Take Action: National Call-in Day for Darfur
Join thousands around the country in a National Call-In Day for Darfur on Wednesday March 15
On Wednesday, March 15, the House will be voting on an amendment offered by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) to add $100 million for African Union peacekeepers in Darfur within the FY06 supplemental spending bill. This funding is all the more essential in light of last week's decision by the African Union to extend its mission in Darfur for six months, rather than turn over peacekeeping duties to the United Nations.
The Sudanese government and government-backed militias known as Janjaweed continue to attack the civilian populations in Darfur, Sudan. Villages and towns are being bombed and scorche
d, water sources and food stores are being destroyed, and civilians are being systematically targeted for mass killings, rape, and ethnic cleansing. The countryside is now emptied of its original Masaalit and Fur inhabitants. Livestock, food stores, wells and pumps, blankets and clothing have been looted or destroyed. As many as 400,000 civilians have lost their lives and nearly 2 million civilians have been displaced. 5,000 additional civilians die each month due to disease, malnutrition and continued attacks by the Janjaweed.
On Wednesday, March 15, join a national call-in day! Phone your Representative and urge him or her to support an amendment by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to add $100 million for African Union peacekeepers in Darfur within the FY06 supplemental spending bill. Now it is time for the House to act. To reach your Representative, call the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121or visit our Legislative Action Center for talking points on Darfur and to login feedback from your call. For more information, please contact Legislative Assistant Sarah Burrows at 202.387.2800.