DarfurFast and "Sand and Sorrow" screening

Elana Baurer ’09 asked us to post this. I’m too lazy to edit it down to make it a quick and easy read, so you get the luxury of reading the entire thing, which is quite informative:

DarfurFast is a day when we are encouraging everyone to give up one luxury item for the day on Thursday, December 6 and pledge the amount to raise funds for civilian protection in Darfur. You could give up a cup of coffee, or dessert, or a midday snack, or your budget for the pair of shoelaces you buy every Thursday… anything really that seems reasonable to you and that you can give up. This is part of DarfurFast, a nationwide event that chapters of STAND are hosting across the country.

If you have pledged already, we will have your info at the door, and we are tabling everyday lunch and dinner at the campus center through Dec. 6 for people to pledge and to give you more info about the event.

At the end of the day, as a part of a nationwide series of screenings, WESTAND and Campus Progress will screen Sand and Sorrow, which details the historically tragic events that have given rise to an Arab-dominated government’s willingness to kill and displace its own indigenous African people, and examines the international community’s legacy of failure to respond to such profound crimes against humanity in the past. To date, as many as 400,000 civilians in Darfur have perished from violence, starvation and disease.

A live hbo.com online chat and podcast with John Prendergast, Samantha Power and Nicholas Kristof will take place immediately after the film that you are invited to join as well. The chat will give you the chance to talk about the film and find ways that you can make a difference to stop the genocide.