Arrested for Darfur

Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast, left, and Save Darfur Coalition president Jerry Fowler, right, are arrested during a protest at the Sudanese Embassy against the actions by the Sudanese government in Darfur on Monday in Washington.

Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast, left, and Save Darfur Coalition president Jerry Fowler, right, are arrested during a protest at the Sudanese Embassy. Photo by AP.

Earlier today, John Prendergast of the Enough Project and Jerry Fowler of the Save Darfur Coalition were arrested with five other members of Congress.  They were protesting outside the Sudanese embassy over the ongoing genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region.

So who are the five members of Congress?  They include:

  • Jim McGovern, D-Mass.
  • John Lewis, D-Ga., a veteran of the civil rights movement in the 1960s;
  • Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.
  • Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the only Muslim member of Congress, and
  • Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif.

Mr. Lewis said, “I don’t understand how the world can just stand by and watch the slaughter of innocent victims in Darfur. Haven’t we learned the hard lessons of Rwanda and Bosnia, of the Holocaust?”

I commend these brave individuals for having the courage to stand up for the people of Darfur.

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