Organizers of April’s Save Darfur rally in Washington are planning another large-scale event to take place on September 17. It will be organized by the Save Darfur Coalition, which is made up of 150 advocacy and humanitarian organizations. The focus is to draw attention to the continuing genocide in Sudan. The coalition is also discussing the plan to stage rallies across the country on the same day.
The first rally was aimed at President Bush and policymakers on Capitol Hill, however this event hopes to incite a more international audience, focusing on the demand for the United Nations to deploy peacekeeping forces to Darfur.
Rally director Chuck Thies said that the event will push to make sure the attendees make up an international community. The coalition will hold roundtable discussions in the immigrant neighborhoods of New York, advertise in non-English speaking newspapers and work to include a lineup of world music artists.
The Jewish community, who played such a large role in the last Washington rally, hopes to play an equally important role in September’s event. Although most groups say they won’t finalize their plans until more details are determined, the American Jewish World Service and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs have already pledged their support for the rally.
JCPA’s senior associate executive director, Martin Raffel, said he expects that the Jewish Community will again leave its mark on the event.
”I believe the commitment of the Jewish community on this issue is deep and sustained,” he said. “I believe a response to the event in September will be powerful. With a grass-roots network for