Frist, Clinton, sign
the millionth postcard
urging president to act on Darfur
Save Darfur Coalition generate 1 Million postcards urging President Bush
to stop Darfur genocide
Washington, DC, June 29, 2006--Demonstrating that moral issues can
overcome partisan politics, Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. (R-Tenn.)
and Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) today signed the one millionth
postcard from Americans to President Bush through the Save Darfur
Coalition's "Million Voices for Darfur" campaign. The postcards urge the
president to use the full power of his office to support a
stronger multi-national force to protect the people of Darfur.
"As part of the Save Darfur Coalition, the National Council of Churches
USA added its voice to this campaign so that the killing would stop,"
said Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, associate general secretary of the NCC
for international affairs and peace. "For two years the NCC has been
calling for intervention in Darfur to stop the systematic murder of
thousands of our brothers and sisters in Africa," he said. "The million
voices campaign shows that Americans do not want to stand by and do
nothing while another genocide takes place in our world."
The General Assembly of the NCC, representing 35 Christian
Protestant,Anglican, Orthodox, historic peace and African American
churches, in 2004 condemned the killing and
called upon the
U.S. and the international community to end the genocide.
Since February 2003, the worsening genocide sponsored by the Sudanese
government and perpetrated by its Janjaweed militia allies has claimed
at least 400,000 lives, displaced 2.5 million people, and left nearly 4
million completely dependent on international humanitarian aid.
The postcards are part of an unprecedented "Million Voices for Darfur"
campaign that was launched on January 12 by the Save Darfur Coalition [www.savedarfur.org],
an alliance of 167 faith-based, advocacy, and humanitarian
organizations, to generate one million electronic and handwritten
postcards to President Bush. The text of the model electronic postcard
Dear President Bush,
During your first year in the White House, you wrote in the margins of a
report on the Rwandan genocide, "Not on my watch." I urge you to live up
to those words by using the power of your office to support a stronger
multi-national force to protect the civilians of Darfur.
"We are calling on President Bush to assume a consistently stronger
leadership role in this and to have a greater sense of urgency," said
the Rev. Gloria E. White-Hammond, M.D., chairwoman of the Save Darfur
Coalition's Million Voices for Darfur campaign. "Our global policy has
been hear no evil, see no evil, do no evil and so we have ended up doing
no good." The Rev. White-Hammond said "a United Nations peacekeeping
force will be the only true protection for the refugees of Darfur. The
president should answer these million calls for action by using his
leverage on the U.N. Security Council and by immediately appointing a
U.S. Presidential Special Envoy to Sudan
Others have been calling for a U.S. Presidential Special Envoy to Sudan
to coordinate U.S. policy in the country and Darfur region. Deputy
Secretary of State Robert Zoellick resigned last week - the fourth of
the top five high-level Darfur policy officials within the
administration to announce his departure in recent weeks - and calls
have increased for a special envoy to ensure that Darfur remains an
Contact: Dan Webster, 212.870.2252,
Save Darfur Coalition Contact: Jeff Kovick, 202.478.6147, Jeff@savedarfur.org