Black Caucus Launches Darfur Fast for Life

Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairwoman Barbara Lee (center), along with 15 members of the CBC, actress/activist Mia Farrow (right-center) and activist Marcia Dyson (left-center) gathered on Capitol Hill today to draw attention to the mounting humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairwoman Barbara Lee (center), along with 15 members of the CBC, actress/activist Mia Farrow (right-center) and activist Marcia Dyson (left-center) gathered on Capitol Hill today to draw attention to the mounting humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Rep. Donald M. Payne, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health on Tuesday launched the Darfur for Life Campaign on Capitol Hill. T
The campaign is being led by the Congressional Black Caucus and calls the entire Congress and others to fast in solidarity with the Darfuri people who are suffering at the hands of the Omar al-Bashir regime in Sudan .
“Almost 15 years ago in Rwanda, the international community turned a blind eye while a million civilians were hacked to death,” said CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee. “Can we really say we have done any different in the case of Darfur, South Sudan, Abyei, and Nuba? We declared genocide in 2004, but we failed to act decisively to stop it.”
By fasting, Payne and Lee seek to remind Americans that the violence in Darfur continues and also to compel the U.S. government and the international community to take robust steps to end the humanitarian crisis. The Darfur Fast for Life Campaign will continue until Congress adjourns in August.
On May 10, Payne began a four-day water-only fast to prompt congressional leaders and the Obama administration to keep Darfur high on the agenda.  “I want to seize upon the momentum built after my initial fast by launching the Darfur Fast for Life Campaign on Capitol Hill,” said Payne.