Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Miami Alum DeWine Cosponsors Darfur Peace and Accountability Act

Senator and Miami Alum Mike DeWine (R, Ohio) is cosponsoring a bill in the U.S. Senate aimed at helping end the crisis in the Darfur region.

The bipartisan legislation has gained support from both sides of the aisle, with the likes of Sens. Edward Kennedy (D, Mass.) and Diane Fienstein (D, Calif.) teaming up with James InHolfe (R, Okla.) and Elizabeth Dole (R, NC) to help bring justice and aid to war-torn Sudan.

Government officials in the U.S. and other western nations have previously been criticized by various human rights organizations for a lack of action involving the reported genocide in the region.

This bill, S.1462, outlines steps toward ending the violence in Darfur. The bill would help expand and strengthen the African Union mission to better protect civilians, impose focused sanctions on individuals responsible for atrocities in Darfur, and support peace negotiations to resolve the conflict.

The bill is currently in committee. A similar bill, H.R. 3127, has also been sponsored in the House of Representatives.

To help insure the bill makes it to a vote on the Senate floor, the Genocide Intervention Fund , the Save Darfur Coalition, and the Friends Committee on National Legislation are coordinating a massive National Call-In Day, where supporters of the measure are asked to contact their Washington delegation to solicit support Oct. 18.

The event's coordinators are asking that supporters of the measure contact the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be put in contact with the offices of their state's delegation.

DeWine is currently the only Ohio official cosponsoring the measure.

Thanks to Alice: Wonderland or Not for the info!


Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

Thanks, I thin it very important that we propagate as much of this throughout as we can the only way to cnnect is to make it hit people and to show them what others in their community are doing.

The ZenFo Pro said...

The Darfur issue is important and needs to be more publicized. I think the big problem with getting people to care is they don't think that what happens in Africa affects them - its got to become personal. Sadly, there are too many people who think compassion for others is somehow too expensive or not worth the effort. Can't let that happen. We've got a whole continent with an AIDS and Malaria pandemic, and we live in a country that's wasting away culturally, worrying about who Paris Hilton is boning.