By Hamil R. Harris and Aruna jain
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, May 1, 2006; Page A08
Thousands of people poured into Washington on trains, in buses and in cars from across the country yesterday. Evangelicals joined Hollywood entertainers, black civil rights leaders joined conservatives, and politicians from both parties spoke in unison on the same stage.
But among the largest contingents at yesterday's "Rally to Stop Genocide" on the Mall were Jewish Americans, who said they were appalled by the violence in Sudan.
Vladimir Vishnevskiy, of the Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst in Brooklyn, came to Washington with two busloads of Holocaust survivors, World War II veterans and youths.
"This is extremely important," he said. "We are Russian Jews, people who know firsthand what hate and the Holocaust and genocide is about."
It is unclear how many Jewish Americans were among those at the rally, but they were among the most visible, wearing shirts or clutching signs that read, "Not On Our Watch" and "Dare to Interfere in Darfur" and "Never Again," the latter a reference to the Holocaust. They came as part of Jewish youth groups, community centers or religious groups; they were teenagers, parents and grandparents.
GOI: It is our duty as human beings to raise awareness of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. We are all One people and standing by without out talking about and raising awareness of this situation is a humanitarian crime in and of itself. We live in a country with great freedoms, rights, protections, peace and stability that we take for granted every day. In having such blessings it is our mantle and mission to help others achieve them.
I am tired of people sitting in their plush houses saying that there is nothing that they can do to help the oppressed people in Darfur. There are many things that we can and must do:
1). Donate money to humanitarian groups working to help end the suffering and genocide 2). Write you Senators and Rep's demanding more money and effort to help end the crisis. 3). Raise awareness. Talk to everyone about the situation and keep the story alive. This is something that costs us nothing and yet is such a powerful tool as it gives strength and volume to the silent voices of the victims in Darfur. 4). Buy a t-shirt that (again) gives voice to the victims of this disaster and forces people to acknowledge and think about it. 5). Buy a bumper sticker that mentions the issue.
In other news on Sudan. Peace talks have been dalyed:
By BASHIR ADIGUNThe Associated PressMonday, May 1, 2006; 7:16 AM
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Under pressure from the United States, rebels in Sudan's Darfur region agreed to continue negotiations with the government after rejecting a peace proposal that would end a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people.
Salim Ahmed Salim, a lead mediator for the African Union, said the talks would continue until midnight on Tuesday, pushing back the deadline for negotiations that have gone on for two years.
Earlier Sunday, the Sudanese government had said it was ready to sign the agreement, but only after it became clear the rebels were not ready to reciprocate.
Among other provisions, a draft of the agreement circulated last week called for a cease-fire. Both sides have agreed to a truce before, only to keep fighting, even in the last week. The draft also calls for an infusion of funds into a region the draft document described as "historically deprived."
But one of Sudan's main rebel factions, Justice and Equality Movement, said the proposal does not adequately address implementation nor their key demands for a vice president from Darfur and more autonomy.
"We are not going to sign it as it is," said Hahmed Hussein, spokesman for the group.
The other main rebel group, the Sudan Liberation Movement, had asked for more time.
Salim said the bloc had bowed to requests from the United States and others to continue negotiations.
"The African Union has extended the deadline of the peace talks by 48 hours as requested by the United States and other international partners to allow extensive consultations to go ahead," he said at the talks' site in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
P.S.~HAPPY MISSION ACCOMPLISHED DAY!!!!
Wow, I'm sooo glad that the war has been over for three years. Aren't you?
Whew!! We really dodged a bullet on THAT one.---End of Transmission---