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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Urgent: Darfur, Sudan Legislation

Important Darfur Legislation Now Before House and Senate Conferees
Negotiations on two crucial components of legislation to end the violence in Darfur are currently under discussion in the House and Senate conference on the Supplemental Appropriations Bill.

Your support helped get this language approved by the Senate, and now we must urgently support the inclusion of these issues in the final version of the bill that is being negotiated between Senate and House conferees.
One component requests an additional $53 million to help expand and strengthen the African Union mission in Darfur, plus $40 million for additional disaster aid; the other component reiterates that the atrocities taking place in Darfur are genocide, and calls for stronger sanctions against those responsible for these crimes.

Our website makes it easy for you to express these concerns and to urge action. When you fill out the information at the Save Darfur action center, we will send your customized letter (by email) to the leaders of the House conference team. We will also send a copy to your Representative, your Senators, and President Bush. (We provide this service free-of-charge.)

Because of the urgency of this matter, we also encourage you to call Congressman Hyde (202-225-4561 or toll free 877-762-8762) and Congressman Kolbe (202-225-2542 or toll free 877-762-8762) and urge them to keep these provisions to aid Darfur intact in the final conference version of the Supplemental Appropriations Bill. (If you have direct contacts with these Members or any other conferees, that would also be very helpful.)

Thank you for your help in ending the violence in Darfur.