Join Cry! Peace and Freedom! and a coalition of partners for a march and rally for Sudan in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 1st, 2008.

For logistical details, click here.

The celebration of the new year also marks the 51st celebration of Sudanese independence. Yet today very few Sudanese people reap the benefits of independence. Fewer still know the true joys of peace and freedom.

The genocide continues in Darfur, while it remains a constant threat throughout the country, in Southern Sudan, the Nuba Mountains, Beja, and elsewhere. Violence, slavery, and fear are tragically common far beyond the borders of Darfur.

Sudan is at a crossroads: down one path lies more tyranny and oppression. Down the other lies democracy and liberty.

Join us in Iowa as we call on those campaigning to lead our country to help bring peace and freedom to Sudan, not with more guns and bombs but with urgent focus and principled engagement. The United States facilitated the so-called Comprehensive Peace Agreement that was supposed to end Sudan’s decades-long civil war, yet we have done little more than complain about the Sudanese government’s failure to implement the terms of the agreement.

Sudan needs a truly “comprehensive” peace agreement, and the United States must again facilitate the process. When necessary, we must not be afraid to pressure, cajole, and coerce the Sudanese government into cooperation. We have waited far too long to act.

Already planning to join us in Des Moines are presidential candidates John Edwards and Chris Dodd, former NBA star and Sudanese activist Manute Bol, author and activist Francis Bok, and organizers Simon Deng, Nathan Kleinman, and Sudanese leaders from across the Midwest.

Click here for the protest’s logistics.

Cry! Peace and Freedom for Sudan!


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