Wednesday, November 22, 2006

A Thanksgiving message...

I'm guessing posting will be slow here this week, as my family and I - all of whom are sick and exhausted - are away spending the holiday with relatives. I, of course, have my bag full o' work with me, and will be reading about such things as sexual exploitation and (of course) abortion.

But I wanted to pause for a moment, given the nature of this week, and implore you all to do something to make someone else thankful. This morning, I made a donation to save Darfur. Would you consider doing whatever you can to help? Here's the website.

And if you're not sure, or if you haven't been following the news, here's what's going on and why you should help. From's post, "Background":

Darfur has been embroiled in a deadly conflict for over three years. At least 400,000 people have been killed; more than 2 million innocent civilians have been forced to flee their homes and now live in displaced-persons camps in Sudan or in refugee camps in neighboring Chad; and more than 3.5 million men, women, and children are completely reliant on international aid for survival. Not since the Rwandan genocide of 1994 has the world seen such a calculated campaign of displacement, starvation, rape, and mass slaughter.

And after you've made a donation, check out this site to see what your representatives in Congress are doing to end the genocide. Select your state from the drop-down menu, and then click on each legislator's name to get their voting record on Darfur and their contact information. Please call them and urge them to support $180 million for peacekeeping in Darfur in the 2007 budget.

And have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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