The recent television ads sponsored by the Save Darfur Coalition asking President Bush to take the lead in pushing for the deployment of a UN force in Darfur are not meant in any way to “bash” the President, but rather to urge him to follow through on the good work he and his Administration have already begun. We are both cognizant and appreciative of the fact that the President has done more for the people of Darfur than any other world leader. In fact, it is because of his leadership thus far that we direct our pleas to President Bush now. The hard truth is that the United Nations does not have a standing army it can choose to deploy, it must instead rely on its member states to do the hard work necessary to actually deploy a peacekeeping force once that force has been authorized. As the strongest of member states, we believe that the United States, under the President’s leadership, must lead the international effort to raise and deploy that UN peacekeeping force. While we are not calling for U.S. troops in Darfur, we are calling for the strong U.S. leadership necessary to ensure that a capable UN force is raised and sent to Darfur as soon as possible.
It is also worth noting that while these ads running in the U.S. call for stronger leadership from President Bush, similar ads being run internationally call upon various international leaders to provide strong leadership as well. Advocacy directed at President Bush is not the sum total of our advocacy efforts, but is in fact only the U.S. directed portion of a larger international advocacy campaign directed at the top echelon of world leaders.
How does the Save Darfur Coalition help the people of Darfur?
We utilize media outreach, public education, targeted coalition building and grassroots mobilization to pressure policymakers and other decision-makers in the United States and abroad to help the people of Darfur.
The easiest way to donate is through our secure online donation system.
If you prefer not to contribute online, you can send us a check or money order via the mail. For your security, we ask that you do not send cash.
What organizations are currently providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Darfur?
There are a number of on-the-ground agencies working in Darfur. You can find a comprehensive list of them at InterAction.
What can I do to help the people of Darfur?
The Save Darfur Coalition offers several suggestions on how you can raise awareness and lobby for the people of Darfur. This information can be found on the “Take Action” section of our site.
Are you still collecting the Million Voices for Darfur postcards?
The Coalition and its partners collected more than 1,000,000 postcards urging President Bush to use the power of his office to support a stronger multinational force to protect the people of Darfur. Concerned citizens from every state in the union collected postcards at small town community events, large student rallies, religious services and on the Internet.
While the Million Voices for Darfur Campaign is no longer active, we will still collect your postcards and deliver them to President Bush.