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    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 30, 2006

      TheChoppersPodcast: We Support Todays' Rally To Stop Genocide In Darfur

      Rally To Stop Genocide

      Rally to Stop Genocide
      Join our rally in Washington, DC on April 30th, 2006, 2:00 - 4:30 PM.

      The Rally to Stop Genocide will feature leading voices in the effort to stop the genocide in Darfur, including a broad spectrum of prominent faith leaders, political figures, human rights activists, celebrities, and survivors of genocide.

      Take action: sign up today for the Rally to Stop Genocide.

      Who, What, When Where? Click here for the latest Rally Fact Sheet.

      Confirmed Speakers and Entertainment

      Save Darfur Coalition gear will be available for purchase at the Rally. Cash and checks are accepted. No credit cards. Thank you.

      Directions to Rally
      Directions for Bus Parking and Metro Transportation
      Metro Directions
      Map of Rally Area
      Printable Rally Flier
      Suggested Sign SlogansInformation for Special Needs/DisabilitiesOther April 30 Darfur Rallies Across the Nation

      Earlier this week we ran a letter of appeal from Don Cheadle on the Darfur Sudan Genocide.
      Click Here to Listen to this podcastBelow this appeal is a poem that was written by Horace Coleman of the Choppers.

      This Podcast is a plea in the same sense, asking for your support to end the Killing, Raping and Genocide that is destroying Darfur, As We Read This.

      Please take a moment and listen to the podcast, then visit "SaveDafur.Org" and Sign the Petition to Stop the Genocide.

      Also we ask that you Take a Moment and send a copy to your favorite email lists and your closest email friends. ask them to circulate this plea as humanitarians to end the killing in Darfur. Remember that Darfur Today could be Detroit or Dayton Tomorrow..

      Please Support the Campaign to End the Killing in Darfur Today !


      BadGals Radio, The ASID HI Power Crew and The Choppers,

      ~RE Ausetkmt - Mama ASID, Poet, Activist, Producer, Humanist
      Horace Coleman - Poet. Activist, Professor, Humanist

      From: Horace W Coleman
      Subject: Darfur makes me sick
      Doofus in Darfur, or
      "It all depends on who has the power this hour!"

      Sad babies' eyes fill with flies.
      Their bellies blimp when
      mothers' breasts' go flat and limp.

      The Janjaweed ramble sand gardens
      seeing that young girls and women
      searching for wells and wood are well raped.

      The African men of these African women mostly
      fight, flee and die (stubborn rebels)
      from Arab blades, bullets and bombs.

      Outgunned browns and blacks succumb
      (germs, oil drums, polluting ethnic politics)
      to a government counting its cash.

      The U.S. gives orders—but can't control its own borders.
      Soldiers from the UnUnited Nations (African branch)
      bake in the sun and watch the fun.

      The war and unrest spread genocidal threads
      of sorrows that subside but never settle.
      History is no mystery.

      We've done this so long it's hard to get it wrong:
      From time to time acts produce crimes
      that have reasons but no rhymes. Except

      People often need blood and bones
      to grow and feed a justification for a deed:
      It could be a clash of greed, creed, class, caste or
      what we mistakenly call "race" that opens
      the season for getting in some one's face, snarling
      "I want what you got so you're gonna get it!"

      13 Mar 06
      Horace Coleman - Copyright

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      Produced By : ~RE Ausetkmt / Mama ASID for BadGals Radio / POD313.com

      Format : 64K Digital MP3 Format

      Time : 59:00 Minutes

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      Produced : March 17, 2006 Copyright;
      All Rights Reserved to original copyright holders,
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      Now Hol Dat Bad Bwoy !!!

      Click here today to make a critical contribution!

      In 2004 I had a life-changing experience. I starred in a film called "Hotel Rwanda," about the courageous story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who saved 1,200 refugees in the face of a savage genocide that gripped his country and claimed 800,000 lives.Not since the Rwanda genocide of 1994 has the world seen such a calculated campaign of slaughter, rape, starvation and displacement as is happening right now in Darfur. I know, because I visited in January 2005.

      The Save Darfur Coalition just released an amazing DVD that tells the story of Darfur, highlighting the efforts of those who have committed their lives to ending the genocide.We need your support today to help show this truly moving piece to audiences across the country.

      Click here today to make your donation to this urgent fundraising campaign.
      If you donate $50 or more we'll send you a copy of the DVD.

      As we filmed Hotel Rwanda, I was overwhelmed with sadness and anger, reliving the lack of response by those who knew and could have acted. And despite calls from the international community vowing to never let this happen again, another genocide is taking place right now in the Darfur region of Sudan.

      But you can act by clicking here right now and making a critical donation to help show this important DVD all over the country.

      In Darfur, government-backed militias, known collectively as the Janjaweed, are systematically eliminating entire communities and ways of life. Villages are razed, women and girls raped and branded, men and boys murdered, and food and water supplies targeted and destroyed.

      Hundreds of thousands have already died. Millions more are at risk.

      Your help can make a difference.

      Please click here to make a contribution today.

      With your help we can make sure the movie "Hotel Darfur" never gets made.

      Thank you,

      Don Cheadle

      Please take a moment and listen to the podcast, then visit "SaveDafur.Org" and Sign the Petition to Stop the Genocide.


      On April 30, the Save Darfur Coalition and its partners are holding a Rally to Stop Genocide in Washington, DC. Click here for more information.


      We suggest you also visit this site to learn about Divestiture in Sudan,

      How Your State Funds Genocide

      According to public reports, some 83 publicly-traded companies are currently active in Sudan. These companies provide the lifeblood for the genocidal Khartoum regime. The link is simple: Public companies advcance Sudan's oil industry, thereby creating revenues that, as the regime has publicly stated, are used to purchase more advanced military equipment and prosecute moe vigorously their genocidal war.

      Just as companies were willing to partner with South Africa despite apartheid, these companies will not pull out of Sudan unless forced to do so. Our public pension systems have the leverage to force such a withdraw by divesting the stock of these firms, but refuse to use their investments to stop the killing in Sudan becuase these companies are profitable. NO MORE!

      Combined, America's leading public pension systems invest more than $90 Billion in companies that partner with Khartoum. NO MORE! It is time that Americans stand up to tell their public pension systems that they WILL NOT continue to hold the stocks of companies that contribute to genocide. NO MORE!

      DivestSudan.org urges you to take action today to force your state's public pension systems and university endowments to divest the stock of any company operating in Sudan. A state-by-state public pension system breakdown of such holdiongs can be seen here.

      Current Situation

      Nearly three years into the crisis, the western Sudanese region of Darfur is acknowledged to be a humanitarian and human rights tragedy of the first order. The humanitarian, security and political situation continue to deteriorate: atrocities continue, people are still dying in large numbers of malnutrition and disease, and a new famine is feared. According to reports by the World Food Program, the United Nations and the Coalition for International Justice, 3.5 million people are now hungry, 2.5 million have been displaced due to violence, and 400,000 people have died in Darfur thus far. The international community is failing to protect civilians or to influence the Sudanese government to do so.

      The international community is deeply divided — perhaps paralyzed — over what to do next in Darfur. The UN Commission of Inquiry on Darfur described the massive scope of atrocities carried out in the territory, primarily by the government and its allied Janjaweed militias. And the situation on the ground shows a number of negative trends, which have been developing since the last quarter of 2004: deteriorating security; a credible threat of famine; mounting civilian casualties; the ceasefire in shambles; increasing tensions between Sudan and Chad; and new armed movements appearing in Darfur and neighboring states. Chaos and a culture of impunity are taking root in the region.

      The humanitarian situation remains catastrophic, due to ongoing state-sponsored violence, layers of aid obstruction, the lack of an overall humanitarian strategic plan, and the weakened state of displaced Sudanese. Refugees and internally displaced civilians (IDPs) have been displaced for long periods, they are in terribly weakened states, they are subject to sexual abuse and attack, they do not have adequate shelter, and a new famine is feared. Infectious diseases and dysentery will drive up the body counts rapidly. Conventional responses are simply inadequate to prevent increasing mortality rates, and the current response will fail unless buttressed by a number of bold and urgent actions.

      Rape has become a hallmark of the crimes against humanity in Darfur. It has proven one way for the Janjaweed militias to continue attacking Darfurians after driving them from their homes. Families must continue collecting wood, fetching water or working their fields, and in doing so, women daily put themselves or their children at the risk of rape, beatings or death as soon as they are outside the camps, towns or villages. It is assumed that the hundreds of rapes reported and treated grossly underestimate the actual number committed, as victims of rape in Darfur are often too scared or too ashamed to seek help. In a culture where rape draws heavy social disgrace, victims are often ostracised by their own families and communities. These women and children have been forced from their communities and even punished for illegal pregnancy as a result of being raped.

      As need far outstrips the ability of agencies to deliver aid, it is not too soon to sound a famine alert. Relief workers on the ground are convinced that few if any of the nearly 2 million IDPs will return to their homes in time for the next planting season, thus ensuring at least longer term food insecurity. The onset of the rainy season in late May will further restrict access.

      Compounding the problem is that the numbers of at-risk civilians continue to increase. The Janjaweed continue to undertake attacks against villages, prey on IDPs, and obstruct aid activities. Many Janjaweed have been integrated into the army and police; no one has been charged with any crime, and their actions are not being challenged. There remains a state of total impunity.

      Not since the Rwanda genocide of 1994 has the world seen such a calculated campaign of slaughter, rape, starvation and displacement. I The Sudanese government continues to flout international law with impunity.

      North-South Conflict not-equal (1K) Conflict in Darfur
      On January 9, 2005, a peace deal was signed to end the long war between the government and the Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement (SPLM). This war, which has raged for the past 20 years, is commonly referred to as the North-South conflict and is often confused with the violence in Darfur. This peace deal signed earlier this year did not address the issues in Darfur, where the genocide continues.

      Significant portions of this document have been provided by the International Crisis Group.


      Latest News From Darfur,,

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five members of the U.S. Congress were arrested on Friday at a demonstration held at the Sudan embassy to protest atrocities in that country's Darfur region, congressional aides said.

      The lawmakers, all Democrats, were Reps. Tom Lantos of California, James McGovern and John Olver of Massachusetts, James Moran of Virginia, and Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, aides to McGovern and Lantos said.

      There were taken by van to a police station, aides said.

      The Sudanese government has launched a new military assault in southern Darfur, according to a leading human rights group, attacking villages and displacing thousands of civilians before a deadline for the conclusion of peace talks. The report comes as the actor George Clooney has added his voice to calls for action to stop the violence. He joined US senators in Washington yesterday to call for more international efforts to stop the violence. The actor and his father recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Darfur. Human Rights Watch said the Sudanese military had used planes and helicopter gunships to attack several villages. The New York-based group believes the Sudanese authorities may be attempting to consolidate territory before the end of the talks in Nigeria.


      NATO is ready to help further with peace efforts in Sudan's Darfur region but alliance ministers agreed on Friday that any presence should be limited and only in support of African or U.N. efforts. In its first operation on the African continent, NATO has already provided training and transport to African troops struggling to quell the violence there and some nations such as the United States want the alliance to engage more strongly. No direct combat is envisaged for the alliance but it is ready to help in areas such as training, intelligence, military communications and transport. One proposal being discussed by NATO planners would involve up to 400 trainers on the ground, a number which many European allies consider too high.


      The UN is cutting in half its daily rations in Sudan's Darfur region due to a severe funding shortfall. "This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever made," James Morris, head of the UN's World Food Programme, said. From May the ration will be half the minimum amount required by each day. The cut comes as the UN said Darfur's malnutrition rates are rising again. Nearly 3m in Darfur are totally reliant on food aid after being driven off their land by three years of conflict.


      Arms are still pouring into Sudan's embattled Darfur region in violation of a U.N. arms ban, U.N. experts said on Thursday. The experts said Sudan's government in Khartoum has failed to live up to its responsibility to ensure that weapons it buys from legitimate suppliers do not end up in the hands of non-government forces in Darfur. Instead, it transfers equipment and weapons into Darfur from other parts of the country to supply the mostly Arab militia groups that act as its proxy fighters.

      Sudan Govt Closes Rights Group Offices in Darfur - 3/16/2006

      The Sudanese human rights organization SUDO said yesterday the West Darfur authorities had closed down three of its offices because it did not like its work overcoming divisions in the troubled region. SUDO, one of the few rights groups based in the country, is often targeted by the government. International nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) complain of harassment by authorities who they say create obstacles to their activities. "They don't want our work on peace building and human rights because we are uniting the people and they want to divide them," said Mudawi Ibrahim, head of SUDO. The government humanitarian affairs commissioner in West Darfur, Al-Tijani Tajeddin, said SUDO had not submitted its mandate to him. "Once they have submitted their mandate they can reopen," he told Reuters in El-Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state.

      SA asked to intervene in Darfur talks - 3/16/2006
      Independant UK

      The United Nations has asked South Africa to help facilitate the Darfur peace process in Sudan by speeding up the faltering Abuja talks
      . Meanwhile, the National Assembly's foreign affairs committee has indicated it might undertake a study tour to the area during a briefing by the department of foreign affairs on Wednesday. Kingsley Makhubela, the department's chief director for East Africa, told MPs on Wednesday the UN had approached him last week with the request. He said the UN argued South Africa had the moral authority to push the process forward.

      UC can lead the way - 3/16/2006
      Contra Costa Times

      For three years now, the rest of the world has shamelessly sat on its hands, while the murderous Arab-run regime in Khartoum continues its campaign of killing and rape against black tribes in Darfur. Now, the government-sanctioned thugs have moved into neighboring Chad.

      President Bush has rightly called the slaughter of more than 400,000 people genocide, yet his administration does little.

      With Sudan fast-becoming another Rwanda, it is time for all civilized countries to take a stand against the perpetrators of these atrocities.

      Today, the University of California has an opportunity to send a powerful message that it will no longer condone, through inaction, the Sudanese government's appalling crimes.

      Under mounting pressure from student activists, UC Regents will vote this afternoon in Los Angeles on a proposal to divest tens of millions of dollars in university holdings from nine companies that invest heavily in Sudan.

      These worst offenders include subsidiaries of the largest oil companies in China and India, as well as a Russian company that has supplied Khartoum with arms in exchange for oil.

      By divesting, UC would not only be making a strong moral statement. It would also punish those who traffic in blood money, by squeezing them economically.

      We're not talking about chump change. A consultant's report found that almost half of UC's $$4 billion foreign portfolio is invested in 75 companies with ties to Sudan.

      Back in 1986, when apartheid was raging in South Africa, UC became one of the first major universities to divest its holdings in South Africa. Others quickly followed. The ensuing economic strangulation, and isolation of Pretoria, played a major role in that brutish regime's collapse and the release of Nelson Mandela.

      Those who argue against sanctions say that they only hurt the people they're meant to help, that those in power won't suffer any hardship.

      While there is a kernel of truth in that, the fact is that economic and political pressure are the only things that will stop Khartoum. The regime survives on its vast oil reserves, which are financing the slaughter.

      What is needed now, is a worldwide Sudan divestment campaign to bring Khartoum to its knees. By voting yes, UC can help lead the way.

      Please take a moment and listen to the podcast, then visit "SaveDafur.Org" and Sign the Petition to Stop the Genocide.

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