divestment Task Force, Representative Bob Lynn and his staff, and Representative Les Gara and his staff, Representatives Lynn and Gara agreed to join together to introduce divestment legislation in the House in January. We are really excited to now have committed leaders from both parties and look forward to working with them and their motivated staff members to finalize the divestment legislation.

Please take the time to contact the offices of Rep. Lynn and Rep. Gara to thank them for taking on this very important cause. They need to know that we Alaskans support their efforts...because we do!

Representative Les Gara: 716 W. 4th Avenue, Ste 310, Anchorage, AK 99501-2133, Phone# 269-0106, Fax# 465-3518, Email Representative Bob Lynn: 716 W. 4th Avenue, Ste 650, Anchorage, AK 99501-2133, Phone# 269-0205, Fax# 269-0207, Email (our staff contact in Rep. Lynn's office).