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Sudan Advocacy Flash: Thanks to You, Some Good News

This has been an amazing time in our efforts to raise awareness about the urgency of the situation in Sudan and to ensure that our elected officials are paying attention to this situation.

President Obama recently participated in a high level meeting on Sudan with other heads of state at the United Nations where he stated: “At this moment, the fate of millions of people hangs in the balance. What happens in Sudan in the days ahead may decide whether a people who have endured too much war move forward towards peace or slip backwards into bloodshed. And what happens in Sudan matters to all of sub-Saharan Africa, and it matters to the world.” He then laid out the steps that his Administration has been taking to promote a peaceful transition in Sudan and urged: “Progress toward a negotiated and definitive end to the conflict is possible. And now is the moment for all nations to send a strong signal that there will be no time and no tolerance for spoilers who refuse to engage in peace talks.”

President Obama’s remarks signal that he is listening to us-advocates for peace in Sudan-to redouble his Administration’s efforts for peace and stability in Sudan. The Congress is listening to us as well. On September 28, the House of Representatives passed resolution 1588, which signals the United States’ strong commitment to prevent increased violence and promote peace and stability in Sudan. The resolution calls on President Obama to strengthen engagement and on the international community to coordinate their efforts closely. It urges the responsible actors in Sudan to comply with the provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, resolve outstanding issues, and avoid escalating tensions. H. Res. 1588 passed with 68 co-sponsors. Check if your Representative was a co-sponsor and thank him/her for their support.

In addition, the House held a special floor discussion on Sudan on September 22 to send a message to the people of Sudan and the international community that the Congress supports a timely and fair referendum, and is committed to continued implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and to ending violence in Darfur.

Opportunities for Action

Learn: Bishop Paride Taban, Bishop Emeritus of Torit (Sudan), Bishop Daniel Adwok Kur, Auxiliary Bishop of Khartoum (Sudan), and John Ashworth, Acting Director, Denis Hurley Peace Institute will be joining other religious leaders for meetings in Washington, DC and New York. As part of this interfaith delegation, these Catholic leaders will give a major address at the University of Notre Dame, entitled “Sudan: Peace in the Balance,” on Tuesday, October 5, 4:15-5:45 p.m. ET. This event is available live via streaming video and is sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, USCCB, and CRS.

Update: The link is no longer available because the event has already occurred.

Act: Your emails, phone calls, letters, faxes, and personal visits made all the difference to ensure these dramatic advocacy victories in our efforts for peace in Sudan. But we can’t stop here. Our advocacy must continue so that Sudan is not forgotten. Please continue your e-mails and phone calls (dial 702-577-2339 for pre-recorded talking points and direct connection) to the White House for increased engagement on Sudan.

Thank you for standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Sudan.

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