The Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, with the support of the RRA and RRC, is participating in a major effort to bring pressure on the U.S. government to take immediate action to stop the atrocities and impoverishment in the Darfur region of Sudan.
The Save Darfur Coalition is planning a week of prayer and action in September, leading up to an international day of action for Darfur. These events coincide with the opening of the 61st General Assembly of the United Nations in New York City. There will be a rally in New York on Sunday, September 17, 2006 from 2-5PM featuring international leaders and top musical performers united in the effort to stop the genocide in Darfur.
JRF is a member of the coalition (supported by AJWS and JCPA), along with the RRA and is encouraging our member congregations to show strong participation in this effort, as we did last April. JRF will be organizing nationally and regionally again to aid in this effort.
Though activities will occur worldwide, the Save Darfur Coalition will host the centerpiece event in New York City on that day, as thousands of people will take part in "SAVE DARFUR NOW: Voices to Stop Genocide" to urge the United Nations to deploy a peacekeeping force to Darfur and to raise international awareness of the ongoing atrocities in Darfur.
The April 30th rallies in Washington, DC and across the country demonstrated the impact that Americans could make on our congressional and political leaders. September 17 will redouble Save Darfur Coalition domestic efforts while engaging the international community in a more coordinated manner.
Reconstructionists will be gathering at 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 17th at West End Synagogue (Amsterdam Avenue at 69th Street). Bring your brown bag veggie/dairy lunch (seltzer and sweets provided), we will make placards and make our way to the UN, to stand together at the Rally.
In the weeks ahead the Save Darfur Coalition will announce speakers, performers and the exact location in New York City. We'll have frequent updates and announcements about featured speakers, performers, logistics and other developments on this page, so please check back often. In the meantime, please save the date!
Contact: Chuck Thies, Event Director, (202) 478-6146, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.savedarfur.org/now
We hope your congregation will announce the week of prayer and action to your members and encourage them to join us when we gather near the United Nations in New York City. If your organization is planning an event for September 17, please let us know by emailing Rabbi Shawn Zevit, JRF Director of External Affiliations, at SZevit@jrf.org.
For JRF NY/NJ Pre-Rally Info: 212-870-2483 or email@example.com