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 http://www.standnow.org/darfurfast.