Jan 28,'07 (Sun) 2:00 pm. Rally for Darfur at Temple Beth El map to Temple Beth El
We had our strongest rally to date on January 28, 2007. Our official count was 950, but the number of visitors was probably over 1000.
Nearly 50 local synagogues, churches, and community organizations teamed up on Sunday, January 28 to raise awareness of the genocide in Darfur, generate funds for humanitarian aid, and press for a universal, peaceful resolution to this horrendous situation. Sponsored by the Save Darfur Coalition of South Palm Beach and held on the campus of Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, the rally was attended by the press, media, and almost one thousand diverse attendees.
Included in the program were John Heffernan, Director of the Genocide Prevention Initiative of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museums Committee on Conscience; a performance of The Mourning Bench by Clarence Brooks, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at FAU; and musical selections presented by St. John Missionary Baptist Church, and by Lindsey Mills of the Dreyfoos High School of the Arts.
Camp Darfur, consisting of tents resembling the living conditions, currently experienced by the more than two and one half million Darfurian refugees along the Chad border, was brought to Boca Raton by Californian Gabriel Staurig, who had just returned from visiting refugee camps. Activities in the tents included Pope John Paul II High Schools simulation of refugee life, displays and advocacy opportunities from FAU Amnesty International and Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, and writing and video-recording of messages of care and support to the people of Darfur.
Congressman Ron Klein and State Senator Ted Deutch spoke to demand and propose action by the United Nations and other governing bodies to bring about security to the troubled region and an end to the atrocities being committed by the Janjaweed and Sudanese forces. They were joined in speaking out by local interfaith clergy, by students, and by Wayne Simien, Jr. of the Miami Heat. Spanish River Church of Boca Raton presented their recent mission to Chad and intensive relief efforts there.
Participants enthusiastically sent several different messages to President Bush, Congress, and the United Nations; purchased and wore Save Darfur t-shirts and wrist bands; and bought food and drinks donated by local businesses.
All monies raised at the Rally will go for humanitarian aid and for the purchase of and training to use solar pot cookers, intended to prevent women from being raped and/or killed while gathering firewood. For more information about the local coalition, contact SaveDarfurSPB@gmail.com. For information about the situation in Darfur, visit www.savedarfur.org.
|Hundreds join congregations in Boca||1/29/07||Paola Iuspa-Abbott||SS|
|Protesters raise tents, awareness of genocide||1/29/07||Gretel Sarmiento||PBP|
|Photos by Stacey Ray, Fred Steinmark, and Joe Kaufman||1/28/07|
|Save Darfur: Rally to Stop the Genocide||1/28/07||SaveDarfurSPB||SaveDarfurSPB|