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See below for the list of confirmed speakers for Sunday's Save Darfur Rally Against Genocide on the mall in DC.

The rally is on the mall, between 3rd and 4th Sts, from 2:00 to 4:30pm.  It's a good diverse group of folks.  Come on out...

Confirmed Speakers

Joe Madison, Emcee (host of The Black Eagle, syndicated radio broadcast)

U.S. Senator Barack Obama (Illinois)

U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi (California)

U.S. Representative Tom Lantos (California)

U.S. Representative Frank Wolf (Virginia, co-chair Congressional Sudan Caucus)

U.S. Representative Donald M. Payne (New Jersey, co-chair Congressional Sudan Caucus)

U.S. Representative Michael E. Capuano (Massachusetts, co-chair Congressional Sudan Caucus)

Jendayi Frazer (U.S. State Department, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs)

Governor Jon Corzine (New Jersey)

Lt. Governor Michael Steele (Maryland)

Elie Wiesel (Nobel Prize for Peace [1986], Holocaust survivor)

George Clooney (Academy Award Winner)

Nick Clooney (Journalist)

Paul Rusesabagina (Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient whose story was depicted in the movie Hotel Rwanda)

Russell Simmons (Founder, Def Jam Recordings, Chairman Foundation for Ethnic Understanding)

Rabbi Marc Schneier (President/Founder, Foundation for Ethnic Understanding)

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick (Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.)

Rev. Al Sharpton (National Action Network)

Imam A. Rashied Omar (Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Notre Dame University)

Dr. Richard Land (President, Southern Baptist Convention Ethics & Religious Liberties Commission)

Joey Cheek (U.S. Olympic Team speed skater, Gold & Silver medalist, Torino, donated his winnings to Darfur charity)

Kweisi Mfume (Former Congressman, Former CEO of the NAACP)

Salih Mahmoud Osman (lawyer and human rights activist from Darfur)

Tragi Mustafa (Darfur refugee, founded Save Women-Sudan)

John Prendergast (Senior Adviser, International Crisis Group; U.S. State Department, 1996-2000)

Samantha Power (Pulitzer Prize winning auther, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide)

Gayle Smith (Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress)

Manute Bol (former NBA star, born in Sudan)

Crispian Kirk (NAACP)

Rev. Walter Fauntroy (New Bethel Baptist Church, Washington, DC)

James Zogby (Arab American Institute)

Rabbi Steve Gutow (Jewish Council for Public Affairs)

Rev. John L. McCullough (Executive Director and CEO, Church World Service)

Former Marine Captain Brian Steidle (advisor to African Union forces in Darfur)

Rev. Gloria White-Hammond (National Chairwoman, Million Voices for Darfur Campaign)

Marie Clarke Brill (Africa Action)

Geoff Tunnicliffe (International Director, World Evangelical Alliance)

Simon Deng (Sudan Freedom Walk)

Elvir Camdzic (Bosnian genocide survivor, San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition)

Rabbi David Saperstein (Director, Religious Action Center)

Ruth Messinger (Executive Director, American Jewish World Services, former Manhattan Borough president)

Nesse Godin (Holocaust Survivor)

Erin Mazursky (S.T.A.N.D. - Students Taking Action Now: Darfur)

Arielle Wisotsky and Eric Messinger (Help Darfur Now)

Tony Kireopoulos (National Council of Churches)

David Rubenstein (Save Darfur Coalition)

Interfaith Invocation

Rev. Father Tateos Abdalian (Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church)

Zainab Al-Suwaij (American Islamic Congress)

Rev. Richard Cizik (National Association of Evangelicals)

Rabbi Richard Jacobs (Westchester Reform Temple)

Kavneet Singh (World Sikh Council)

Rev. Bill Sinkford (Unitarian Universalist Association)


"Big & Rich" (Country music stars, playing acoustic)

Berklee College of Music presents "Voices of Mercy" (performing original music written for the women of Darfur, with introduction from Linda Mason, Mercy Corps)

The River Nile (An upbeat fusion of instrumentalists and vocal performers. Sudanese, Ethiopian and Arabic influences - with a splash of reggae)

Maya Azucena (Soul meets HipHop and Funk, with Rock energy)

Wayna (Ethiopian-born, singer/songwriter)

The Davey Yarborough Quintet Featuring Esther Williams (Jazz)

Originally posted to brian77 on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 11:12 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Sounds amazing (1+ / 0-)
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    I will be there.  And it sounds like this is going to be focused on the issue at hand -- genocide.  (Finally, we may have a protest that isn't hijacked by people pushing other interests.)

    "How am I not myself?" -- I (Heart) Huckabees

    by Joelarama on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 11:10:35 AM PDT

  •  (Crowd Assembly 1:30 - 2:00 pm) (1+ / 0-)
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    If anyone is now considering attending.

    Did Halliburton get the contract for Bush's Cone of Silence?
    -2.38, -4.82

    by carneasadaburrito on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 11:18:52 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for the info. (0+ / 0-)

    Obviously we could have has a true "Mission Accomplished" if we had rallied along with other UN countries for intervention in Darfur instead of Iraq three years ago. Which reminds me, I remember about a year ago Bush talking about how the Sudanese government was helping us in information against terrorists. I can't help but wonder if that has anything to do with our government's having "turned a blind eye" to the atrocities there.

    "Its a grave digger's song, Praising God and State. So the Nation can live, So we all can remain as cattle. They demand a sacrifice..." -Flipper

    by Skid on Sat Apr 29, 2006 at 11:42:30 AM PDT

  •  Where's Anna Eshoo? (0+ / 0-)

    Eshoo, Dem. from Calif 14 (bay area) ... Armenian
    heritage ... Why isn't she standing up there with Lantos?  

    Donate to

    or Unicef

    •  the reps are the ones who were arrested yesterday (0+ / 0-)

      i'm not sure, but i know that the organizers recently made sure to include the 5 representatives who were arrested at the sudanese embassy on friday:

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five members of the U.S. Congress were arrested at the Sudanese Embassy on Friday to protest violence in that country's Darfur region.

      The lawmakers, all Democrats, were Reps. Tom Lantos of California, James McGovern and John Olver of Massachusetts, James Moran of Virginia, and Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas.

      A few members of the Save Darfur Coalition also were arrested from the gathering of about 50 demonstrators, a spokeswoman for the coalition said.

      Those arrested were taken to a police station and released about two hours later after paying $50 fines.

  •  Some background on rally (0+ / 0-)

    from the Jerusalem Post, and from the Monthly Review Magazine, an antiwar labor-socialist oriented publication: "Save Darfur": Evangelicals and Establishment Jews; by  Yoshie Furuhashi

    •  that's only one perspective... (1+ / 0-)
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      the articles you linked to show only a narrow, cynical perspective on the rally.  

      1.  i believe that the darfur rally was organized long before the anti-war rally in nyc this weekened
      1.  the mainstream american jewish community's lack of leadership in the anti-war movement shouldn't be a reason to bash their involvement with darfur   (other groups are challenging them on the anti-war front; eg the shalom center)
      1.  the "save darfur" coaltion is not advocating "another war"; rather increased support given to the african union troops who are doing good stuff on the ground.  and possibly UN troops, too.  not NATO or US troops, though.
      1.  celebrities aren't bad necessarily - people like them, pay attention to them, and listen to them
      1. mainstream religious groups can lead to press, access to political decision-makers and eventual success, more than if it was just the usual lefty crowd
      1.  i haven't been organizing the rally or the coalition, and i can't speak about the involvement or lack of involvement of african, african-american, or other such groups, beyond what's up on the Save Darfur website.
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