Posted by: APO | 20 May 2008

Africa Action to Host Darfur Rally at U.S. Mission to the United Nations

Africa Action to Host Darfur Rally at U.S. Mission to the United Nations


May 22 Event in New York Will Demand Bold Leadership from the Bush Administration During the June U.S. Presidency of the UN Security Council.


WHAT: A rally at the U.S. Mission at the United Nations with Darfur advocacy leaders to deliver thousands of handprints and messages from all over the country demanding decisive U.S. action to end genocide in Darfur and promote peace for Sudan


WHO: Speakers will include:


· Gerald LeMelle, Executive Director, Africa Action · Yahya Mohammad Osman, Vice President, Darfur People’s Association of New York · Rev. Father Mesrob Lakissian, Pastor, St. Illuminator’s Armenian Apostolic Cathedral


WHEN: Thursday, May 22, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM. A delegation from Africa Action and other advocacy groups, including several Sudanese organizations, will deliver a statement and the banners to a representative of the U.S. Mission at 1:00 PM.


WHERE: The U.S Mission to the United Nations in New York, 140 East 45th St, between 3rd and Lexington Avenues.


On May 22, Africa Action and Darfur advocacy leaders will rally to call for the top priority during the United States’ June presidency of the UN Security Council to be achieving the full deployment of the UNAMID peacekeeping force for Darfur, Sudan. This event on Thursday is expected to draw hundreds of activists from the New York area calling for action.

Participants will deliver thousands of handprints and messages collected on dozens of banners representing statements of witness to the genocide gathered from around the country.




Thursday’s rally is co-sponsored by Africa Action, African Services Committee, American Jewish World Service, Armenian National Committee of America, Chadian Association of North America, Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy, DarfurMetro, Darfur Rehabilitation Project, Darfur People’s Association of New York, the ENOUGH Project, Genocide Intervention Network, Making a Difference (MAD), NY City Coalition for Darfur, New York Vigilers, Rock for Darfur, Shine a Ray of Hope and STAND.





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