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May. 23rd, 2008

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Students making a difference: Idaho teen creates Darfur video

Subscribers to GI-NET’s member newsletter may remember the inspiring story of Logan Tranmer: a 14-year-old student in Boise, Idaho who decided to raise awareness of the genocide in Darfur by collecting more than 1,000 signatures to encourage the UN to speed the deployment of UNAMID and distributing her own t-shirts and wristbands.

We are proud to report that Logan is at it again—this time by creating her own video to raise awareness of the conflict in Darfur! The video won her first place in a local problem-solving competition and a spot at a national competition in Michigan. A local news station picked up the story and we are happy to pass along Logan’s interview and hear in her own words what inspires her to continue to fight to end the suffering of the Darfurian people.
"Really all we need to do is tell people about it and write our Senators and the UN and telling them: we need to go in and stop this."

Watch Logan's interview.

To read this and other inspiring stories on local activism, subscribe to GI-NET’s member newsletter!

May. 21st, 2008

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Sudan government: We will not honor ceasefire

The Sudan government today announced that they would no longer honor the cease-fire agreement signed with rebel groups last year. The move is in response to an attack by Darfurian rebel group JEM (Justice and Equality Movement) on the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, which we have been covering in our blog.

"We will deal swiftly with anyone who bears arms outside the armed forces or the Darfur Peace Agreement signatories. Any ceasefire will be according to our own terms," said Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir.

In the past week, many human rights organizations have expressed increased concern over hundreds of arrests of Darfurian Zaghawa residents in Khartoum and reports of both torture and executions. The crackdowns have expanded beyond the Sudan border with the government of Egypt having expelled representatives of both JEM and the SLM (Sudanese Liberation Movement), another rebel group fighting the Sudanese government in Darfur.

AllAfrica has also posted a piece recounting the last time Khartoum was attacked in 1983, and noting the similarities between the two incidents.

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May. 19th, 2008

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Success! Darfur funding passes in House

Thursday afternoon, the House of Representatives approved an additional $334 million for the UNAMID peacekeeping operation, the hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force in Darfur. As many regular GI-Net readers know, the UNAMID operation has been plagued with a lack of resources and funding — this bill is a huge step toward fixing this problem. Even better — this bill includes $150 million in overdue payments, known as arrears, for UN peacekeeping.

Given the recent upsurge in violence in Sudan, including attacks in North Darfur, the bombing of a Darfurian school, and even more alarming concerns that the recent rebel attack on Khartoum may provoke an armed response in Darfur, adequate funding for this operation is critical to ensuring security for the civilian population of Darfur.

But we aren't out of the woods yet...

Before the 2008 federal budget can become law, the Senate must pass their version of the bill — we need your help to make this happen! The $334 million for Darfur peacekeeping passed by the House might get cut if your senator doesn't stand up for it. Sign up for GI-Net's Action Alert newsletter or bookmark the RSS feed to find out when your phone calls can make the difference in passing this bill and helping to ensure safety for millions of Darfurian civilians still threatened by violence and rape.

Mar. 28th, 2008

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Genocide Intervention Network wins tech award for DarfurScores.org!

This week, the Genocide Intervention Network was honored to be nominated by the NetSquared community as a 2008 Featured Project for our proposal to upgrade and extend the DarfurScores.org website:

NetSquared featured project

The Genocide Intervention Network seeks to create a new website, modeled on our successful Darfur congressional scorecard, DarfurScores.org, tentatively named GenocideScores.org.

Our current plan for the site -- which could change as we explore different options and hear feedback from our members -- has four main components:

DarfurScores.org: Calling on Congress to Stop Genocide

1. Collecting together anti-genocide data, not only on Darfur but on each of our areas of concern. Instead of being limited to only legislative records, each state would list its status on other anti-genocide initiatives like Sudan divestment and genocide education.

2. Provide clear illustrations of legislative status. Instead of just hearing about a bill when a member of Congress does (or doesn't) vote for it, we'll be tracking bills as they move through each chamber.

3. Cross-index a bill's status with a member's location. When the latest bill on genocide prevention is up for a vote, anti-genocide activists whose members of Congress represent key votes on the legislation will be able to receive automatic alerts.

4. Provide embeddable badges or widgets for activists to place on their profiles, blogs or websites. At a glance, both you and visitors to your website, blog or social networking profile will be able to see how your state and legislators are doing on the question of genocide. And when urgent action is needed, these badges will be automatically updated with a special link to take action.

The process for our project, however, isn't over. Now that we've been nominated as a featured project, we'll be able to attend the 2008 NetSquared Conference and present our project for a chance to win a portion of a $100,000 prize.

Before that time, however, we need your feedback. If you have a chance, read through our proposal for DarfurScores.org and leave a comment -- tell us what you like, what you think could be changed, what we're overlooking. Remember that this is all about our core mission: empowering individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. We hope this project will result in a valuable new tool, and we'd love to have your input!

Mar. 5th, 2008

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Tell Bush to Stick By His Promises!

Ask your representative to co-sponsor House Resolution 1011.

With the humanitarian crisis stemming from Darfur continuing to destabilize not only Sudan, but the surrounding region, including Chad and the Central African Republic, it has become increasingly urgent that the international community develop, fund, and implement a "comprehensive regional strategy."

The United States and President Bush have the ability and responsibility to protect by using their influential position on the United Nations Security Council and financial ability to provide humanitarian assistance to the region.

House Resolution 1011 urges President Bush to stick to his promises by:
Urging the UN Security Council to implement sanctions against the government of Sudan for its detrimental actions and the continued destabilization of the region, and continue US humanitarian assistance to the refugees and internally displaced people in Chad and the Central African Republic.

This week, ask your representative to call on President Bush to stick to his promises and implement a comprehensive regional strategy by co-sponsoring House Resolution 1011.

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