Trying to drum up support among my friends... November 23, 2004 6:36 AM
As of this morning, only 154 signatures and hundreds more on other far less important petitions circulating this site.
Please forward it to all your friends and post in any appropriate group. Don't spam your entire networks with it or we'll lose more people than we seek to gain!
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Keep up the great work everyone. I just forwarded the petition with a personal note to about 50 of my friends and family and urged them to forward it as widely as possible. This is an issue I am very passionate about. I am a new mom and have read about so many babies and children suffering and dying in the refugee camps from malnutrition it is breaking my heart. I have also read that many women are now bearing children (as a product of being raped by the militia) that will have little love in their lifetimes and their birth has brought great stigma to their mothers and families. Aside from the obvious atrocities, there are so many hidden consequences to this genocide.
As far as the petition is concerned...I'm considering pulling it. 572 signatures at this juncture and no hope of many more in sight. Better to try pissing into the wind in Chicago in February!
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i just signed the petition and informed some friends of me.long time ago i sent a protest email to the embassy of sudan here in germany.of course...no aswer.but i will write again to them because i never give up.peace for dafur...stop the killers.
As I've noted before, President Bush has actually tried to do something about the situation, but he has been hamstrung by Congress. He (and Secretary Rice) have asked for $50,000,000 for the African Union to support their effort in Darfur.
This is largely fallout from Iraq. The U.S. intervention in Iraq was poorly planned and hardly justifiable, so the Congress is reluctant to get involved anywhere else. It is also a reaction to the disastrous intervention in Somalia a few years ago.
I've signed the petition, but I don't have any hope that Congress will act.
Making the Petition "Better" July 15, 2006 1:17 PM
I think that maybe if you added pictures and a little bit more information at the top of the petition.... it may prove more useful than what is already there. I just joined this group and Care2 and the first 2 petitions that I've signed so far had pictures and a little bit more information. I think that pictures and whatnot would help attract attention if someone was browsing through and say the Darfur petition. My personal opinion used to be that internet petitions didn't do much so I made my own petition and physically went and got signatures. The more information that I told the people that i asked to sign, the more signatures I received. It's kind of sad that peole need to be attracted by pictures in order to make them aware of the devastion occuring in Darfur, but I think it would prove useful. Also, when people ask friends + family to sign the petition or when they post it in big groups, maybe they could include a banner of some sort.... or a picture with information that is written in a big and bold font that would really catch the readers attention.... Something that the reader "can't just ignore". Hopefully this helps -Jamie
I'm not sure how recent the postings are here. The original post (and petition) that this thread begins with is essentially out-of-date. The situation in darfur has changed dramatically, due at least in part to this kind of petition.
There is still much to do in Darfur. Bush's $50,000,000 is only a small part of what is needed to either "Save the Sudan" or to "End Genocide."
I don't have any threads to post about the latest information, but I would encourage anyone who does to keep us informed.