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Fighting for Darfur

Friday, March 04, 2011

Rebecca Hamilton describes the six-year grassroots campaign to draw global attention to the plight of Darfur’s people. Fighting For Darfur: Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide looks at the advocacy efforts of everyone, from college students who galvanized entire campuses, to celebrities such as Mia Farrow, who spurred politicians to act. She tells the story of the crisis in Darfur, our moral dilemma, and shows the promise and perils of citizen engagement in a new era of global compassion.

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Comments [3]

Amy from Manhattan

Opal, I don't know if you'll see this by now, but Vanguard does have a socially responsible fund (called FTSE4Good or the Social Index Fund, depending on the employer). You'd need to check more specifically, of course, but you might be able to make sure that the money you put in, at least, isn't invested in Sudan.

Mar. 08 2011 02:19 AM
Rebecca Hamilton from NY

Hi Opal
Sorry I was not more clear - I thought you were asking about the direct involvement of US companies in Sudan. No US companies have been allowed to invest since the 1990s, hence my response on air. But US mutual funds, like those you mention - - are implicated to the extent that they have shares in foreign companies (often Chinese oil companies) that were (and continue to be) in Sudan. That was the basis for the divestment campaigns around Darfur - to pressure US mutual funds to divest shares from foreign companies operating in Sudan. Hope that clarifies it a bit better.
Best
Rebecca

Mar. 04 2011 01:49 PM
Opal S from NYC

I was the person who called in about American companies investing in the Sudan and the response was that no investment was allowed in the Sudan since 1999. But there are some companies who were probably invested prior to this and the U.S. did not ask these companies to divest while a genocide was enfolding.
I had a small investment in mutual funds at the investment company, Vanguard, who had an investment in the Sudan. I wrote them asking them to divest from the Sudan. The response was that the company does not respond to crises or environmental issues-their first first responsibility is to their investors (the hell with people).
I was sorry that this issue was not handled better.
By the way, IBM was an investor in Germany during WWII. The Germans used IBM systems to index the murders they were committing. Good ol' U.S. Money is numero uno.

Mar. 04 2011 01:05 PM

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