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Hungry For Peace – Day 3 http://fastdarfur.org/hungry-for-peace-%e2%80%93-day-3/ http://fastdarfur.org/hungry-for-peace-%e2%80%93-day-3/#comments Thu, 24 Sep 2009 16:33:18 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2855 By the time this posts I will have crossed past the midnight hour where I am (CST), concluding my three day fast for Darfur. So many thoughts have gone through my mind today. I sit here under lamp light in my home office alone and in thought, humbled and quieted. I sit and think; there are so many of us, who have the power to do great things.

Greatness is not about being larger than life, greatness is found in the simple actions, in decisions made that don’t stand out on the front page, the choices we make when no one is watching in order to give us accolades. There is greatness in the people living in Darfur right now at this very moment. Some will eat tonight, many will not. Most are looking directly at a future without any signs of hope.

If you are like me, you can choose to put aside creature comforts for a few days and join a fast, who knows maybe that will be all you do, or maybe it will inspire a revelation in you. Thank you to everyone who has already pledged there actions to this cause, I hope to see that as my fast day concludes many others are beginning.

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Hungry For Peace, Day Two http://fastdarfur.org/hungry-for-peace-day-two/ http://fastdarfur.org/hungry-for-peace-day-two/#comments Tue, 22 Sep 2009 21:57:11 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2853 Day two, Headaches, Loss of concentration. The main thought I have as I go through my second
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Today, I cannot eliminate the hunger I have, I cannot bring focus to my thoughts,
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I think to myself, the same cannot be said for a young mother, or a child
a friend, someone’s companion or caretaker. For them loss of control is a new way of life.

Thank you to everyone who has already responded saying they plan to join the fast and their
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Bill Bradbury joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/bill-bradbury-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ http://fastdarfur.org/bill-bradbury-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2009 05:29:37 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2840 http://fastdarfur.org/bill-bradbury-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/feed/ 1 Hungry for peace http://fastdarfur.org/taylor-hanson-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ http://fastdarfur.org/taylor-hanson-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2009 04:37:39 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2839 This morning when I woke up it was like any other day I spend at home.
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For the next three days, I am choosing to add a different routine to my day which does not quite fit in. I am taking a small action of ultimate defiance by fasting from food which is so readily available to me. I am doing it in recognition of those in Darfur, who share all the same desires for internal peace of heart and mind, but have no hope of an outward peace for their flesh and blood. I am taking part in the fast today to join myself for a moment, to the thousands who find themselves with very little hope, in fear of starvation, disease, and violence against themselves and their families.

It is easy to think that real change is not possible, it is easy to tell yourself it’s not your problem to concern yourself with the suffering of the many who are thousands of miles from you, with different ideas, and scenarios we cannot possibly understand. We all have those thoughts, but the issues surrounding the tragedies in Darfur are among the greatest our generation has seen, and our ability to effect real change can begin humbly and with a resonance that will prevail. It can begin with the decision to stand in solidarity and in recognition with those who cannot stand for themselves.

Today I am hungry, hungry for peace, for the people of Darfur.

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    Senator Bill Frist joins Darfur Fast for Life

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    DAY 1: – THURSDAY 31 JULY http://fastdarfur.org/day-1-thursday-31-july/ Fri, 31 Jul 2009 21:20:14 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2758 DAY 1 of anything new is always a challenge. The practice of fasting is something that I have taken part in regularly, Juice Fast, Lemon Fast – I’ve tried them all in the name of vanity, and so-called personal growth.

    The Fast For Darfur was something that I knew nothing about. Berrin Noorata opened my eyes to the organization, it’s purpose, and her experiences fasting for the cause.  After hearing what she had to say, I felt compelled to do something.   If engaging in my own fast and writing about it could help this cause gain more public attention, then it became something I knew I was going to do!

    Recently, I had been going through a lot of personal upset and feelings of loss. The introduction to the food crisis in Darfur really helped me put a lot of things into perspective. Gabriel had introduced me to  http://www.stopgenocidenow.org/iact/iact8/day9.  The website was extremely powerful, as is his relationship with Adef and their family. I began to realize that this is about Human Rights, and the power of people to actually make a difference. Looking at the steps that each individual had taken, I felt mindful, and a bit melancholy for some reason.  And thus the decision to follow through with this fast.

    With good intentions, I started my day with a lot of water, rushing around, extremely fast paced, and feeling completely lethargic. I was desperate for caffeine; I had to refer back to the site on several occasions to remind myself to stay strong and keep the cause at the front of my mind. The stories and the journals really helped me, however I still found difficutly maintain my daily schedule, and functioning in the world.  I broke the fast at 9.30 pm with some food; so attached to my boot straps, I will try again in the am.

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    July 31, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/july-31-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/july-31-2009/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2009 18:45:56 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2757 I am proud to be part of a community that has such strength and commitment. Oregon is still fasting, some every Wednesday and others in their own private ways. Oregon is committed to affecting change, we believe and feel our connection to the people of Darfur. Our fast has brought us together in so many ways, some have become lifelong friends and others partners in this mission. We are immensely grateful for the opportunity to stand together, to bring our different and hard working organizations together. The fast has deepened our connection and renewed many who have been working so diligently and at times have not seen the change they so wish for. We believe in our hard work and small sacrifices because we know how much the people of Darfur are suffering, we hear their words and admire their strength. They are continually teaching us perseverance and most importantly about humanity and forgiveness. Our connection to them is bound by common love, family and strength of community. Their voice and needs will continue to resonate within us and we will continue to yell loudly for them.

    — Alysha

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    Anita Bitton Joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/anita-bitton-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ Wed, 29 Jul 2009 05:06:43 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2745 Congresswoman Gwen Moore’s Statement on Darfur Fast http://fastdarfur.org/congresswoman-gwen-moores-statement-on-darfur-fast/ http://fastdarfur.org/congresswoman-gwen-moores-statement-on-darfur-fast/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2009 18:39:20 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2735

    It has been five years since the United States Congress declared genocide in Darfur, but thousands continue to perish. Today I join activists in 34 countries who started fasting in April when aid organizations were kicked out of Darfur by the Sudanese president, leaving 1.1 million innocent civilians without basic access to food, water and medicine. From sunrise to sunset today, I will consume only water to demonstrate solidarity with the people of Darfur. It is an insignificant act relative to the magnitude of the tragedy unfolding there. But I join thousands in this simple act in hope that a critical mass will prick our global consciousness and keep us focused on the hundreds of thousands who have lost their lives. I especially want to thank the Plymouth United Church of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, members of the Save Darfur Coalition, who are joining me today. My fast won’t stop the tragedy unfolding in Darfur, but I hope that it will carry me deeper into thought and to help me reflect on how to end this tragedy.

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    Congresswoman Moore Joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/congresswoman-moore-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ Tue, 28 Jul 2009 04:09:55 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2728 Congresswoman Edwards Joins Darfur Fast For Life http://fastdarfur.org/congresswoman-edwards-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ Sat, 25 Jul 2009 16:44:03 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2716 “Today marks the tenth Friday I have fasted in solidarity with the people of Darfur, while they have endured suffering and violence for far too many years,” said Rep. Edwards. “We must continue to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis taking place in Darfur, and I hope by joining others here in Congress and around the world, we will be successful in bringing further focus to Darfur. I thank President Obama for returning the world’s attention during his trip to Ghana to highlight abuses taking place in Darfur, and for calling the situation what it is – genocide. I urge individuals in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, and across the country, to join me in our Friday Fasting in solidarity with the people of Darfur. I encourage those who do, to send me an e-mail at donna.edwards@mail.house.gov

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    Rep. Donna Edwards arrested with four Congressional Democrats at Darfur protest http://fastdarfur.org/rep-donna-edwards-arrested-with-four-congressional-democrats-at-darfur-protest/ Fri, 24 Jul 2009 18:38:46 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2727 April 27, 2009
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland’s 4th district was arrested today along with four other members of Congress during a Darfur protest outside the Sudanese embassy.

    Full story at: http://www.examiner.com

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    Day 2 http://fastdarfur.org/day-2-7/ http://fastdarfur.org/day-2-7/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2009 06:16:34 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2692 Day 2 of the fast I spent the day online reading about the hunger and turmoil the people of Darfur live in.  I want to keep myself occupied and my mind focused.  I’ve gone only 2days without the abundance of food that Im used to and I feel weak, tired… All I want to do is sleep to pass the time.
    I can’t imagine what it would feel like to not have a choice to eat and enjoy food.  I want to do so much more to help these people.  I feel so blessed for the life I live and for this opportunity that has been passed on to me from my friend and so many amazing people before her.
    This experience is my baby-step toward supporting a great cause for humanity.

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    1st Day http://fastdarfur.org/1st-day/ http://fastdarfur.org/1st-day/#comments Sun, 12 Jul 2009 08:18:56 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2690 I received an email a few days ago from my dear friend, Naheed Simjee, asking if I’d be interested in getting involved with this fast.  I realized I didn’t really know much about Darfur, so I decided to take this opportunity to educate myself and understand as much as I could.
    I hope that my involvement in this fast helps build awareness and encourages other people to get involved.

    Today is the first day of my fast and  having skipped just breakfast so far, Im feeling fine.  I’m on my way to a lunch meeting – now minus the lunch.

    I worked through the day and ran errands, trying to keep myself busy and my mind off food.  I started to feel light headed and tired around 4pm so I took a nap. By evening, I started to get a headache and noticed my mood become very irritated.  The first day of hunger seems to be effecting my head more than my stomach.

    It’s late.  I’ve started and stopped this entry 3 times now.  I can’t think clearly so I’ll say goodnight.1s1

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    Berrin Noorata Joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/berrin-noorata-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ Sat, 11 Jul 2009 18:07:31 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2688 Day 3 http://fastdarfur.org/day-3-3/ Sat, 11 Jul 2009 11:54:03 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2686 It’s Friday night and I can hear the sound of sirens in the distance. I’m looking out onto the city from a relatively high point in Laurel Canyon and the view is spectacular. The city lights look like tiny fireflies and from up here, I feel a bit isolated. Even though it would have been easy to hang out with friends or family tonight, the past three days were such a commitment and test to my willingness and discipline that I felt like being alone, especially this evening. I am just finishing up a particularly long day and night of work and listening to music has really helped the day along. The Three Mile Pilot record “A Town We Once Knew” is very melancholic, ghostly and eerie and it was sort of a reflection of how I was feeling for majority of the day.

    At around 5:00 PM I made a quick run to a friend’s recording studio with his pug who makes me smile. On the way back I got a sudden surge of energy and it was kind of startling because I had no idea where it came from. I felt wide awake for no apparent reason. My appearance wasn’t so inviting, though. I had puffy eyes, my muscles ached and my skin felt dry and I looked unfamiliar. I’m hoping for a good night’s rest and look forward to getting my body ready for a small but healthy meal in the morning so my body isn’t too surprised when it is fed.

    The psychological effects of this fast are very obvious – it impacted my train of thought in different ways each day. The physical aspects made me feel useless. I though to myself at times, just have some tea I mean, it’s like water. But then I would just think about how I got through the past two days and pushed myself to go one more. Like many of the people who have participated and whose journal entries I was able to read, I had to remember this was not about me ‘succeeding’ but doing my part as a human who wants to see change in the world and an end to the crisis in Darfur. I thought about inspiring people, like Mahatma Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi whose passion and dedication to nonviolence are remembered by what they sacrificed for the welfare of humans – even though they both faced an injustice from the cruelty of humans.

    This fast is very very difficult, but I believe it has been my duty to try my best to join the efforts and set an example.

    Tomorrow morning I will pass the baton and look forward to hearing about the experiences of the next person. But furthermore, it will be another person like you and me spreading the message and continuing to make people aware of these horrid crimes against humanity.

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    Day 2 http://fastdarfur.org/day-2-6/ http://fastdarfur.org/day-2-6/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 16:49:51 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2684 I can’t say there was anything easy about waking up this morning.  I mean, it was really rough on me.   When my alarm went off at 7:00 AM, I was confused as to what was going on.  I felt so fragile and I also had a hard time getting out of bed without feeling dizzy.  It was somewhere between feeling extremely hungover and waking up from a super dose of anesthesia.   I realized this was the first time I hadn’t eaten a single thing for over 24 hours.  It got to the point where I was second guessing if I was supposed to be drinking water or not.

    I really didn’t know what to do to get my blood moving and to shake this bewilderment I was experiencing.  It was my boyfriend’s birthday today and when I called him, I found myself cutting the conversation short because I was so backwards and stumbling over my words.  I felt very discombobulated.  He is very encouraging but is also concerned because I am borderline anemic.

    To get myself going, I ran in place for a bit and then jumped in the shower hoping that the water splashing down on me would make me feel a little bit more normal and awake.  It helped a bit, but when I had to walk outside, the sun felt extra bright and it was as though I was moving in slow motion.  It really hit me how sluggish I was when I interacted with the salesperson at the electronics store.  She was trying to explain to me why one product was better than the other and I found myself trying to concentrate on what she was saying, but none of it seemed to matter and truthfully, I just didn’t care.

    I had a ton of things to do today and really wanted to be on top of my game.  The friends I work with asked me about five times if I was hungry and what I wanted to do for lunch, quickly followed by, “Oh, I forgot, you’re fasting.” The longer I stayed in one place, the more shaky and insane I would feel.  Then someone came in and said, “there’s pizza!” and I wanted to scream but didn’t have the energy.

    I decided to look up the effects of short term food deprivation compared to those experiencing long term starvation.  It was frightening to think about the people that haven’t eaten food for over A MONTH, longer than any of us volunteering to fast could ever endure.  I looked at pictures of people who have died from complications due to starvation and others that were alive but suffering tremendously.  Organ failure.  Inability to fight disease.  Reproductive problems.  Depression.  That victims of starvation are often too weak to sense thirst so they become dehydrated.  Atrophy of the muscles.  Hysteria.  Sensitivity to noise.  All of a sudden, my fatigue and craving for anything disappeared.  I think I just became ill from the photos and disgusted by the fact that this is still going on right here on our planet.

    I watched a video today called Darfurian Voices.  There were two quotes that I wanted to share and end this journal entry with.  To me, the voices of the people of Darfur represented the hope and patience of many who have suffered and witnessed this catastrophe. The quotes have been translated from Arabic:

    A Darfurian man said

    “Of course there is nothing impossible in the universe.”

    A Darfurian woman said:

    “With regards to the conflict, I’m not a politician or anything like that.  And I’m not well informed of all the relevant issues.  But my humble understanding is that the conflict is the result of injustice.  There is injustice and inequality and there is the marginalization of the people of Darfur.  Peace means security. Peace means stability. Peace is justice.  Without them, there is no peace.”

    I am taking on my third day of fasting tomorrow to share the hope and desire for peace of the Darfurian people and to let as many people I know be reminded of what is going on.

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    Day 1 http://fastdarfur.org/day-1-5/ http://fastdarfur.org/day-1-5/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2009 15:54:51 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2683 The only type of fasting I have ever done involves giving up something in particular or fasting between certain hours.  I don’t think I have ever given up food completely for more than a day.  So needless to say, this three day fast will be a challenge and I’m hoping a wake up call to myself and those that have food readily available to them, freedom of choice and the ability to make a change.  I am thankful that my friend John Whitledge passed me the baton.

    The morning started out relatively easy since I hit the ground running and was too busy to even think about food.  My usual morning routine involves going for a run, eating a piece of fruit and drinking a cup of tea or coffee.  But instead, I drank a large glass of water and went about my day.  Then I went out for an errand at around noon and drove through the fantastic smell of fresh warm tortillas lingering in the air.  This definitely made me think of food, but I had somewhere to be and it was only a momentary thought that quickly passed.

    By about 2:00 this afternoon, I’m feeling low in energy and slightly moody.  I have mentally accepted the fact that I am not going to be eating, but it’s like my body is saying “what’s going on here?”

    I like to try and understand the cause and effect of everything.   On physical and emotional change.  My 70 year old father insists that fasting once a week regularly is good for the body and soul.  He has become quite used to it.  Not me.  It’s close to 10:00 PM now and I am wanting to just go to sleep to combat my shakiness and inability to focus on one thing for too long…like this journal entry that I am trying to finish but I keep going off into a blank stare at my screen.

    I am making a commitment to do this fast because it is important to me to reach anyone who is not fully aware of what is happening in Darfur.  It is not about my struggle but I do want to experience if for only three days, what the people in Darfur and the world are going through although I know I cannot even imagine what it is like.  I know that this is something I volunteered to do.  Unfortunately, those in Darfur and in refugee camps all over the world DON’T have that option.  I know the issue is not just the starvation, but the climbing death tolls, rapes and murders and so many other things that make you ask yourself “do humans really treat each other this way?”

    I spent much of the day working alone and had various thoughts enter my mind. You may or may not be afraid of death.  It might not something you talk about often.  You might wonder how you are going to leave this earth, what will be the cause?  But I realized today that starving to death is not something that I ever feared because I have never been put in a situation where having food just wasn’t an option.   Even when you’re broke, you can find a way to eat some crappy fast food that will suffice your hunger.  There is food everywhere I look.  Even the homeless in the city have soup kitchen’s or shelters that will provide the basics.  I drove by hundreds of dining options today in such a small radius.  I tried to imagine what it must be like to have to wait for someone to distribute your rations.  To not know if there is even going to be a next ration.  I felt sadness and was reminded just how much the world we live in consumes and wastes while others are being denied their basic human rights.
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    Week 18: August 24 – 30, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/week-18-august-24-30-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/week-18-august-24-30-2009/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2009 22:28:42 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2679 People Fasting in Solidarity

    Week 18: August 24 – 30, 2009

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 24
    Monday
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Melody Johnson Savannah, Georgia water only
    water only
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 25
    Tuesday
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Sharon Silber for NYC Coalition for Darfur and the Darfur Vigil Group New York, NY water only
    Andrew Hall Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Talbot Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Rall Tucson, AZ water only
    Gwen Woods Tucson, AZ water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 26
    Wednesday
    refugee rations
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Morgan Harris Bozeman, MT water only
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 27
    Thursday
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    water only
    water only
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 28
    Friday
    refugee rations
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Anne Curry Phoenix, AZ water only
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 29
    Saturday
    refugee rations
    water only
    water only
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 30
    Sunday
    refugee rations
    water only
    water only
    water only

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations). Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

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    Week 17: August 17 – 23, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/week-17-august-17-23-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/week-17-august-17-23-2009/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2009 22:28:08 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2678 People Fasting in Solidarity

    Week 17: August 17 – 23, 2009

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 17
    Monday
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Melody Johnson Savannah, Georgia water only
    Sun~Rose liquids only
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 18
    Tuesday
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Sharon Silber for NYC Coalition for Darfur and the Darfur Vigil Group New York, NY water only
    Andrew Hall Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Talbot Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Rall Tucson, AZ water only
    Gwen Woods Tucson, AZ water only
    Sun~Rose liquids only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 19
    Wednesday
    refugee rations
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Morgan Harris Bozeman, MT water only
    Sun~Rose Liquids only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 20
    Thursday
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    Sun~Rose liquids only
    water only
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 21
    Friday
    refugee rations
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Anne Curry Phoenix, AZ water only
    Sun~Rose liquids only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 22
    Saturday
    refugee rations
    water only
    water only
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 23
    Sunday
    refugee rations
    water only
    water only
    water only

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations). Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

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    Week 16: August 10 – 16, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/week-16-august-10-16-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/week-16-august-10-16-2009/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2009 22:27:41 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2677 People Fasting in Solidarity

    Week 16: August 10 – 16, 2009

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 10
    Monday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT water only
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    Melody Johnson Savannah, Georgia water only
    Donna Kelley Del Rio, TX water only
    Natalia Tizon Toronto, Canada water only
    Jon Kit water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 11
    Tuesday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT water only
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Sharon Silber for NYC Coalition for Darfur and the Darfur Vigil Group New York, NY water only
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Andrew Hall Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Talbot Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Rall Tucson, AZ water only
    Gwen Woods Tucson, AZ water only
    Jon Kit water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 12
    Wednesday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT water only
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Donna Kelley Del Rio, TX water only
    Morgan Harris Bozeman, MT water only
    Jon Kit water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 13
    Thursday
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    Rabbi Adam Stein Kansas, USA water only
    Denise Jordon Kansas, USA water only
    Cathy Blake Kansas, USA water only
    Rabbi Alan Cohen Kansas, USA water only
    Judy Hellman Kansas, USA water only
    Marvin Szneler Kansas, USA water only
    Linda Whitaker-Schmitt Kansas, USA water only
    Judy Weinstein Kansas, USA water only
    David Weinstein Kansas, USA water only
    Lynne Tiemeier Kansas, USA water only
    Rabbi Debbie Stiel Kansas, USA water only
    Sylvan Siegler Kansas, USA water only
    Steve Sherry Kansas, USA water only
    Judy Sherry Kansas, USA water only
    John Sheeley Kansas, USA water only
    Ron Scrogham Kansas, USA water only
    William D Schmitt Kansas, USA water only
    Marcia A. Rygaard Kansas, USA water only
    Rabbi Jonathan Rudnick Kansas, USA water only
    Dr. Lorne Ruby Kansas, USA water only
    Kate Gaynor Riha Kansas, USA water only
    Judy Rieck Kansas, USA water only
    DeChantel Ramge Kansas, USA water only
    Damon Porter Kansas, USA water only
    Nancy Oglesby Kansas, USA water only
    Jean Myers Kansas, USA water only
    Gary Myers Kansas, USA water only
    Nancy Morgan Kansas, USA water only
    Reverend Tamara Miller Kansas, USA water only
    Howard Mayer Kansas, USA water only
    Pat Martin Kansas, USA water only
    Fran Manson Kansas, USA water only
    Rabbi Mark Levin Kansas, USA water only
    Jo Ann Leach Kansas, USA water only
    Elizabeth Leach Kansas, USA water only
    Anna Leach Kansas, USA water only
    Michael Landy Kansas, USA water only
    Irene Landy Kansas, USA water only
    Marlene Krakow Kansas, USA water only
    Dr. Stephen B. Koshland Kansas, USA water only
    Marilyn Koshland Kansas, USA water only
    Gabrielle Kocour, OSB Kansas, USA water only
    Pat Kenoyer Kansas, USA water only
    Janine Joslin Kansas, USA water only
    Mamie Hughes Kansas, USA water only
    Kim Holland Kansas, USA water only
    Susie Hillix Kansas, USA water only
    Dr. Robert Lee Hill Kansas, USA water only
    Marilyn Lake Griffin Kansas, USA water only
    Jane Greene Kansas, USA water only
    Rozann Gicinto Kansas, USA water only
    Bridget Gelms Kansas, USA water only
    Pat Gallagher Kansas, USA water only
    Lisa Galchick Kansas, USA water only
    Andy Ernstein Kansas, USA water only
    Cynthia Eldridge-Davis Kansas, USA water only
    Mary Margaret Carmody Kansas, USA water only
    Ellen Carmody Kansas, USA water only
    Reverend Rob Carr Kansas, USA water only
    Carol Burton Kansas, USA water only
    Martha Boshnick Kansas, USA water only
    Tutti Birmingham Kansas, USA water only
    Zoda Ballew Kansas, USA water only
    Diane Ballew Kansas, USA water only
    Alice Ballew Kansas, USA water only
    Vernetta Adair Kansas, USA water only
    Sandie Colbert Kansas, USA water only
    Dr. Jack Price Kansas, USA water only
    Cheryl Samet Kansas, USA water only
    Meri Lee Scagliotti Kansas, USA water only
    Shmuel Wolkenfeld Kansas, USA water only
    Jean Zeldin Kansas, USA water only
    Mary Ann Grayson Kansas, USA water only
    Anita Russell Kansas, USA water only
    Henri Goettel Kansas, USA water only
    Ramalee Beck Kansas, USA water only
    Belinda Block Kansas, USA water only
    John Block Kansas, USA water only
    Darlene Dixon Kansas, USA water only
    Kim Johnson Kansas, USA water only
    Pat Johnston Kansas, USA water only
    Nancy Mathew Kansas, USA water only
    Wanda Olkiewig Kansas, USA water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 14
    Friday
    refugee rations
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Anne Curry Phoenix, AZ water only
    Donna Kelley Del Rio, TX water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 15
    Saturday
    refugee rations
    water only
    water only
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 16
    Sunday
    refugee rations
    Natalia Tizon Toronto, Canada water only
    water only
    water only

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations). Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

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    Week 15: August 3 – 9, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/week-15-august-3-9-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/week-15-august-3-9-2009/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2009 22:26:53 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2676 People Fasting in Solidarity

    Week 15: August 3 – 9, 2009

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 3
    Monday
    Julie Butterworth Lee Asheville, NC refugee rations
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    Aubrey DuPar Ventura, CA water only
    Melody Johnson Savannah, Georgia water only
    Donna Kelley Del Rio, TX water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 4
    Tuesday
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    Sharon Silber for NYC Coalition for Darfur and the Darfur Vigil Group New York, NY water only
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Andrew Hall Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Talbot Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Rall Tucson, AZ water only
    Gwen Woods Tucson, AZ water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 5
    Wednesday
    refugee rations
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Donna Kelley Del Rio, TX water only
    Morgan Harris Bozeman, MT water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 6
    Thursday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT water only
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    Emily Banks Covington, LA water only
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 7
    Friday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT water only
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Anne Curry Phoenix, AZ water only
    Donna Kelley Del Rio, TX water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 8
    Saturday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT water only
    Natalia Tizon Toronto, Canada water only
    refugee rations
    Emily Banks Covington, LA water only
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 9
    Sunday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT water only
    refugee rations
    Jon Kit water only
    water only

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations). Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

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    Week 14: July 27 – August 2, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/week-14-july-27-august-2-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/week-14-july-27-august-2-2009/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2009 22:26:14 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2675 People Fasting in Solidarity

    Week 14: July 27 – August 2, 2009

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 27
    Monday
    Julie Butterworth Lee Asheville, NC refugee rations
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    water only
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 28
    Tuesday
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Andrew Hall Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Talbot Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Rall Tucson, AZ water only
    Gwen Woods Tucson, AZ water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 29
    Wednesday
    refugee rations
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Melody Johnson Savannah, Georgia water only
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 30
    Thursday
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    Julee Sharik Provo, UT water only
    water only
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 31
    Friday
    refugee rations
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Anne Curry Phoenix, AZ water only
    Julee Sharik Provo, UT water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 1
    Saturday
    James Newton Jenison, MI refugee rations
    Aubrey DuPar Ventura, CA water only
    Julee Sharik Provo, UT water only
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    August 2
    Sunday
    refugee rations
    Aubrey DuPar Ventura, CA water only
    water only
    water only

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations). Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

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    Week 13: July 20 – 26, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/week-13-july-20-26-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/week-13-july-20-26-2009/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2009 22:25:02 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2674 People Fasting in Solidarity

    Week 13: July 20 – 26, 2009

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 20
    Monday
    Julie Butterworth Lee Asheville, NC refugee rations
    water only
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 21
    Tuesday
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 22
    Wednesday
    refugee rations
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 23
    Thursday
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    Morgan Furore Suttons Bay, MI water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 24
    Friday
    refugee rations
    Juliet A. Camp Salt Lake City, UT water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 25
    Saturday
    refugee rations
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 26
    Sunday
    refugee rations
    water only

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations). Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

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    Week 12: July 13 – 19, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/week-12-july-13-19-2009/ Wed, 08 Jul 2009 22:24:00 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2673 People Fasting in Solidarity

    Week 12: July 13 – 19, 2009

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 13
    Monday
    Noreen Sciaky Oak Lawn, IL refugee rations
    Beth Heinemann State College,PA water only
    Michelle D. van Hees Portland, OR refugee rations
    Julie Butterworth Lee Asheville, NC refugee rations
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 14
    Tuesday
    Michelle D. van Hees Portland, OR refugee rations
    Beth Heinemann State College,PA water only
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 15
    Wednesday
    Michelle D. van Hees Portland, OR refugee rations
    Beth Heinemann State College,PA water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 16
    Thursday
    Liz Palmer refugee rations
    Beth Heinemann State College,PA water only
    Jon kit New York City, NY water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 17
    Friday
    refugee rations
    Beth Heinemann State College,PA water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 18
    Saturday
    Patricia English refugee rations
    Beth Heinemann State College,PA water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 19
    Sunday
    Patricia English refugee rations
    Beth Heinemann State College,PA water only

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations). Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

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    Naheed Simjee Joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/naheed-simjee-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ Wed, 08 Jul 2009 19:47:51 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2670 Scout’s Journal – End of Fast http://fastdarfur.org/scouts-journal-end-of-fast/ Wed, 08 Jul 2009 19:41:51 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2669 I drove 14 hours to Bloomington, Indiana on July 2nd. On July 3rd we focused all our attention on building a Sweating Lodge in which to circle and pray. It took all day, and held our focus to our cause. It rained on July 4th….It poured. It was the day of our Sweat. A circle of 8 women came together to pray. We had to build our fire in the rain, and then keep it going for 6 hours. It totally held my focus. Thus, hunger did not come. Just thirst. It reminded me totally of Vanuatu. It rained so much and we had to keep our fire going. It was cold and wet. Hunger was the least of our concerns. It was beautiful to be in the presence of women devoted to coming together though very tough circumstances in order to pray for others. I was so grateful that our fast would end. The people of Darfur have no choice. My our prayers reach all who can help stop this hunger and abuse. Bless the people of Darfur.

    — Scout

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    Day 2 http://fastdarfur.org/day-2-5/ Wed, 08 Jul 2009 16:12:01 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2668 It is now the end of the second day.  Again it started pretty easy as I was focused on the end goal, but as with the previous day I had my series of ups and downs.  One of the things that I look forward to in the morning is a potent cup of dark coffee.  Passing all of the coffee shops on my way to work was a bit hard, but for some reason I already had a lot of energy in the morning so that made it a bit easier. Then lunchtime time hit.  Rather than enjoying a really nice meal with my coworkers, for some reason I was plagued with a pretty heavy fatigue.   Maybe it was from the hot weather we were experiencing in southern california or maybe it was just my body trying to tell me to conserve energy.  Either way I was very sluggish.  Last night was a bit harder than the rest of the day as I got another bad headache.  Despite the annoying headache the worst part was I couldn’t stop thinking about an IN N OUT double double or a delicious carne asada burrito.  But at this point I knew I was on the home stretch with one more day to go.  I just kept drinking water to keep my stomach full, which was helpful, but in the end it really only resulted in many trips to the bathroom.   During this fast the thing that has surprised me the most is that there are so many people that are not familiar with the situation in Darfur.  I was a bit shocked, but it just made me realize how important it is to keep shedding light on the issues over there. One more day to fast, but many more days, weeks, and months, (and lets hope not, years) to keep spreading the message.

    John

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    Day 1 http://fastdarfur.org/day-1-4/ http://fastdarfur.org/day-1-4/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2009 08:25:25 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2663 First off, it’s an honor to be participating in the fast for Darfur. My dear friend Blake Mycoskie asked me to join, and I thought it was a no brainer to do something for a good cause and an opportunity to learn more about the dire situation in Darfur.

    As an aside, this is the first time I have ever taken part in a fast. I absolutely LOVE food and it’s something that I look forward to everyday with every meal. To participate in the fast I knew it was going to be a tough challenge, but I thought if the people in Darfur are forced to go without food for days, I should be able to do it voluntarily (especially knowing that I will have some great meals to look forward to…unfortunately they do not).

    I have to admit, today was relatively easy. Maybe it was because I was focused on accomplishing the end goal and knowing that I cannot eat anything, but for the most part it hasn’t been that bad. Although today was relatively manageable, it did have some rough patches. I went down to the local grocery store with my wife around midday, and it was especially hard going down the first few aisles. I quickly grabbed what I needed and proceeded to the check out (thus annoying my wife because she still needed to get a few things). They say never go to a grocery store when you are hungry as you will spend too much money. Well, don’t go to a grocery store when you are hungry and fasting because it will just cause misery.

    Despite the fact it was Sunday and the day after Independence day, I knew that I had to have a productive day or I would be thinking about food throughout the day. After taking a walk in the morning and then doing some work for next week at the local coffee shop (yes painful to see people sip away on delicious concoctions of coffee and cream), I decided to hit the beach to surf for a few hours. Now it’s 6 pm, I’m a little sun burnt, but craving food (especially the salami and cheese my wife just cut for herself). I’m starting to get a little headache but, I’ll manage.

    As a funny side note, my wife just told me, “I really like you on this fast. You don’t mess up the kitchen.” So I guess there are some other benefits to this fast as well. 🙂

    I have a read a few posts on the internet about some people saying that fasting is a waste of time and has nothing to do with the cause. They specifically said that time and effort should be put to donating money or actually going there to help out first hand. I do not disagree that donating time and money are really important (and I encourage everyone to do this), but I have to disagree with the comments that participating in a fast is useless.
    Everyday we are bombarded with messages, news stories, and advertising from TV, radio, and the web. In a lot of ways we have become a desensitized society and unfortunately have fallen to the out of sight out of mind philosophy. You hear about atrocities all the time in the news, but nothing really grabs your attention until someone that you trust or respect sheds light on the cause. I had heard about the issues in Darfur, but only in broad terms, and it wasn’t until Blake brought up Fast For Darfur that I felt there was something I could do to help. As a result (I’ve been scouring the internet about the cause to learn as much as I can) and I’m now participating in the fast and doing my best to spread the word to my friends and family to shed light on the difficult situation in Darfur. Let’s be honest, I know my efforts won’t amount to much singlehandedly. However, if it educates and inspires a few of my friends and peers to do something or share the cause with someone else who will continue to keep passing on the message it will be a step in the right direction. Nothing happens overnight and it’s through education and familiarity that get issues to that point where that last straw finally breaks the camels back. Thank you Mia for shedding light!

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    Mike Skupin’s Journal – The 72nd hour … http://fastdarfur.org/mike-skupins-journal-the-72nd-hour-%e2%80%a6/ http://fastdarfur.org/mike-skupins-journal-the-72nd-hour-%e2%80%a6/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2009 14:31:55 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2662 Finally, the end of the third day, the end of the 72 hour fast is here. Can you imagine how many meals I’ve planned in my head over the past 3 days? You’d imagine I’d have spent the last 2 hours of the fast preparing food, laying out everything perfectly, main course(s), side-dish(es), drink (anything but water) then clock-watching until the hour struck yet it came and went amazingly anticlimactically. The actual act of non-eating astonishingly became more the norm than eating. After a while “the cause begins to consume you and the fight begins to transcend the pain of hunger.

    I could journal for hours of the internal perspective you realize about yourself, about the world, about others through this process. It’s an amazing adventure, ever part of it!

    I know one thing for sure; it will be a very long time if ever that I take a meal for granted or sip a beverage without thinking about those kids.

    I have well over 3,000 Facebook friends and will post this opportunity….curious to see how many will join this war and starvation.

    Sadly, we all become a bit self-absorbed in our own lives, we are blessed with so much but to take a moment for a stranger, an angel, a fellow brother or sister requires more effort than we are often willing to give it.

    I may have been that guy. This fast did more to change me internally possibly than any awareness or difference I may make for those hungry kids. Many more people in need will benefit as a result of my three day fast.

    Understand, this is so much more than not eating for 3-days. I suggest it’s impossible not to change internally for the much, much better. I challenge you to become that change for yourself and for those in need.

    Tomorrow it’s life as usual for me. Everything’s back to normal. The abundance of food is back. The physical pangs and the emotional torture of the fast will be gone. This “light at the end of my hunger tunnel” is here. I still can’t stop thinking that those kids have no light. There is not an “end” to their pain unless we become that “end”.

    This was my first fast, it will certainly not be my last

    God Bless all of you,

    Michael Skupin

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    Coby Archa’s Journal – Day 3 http://fastdarfur.org/coby-archas-journal-day-3/ http://fastdarfur.org/coby-archas-journal-day-3/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2009 18:39:12 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2661 Independence Day what does that mean? Well obviously it means we are independent but I think for most Americans…it stands for freedom. Not from another country even in our modern heads but from our own country I realize. We can vote, eat and live where we want to. That is the biggest lesson I have learned doing research on Darfur is that the tyrant of President of Sudan, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, has not only been accused of atrocities on to man but that he has cut his own people off from any foreign ad. The country in which he is a figure head and ‘protector’ are the same people he is killing while displacing people that are dependent on that aid…about a million (1.1 million to be exact just in Sudan). One million will starve he doesn’t let someone help.

    A million. That brings it all full circle. That is how I got here. We are a group of people who played a game on Tv for a million dollars, more money than most of us can conceive. For every dollar I can imagine I am putting a child, woman or man’s face on it to try and imagine…a million people going hungry in one small area compared to the rest of the world.

    Mind bobbling.

    Some people have praised this Survivor group and some have thought we were silly…but either way we made some people think. And for that I am grateful.

    p.s. As far as the physical side effects this has sucked! Last night was really hard and today I feel very loopy but plan to stick this out til midnight tonight since I started it midnight on Wednesday! I feel so lucky to be able to physically do this and feel lucky again in being chosen to be involved as a pebble.

    Once again if anyone with the connections can make it happen I am sure this group would be happy to go to any country and do bigger and better work. It is something I will put my mind too!

    Thanks again for all the support and don’t forget about the chain once we are done!

    Coby

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    Wanda Shirk’s Journal – Morning of Day Three: http://fastdarfur.org/wanda-shirks-journal-morning-of-day-three/ Sat, 04 Jul 2009 17:48:00 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2660 Weighed 130.0 this morning after my morning 3-mile run. Down 4.6 pounds from the start of the fast. My “run” was the slowest in the past five years (since before I got in shape for Palau). I really feel tired, weak, and worn. Pretty Zombie-like. Yesterday morning I was still strong, but this morning I feel very empty of everything — food, energy, motivation.

    Someone said, “No one’s supervising you. Just eat and say you didn’t. Pretend.” But I don’t operate like that. I have more integrity than that.

    When my children were young, I read an article in a magazine called Moody Monthly that encouraged parents to decide what top five values or character traits they wanted to instill in their children. It was no trouble at all for me to identify Self Discipline as number one on the list of traits I valued. That ties into this. Fasting is pure personal self-discipline. By the way, the other four character traits on my list were thoughtfulness, thankfulness, cheerfulness, and honesty.
    So — I’ll be hanging in there today on the water-wagon. I thought about doing the Jewish or Muslim style fast which ends at sunset, but I think I’d rather wait till tomorrow morning to eat. I can do it.. And it does remind me of the folks in Darfur who can accomplish so little because without food, there just is not the daily strength to accomplish a lot. That even goes for me, a slightly-stocky person with plenty of body fat to live on for awhile!

    Smiles,
    Wanda

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    John Whitledge joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/john-whitledge-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ http://fastdarfur.org/john-whitledge-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2009 17:36:15 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2659 http://fastdarfur.org/john-whitledge-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/feed/ 1 Mike Skupin’s Journal – Day 3 – 9am http://fastdarfur.org/mike-skupins-journal-day-3-9am/ http://fastdarfur.org/mike-skupins-journal-day-3-9am/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2009 16:36:43 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2658 57 hours into the 72 hour fast. The physical is beginning to ebb its way into my spirit a bit as the fight continues. I’m training my son for football and the rest of the family also joins in. We’re on day one. Today we’ll time ourselves in the 40, 100, ¼ mile, # of push-ups you can do in 60 seconds and an overall general workout. I record and post all data on a spreadsheet which stays on the fridge to chart progress and improvements. By the first week of August, we’ll all be in great shape (at least that’s the plan).

    This morning will be way more challenging than usual for me. It’s amazing how much we take for granted how nutrition affects every fiber of our being. Even thoughts and reactions are labored. Thank God for water, which I’m consuming well over a gallon a day of. Partially to hydrate but more so to satiate the yearning for something in my stomach….I know I’ll make it, yet instead of feeling victorious, I feel saddened….there is a light at the end of my tunnel (in 15 hours I get to eat), there is no light for those kids. We may be the only light they can hope for.

    The question is….Will we be that hope or continue to watch from afar? How can we help? How can I do more? How can I make a difference? How can I impact, there are sooooo many. It reminds me of “The Starfish Story”

    While walking along a beach, a man saw in the distance what looked like a boy dancing.
    He was encouraged by the outward expression of someone dancing to the new day on the beach, and he approached the young man. As he got closer, he realized that the young man was actually running, leaning down, picking something up and then gently throwing it far into the ocean.

    As he came closer, he saw thousands of starfish the tide had thrown onto the beach. Unable to return to the ocean during low tide, the starfish were dying. He observed the young man picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them back.

    After watching the seemingly futile effort, the observer said to the young man, “There must be thousands of starfish on this beach. It would be impossible for you to get to all of them. There are simply too many. You can’t possibly save enough to make a difference.”

    The young man smiled as he continued to pick up another starfish and toss it back into the ocean.

    “It made a difference to that one,” he replied.

    The older man shook his head at the impossible optimism of the young man, and then turned away and walked home. That night, he sat for a long time thinking of the young man, and determined that the young man was really affecting the world and taking action to make a difference. Something that the older man would like to do. That night he slept fitfully. In the morning, he awoke, went down to the beach and found the young man again. Then together, they went along the beach shore tossing starfish back into the ocean.

    –Author Unknown

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    Kimberly D. Mullen – Updates from Reflections…. http://fastdarfur.org/kimberly-d-mullen-updates-from-reflections/ http://fastdarfur.org/kimberly-d-mullen-updates-from-reflections/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2009 21:33:14 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2657 After 40 hours of reflecting and remembering the significance that hunger can have upon the masses (control, lack of motivation, death, etc), I’m switching to celebrating our independence on my favorite holiday!! I’ll stick to 1000 calorie refugee rations through tomorrow. Freedom and prosperity are just two beautiful gifts we have earned and continue to be blessed with. With that in mind, as with other charities/causes, I hope we all physically do something to contribute. I’ve never been one to believe in chaining myself to a tree or some gates to make a statement. It’s about action and taking charge. I’m of no use to the world if I’m not capable of doing anything given a moments notice. 🙂

    Much love,
    Kim

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    Kimberly D. Mullen’s Journal – Day 2 http://fastdarfur.org/kimberly-d-mullens-journal-day-2/ http://fastdarfur.org/kimberly-d-mullens-journal-day-2/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2009 20:11:52 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2651 I’ve been asked “why are you fasting for Darfur?” and “What good does that do?” In fact, there is a great article that Andy Dehnart took the time to produce yesterday about this. Let me start by saying he makes a valid point, but seems to miss the purpose. It’s about generating publicity to a cause. (Just like his article did!) Let’s discuss why I am doing this via the audience in a hypothetical scenario. I hope anyone taking the time to read it – Andy too – will understand.

    Let’s assume my name is John Doe and I live in Coshoctan, Ohio. (Get your google map out to locate Coshoctan, or maybe even Ohio, if you missed that lesson in school.) I’m an everyday person, I have a wife, two kids, a 9-to-5 job that I hate, a mortgage, a cat, a dog, and an aquarium that hasn’t been used or cleaned in months yet has enough algae to be titled “The Science Experiment in the Living Room” by my adoring children. I hear about world events on the news – Tom Brokaw used to deliver me the messages and now I browse numerous channels and sometimes watch Katie Couric. Still, all the events seem so alien to me – genocides, civil wars, missile launches and starvation. Starving to me is when my wife is late for dinner and I wait an extra hour to visit the Chinese Buffet (yum!). To be honest, I can’t even figure out the boroughs of New York City, or what the h*ll the 405 is that my LA peers discuss sitting on for hours. Sounds painful to me. With that in mind, how am I ever supposed to understand famines in Asia or Africa, much less the what’s occurring in Sudan or actually find Darfur on the map? I’ll settle for waiting in line at the drive through for some nachos. Thank you.

    Luckily on Thursday nights there is a show on CBS called Survivor. My boss, who relocated to my town last year from Boston, playfully teases me for watching the show. Most of my “Big City” friends and coworkers often do. I adore the show – the crazy antics, mind games, the stories of adventure, love, deceit and the best are the plots to overthrown one another all while isolated in a remote location – sometimes the desert, sometimes a beach. I tried to discuss the show with my boss but when I mention Borneo, Tocantins, or Palau he looks at me like I’m nuts and asks “Are those Midwestern towns?” I laugh and walk away shaking my head thinking “Mr. Educated needs to take a few more world geography lessons, or maybe watch a couple seasons of Survivor, to keep up with me.”

    So I was intrigued this morning while reading a message board (yes, my fellow fans and I post often about Survivor and read of the castmates’ lives) to see a link to Fast for Darfur. Some of the castmates I watched are willingly drinking water and eating nothing or next to nothing during a holiday weekend. Why would they do that and not have the chance to win a million dollars? Interested to learn more, I click on the link and read about Darfur. I’d seen a special on CNN about it, but to be honest, it bored me and I didn’t understand why I should care. This time, however, I my interest is peaked — the castmates of Survivor are people that I can relate to and understand – we have a lot in common…. If this is something that is important to them, and they aren’t even being paid to discuss it, then I should pay a little more attention too!! After reading their journal entries, I found myself surfing the net for other articles, maps, and statistics. By the end of my session, I was angry that I never knew this was going on – or at least never took the time to fully understand. To be honest I could never relate before, and I know that isn’t a great excuse, but it’s true. I copy and past the information and website link, and forward along to my database of email addresses. I find myself thinking that people need to know what is going on there. It isn’t just happening in Darfur, it’s happening everywhere and we’re too blinded by meaningless nonsense to care/know. I’m now motivated to find other issues that are going on in the world, maybe research some of the countries my favorite show has been filmed on and see what I can learn. Then I can discuss it with my coworkers, continue the chain, and gain some support for people going through horrid torment everywhere. If no one says anything, these people will be forgotten. I’m going to use my knowledge and apply it to world events. Come to think of it, I recently saw where some detainees from Guantanemo were being sent to Palau (where Season 10 of Survivor was filmed). In fact, my 80 year old mother called to tell me the news, who learned about the country while following Survivor.

    Survivor has become an avenue of knowledge for me. It not only provides me with entertainment but each season gives me free lessons in psychology, survival skills, puzzles, and geography. The castmates that go on to discuss world events and bring attention to numerous causes help me to contribute to the world by making me aware of events and speaking out or gaining support. Sometimes it might just be through talks at the water cooler in my office, but I hope that they dialogue keeps going when they leave me. Survivor connects me to something I might not have previously understood or even cared about. Without awareness, discussions, and sometimes arguments, the problems aren’t disclosed to the general public in a manner which we understand. Without knowing a problem exists, how can it ever be solved. No matter how the message gets out there, it needs to get out there and people relate to different groups. Some people relate and understand their professors, award-winning actors/actresses like Brad Pitt, entrepreneurs and businessmen like Bill Gates or Warren Buffett, or Grammy award winning musicians. I, however, can relate the best to the cast of my favorite reality show, Survivor.

    — Kimberly

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    Coby’s Journal – Day 2, part 2 http://fastdarfur.org/cobys-journal-day-2-part-2/ Fri, 03 Jul 2009 18:35:15 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2649 Normally I wouldn’t address negative press on a site that is trying to do something so positive but I think they have a good point…

    http://www.realityblurred.com/realitytv/archives/survivor_palau/2009_Jul_02_cast_fast_darfur

    I understand how some people may think we are doing this just for a ‘look at me’ point of view. I mean we were just contestants on a reality show, who do we think we are?
    But I also know that other people are seeing that with a small pebble we are trying to make a big wave. I know me in my spoiled life not eating for 3 days does nothing for the pain and suffering for the people in Darfur and what they are going through. I know it isn’t like I am passing out medical supplies (their president has put a stop to that) to the children that are displaced (THOUGH I WOULD LOVE TO PLEASE SOMEONE READING THIS HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN AND ALL 5 OF US WOULD BE ON A PLANE). I know to some what we are doing is silly. But to me..it is a beginning. If it wasn’t for Mia I would have known anything about these peoples plight. And education of the problem is a start but this article is sooooo right…where does it finish?

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    Coby Archa’s Journal – Day 2 http://fastdarfur.org/coby-archas-journal-day-2/ Fri, 03 Jul 2009 18:24:04 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2647 So I am waking up surprisingly spry! I have had a steady burst of energy through most of this, almost like I had a cup of coffee. I am finding it hard to concentrate though and my obsession with food disgust is never far from my mind. I almost ‘accidentally’ ate several times yesterday. Almost licked the knife making my daughter a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for school, grabbed a piece of chocolate at work (thanks Devon for stopping me). It was funny at the time just how easy it was to grab some food without thinking. Now of course, it has a deeper thought of how lucky we are that food is so EASY for us to grab without thinking. I don’t know what we can do as Americans to retrain ourselves to ‘think’ before eating? Well nobody is perfect but for 3 days…I am trying. The thought of watching my daughter starve and not knowing where to have her next meal is bringing me to tears. Bless and peace to everyone in the world who has to think too much about where they will get their next meal.

    — Coby

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    Wanda Shirk’s Journal – Day 2 http://fastdarfur.org/wanda-shirks-journal-day-2/ Fri, 03 Jul 2009 18:21:09 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2646 Day Two:
    Well, yesterday morning, at the start of the fast, I weighed in at 134.6. This morning I weighed 132.2. So – a drop of 2.4 pounds, almost two-and-a-half. I could stand more of that! (Jolanda would always say, “Shirk, you’re always doin’ all that math sh*t in your head!”)

    No school today, because in the summer the custodians work four-tens, Monday through Thursday, and the school is locked on Friday. So this morning I went out and ran about 3 miles. The run went fine, and in fact my time was a little better than the last run. Felt great to be carrying a little less fat! I weighed myself again after the run, and was 131.8. Boy, I would like to get to the low side of 130 again. So there will be good effects from skipping food for a couple days.

    My dad used to tell a story about an old farmer who was so poor he couldn’t afford to feed his horse through the winter. He decided to train the horse not to eat. Had him almost trained, but then he died.

    Guess that’s the way it works in Darfur. We have it so good here, we don’t know what it’s like to struggle to survive. Instead of trying to find a little bit of something, anything, to eat, we walk around in the midst of plenty, with dozens of menu options. Our struggle is to choose. Maybe we should more often struggle to refuse. “My country ’tis of thee, Land of OBESITY, of thee I sing.” — Whoops! Singing again, and I’m off the island!

    Smiles,
    Wanda

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    Kimberly D. Mullen’s Journal – Day 1 http://fastdarfur.org/kimberly-d-mullens-journal-day-1/ Fri, 03 Jul 2009 17:19:15 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2652 I made an agreement with myself that while I was fasting for Darfur and reflecting upon it’s significance, I’d not read the journals of others in order to avoid a) having my thoughts swayed and b) realizing that my ability to communicate via a blog is inferior to my amazing fellow ‘Survivors’ and previous fasters. All kidding aside, this is to bring awareness to a horrid situation and I feel honored to contribute to raising awareness for the cause.

    So often we look at charity events as raising money, attending a benefit full of festivities, writing a check, or wearing an organization’s t-shirt. While all of those are great and any help should be welcomed, what we are forgetting is that as long as we stay silent and don’t inform the world at large, no one will do anything. We can not idly sit back and assume the person next to us, an elected official or even a higher power alone can or will save those struggling to survive. It is up to us to voice our opinions, raise awareness and demand that rulers take care of their people and contribute to mankind. It must start somewhere and the people of Darfur need our help. We need to be their cheerleaders.

    I’m asked frequently what it was like to do the show, Survivor, and if I did it for fame? What most people don’t know is I did the show to test my abilities and to travel – the money would have been icing on the cake. (Remember, I’m hungry right now….) I’d been studying the early communities of Africa in graduate school when I met a previous contestant. Being a fan of endurance activities, risk taking, psychology of mankind, experiencing new things and traveling the world, I thought “wow, this is the perfect opportunity!” During my studies, I’d been fascinated by the necessity of fire and how we are able to progress once our basic needs have been met. (Fire, water, shelter, hunting, etc) Little did I understand that within weeks of studying that topic, I’d be living it. Where am I going with this point, you may ask? It’s quite simple. While fasting I’ve been reminded that what I experienced while out on the island is what thousands experience on a daily basis. Without shelter to rest in and clean water to drink, the odds for survival are stacked against anyone. It is only when basic needs are met that man can prosper. It’s no wonder evil dictators around the world starve their people. Starving people are generally submissive and pose no threat. With this in mind, it’s easy to understand why said leaders turn food and water from aid organizations away or hide it from their people. Once their basic needs are met, they’ll have the energy and clarity to realize who has done this to them and the strength to stop the cycle. That’s why it is up to each and every one of us to not allow what is happening in Darfur to continue. Empowering the people of Darfur is a necessity. They aren’t just blank names and empty faces of the world. It’s quite possible that within the 300,000 people that have already died, a child that could have cured cancer and a future world leader died as well.

    It’s up to all of us to work together and demand change. You might think “I am too old/young to do anything,” or “no one takes me seriously” — but those thoughts are preposterous. It’s about finding within you what your strengths are and what you bring to the table. There is a whole world out there that can balance your weaknesses – you just need to be aware of them and ask. All one truly needs is a good heart, the desire for change/end to injustice and the voice to seek help in creating a game plan to make the world a better place.

    I’ll leave everyone with one of my favorite quotes to ponder.

    “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

    — Kimberly

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    Mike Skupin’s Journal – Day 1 http://fastdarfur.org/mike-skupins-journal-day-1/ http://fastdarfur.org/mike-skupins-journal-day-1/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2009 22:25:30 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2643 Began fast at 12am midnight Wednesday night.

    I was advised against fasting at this time as this is the “holiday weekend” but my “survivor brother” Coby Archa reminded me the people we’re doing this for don’t have the option of eating like that and after all, we are “Survivors” and we make no excuses so I forged ahead.

    I was a contestant on the second season of Survivor “The Australian Outback” and we went almost 3 days without food. We were given a large bag of rice but it rained 22 of the 42 days out there and we often couldn’t get a fire going to cook the rice so we often ate off the land. Although I’m no stranger to being hungry, this will still be no easy task but I journey ahead in appreciation of the fight we’re battling here against hunger.

    Day one 8am (8 hours into the fast)

    A little history on 47-year old self is that I work out a lot to try and stay ahead of father-time and am an avid researcher of nutrition. As a result I eat 6-7 smaller meals a day vs. the traditional 3 (b’fast lunch and dinner). I’m usually up around 3am and within minutes am eating a healthy portion of steel cut oats with added protein and fresh fruit. Today I fasted. Mentally it was a challenge but physically it was not an issue.

    Understand that although missing one meal may seem trite, when it’s a habit it throws you out of your routine and you never stop thinking about it. I’d be eating my second meal about now. It’s a recovery day for me from a hard workout yesterday so I don’t think a workout will be in my day. Mentally, I’d love to bite into something, physically still no issues.

    — Mike

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    Coby Archa’s Journal – Day 1 http://fastdarfur.org/coby-archas-journal-day-1/ http://fastdarfur.org/coby-archas-journal-day-1/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2009 20:30:21 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2642 So everyone keeps asking me ” How do you feel?” Well honestly ‘physically’ I am feeling fine. Mentally not so good. I can’t believe how much I keep thinking about food. I have a lot of friends who have quit smoking and they often say they don’t miss the cigs as much as the habit, something to do with their hands etc. I feel like someone quitting smoking and that food has become a habit. I am so grossly blessed with such easy access to food that I have the privilege to take it for granted. Little disgusted with myself to me honest and how far I have come away from my experience on Survivor. Humans are so easy to forget things…thanks Mia for reminding me.

    — Coby

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    Wanda Shirk’s Journal – Day 1 http://fastdarfur.org/wandas-journal-day-1/ http://fastdarfur.org/wandas-journal-day-1/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2009 18:55:51 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2640 1:30 p.m. Thursday July 2

    Well — I’ve been up seven hours now and have consumed three cups of plain hot water today, and nothing more.

    I keep thinking, “I need to get myself something to eat!” and then I keep thinking, “No! I said I wasn’t doing that today!”

    Here’s a surprising incident: I’m teaching summer school, and this 9th grader named Mike has a correspondence school packet of stuff he has to do and I have to help him with if he has questions. So part of his assignment is to use the word fast in two sentences, once as a verb, and once as an adverb. He says to me, “Mrs. Shirk, what’s fast as a verb? Is it like fast forward a tape?” Wow! He really didn’t know what it meant to fast. I explained it to him. He follows up, “Do you ever fast?” I said, “Mike, did you happen to notice that fifteen minutes ago I poured hot water from that hot pot (it was a chilly morning here in the mountains of Pennsylvania) into my cup, and I didn’t add hot chocolate or a tea bag or instant coffee or anything? I’m just drinking plain water. That’s because I’m fasting today!” Then I explained to him all about Darfur, and why some people are fasting, etc. Quite the amazing coincidence that the word fast just happened to come up in one kid’s work today and we had a chance to talk about it!

    I almost never have headaches, but I have a little bit of a headache right now, which I think some food would cure. But that won’t happen. I’m hanging in there so far!

    Wanda

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    Coby Archa joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/coby-archa-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ http://fastdarfur.org/coby-archa-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2009 01:50:32 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2587 survivorCoby Archa is a 36 year old single father who has recently moved to Southern California via Texas to work at the Kim Vo salon at The Montage Hotel. He has a 4 year old daughter named Janu who he named after a friend on Survivor and because of his daughter, he has the strength to see the world a better place. Coby appeared on Survivor Palau, Tease with Lisa Rinna, Today show and many others. All of his experiences opening his eyes to the world. When Coby first heard of Darfur’s plight and Mia Farrow’s amazing dedication to the helping of others he thought, “Wow, I wish I could do something like that!” And now…he is! He asked some of his Survivor friends to do the same.. Here is to hoping a small pebble can make a big wave.

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    Wanda Shirk joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/wanda-shirk-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ http://fastdarfur.org/wanda-shirk-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2009 01:39:30 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2630 SURVIVOR: PALAUWanda Shirk of Survivor 10: Palua, will keep on singing and smiling, but won’t be singing for her supper on July 2, 3, or 4. She’ll just sing to annoy Coby while the two of them are fasting and enjoying big glasses of water that may be better than what some of the poor folks in Darfur are getting these days.

    Wanda always has had a heart for the suffering of the less fortunate. In fact, her Survivor audition tape, which was in the format of a TV newscast, included this segment: (Wanda jumps out of tent-hammock):

    “Financial news is next. Check out my home away from home. No, it’s not the Hilton or the Holiday Inn. I know how to live cheap. I believe we should live simply so that others can simply live, and I’ve always practiced what I learned as a kid, to give at least 10% of everything I earn to help the less fortunate.

    (Picks up ukelele and sings:)
    With a million bucks to share, I’d help people everywhere
    In third world countries where they’re suffering.
    There are people who are poor, and I want to help them more,

    And so to you my energies I bring!
    Yes, Wanda wants to be on CBS TV —
    She will help to make your show a lot of fun!
    She has personality, and she’s clever as can be —
    That’s the reason why you ought to pick ME!”

    Wanda has supported World Vision and Children International kids for twenty years, and donations for Care, Oxfam, Doctors Without Borders, and several other organizations come automatically out of her checking account every month. Participating in this three-day fast will be another way of showing support for what she believes in, a life lived for others.

    Wanda has been a high school English teacher for 32 years.. She has a son and a daughter and has had 25 foster children and three foreign exchange students (from Germany, Ukraine, and Norway) live with her over past years. She is chairman of the Potter County Planning Commission, vice president of the local fire company auxiliary, a trustee of the local library, vice president of the Keystone Trails Association, a board member of the Susquehannock Trail Club, and former president of the Potter County Foster Parent Association. The school yearbook was dedicated to her in 1998 and 2009.

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    Mike Skupin joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/mike-skupin/ http://fastdarfur.org/mike-skupin/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2009 05:40:24 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2613 michael_290You’ll remember Mike “Scoop” Skupin from CBS’s hit reality show SURVIVOR “THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK”. This popular show became the most watched show in the history of television. Mike was the guy who was headed for the winning circle when he tragically passed out into a fire and was medi-vaced by helicopter to the hospital. 5 different burn surgeons told Mike he’d have to have skin graft surgery to repair his hands. After 10 days in the intensive care unit, as Mike was being wheeled to surgery, the chief of surgery removed his bandages and said “I’ve been the Chief of Surgery in the number one burn center in Australia for 35 years and what’s happened to your hands is medically in-explainable.

    Mike’s story is incredibly inspirational about how his hands were miraculously healed and life’s lessons he learned in the Outback. Mike talks about how stripped of everything familiar to him including food, shelter, electronics, cell phones, pagers, family and friends, he was able to see so much more clearly the life he was missing out on. Mike is determined to reach peoples souls with a very encouraging and endearing message of family, priorities, and life’s lessons. Mike uses humor, exciting stories, dramatic videos from the Outback and combines them into an adventure story. His popularity has only increased since the show aired in 2001 as his “post-survivor” events have landed him in the national headlines on seven different occasions as he has survived a burning building, a plane crash, being pepper sprayed by activists and a potential US Senate race.

    Mike has always been the exception to the rule and has been described as adventurous, a thrill-seeker, and a risk taker. One of four children born just 5 years apart, Mike and family suffered the loss of his father to cancer when he was only four. But with the support of a wonderful mother and God’s blessing, he was overcame that and was successful in school, sports and business career.

    Besides motivational speaking and a book he is co-authoring with Steven Covey, Ken Blanchard and Brian Tracy called “Discovering Your Inner Strength) (due out this summer), his career has consisted of office equipment sales where he was ranked #1 nationally 6 years in a row of 3,500 employees, surgical and operating room equipment sales with a billion dollar company where he was ranked 2nd nationally , and serving as a barefoot water-ski instructor. Michael also co-founded a software publishing and distribution company in 1992 where he currently serves as president. Through creative distribution and downloads, his company has produced over 25 million CD’s….more than Brittany Spears and N’sync combined!

    Mike has spoken almost 2,000 times to over 8 million people at live events and over one billion people through television, radio and print media. He speaks all over the world at schools, churches, camps, corporate events, stadium events and has made a lifetime commitment to sharing motivational and inspirational messages. Mike has several messages including; Breaking the “I Can’t” Attitude, “How To Motivated in an Unmotivated World”, “Leadership & What makes Great Leaders” “Several Customized Sales Training Programs”, “How to Have a Genuine Relationship with Your Family”, “Destructive Behaviors and How to Avoid them Permanently”

    Originally from Farmington Hills, Michigan, Skupin currently lives in White Lake, Michigan with his wife Karen and their 7 children. Michael (20), Kalyn (18), Brandon (13), Emily (12), Jaclyn (11), Leo (7) and Kristie (3).

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    Dr. Scout Cloud Lee joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/dr-scout-cloud-lee/ http://fastdarfur.org/dr-scout-cloud-lee/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2009 02:38:11 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2605 scout-cloud-leeIf you like Will Rogers , you’ll love Scout! When a director of the Smithsonian Institute met Scout on the set of STAR TREK: The New Generation, he exclaimed,…”Young Lady, I would cast your image in bronze and stand it in the Smithsonian to represent ‘The Spirit of the Pioneering Woman in America today!”

    Dr. Scout Cloud Lee is a master of “LIVING YOUR DREAMS”. She is a breathtakingly, inspirational, motivational entertainer…a type of

    “Moti-Edu-Tainer”. She is a speaker, author, story-teller par excellent, corporate executive and corporate trainer, song-writer, singer, musician, and artist…and she has a story to tell. Scout is a CHEERLEADER FOR THE 21st CENTURY who knows all about “pulling herself up by the bootstraps”. She has survived divorce, bankruptcy, artificial knee and shoulder replacements, terminal cancer, the near loss of her greatest love, and 38 days on the CBS hit show, Survivor. She has now become a Master of Celebration and a stunning feminine model of “LIVING YOUR DREAMS”.

    One of her books, THE CIRCLE IS SACRED, openly presents ancient wisdoms and contemporary spirituality as a vital part of RESPIRITING ORGANIZATIONS in the new millennium. A more recent book, SWORN TO FUN: Celebrate Every Little Thing, is a collection of profound TOOLS for Re-creating our life and our world on a daily basis. She has five completed books currently being pitched, the latest of which is a formula for co-creating with God. It is called, THE FORMULA: Playing With God. Scout is a female Will Rogers, presenting her truths in a riveting, yet simple, spell-binding, down-home way.

    How we individually participate in the creation of our lives is at the core of Scout’s work, play, and music. Scout walks her talk! She picked up a hammer and built her own hogan-style home, ranch house, cabins, and ceremonial village. She is internationally known for a communication technology known as “THE EXCELLENCE PRINCIPLE”, and corporate trainings called “THE CHALLENGE OF EXCELLENCE” and “TRACKING PEAK PERFORMANCE”. Some of her steady clients include The United States Postal Service, The Federal Aviation Administration, The Department of Transportation, Ford Motor Company, Kimberly-Clark, The Chickasaw Nation, Johnson and Johnson, and The Institute for Management Studies. Her basis of appeal extends from keynoting IBM International and corporate training in Washington, D.C. to writing and performing music globally.

    In the last few years, Scout has added her own original “Global Gypsy Rock and Country Funk Music” and cowgirl poetry to her motivational shows. Her music is UP-BEAT and TOE-TAPPIN’…and deeply moving in it’s message. Scout’s latest CD’s, MOUNTAIN MOVIN’ MEDICINE , LOVE MEDICINE, HOME

    ON THE RANCH, AND CLOUD 9 are joyful statements of the truth of her “medicine” for the 21st Century. To experience Scout is to come away knowing that “Dreams Really Do Come True”.

    Scout is more than an expert on LIVING YOUR DREAMS. She is a person with charisma and that special ability to walk on stage and grab any audience until all you can hear is the sound of the audience breathing. She is a MOTIVATIONAL MASTER with stage presence, courage, charisma, and a moving message for our New Millennium. She is simply spellbinding as she weaves together original stories, songs, challenges to move us all into the middle of our deepest desires. She’s FUN!

    Some of Scout’s favorite topics include: Pumped Up and Powerful, Survive and Thrive, Celebrating Differences Differently, The Change That Changes Changing, and The Formula: For Getting What You Really, Really, Really Want. Scout’s fees are on a sliding scale ranging from $1,200 to 5,000 per day, plus expenses.

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    Janu Tornell joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/janu-tornell/ http://fastdarfur.org/janu-tornell/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2009 02:28:48 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2602 janutJanu Tornell is of Cuban/Mexican heritage and a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. She currently is a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she teaches Spanish and French. She recently finished her 14 year career as a Folies Bergere lead showgirl at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. She appeared in many media outlets for the Folies Bergere as their spokesperson. In 2004, she left the stage to be part of the cast of Survivor Palau on CBS. “My experience on Survivor is one that will forever be in my heart and mind as it solidified the significance of appreciation for what I am blessed with in this life.” She was asked by her fellow Survivor tribe mate and friend Coby Archa to take part in this fight for the people of Darfur her only answer was “Count me in!” “It is important to stand up for the less fortunate”. She hopes that everyone joins in on this most urgent cause.

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    Kimberly D. Mullen joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/kimberly-d-mullen/ http://fastdarfur.org/kimberly-d-mullen/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2009 02:18:15 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2597 kimKimberly D. Mullen currently resides in Manhattan and works in finance. Ms. Mullen was a contestant on Survivor Palau and is a former Miss USA contestant (Miss Ohio USA 2002), fashion model and entertainment professional having lived and worked in Miami, NYC, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Europe. She’s a graduate of The Ohio State University where she earned her degree in International Studies & Arabic, Political Science and Psychology. Ms. Mullen received the prestigious State of Ohio Award of Recognition for her outstanding achievements in academics, social awareness and charitable contributions. She also pursued a Master of Humanities degree as a graduate student at Wright State University. Her interests include traveling, sports (i.e. college football, soccer, etc), learning new languages/cultures, SCUBA diving, working out, contemporary art, movies, literature and skydiving. She supports such charities as UNICEF, International Red Cross, Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness, Tribeca Film Institute, Suicide Awareness, Volunteers of America, and American Cancer Socety.

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    Day 2 http://fastdarfur.org/day-2-4/ http://fastdarfur.org/day-2-4/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2009 17:53:58 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2594 I spent some time this morning trying to educate myself more about news on Darfur and actions individuals and organizations could take. I don’t consider myself a dramatically emotional person, but I usually find myself crying when I visit fastdarfur.org. In our culture, I still hear people say things which I would translate, “strong men don’t cry.” Just as sadly, I hear professional women apologizing for tears, at moments when they seem entirely appropriate to me. How has this developed in our culture? Tears are one entirely appropriate response to oppression. Outrage, is at times equally appropriate. Given the facts of atrocities, I wish there were many, many more tears, and that they resulted in more commitment, strength, and action. Indifference is the one reaction that seems entirely unacceptable. . . . If more men could cry, I believe there would be fewer wars.

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    Day 1 http://fastdarfur.org/day-1-3/ http://fastdarfur.org/day-1-3/#comments Sun, 28 Jun 2009 15:49:29 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2591 On fasting. As I begin, I am uneasy with the public nature of this fast. I think of fasting as more private, personal, spiritual in nature. I was intrigued by an email received by Jon Foreman and Jon’s reply. Both sides of these arguments resonate with me. I am very comfortable and supportive of the aspect of this fast as non-violent protest and to increase pressure for political will. If more people become more educated by this effort, as I have been, I am glad. If one of these people takes action in a way that makes a positive difference in the life of a person suffering in Darfur today, or helps to avert some future genocide, I celebrate. I would be horrified to think I would have any effect of provoking feelings of guilt in others. To do so I would be a hypocrite, as may become clearer below. I start from where I am and move forward; and this would be my encouragement to others. I also disagree with the Wikipedia writer on one point, “A hunger strike cannot be effective if the fact that it is being undertaken is not publicized so as to be known by the people who are to be impressed, concerned or embarrassed by it.” While I believe it is important that this fast be public, the voice of one oppressed person crying in solitude does not go unheard. Nor the person who choses to do so for reasons expressed by others here.

    On this community. I am honored to be a part of the community fasting in solidarity. I am humbled to be fasting in solidarity with those in the region of Darfur for whom fasting is not an option. As I begin, I am so aware of the differences. As my wife lies in bed asleep beside me, I have no thought of our security. No soldier with guns will burst through our door. We actually have a door. A refrigerator is around the corner, even though I choose to avoid it. What is going through the mind of Adam, or Dajhima, or Amouna as they rise to a new day as mine is ending? Yet, perhaps our desires for our children are very similar. Our longing for peace, the same.

    Why I fast. I fast for peace. Yet, do I really know the whys? A very wise man once asked me why the company I founded gives away half its profits. I gave him my standard 2 minute answer to the question. He pondered, and then said, “So you don’t really know why you do this.” I have never forgotten the wisdom of his observation. Sometimes we think we know, but do we really? So instead of trying to answer this question, I thought I’d give my history with respect to genocide. This is not world history, it is simply my personal history:

    Armenia. I was not alive. I feel no responsibility. Yet somehow, I am connected.

    First nations, e.g. the trail of tears. The United States is my country. I associate with the people group we call Americans. I am proud of some of our values and traditions. Others make me cringe or recoil. We have our own genocide. Some day an American president will call it what it was and symbolically ask forgiveness. Could it be the current president? Will this happen in my lifetime? Did my ancestors take part? Have I? Yes, for every thought of prejudice, for any thought that borders ignorance approaching hatred, I have taken part.

    The Holocaust. As a boy in 8th grade history class I first learned about genocide. I was incredulous. I could understand how nations could fight over a border dispute or control or power or “preemptively.” But I had no concept of people killing another person nor being purposefully cruel to another human being because of race, skin color, physical features, or religion. For my Jewish friends, this was not new history; for me it was an awakening. One from which I could not go back or hide. I can’t explain why, but the injustice of it, the cruelty, would not leave my consciousness. I didn’t choose genocide as a cause; it chose me as a life commitment. I believe it started at age 13. Although only a couple of decades in prior history, this genocide still had the aspect of ancient history. I believed “never again.” I was so glad we had the example that would cause us to never let it happen again.

    Cambodia. I was 19. This was the first genocide on my watch and it felt that way. But I felt utter powerlessness. Fully distraught. It was half a world away. It might as well have been another planet.

    Rwanda. I was distracted in starting a new company. The father of young children. Yet I can close my eyes and still see the images of the first report I read of a plane going down with two African presidents. Then more images on the news. The world was now a much smaller place. This was on my watch, and in my back yard. I was not powerless, but I failed the Rwandan people. The Interahamwe played the Western and outside world and won, long enough to take the life of 1 in 8 Rwandans. Afterwards, I knew I was one with Rwandans. I had failed my own people.

    Darfur. I know and have met Darfuris. This is the first genocide declared a genocide by a currently serving American president. I no longer feel powerless. I am not ignorant of the atrocities. I commit to acting. I am not alone.

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    Fasting http://fastdarfur.org/fasting/ Thu, 25 Jun 2009 06:28:51 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2567 “We run with only the clothes on our body, nothing else.” I’m trying to go through the day thinking of that first day story I have heard over and over again, the escape from Darfur. Today, I am fasting water-only. The people fleeing their village do not have time to grab provisions for the long walk across the desert. They usually have no idea where they are going or if they will be chased and killed; many are. They do not have the luxury of water, as I do.

    I have read most, if not all, of the journals submitted by Darfur Fast for Life participants, and so many mention how our experience cannot come close to that of the displaced because we know when and where our next meal will come. It is absolutely true. They, on the other hand, run during the night and hide during the day. Some are ambushed at water points, janjaweed knowing that their targets will be driven by thirst to where water might be found.

    Through one day of fasting, I am experiencing a little headache–but no fear or uncertainty. I have full bottles of water and snacks that I can eat anytime, if I wish. I have never in my life had to wonder IF I’ll have a next meal or next drink of water. One of our consistent problems back home is having to decide WHERE to go eat: should it be mexican; middle eastern; a turkey burger at Fatburger; fish tacos at Sharkeyz; the local Redondo Beach Cafe; GoodStuff’s healthy meals on the strand; huge plates at all-you-can-eat The Wok Mongolian BBQ; and so many more. Now I’m really wanting to eat, but not tuna and nuts, our staple food in Chad.

    It is now dark in Guereda, the little town we are in. Thinking about the people that are just a few miles away living in refugee camp Kounoungou, I know that for them, during the escape, the darkness gave them some security. They would restart their walk towards the west and the Chad border–hungry, thirsty, afraid. I wonder if the parents would lie to their children and tell them, “It’s OK, we will soon find food and water,” even though many never did and were left in the desert. I think I would lie to my children, and probably to myself.

    Peace,
    Gabriel

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    Randy Newcomb http://fastdarfur.org/randy-newcomb/ http://fastdarfur.org/randy-newcomb/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2009 05:15:51 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2561 Humanity United CEO, Randy Newcomb, joins fast! More to come.

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    Day 2::: http://fastdarfur.org/day-2-3/ http://fastdarfur.org/day-2-3/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2009 05:55:25 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2560 A few months after my final Olympic Games in 2006 I was invited to travel to Chad to visit with refugees with the American Red Cross. We traveled from camp to camp, and although the heat of summer had long since passed it was still dry and hot in that region of the world. We visited a camp of more than 30,000 people, mostly women and children from Darfur. The children laughed and followed us around giggling and smiling for pictures (they loved to see their images reflected back on the tiny LCD screens of our digital cameras). When we asked why there were so few men in this camp we were told that some of the men had stayed behind to fight for their homes, and try and raise crops on their native lands in case it became safe to return. Many more had been killed, leaving behind their wives and children who had walked miles through the desert to arrive in this camp alone and with nothing.

    While we were in this camp we were invited to the distribution tent where rations from the World Food Program were being handed out. The women patiently stood in a long line and as they wove through a giant tent they collected their share of grain (sorghum or wheat), legumes, salt, and oil for cooking. Each amount was carefully measured out and then poured into well worn bags or jugs then placed on the women’s head and she would walk back to the tiny little square of land in the camp where a plastic tarp was the roof of her and her children’s home. They told us that the women would mix the grain and legumes and oil and make something like a cake that would be the family meal, twice per day.

    Today I ate something like the equivalent of those rations. A handful of rice and beans in the morning and the same for a small dinner. All told this was just about 1000 calories. Refugee rations will keep someone alive, but it will also keep someone from ever reaching their potential as a person. At that level, children will not grow to the size they are meant to be, the brain doesn’t develop to the level that it could, and no one is never really satisfied. Of course, it is a much better alternative than eating nothing at all.



    We know that one of the most effective tactics used against the millions of refugees and internally displaced people within Darfur is attacks against humanitarian groups who bring in these life giving supplies. It is a despicable act of cowardice against defenseless women and children and those that would aid the innocent. The thing that struck me about that camp was not that the people I met were in imminent danger, but how very vulnerable they were. There is no where to go from these camps. If the food does not make it in to the camps, it is only a matter of days before people are starving. Recently reports have been trickling out of Chad that in addition to back and forth attacks by Chad and Sudanese governments, there have been attacks on refugee camps containing these tens of thousands of women and children.

    I am grateful that today I got my rations, I hope our political leaders can find a way for the millions of innocents to at least get theirs.



    – Joey

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    June 20th, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/joey-cheek-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ http://fastdarfur.org/joey-cheek-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/#comments Sun, 21 Jun 2009 08:08:57 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2540 The sun is now setting on world refugee day and the clock is quickly closing in on my first willing 24 hours without eating. I’ve almost completed day one of my three day fast for Darfur. I realized today, that with the exception of an occasional stomach bug, I’ve never in my life gone more than a few hours without eating. What a remarkable thing… That I have spent almost 30 years on this earth and never known what it feels like to go to bed on an empty stomach. I know that tonight across America there will be millions unwillfully going hungry, and worldwide more than a billion will do so. I know that I am blessed for having never faced a hunger for the very basic needs of humanity. That is what makes this fast so important to me.

    When this fast was first mentioned to me I really didn’t see much merit in my participation. I have spoken out about the suffering in Darfur for a number of years. I have felt an activist’s frustration in pouring your heart in an issue to see little. and sometimes even negative, progress. I have also seen some of the most brilliant and caring individuals who have spent their life trying to end these atrocities against our fellow man. As a now former athlete in a small sport, my media star does not burn quite as brightly as it once did, so I was not sure that my fasting would really have any impact in the world other than me being somewhat cranky (I am renowned amongst my family and friends as being INTOLERABLE to be around when I haven’t eaten). But over the last few days I have begun to think about this fast differently.

    I sent out notes to friends and family and told them I would be participating in a fast for Darfur, leading up to my 30th birthday. Almost instantly word began to trickle in from athletes, friends, people who followed me as a speedskater but that I have not met, that they would be joining with me as I fast. Each of these people are willing to make a sacrifice for people they have never met, simply because they feel it is the right thing to do! There are many terrible things that happen in this world, and the murdering in Darfur must end, but I constantly find my faith in people renewed. This fast itself may not help to end suffering, but I guarantee it will make us more aware of the injustices around us. Once people become truly aware, then the world begins to change.

    These people in Darfur, our brothers and sisters, can be saved – lets keep up the fight.

    Joey

    PS – Apologies for any spelling/grammatical mistakes, I’m not the most careful editor even when my head is totally clear!

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    Day 3 http://fastdarfur.org/day-3-2/ Sat, 20 Jun 2009 15:59:22 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2537 My thoughts are with the refugees in Chad and Darfur today. It is National Refugee Day on Saturday and our leaders in Washington seem to be rallying to the cause. Unfortunately, Secretary Clinton broke her elbow yesterday on a way to an appearance with Angelina Jolie to commemorate the day. Hope this amazing woman, who has done and is doing so much to bring the plight of refugees into the public eye, makes a quick recovery.


    Again, Gabriel Stauring’s video from Day 5 in the camp and the teams’ blogs really inspired me to stay on the fast for MOST of the day. The picture of the children, unsmiling, fighting for crumbs of cookies is heartbreaking.


    Now let me be honest – I did break my fast 4 hours early. I am at work, on my third 14 hour day. Hypoglycemia, I am realizing, really IS a real thing. I got dizzy, lost concentration, and broke down in tears in my trailer. After my cry I had a banana and some peanut butter crackers at my boyfriend’s urging. (Or should I say – at my boyfriend’s threat of committing me to a mental institution.)


    Since I am now a bit more lucid, I am thinking about all I’ve read about women and children, whole families in Darfur being burned out of their homes and having to walk for weeks or months with little or no food. I think of a 12 year old boy’s courage who watched his brother and best friend die of starvation and dehydration on the long lonely march. I picture him sitting under a tree, exhausted and without hope but in the end choosing to go on.


    You, little one, are inspiring me to go easy on myself for having “failed”. I will probably never experience anything close to the horrific challenges you continue to endure. But if I do, I hope that I will be as brave and strong like you and like all of the people of Darfur.


    I will meet you one day. I will share cookies with you under a tree. I will celebrate your hard won freedom. But right now, I Thank-you.


    You have given me hope.

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    Rabbis Across the Globe Join in Fast for Darfur http://fastdarfur.org/rabbis-across-the-globe-join-in-fast-for-darfur/ Thu, 18 Jun 2009 21:16:38 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2530
    At least 80 rabbis in five countries will fast with Rabbi David Saperstein “as a protest and as an emblem of solidarity” with the people of Darfur



    From sundown last night until sundown tonight, 80 rabbis across five countries are participating in a water-only fast to call attention to the lack of aid for victims of the genocide in Darfur. In addition, many others, including cantors and lay leaders, have joined in the fast.

    Yesterday afternoon, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, attended a meeting at the State Department, where U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration expressed his appreciation and encouragement for all those participating in the fast.


    Rabbi Saperstein began a three-day, water-only fast on the evening of Monday, June 15th, and invited rabbis of all four major streams of American Judaism (Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Orthodox) to join him for the final stretch of his fast. Participants include rabbis from the United States, Canada, Israel, Mexico and England; a full list is included below.

    On April 27th, Rabbi Saperstein was arrested in his third act of civil disobedience calling attention to the situation in Darfur, this time with longtime civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis, other members of Congress and leaders of Darfur advocacy groups. He now joins a long line of politicians, celebrities and activists in carrying on a water-only fast begun that day by actress Mia Farrow to call for the restoration of humanitarian aid to the people of Darfur. On May 9th, Farrow’s doctor ordered her to end her hunger strike due to serious health risks; since then, others have carried on the fast for her. More information about the chain of fasters can be found at www.fastdarfur.org.

    Speaking to the importance of the fast, Rabbi Saperstein issued the following statement: “Activists around the world have committed to continuously pounding the drumbeat for Darfur. U.S. Special Envoy Scott Gration is working hard to negotiate a restoration of the humanitarian aid and to restart a just peace process, and recent reports indicate that he is making progress in his negotiations. Yet negotiations about returning aid groups have not yet achieved real results, so beginning last night, the stomachs of 80 of our Jewish leaders go hungry to draw attention to those dying in Darfur, urging the restoration of aid to the people of Sudan.


    “Fasting is a traditional part of Judaism, usually accompanying the memory of a great tragedy or deep repentance. But here we must do a fast as a protest and as an emblem of solidarity with the individuals in the camps, sharing the plight of too many in Darfur –water but too little food. Let us do everything possible to ensure that this will be the last fast necessary to draw attention to the urgent need for both relief and long-lasting peace in Sudan.”


    It has been more than three months since Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir expelled humanitarian aid groups from the country. Despite assurances that Sudan will allow international NGOs into the country and close existing humanitarian gaps, the situation has worsened. Aid groups report that efforts to send aid to those who need it are unsustainable and insufficient. The onset of the rainy season will likely lead to mass migration and water-borne disease epidemics in internally displaced persons camps, putting, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon predicted, more than 1 million people at life-threatening risk.



    Follow along with live updates of the fast at Twitter.com/theRAC, and visit the RACblog for blog posts from Rabbi Saperstein and participating rabbis.


    Partial list of rabbis fasting for Darfur:


    · Rabbi David Saperstein, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (Washington, DC)


    · Rabbi Alan Henkin, Union for Reform Judaism Congregational Support Center – West (Northridge, CA)


    · Rabbi Alan Lachtman, Temple Beth David (Temple City, CA)


    · Rabbi Alyssa Ralston, Congregation Rodef Sholom (San Rafael, CA)


    · Rabbi Avi Schulman, Temple Beth Torah (Freemont, CA)


    · Rabbi Arthur Gross-Schaefer, Loyal Marymount University Hillel (Los Angeles, CA)


    · Rabbi Camille Angel, Congregation Sha’ar Zahav (San Francisco, CA)


    · Rabbi Douglas Kohn, Congregation Emanu El (San Bernadino, CA)


    · Rabbi Eve Ben-Ora, Jewish Community Center San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)


    · Rabbi Haim Asa, Temple Beth Tikvah (Fullerton, CA)


    · Rabbi Hillel Cohn, Congregation Emanu El (San Bernadino, CA)


    · Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz, Temple Beth Israel (Pomona, CA)


    · Rabbi Marty Lawson, Temple Emanu-El (San Diego, CA)


    · Rabbi Linda Bertenthal, Union for Reform Judaism (Encino, CA)


    · Rabbi Roberto Graetz, Temple Isaiah (Lafayette, CA)


    · Rabbi Steven Rueben, Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation (Pacific Palisades, CA)


    · Rabbi Elisheva Salamo, Keddem Congregation (Palo Alto, CA)


    · Rabbi Pam Frydman Baugh, OHALAH: Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal (San Francisco, CA)


    · Rabbi Karen Bender, Temple Judea (Tarzana, CA)


    · Rabbi Leah Lewis, Leo Baeck Temple (Los Angeles, CA)


    · Rabbi Stanley Kessler, Beth El Temple (West Hartford, CT)


    · Rabbi Charles Feinberg, Adas Israel Congregation (Washington, DC)


    · Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, Ohev Sholom (Washington, DC)


    · Rabbi David Oler, Congregation Beth Or (Deerfield, IL)


    · Rabbi David Young, Temple Sinai of North Dade (North Miami Beach, FL)


    · Rabbi Isaac Serotta, Lakeside Congregation (Highland Park, IL)


    · Rabbi Laurence Edwards, Congregation Or Chadash (Chicago, IL)


    · Rabbi Michael Zedek, Emanuel Congregation (Chicago, IL)


    · Rabbi Eric Siroka (Temple Beth El, South Bend, IN)


    · Rabbi Susan Silverman (Israel)


    · Rabbi Alexandria Shuval-Weiner, The Temple-Congregation B’nai Jehudah (Overland Park, KS)


    · Rabbi Debbie Stiel, Temple Beth Sholom (Topeka KS)


    · Rabbi Debra Kassoff, Temple Emanu-El (Marblehead, MA)


    · Rabbi Jonathan Kraus, Beth El Temple Center (Belmont, MA)


    · Rabbi Raphael Kanter, Tifereth Israel Congregation (New Bedford, MA)


    · Rabbi Shoshana Perry, Congregation Shalom (N. Chelmsford, MA)


    · Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt, Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Potomac, MD)


    · Rabbi Susan Shankman, Washington Hebrew Congregation (Potomac, MD)


    · Rabbi Phil Posner (Ajijic, Mexico)


    · Rabbi Adam Spilker, Mount Zion Temple (St Paul, MN)


    · Rabbi Jared Saks, Temple Israel (Minneapolis, MN)


    · Rabbi Alan Cohen, Congregation Beth Shalom in Kansas City (Kansas City, MO)


    · Rabbi James Stone Goodman, Congregation Neve Shalom (Creve Coeur, MO) and Central Reform Congregation (St. Louis, MO)


    · Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (Jackson, MS)


    · Rabbi Batsheva Meiri, Congregation Beth Hatephila (Asheville, NC)


    · Rabbi Bradley Bleefeld, Temple Beth Hillel-Beth Abraham of Carmel (Vineland, NJ)


    · Rabbi David Nesson, Morristown Jewish Center (Morristown, NJ)


    · Rabbi Debra Hachen, Temple Beth El of Northern Valley (Closter, NJ)


    · Rabbi Geri Chaikin, Temple Shaari Emeth (Manlapan, NJ)


    · Rabbi Rabbi Kim S. Geringer, Temple Sha’arey Ha-Yam (Barnegat, NJ)


    · Marcus Burstein, Temple Har Shalom (Warren, NJ)


    · Rabbi Michael Goldstein, Temple Beth Torah (Ocean, NJ)


    · Rabbi Michael Pont, Temple Beth Ahm (Aberdeen, NJ)


    · Rabbi Gerald M. Kane, Temple Beth-El (Las Cruces, NM)


    · Rabbi Avi Weiss, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (Bronx, NY)


    · Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell (Temple Concord, Binghamton, NY)


    · Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz (Central Conference of American Rabbis (New York City, NY)


    · Rabbi Jennifer Jaech, Temple Israel of Northern Westchester (Croton-on-Hudson, NY)


    · Rabbi Josh Davidson, Temple Beth El North Westchester (Chappaqua, NY)


    · Rabbi Marim Charry (Great Neck, NY)


    · Rabbi Mark Hurvitz, Davka.org (New York City, NY)


    · Rabbi Paula Drill, Orangetown Jewish Center (Orangeburg, NY)


    · Rabbi Paula Winnig, Temple Sinai of Long Island (Lawrence, NY)


    · Rabbi Theodore Tsuroka, Temple Isaiah of Great Neck (Great Neck, NY)


    · Rabbi Yocheved Mintz, Valley Outreach Synagogue (Las Vegas, NV)


    · Rabbi Eddie Sukol (The Shul, Pepper Pike, OH)


    · Rabbi Frank Muller, Congregation Rodef Shalom (Youngstown, OH)


    · Rabbi Stephen Wise, Shaarei-Beth El Congregation (Oakville, ON)


    · Rabbi Jack Paskoff, Congregation Shaarai Shomayim (Lancaster, PA)


    · Rabbi Merryl Crean, Martins Run Senior Residential Community (Media, PA)


    · Rabbi Michael Holzman, Congregation Rodeph Shalom (Philadelphia, PA)


    · Rabbi Robert Rubin, Adath Israel (Merion Station, PA)


    · Rabbi Shawn Zevit, Jewish Reconstructionist Federation (Jenkintown, PA)


    · Rabbi Brian Zimmerman, URJ Congregational Support Center – South (Dallas, TX)


    · Rabbi Nancy Kasten (Dallas, TX)


    · Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, New North London Synagogue (Finchley, London, UK)


    · Rabbi Gilah Dror, Rodef Sholom Temple (Hampton, VA)


    · Rabbi Jeffrey Saxe, Temple Rodef Shalom (Falls Church, VA)


    · Rabbi Jonathan Brown, Beth El Congregation (Winchester, VA)


    · Rabbi Rosalind Gold, Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation (Reston, VA)

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    Maria’s Second Blog http://fastdarfur.org/marias-second-blog/ Thu, 18 Jun 2009 20:35:40 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2528 June 18, 2009
    Fast day 2


    Maria Bello’s Fast for Darfur from fastdarfur on Vimeo.

    I’m hungry and a bit bitchy today. Couldn’t sleep last night as empty stomach makes for noisy head. Noisy with petty concerns and vivid memories of times I have let down the people I love most. Funny, how when we are not “stuffing” our emotions with food, we are faced with icky feelings that we’d rather not look at.


    I tried my best to focus on the suffering people of Darfur. I read Gabriel’s blog and watched the videos from the last 4 days in the camp. And he wrote me about Achta, his friend who had lost two babies, one during their escape from Darfur and one at the camp. He was going to see her because she just had a new baby and she named it after him!


    And I emailed my Darfuri friend who has inspired me to do the fast. She has gone through so much and still would do anything to help her people. She reminded me that there is a straw that breaks the camel’s back, like in Iran right now. Enough tiny voices speak up for enough time that they will eventually become a loud chorus and that chorus will eventually drown out the evil and the change will come.


    Now at work, I am slowly but surely feeling better. Hypoglycemia is a real thing. It can make one crazy. But so can seeing your husband killed with a machete in front of you or your baby impaled with a sword and thrown on a fire.


    With that thought, maybe I’ll keep going for another day….


    Peace

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    STARVING FOR DARFUR http://fastdarfur.org/starving-for-darfur/ http://fastdarfur.org/starving-for-darfur/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2009 22:07:53 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2522 Maria Bello


    June 17, 2009


    Today I begin my fast for Darfur. My friend Blake Mycoskie passed the baton to me, so here I am. Fasting.


    I have done fasts in the past, (mainly to shrink my ass or enlarge my spirit!) but have never done one in solidarity and protest. Never drank only water for three days without some kind of selfish motivation to see me through. Now, here I am outside of Boston, Mass. doing one of the funniest movies I have ever been in and I am choosing to start this fast today.


    I have been so happy lately, which is somewhat rare for me. Laughs a minute with Adam Sandler and Kevin James and the crew. I live at the beach and have the day off today to just kick around. I should be eating lobster at Lobsta Land. But NOOOOO, instead I am trying to mix things up by drinking very hot, warm, lukewarm or cold water throughout the day, hoping that my body functions that are usually awakened with caffeine will be woken up. And Why?


    Because people are dying.


    Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children in Darfur have been systematically murdered in Omar al-Bashir’s campaign of genocide and millions have been left homeless. Now, after years of continuing suffering, these courageous people have to face starvation on top of murder, mutilation, displacement and rape.


    So I am fasting in solidarity with my friend, Niemat Ahmadi whose family and friends are hungry and displaced in the camps in Darfur. I am fasting for the 40 young girls (as young as 4) who were brutally raped by the Janjaweed militia as reported in Halima Bashir’s incredible book, “Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur”. I am fasting because I am a mother and a human being, and because I know that if I am not apart of the solution I am apart of the problem.


    After 18 hours of not eating, I am now staring at the bag of sourdough pretzels on my kitchen counter. I am salivating. I am “starving”. ( Like I will ever really know what starving is really like. )


    I don’t know how much this fast will accomplish. Maybe a person or two will feel moved to go to the website and find out what they can do to help to stop the genocide and with enough of our voices we can finally put an end to it. Or maybe it will simply wake me up out of the haze of being a working mother, who is constantly worried about being able to support her son in this economy and if the new lines on my lips mean my career is over.


    Either way, today the people of Dafur stand clearly and strongly in my mind and I just want them to know, they are not alone.


    Mia, Richard, Pam, Blake, Rabbi and all the rest of you around the world who are joining this fast, I’m humbled and honored to be apart of this club.


    More tomorrow.

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    Rabbi Saperstein BLOG 6/17/09 http://fastdarfur.org/rabbi-saperstein-blog-61709/ http://fastdarfur.org/rabbi-saperstein-blog-61709/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2009 21:59:28 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2521 The latest on Darfur


    I just walked out of a meeting with General Scott Gration, President Obama’s Special Envoy to Sudan.  Here’s the latest on Darfur and Sudan:


    With regards to the internally displaced persons camps in Darfur, General Gration says that the efforts of the U.S., international community, outside groups to encourage the Sudanese government to allow aid back in is being felt with food aid growing again and approaching the levels it was before the eviction of the major aid groups. In other areas, such as health provision, the improvements are not yet so great but progress is being made. With some aid groups returning, or rather differently named aid groups being allowed entrance, there is some hope for the humanitarian situation in Sudan, although there is little question that all of the humanitarian groups will be operating very much at the mercy of the Sudanese government.  The Christian Science Monitor reports, “For now, aid officials believe many short-term needs are being met by aid groups and United Nations agencies that remained in Darfur. But they warn that the long-term impact could be devastating, particularly with the rainy season starting this month.”  It is critical that aid groups are allowed to enter and work quickly at high capacity.


    In the meantime, the New York Times reports that attacks on civilians and arbitrary arrests in Darfur continue, and violence in South Sudan has increased to a level greater than that in Darfur.  This weekend, dozens were killed in an attack on an aid convoy in South Sudan.


    General Gration recently returned from a whirlwind tour meeting with key international players who can contribute to a comprehensive peace process for Sudan.  As the North-South peace agreement remains tenuous, and as an election on Sudan’s leadership and a referendum on the future of Sudan’s unity approach, the crisis in Darfur is one of many factors General Gration is focusing on.  The State Department is hosting delegations from all the involved parties next week to try to get the peace process on the South back on track.


    Tonight over 70 rabbis from around the world will be joining me in my solidarity fast for Darfur.  Their efforts, and the activism of citizens around the world, have helped immensely in drawing the world’s attention to the crisis in Darfur, making it clear that increased death rates are not acceptable.  Now is the time to turn the increased attention into meaningful results on the ground.

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    Maria Bello Joins Darfur Fast For Life http://fastdarfur.org/maria-bello-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ http://fastdarfur.org/maria-bello-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2009 12:43:22 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2515 http://fastdarfur.org/maria-bello-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/feed/ 3 Ruth Messinger’s Journal #2 http://fastdarfur.org/ruth-messingers-journal-2/ http://fastdarfur.org/ruth-messingers-journal-2/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2009 21:14:18 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2511 I have found that access to water makes a difference in fasting. It is not only the water itself but the act of putting something in my mouth. This explains why in some situations where people are starving, they are known to eat dirt.


    A certain level of acceptance has settled in—as I walk through my day and watch other people eat, I think, food is for others. At the same time, there is the dull headache and increased level of confusion when tackling various intellectual tasks.


    I have thought often today of the people I met in various camps on my trips to Darfur and Chad. Do they have food? Are they hungry? In pain? How is it possible to deal with all of the most basic life challenges when one is perpetually hungry and somewhat confused?


    I feel a connection to those who are joining the fasting chain, even those I don’t know, because they have decided to put themselves out somewhat in order to create a link to the people of Darfur.

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    Rabbi Saperstein BLOG, 06/16/09 http://fastdarfur.org/rabbi-saperstein-blog-061609/ http://fastdarfur.org/rabbi-saperstein-blog-061609/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2009 20:19:22 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2508 Why I am fasting for Darfur.


    Today I find myself once again fasting for Darfur. My first fast for Darfur, which I did only a few days after being arrested with Representative John Lewis, four other members of Congress, and leaders of Darfur advocacy groups, was undertaken to underline the urgency of the suffering in the internally displaced persons camps in Darfur after President Bashir had expelled over a dozen aid groups from the region.


    Now, though, three months later, as I take up the same fast again, the situation has not materially improved.  Aid groups report that while they have covered some gaps, their efforts are neither sustainable nor sufficient.  Food and other supplies have been unable to be pre-positioned before the rainy season in necessary amounts. Aid groups report that hunger and water-borne diseases will spread in the rainy season, with feared results of mass migration. Children are disproportionately susceptible to the results of insufficient sanitation, food and medical supplies. Families in other parts of Sudan also suffer as aid groups were pushed out.


    All this while our hopes for a lasting peace in Sudan also dwindle, as reports of clashes in South Sudan has raised death rates to levels even higher than that of Darfur.


    On my last day of fasting, I am honored that rabbis from around the world will join in the fast.  Fasting is a traditional part of Judaism, usually accompanying the memory of a great tragedy or deep repentance.  But we cannot let this fast be a yearly activity, as our traditional fasts are.  If that is the case, it will mean the world will have allowed the children of Darfur to slowly die, not the quick deaths at the hands of the Janjaweed, but slow deaths of hunger and disease, while promises and negotiations fail to return life-saving aid to these displaced people.  Let us do everything possible to ensure that this will be the last fast necessary to draw attention to the urgent need for both relief and long-lasting peace for the people of Sudan.


    Together, activists around the world have committed to continuously pounding the drumbeat for Darfur, and Special Envoy Gration is working hard to negotiate a restoration of the humanitarian aid and to restart a just peace process and recent reports are that he is making progress in his negotiations. Yet they have still not been able to stop the suffering that is at once urgent and slow-moving. Negotiations about returning aid groups have not yet achieved real results. So, the stomachs of one group of our nation’s moral leaders will be hungering this Thursday to draw attention to people who are dying – urging the restoration of aid to the people of Sudan.

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    Ruth Messinger’s Journal http://fastdarfur.org/ruth-messingers-journal/ Mon, 15 Jun 2009 20:25:27 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2497 I am already amazed at the power of announcing that a cause is worth fasting for. People have sent e-mails with all sorts of opinions, and have approached me at events to wish me luck and ask about my motivation. Many people have inquired about the fast and many more have visited our website to join up to fast in solidarity.

    It is amazing when you have made a decision to fast how quickly it appears that food is everywhere; not even actual food—that I anticipated—but photos of food, articles about eating… as I go through my day and absorb just how much food is around us, I now think about Darfur, in a tangible reminder of the daily suffering experienced on the other side of the world as we concern ourselves with restaurants, dieting and organic produce.

    Every day I receive a variety of Darfur-related emails which I scan, read and delete as a matter of course. But today I am downloading each and reading it through carefully to keep front-and-center what I am doing and why. This fast is reminding me of the people on whose behalf we are organized and organizing that they may some day soon resume their lives.

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    James Michael joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/james-michael-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ http://fastdarfur.org/james-michael-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2009 13:32:03 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2457



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    My pre-fast blog http://fastdarfur.org/my-pre-fast-blog/ http://fastdarfur.org/my-pre-fast-blog/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2009 16:49:58 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2450 I need to begin with a disclaimer: I have been closely associated with DoctorsWithout Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres/MSF-USA for many years, as chairman of their US advisory board. I am not joining this fast in that capacity. For reasons expressed in a March 27, 2009 New York Times op ed, MSF has stayed out of Sudanese politics. I fully support this stance, and therefore must reiterate that I join FastDarfur as a private citizen acting on my own conscience, not as a representative of MSF.

    I will begin a 3 day fast on Friday, June 12. I don’t know what effect this small action will have, but it feels right to put a little fat (if not skin) in the game. It motivates me to think about other ways I can help as well. In trying to figure this out I came across a terrific piece in the soon-to-be-published issue of the New York Review of Books by Nick Kristof. Though conceding the complexity of the situation, he does conclude with six very reasonable-sounding actions which our government (not you or I, alas) can take:
    • Bring together members of Darfuri civil society—doctors, educators, leaders, and businesspeople among them—to form a common negotiating platform, so that there can be constructive peace talks (since the most plausible path to a solution is a negotiated peace agreement). A prominent Sudanese tycoon and philanthropist, Mo Ibrahim, is now pushing this approach in a project called Mandate Darfur. Sudan’s government blocked the Mandate Darfur peace talks this spring, with barely a murmur of protest from around the world, and it’s crucial that international pressure be focused on Khartoum to allow this initiative to proceed. This may be Sudan’s best hope.
    • Apply pressure on the Sudanese government to make concessions so that such a negotiated deal is more likely, while also putting pressure on Abdel Wahid and the rebels. One of the basic problems is that the international community hasn’t applied credible sticks or carrots to Khartoum. Carrots are difficult politically, but we can do more with sanctions (especially, going after the wealth of the Sudanese leaders in foreign banks), with international pressure from Arab countries (here Qatar has been helpful), and with military measures.
    • These military measures can include a no-fly zone. This doesn’t mean shooting any planes out of the air. Rather, when a Sudanese military aircraft bombs civilians in defiance of the UN ban on offensive military flights, Western forces can destroy a Sudanese fighter plane or helicopter gunship on the ground a few days later. For this purpose, the US could use aircraft from its military base in Djibouti, and France could use aircraft at its base in Abeché, in Chad. In a classified memo to the White House last year, the special envoy for Sudan, Ambassador Richard Williamson, also outlined other possible military measures, including jamming all telephones, radio signals, and television signals in Khartoum.
    • Nudge China into suspending arms deliveries to Sudan. This would terrify the Khartoum regime, at a time when it is arming for renewed war with the south, for China is its main arms supplier and trainer of its military pilots. China won’t suspend its oil purchases from Sudan, but it is conceivable that China would suspend military sales (which yield modest sums for China relative to the cost to its image).
    • Encourage some elements in the official Sudanese leadership to overthrow President Bashir, by suggesting that if this happens and they take steps to end the violence in Darfur, the US will normalize relations with Sudan. The other leaders will not be indicted by the ICC, so if they remove Bashir they can remove the albatross from Sudan’s neck. These other leaders also have blood on their hands, but they are far better than Bashir.
    • Give a signal that the US has no objection to its allies selling anti-aircraft missiles to south Sudan (that is easier than providing the missiles ourselves). This would deny Khartoum air control over the south, and thus reduce the chance that the north will attack the south and revive the north–south civil war.
    Kristof adds that “The lesson from places like Kosovo is that the most urgent need is less for sophisticated technical solutions than for political will to face the problem squarely.”
    That’s right. Can we find a way to translate the energy and dedication of FastDarfur into political will? I very much hope so.
    Richard Rockefeller, MD
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    Ruth Messinger joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/rush-messinger-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ Tue, 09 Jun 2009 22:20:10 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2446

    Ruth Messinger on Vimeo.

    AJWS President Asks Jewish Community to Fast with Her for Darfur
    Ruth Messinger to Jewish Community: Let our hunger instruct us to listen and act!


    To express solidarity with the people of Darfur, Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), will fast on the 15th and 16th of June and has invited the American Jewish community to fast with her for at least one of the two days.


    Messinger’s fast is part of the Darfur Fast for Life “fasting chain,” involving numerous congressmen and women, activists and entertainers who have agreed to fast in successive two-day blocks. The AJWS president says she is fasting so she can try to appreciate how it feels to be hungry and how difficult it is to function under those circumstances. AJWS has circulated a petition, along with a videotaped statement, to more than 70,000 supporters encouraging them to sign a pledge to join her.


    “Each day, in Darfur, mothers and fathers look into the suffering eyes of their children knowing, like all parents, that they would sacrifice anything for their children not to suffer, but also knowing that there is nothing they can do as long as they remain in limbo,” Messinger said in her videotaped statement. “A person can suffer no greater indignity than not being able to feed his or her children or prevent dehydration that is often deadly.


    “As difficult as it may be for us to function at a high level, during our fasts, this type of hunger is an everyday reality for hundreds of millions of people worldwide; it prevents children from learning and adults from working productively to sustain economies; but just as importantly, it undermines the very kind of belief in a better future that is the lifeline for the world’s most vulnerable.


    “For those of us fasting for Darfur, our hunger is a choice and a temporary state… But there are hundreds of millions worldwide – in Darfur and elsewhere – who feel powerless. They are crying, and we must hear them. Fast with me and let our hunger instruct us to listen. Fast with me and let our hunger instruct us to act.”


    To view Messinger’s entire statement and sign the petition, please visit ajws.org/darfurfast.


    About American Jewish World Service


    American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.


    SOURCE American Jewish World Service

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    Richard Rockefeller Joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/2445/ Tue, 09 Jun 2009 22:14:58 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2445 http://fastdarfur.org/2433/ http://fastdarfur.org/2433/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2009 18:08:02 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2433 I have failed. I am truly, sincerely sorry. I apologize to those of you on this site who have fasted as you’ve promised, to those of you who have worked so hard to make this site the amazing place of solidarity that it is, and to those of you who thought of me as someone who could stand by her word.

    I have learned a lot from this attempt to fast, much of it about myself and my own limitations, and none of that is appropriate for this blog. Suffice to say, however, I am grateful for the opportunity the fast gave me for some much needed reflection on the role of food in my life, and on my flaws both large and small.

    But, this is truly not about me.

    Here is what this IS about: the difficulties of being thrust against your will from the only home you’ve ever known, of having had to walk for many miles and days across an unforgiving landscape, of having to contend with fear and physical pain at every step–not only your own but those of the people you love most in the world— the strain of having to try to protect your children from your own position of powerlessness, of the constant gnawing anxiety and uncertainty that comes with not knowing what tomorrow might hold for you, or where you will lay your head in a week, whether or not you will ever be able to go back to your home and the home of your ancestors, and whether this nightmare will last for a week–a year–a decade–a generation–or forever.

    And all this you do while contending with a pain in your stomach. The cure for this pain is simple, and one you know well. But the cure is far off and not in your power.

    All this you do knowing that your children feel the same pain you do, perhaps worse.

    All this you try to do with the spirit of love and generosity required of you as a parent. And even perhaps with a sense of humor or optimism. It may sound impossible, yet in the people I have known who have suffered exactly all of these things, I have seen great humor and optimism and while these things have always astounded me, I now view them with newfound awe and respect.
    I failed with none of these millstones around my neck. Would I be one of the bodies littering the road on the walk to the camp? How, then would my children have fared, and who would have cared for them in my absence? How many people and personalities were “selected out” along the way?

    I have now come to see the camps as not only overflowing with the men and women I see, but also with the ghosts of the ones like me who never got there. I am riddled with weaknesses I never really needed to reflect upon because the circumstances of my life have never brought me into contention with them. I am buoyed by luxuries and comforts so prevalent I cannot even see them. I am lucky beyond measure. I thank God for my blessings.

    And I recommit to do my best by these women and men–they deserve food in their bellies, roofs over their heads and peace for their families.

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    Mohamed Suleiman joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/2431/ http://fastdarfur.org/2431/#comments Sat, 06 Jun 2009 19:43:18 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2431 While today I start fasting in solidarity with my people in Darfur, fasting is a norm in many homes and villages across Darfur. The world may react to the blood scenes or dead bodies to acknowledge that there are atrocities committed by the regime in Khartoum. Yet starvation and thirst could escape photographic or audio capture. This what Albashir counts on to keep Genocide grinding the lives of Darfur and squeeze life out of them. It is an evil plan of the Government of Sudan to rid Darfur of its original people. Expelling 13 international NGOs is a deliberate step to impose harsh living conditions further in Darfur. This expulsion has only one outcome: starvation, thirst, disease in Darfur.
    I salute Mia Farrow who initiated this fast for Darfur and for her tireless work to bring justice and lasting peace to the people of Darfur. I salute as well all the decent people who had and are participating in this noble human gesture: Fasting for Darfur.

    Mohamed Suleiman

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    Pam Omidyar rejoins the fast http://fastdarfur.org/2424/ http://fastdarfur.org/2424/#comments Sat, 06 Jun 2009 02:41:08 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2424 June 5, 2009

    This weekend, I am going to re-join the fast, water-only, for two days. It is important that the chain not be broken. We continue to fast — in solidarity with those who are being denied humanitarian aid in Darfur, who are being terrorized, bombed, and marginalized by their own government’s consent, all while those in power continue to make strong pronouncements against Khartoum yet refuse to exercise the real leadership necessary to stop the killing in Sudan. President Obama’s most recent trip to Cairo and Buchenwald is the latest example of this pattern of behavior. Strong words are a start, but they will not be sufficient to bring lasting peace to the people of Sudan.

    When will this chain of fasters end? When we see the global powers work seriously together to end the devastation in Sudan, when we see humanitarian aid not simply restored but not needed because Darfuris are back in their villages, planting their crops and grazing their animals. When the government of Sudan changes their behavior and works to improve the lives of all their citizens — north, south, east, west — and does not simply act in ways that servers only to centralize and preserve its own power.

    We will stop when the Obama Administration takes leadership and helps fully coalesce the international commitment to peace in Sudan. I encourage you to visit the “Is this Hope?” campaign to learn more — http://www.isthishope.com/

    I really liked what Omer Ismael, of Enough!, said “today we support the people of Darfur, tomorrow we support the people of Congo, the people of Uganda, then support the many other peoples of the world who are going through different difficult experiences…”

    How do we continue to build a global movement, an “ecosystem of change” as Peter Gabriel says, where those who have a voice can ensure that we collectively protect and nurture those whose voices are being silenced?

    Feeling much gratitude for all the fasters who have come before me and who will fast after me.

    Peace, p

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    Nikki Dryden’s Day 5 Video http://fastdarfur.org/nikki-drydens-day-5-video/ http://fastdarfur.org/nikki-drydens-day-5-video/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2009 19:29:15 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2423

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    Nikki Dryden’s Day 4 Blog http://fastdarfur.org/nikki-drydens-day-4-blog/ Fri, 05 Jun 2009 17:26:30 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2403 June 3, 2009

    Day 4

    I am on Day 4 of 5 of my Refugee Rations-only diet. While I feel lucky to be eating even the smallest amounts of food, the diet is bland and I find myself craving salt, flavoring, and anything that seems alive: fruit, vegetables, specifically something green or orange. In fact I crave anything but the beige rice, oatmeal, and lentils that I have been eating for the last four days.

    When I am not thinking about food, I am thinking about how my body feels. As an athlete I am very in tune with my body. Although I am no longer in elite shape, I still take cues from my body to tell me when I am overstressed, overworked, or not well. I take happiness in feeling energetic and strong. However today I feel none of these things. My mind wanders easily and I keep forgetting what I am doing. I can’t concentrate, I don’t want to work, and I am functioning at half speed. Am I just tired from work? Or is it really a lack of food that makes me fall into bed as if I have just finished a day of double work-outs, with 4 hours of swim practice.

    Then I think of the internally displaced people in Darfur and the refugees who have fled to neighboring countries. Last year when I worked for the Australian Government as a refugee visa officer I interviewed over 300 refugees from across Africa in 3 months. I heard story after story of torture and persecution. But more often than not, I heard stories of life in the refugee camps. Some were still in harms way, suffering violence and discrimination and even persecution within the camps. Still others would refuse to stay there, saying it was better to live in the dangerous neighborhoods of Nairobi where more than one of the women I interviewed was raped, than to live in a refugee camp.

    Whether it is fear of violence, insufficient nutrition, poor sanitation or lack of opportunity, I have heard many stories of what life is like in a refugee camp. Today I go to sleep feeling exhausted and hungry, but I am safe. I have a roof over my head, clothes on my body, a family whose location I know, and the physical ability and secure environment to do whatever I need to do to survive. I wish only that every refugee from Darfur could feel this way tonight too.

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    End of fast http://fastdarfur.org/end-of-fast/ http://fastdarfur.org/end-of-fast/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2009 18:48:25 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2395 Its only hours until the end of the fast and I can’t stop thinking about food. The thing about a fast is you have to be really careful how you come out of it, and that means no burger and fries as your first meal (!) but a half glass of OJ and sliced bananas. Earlier this afternoon I went to the grocery store and ended up spending an hour looking closely at food, reading labels, asking questions about organic versus non-organic, really comparison shopping.

    And then it hit me on my drive home from the store…I am sooooo unbelievably lucky that I have these food choices to consider. Not only do I have a choice about whether or not my OJ is organic when I first break my fast, but I get to choose to break it. The refugees of Darfur do not have a choice AT ALL. They have no say in when their next meal will be, much less what it will consist of. They have no choice but to live in fear of starvation and violence. I pray tonight, as I bless the food that will soon nourish my body, that someone somewhere reads this and the many other blogs, videos, and testimonials from the people of Darfur; I pray that someone will do something about it. And do something now before more needless lives are lost to this genocide.

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    ending fast http://fastdarfur.org/ending-fast/ http://fastdarfur.org/ending-fast/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2009 18:36:38 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2394 June 4, 2009

    Hello friends,

    Shannon and I broke fast on day 38, while in Morocco with The Elders. Her last blog was very moving and the feeling is mutual. But I promise to post a longer blog soon. Please know how much gratitude I feel for everyone who has fasted and has supported Darfur Fast for Life. I have no plans to end my commitment to peace in all of Sudan and will fast again in a heartbeat if it would bring more action and attention.

    Sending you much aloha and ubuntu,

    Pam

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    Why We Fasted — Enough Team http://fastdarfur.org/why-we-fasted-enough-team/ http://fastdarfur.org/why-we-fasted-enough-team/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2009 18:20:11 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2393 Over the weekend, members of the Enough team joined the Darfur Fast for Life to show solidarity with the people of Darfur and protest the ongoing violence and suffering orchestrated by the Sudanese government. After six years of conflict in Darfur, Sudan now has the largest displaced population in the world by far — nearly five million inside the country and an estimated 250,000 in neighboring Chad.

    Since the launch of the Darfur Fast for Life on March 27 by actress and activist Mia Farrow, numerous prominent activists and leaders have joined the thousands of concerned citizens who are part of this fasting chain, including musician Peter Gabriel, Representatives Donald Payne (D-NJ) and Ilena Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), British mogul Richard Branson, and filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail Disney.

    Here, members of the Enough team speak out about why they personally felt compelled to join the Darfur Fast for Life…

    “Fasting for a day was a great personal reminder of what we, as activists, are fighting for. While this simple sacrifice on my part is trivial in comparison to the situation millions face every day in Darfur, I wanted to take this action to be a part of a campaign, along with thousands of others, who continue to speak out and act despite the relative inaction of the international community.  We have a responsibility to keep up our fight in any and every way possible until the people of Sudan see peace.”  John B.

    “I wanted to be part of this fast because I feel like the public is getting complacent about the suffering in Darfur. I got involved in Darfur advocacy during my junior year of college, five years ago, and I find it appalling that the acute suffering continues. Now, with the expulsion of the major aid agencies in the region, the situation even threatens to worsen as the rainy season arrives this year. At this critical moment, it is important for us to do our job as activists: to keep Darfur in the news and weighing on the public’s conscience.” Laura

    “The Darfur Fast for Life has helped bring renewed attention to the suffering of people in Darfur. I wanted to take part because, as President Obama said, the genocide in Darfur is a ‘stain on our souls.’ After six years of death, hunger, illness, and devastation, our leaders need to act, but they won’t do it without our constant pressure. I wanted to be part of this collective voice calling for a sustainable and comprehensive peace in Sudan.” Summer

    For information about how to join the Darfur Fast for Life, click here.

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    Day 2 http://fastdarfur.org/day-2-2/ http://fastdarfur.org/day-2-2/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2009 16:07:55 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2380 It is almost 11 pm and I cannot sleep. This is the end of my second day of the fast. I have experienced many emotions and states of mind today that I did not expect.

    Backing up, the first day was uncomfortable. I was hungry but my mind seemed to be in a consistent state, unlike the ups and downs I have experienced today. Today I started out full of energy, then totally tanked and was hit with headaches. And now this evening I have a burning energy I cannot explain. It feels like I just had a double espresso, but my body has not had any caffeine in over 48 hours. I cannot sleep, and I am drawn to the fastdarfur.org website to read the blogs of those who have experienced “day 2” before me. Instead I land on the profiles and videos of the child refugees. I listen as one boy speaks about eating meat and drinking milk back home in Darfur and I cannot begin to imagine how deep and simple his desire for food and a normal life are at this very minute.

    Being displaced is inconceivable to me but I can tell, for lack of a better term, it just sucks. I know that is not the most poetic way to say it, but this is surely the way it seems and it is so infuriating to think that so many people are displaced at this very moment (robbed of their lifestyle, their health and so much more) and we as a nation have every power to change that, but we are not. We are sitting on the sidelines.

    I am not sure if my participation in this fast will make a difference to anyone that can do anything about it, but I know that 3 days is worth trying, and I would go 30 more if I knew it would change things, even for just one of the children’s profiles I have just read.

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    Stop Genocide Now Writes Open Letter to Obama to Help End Bloodshed in Chad http://fastdarfur.org/stop-genocide-now-writes-open-letter-to-obama-to-help-end-bloodshed-in-chad/ Wed, 03 Jun 2009 00:32:42 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2377 In today’s Salem-News: http://www.salem-news.com/articles/june022009/obama_lsetter.php

    “Last weekend you upheld your promise to Michele to take her to dinner and Broadway performance in New York. What about your promise to the Darfuri people?” -Alysha Atma, Stop Genocide Now

    (PORTLAND, Ore.) – The group Stop Genocide Now reports that one of the refugee camps in Chad has been bombed.

    “Not only is Al-bashir embolden enough to starve his own people by expelling the aid organizations he is now bombing them, AGAIN,” they report.

    The group’s Alysha Atma says people have the opportunity to use their voices for those that so desperately need it, and she is begging for the world’s assistance in reducing the rampant violence there.

    The group has drafted an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama seeking intervention and assistance:

    Dear President Obama

    During your campaign you said that you would listen, that all voices would be heard. Did that mean only those voices closest to you at that moment? I am yelling and many of my friends and family are yelling, LOUDLY, for Darfur. We asking that you now use your voice, to reach back into those fundamentals that ran your campaign on, to STAND UP and YELL for Darfur.

    I listened to you and believed in you, that you would be the change. You said that if we did not act for Darfur it would be a stain on humanity. Darfur is bleeding and those still fighting for peace believed in you and trusted you to YELL LOUDLY for them.

    I know that I am not the only one asking this of you, 600 people from 33 countries are fasting for Darfur. Fasting in solidarity for Darfur, standing together to act because we believe those in positions of authority who know what is right and just, could and should do more to alleviate their suffering and bring peace, protection, and justice to the people of Sudan.We fast for Darfur’s courageous people —because we yearn for a world where human rights are respected and a life of dignity is the legacy for every man, woman and child.

    Al-Bashir believes he is stronger rather than weaker or isolated–after blatantly starving his own people, he now feels emboldened to even bomb refugee camp areas. I cannot imagine what our friends at camp Oure Cassoni might be going through, as Sudanese aircrafts repeatedly bomb that border area.

    Last weekend you upheld your promise to Michele to take her to dinner and Broadway performance in New York. What about your promise to the Darfuri people? What about your promise to the American people about what is right and just in the International community? What about your promise to me to use your voice for those that need it, to stand for change? How many must starve and die in refugee camps? How many must run and hide from the bombs being droped on the only 20% of villages left in Darfur? When will NEVER AGAIN mean NEVER AGAIN?

    I am using my voice, I need yours….

    Sincerely

    Alysha Atma

    Stop Genocide Now

    stopgenocidenow.org

    fastdarfur.org

    Email: alysha@iactivism.org

    Email: oregon@fastdarfur.org

    Skype: Alysha.Atma

    Phone: 503-901-8103

    Stop Genocide Now (SGN) is a grassroots community dedicated to working to protect populations in grave danger of violence, death and displacement resulting from genocide. Through active education, advocacy and policy change SGN resolves to change the way the world responds to genocide. SGN is currently focused on creating awareness and action to stop the genocide in Darfur and deal appropriately with its aftermath. All of our projects focus on and utilize the strength and power in grassroots connectivity.

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    Abigail Disney – Day 4 http://fastdarfur.org/abigail-disney-day-4/ http://fastdarfur.org/abigail-disney-day-4/#comments Sun, 31 May 2009 04:00:22 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2348 Today is the end of day 4 and I now know one thing about myself and that is that Day 3 sucks. Wow did I ever hit a wall! I have to confess that I feel especially challenged by this whole enterprise because I’ve always been particularly focused in on food. You know how a stork brings babies? Well I think instead of a stork I was brought by a stuffed roasted capon, perhaps with chantrelle mushrooms and a nice port wine reduction sauce. But now I’ve gone and made myself hungry again. Oy.

    The thing about this task is how much it makes you realize what a center of a family that food is. As a mother, I take a lot of pleasure in feeding my children and in watching them grow. And so the act of cooking for them is such an honor really; it is one of my favorite things about being a mother. There is a kind of conjuring that happens around the family meal, when everyone has gathered and set aside for a moment what they were doing, and come back into a kind of sacred circle, to share stories and thoughts, to break bread and to enjoy the gift we all are to one another. And so when I fast like this, I come to appreciate how difficult it must be for these mothers not to be able to feed their children the food they learned from their own mothers to make. How difficult it must be not to teach their own daughters as well. Something so much more than mere nutrition is at stake here.

    So I am really missing this part of my life. And of course I am missing actually liking the stuff I am putting in my mouth. I am missing feeling stuffed at the end of a meal, missing taking one extra bite not because I need it but because it’s there and it’s just so good. I’m missing stopping into a little place for a bite to eat without thinking about it.
    I was so discouraged when I woke up this morning. I was really close to just giving up. But I picked up the paper and found the most extraordinary piece by Bob Herbert. It was as though he’d read my mind and written this piece just for me. It recreated my resolve by reminding me of the gravity of what I am doing. Do check it out. It’s amazing. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/30/opinion/30herbert.html

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    ENOUGH! Joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/enough-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ http://fastdarfur.org/enough-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/#comments Fri, 29 May 2009 19:22:34 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2331

    For Immediate Release
    May 29, 2009

    Contact
    Eileen White Read, 202.741.6376
    eread@enoughproject.org

    RELEASE: The Enough Project Joins Darfur Fast for Life


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Executives and staff of the Enough Project at the Center for American Progress have joined in the Darfur Fast for Life fasting chain begun by actress/activist Mia Farrow to call attention to the continuing suffering of the people of Sudan. Enough staff and leadership join more than 500 people in 33 countries who have fasted for one day or more, consuming only water or the 1,000 calories-per-day rations that are fed to residents of refugee camps.


    “The Darfur Fast for Life is a powerful message that the situation on the ground in Sudan remains simply unacceptable and demands a much stronger response from our political leaders than we have seen to date,” said Enough Project executive director, John Norris.


    Since the Darfur Fast for Life project began on April 27, it has attracted members of Congress including the Congressional Black Caucus and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL); prominent philanthropists and entrepreneurs including film producer Abigail Disney, Sir Richard Branson of Virgin America, and Pam Omidyar of Humanity United; and nonprofit leaders including Jane Wales of the World Affairs Council and Ruth Messinger of the American Jewish World Service. Individuals from the music world have joined, including singers Peter Gabriel and Jon Foreman and record producer David Hodges, along with a three-time Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer, Josh Davis.


    Enough Project Adviser, Omer Ismail, noted, “The commitment of people from 33 different countries to the fast is remarkable, and demonstrates the tremendous grassroots support for a comprehensive solution not just to Darfur, but Sudan’s multiple conflicts.”


    Darfur Fast for Life is asking the Obama administration to ensure the return of 13 humanitarian aid agencies that were expelled from Sudan on March 5, following the International Criminal Court’s issuance of an arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The group’s website, www.fastdarfur.org, also directs visitors to an April 30 letter to President Barack Obama from the Enough Project, the Save Darfur Coalition, and the Genocide Intervention Network containing detailed policy and strategic recommendations. The letter, President Obama and Sudan: A Blueprint for Peace, asks for commencement of a formal Darfur peace process; full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the governments of southern Sudan and Khartoum; and negotiations leading to agreements for peace in Chad and eastern Sudan.


    Enough’s Co-founder John Prendergast, who was an early participant in the fast in addition to joining this weekend’s fast, noted that “as activists, we must, of course, press our government do everything it can to address these crises of the day. But we must also keep our eyes on the longer-term prize: a peaceful, democratic Sudan. That should be President Obama’s top priority and his administration should work assiduously to achieve that objective.”

    Earlier this month, Ms. Farrow met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who released a statement saying, “As the administration and our special envoy develop a new policy, we must consider how we can get Khartoum to change its behavior.”


    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus appeared with Ms. Farrow in a press conference to announce that they were joining the fast with the “hope that our fasting will compel decision makers to act more decisively to put an end to the suffering of millions of innocent men, women and children in Darfur. We must do all we can until the violence, suffering, and displacement have ended,” said Representative Donald M. Payne (D-NJ), a board member of the caucus, at a Capitol Hill news conference.


    The CBC’s chair, Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), added that while “the president is very focused on addressing the genocide in Darfur, … we want to make sure that Special Representative Gration [has] the type of tools and assistance that is required to address this humanitarian crisis that is of enormous proportions, one which we have not seen in many of our lifetimes.”


    “Perhaps most importantly,” said Ms. Omidyar in a blog about her fast, “the United States must shed the failed policies of the status quo and begin anew in leading a coordinated and comprehensive international effort to build a roadmap for sustainable peace in Sudan. This process must include Sudan’s key economic and political partners, including China, Russia, and Egypt. The U.N. Security Council, meanwhile, must strengthen the Sudan sanctions committee, focus on better enforcement of the arms embargo, and begin to hold accountable those responsible for violating the sanctions regime. Until the international community shows better coordination on Sudan policy, progress is unlikely to be made.”


    Visit the Enough Project’s blog, Enough Said, for updates on this issue.

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    Abigail Disney – Day 2 of fast http://fastdarfur.org/abigail-disney-day-2-of-fast/ http://fastdarfur.org/abigail-disney-day-2-of-fast/#comments Fri, 29 May 2009 01:22:45 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2287 I am at the end of the second day of my 30 day fast. It is so amazing how much I feel like I am learning not only about what the food is like for the men and women in the camps, but about how much taste matters. I sort of forgot how bland the food would be. Of course, it has to be. When the World Food Program has no choice but to feed millions in the most cost and labor effective way possible, there is no way it can have flavor. You get the calories into people and you don’t pay any attention to what it tastes like, of course. Taste is a luxury, right? But the drabness, and the repetitiveness must be so incredibly demoralizing to people, especially where the traditional foods are so incredibly spicy and vivid. What a drain it must be on people and a drain in a way that they must almost feel not entitled to feeling drained—because the food is free, so how can they feel ok to compain? So at least right now the difficult thing isn’t hunger so much (talk to me in a week, I think I’ll be singing a different tune!) but the idea of the long 28 days ahead (nothing to a refugee, right??) of nothing but the wheat and the peas and the very, very little bit of salt and sugar!

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    Blake Mycoskie Joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/blake-mycoskie-joins-darfur-fast-for-life-2/ http://fastdarfur.org/blake-mycoskie-joins-darfur-fast-for-life-2/#comments Wed, 27 May 2009 17:42:53 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2239

    Blake Mycoskie – TOMS Shoes – Darfur Fast for Life from fastdarfur on Vimeo.

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    Blake’s Initial Thoughts http://fastdarfur.org/blake-mycoskie-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ http://fastdarfur.org/blake-mycoskie-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/#comments Wed, 27 May 2009 17:37:47 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2238 I have never done a fast and I am certainly dependent on regular meals. 2 weeks ago I agreed to Fast for Darfur when my friend Shannon asked me to keep the fast going from June 1-3rd. I instinctively agreed without really thinking it through, mainly out of my respect for Shannon and how important this effort was in her life. Later on, reading Shannon’s blogs, I realized what a challenge, physically and emotionally this would be and I have been scared ever since.

    The situation in Darfur is serious. I do not want my participation to be about me, but a signal to anyone following that I believe this effort to stop the injustice going on is worth disrupting your life for. I want to feel the pain they feel, even if for just a few days, and in only a fraction of what they feel considering I am still free, sleeping in a bed and supported by loved ones. I hope that my experience will change me, and that I will come out of my fast a more aware being. And lastly, it is my plea to anyone reading this to do something, anything in support of ending the genocide and injustice going on in Darfur.

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    Abigail Disney joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/abigail-disney-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ http://fastdarfur.org/abigail-disney-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/#comments Tue, 26 May 2009 18:32:14 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2210 I am fasting because I am hungry for solidarity. I have seen enough starving children, enough refugee camps and enough women whose eyes have the impervious look of those who have been forced to satisfy the sadistic urges of their enemies, enemies they often didn’t even know they had. I have not been to Darfur, or to the camps in Chad and Sudan, but I have seen to imagine the hell they are living in. And yet as an American, it is still so easy to turn away especially with so much else to occupy my mind and heart. I find it easy to let my attention rest on the sparkly bits of glitter that pass for popular culture here, and the helter-skelter of my busy life, not to mention the warm embrace of my family and friends. But I can’t un-know that my brothers and sisters are out there under the beating sun hungry and frightened and wondering who in the world will care enough to help them make it right. I don’t want to slouch into letting that be ok with me. So I am hungry for solidarity. For 30 days I will do a refugee ration fast. I know that I alone can’t make “the” difference with or without my fast, but I do know that if I can act with love and make myself a part of a difference, and I hope to live that example for my family, friends and colleagues.
    — Abigail Disney

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    Gabriel Stauring – Day 2 http://fastdarfur.org/2201/ http://fastdarfur.org/2201/#comments Tue, 26 May 2009 07:20:42 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2201

    Gabriel – Darfur Fast for Life from fastdarfur on Vimeo.

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    Alysha http://fastdarfur.org/alysha/ Mon, 25 May 2009 06:22:10 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2193 why is this effort is important to you?

    I believe in the power of community and the power of one, both contradictory to each other and yet can move together in a very powerful way. I feel a responsibility to use my place, freedoms and connections here in the US to stand up and yell for those who need my voice and actions. The people of Darfur have strength that I could not even begin to comprehend, they have traveled distances, have gone without food, water, shelter and safety for days and weeks at a time. I have a responsibility as a fellow human to put our common humanity before anything else. Everyone deserves to look towards tomorrow, to dream of a safe future and to have a peaceful present.

    How did you come to this view?

    I came to this view because that is my heart, mind and soul. I believe in our common humanity and that geographic location shouldn’t dictate if my family dies because of religion, race, creed or ancestry or most importantly human greed. I agree absolutely with knowledge comes responsibility, that one must choose. We as Americans have the freedom to make choices everyday, from the type of toothbrush we use to the news we watch, the books we read and most importantly to stand for others who may not have the ability or choice. I believe in that power of choice, the power of knowledge, we again can choose to educate ourselves further on issues or simply walk away. I choose not to walk away but to act with the knowledge that I have, knowing that I have opportunities, a voice and connection to others who own the same. I continue to look because I continue to act, I don’t always like what I see and at times I feel helpless. I believe however that as we all love and have compassion, can breath and feel that we have a responsibility to reach into that commonality and bring to the surface a loud response when others are in such desperate need.

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    Sunday, Day 38 http://fastdarfur.org/sunday-day-38/ http://fastdarfur.org/sunday-day-38/#comments Mon, 25 May 2009 06:04:46 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2187 I broke my fast today with the same person I started it all with, Pam. There is no conceivable way I could have made it through this time without her propping me up all along the way. Pam and I share similar passions and a similar heart for change, peace and justice. She has been one of the greatest gifts I have received in this journey to seek a better world and she came just at the right time.

    Among friends here at our Elders meeting I filled my plate at the buffet with a hard-boiled egg, a piece of beef, asparagus and oddly enough, beans and rice (the plate looked out of balance with out the beans and rice). As I sat down to eat I was overwhelmed with emotion. Emotion I couldn’t understand but my eyes filled with tears and I had to sit for several moments and regain composure before eating. With incredible depth of insight Pam reached out and held my hand. It was hard to eat, I am still not sure why but it was and I didn’t eat much. I chose to sit at a table that continued discussions from our earlier board meeting about Zimbabwe. As I sat and ate, others around the table recounted the horror stories of what is now Zimbabwe. 4 to 5 Million People in need of aid; life expectancy which was once in the 50’s and 60’s now down to 36. A completely broken down and unsafe water system; water has to be trucked in. A healthcare system (if you can call it a system without implying any type of order) that runs at 1/3 capacity. And so on, and so on.

    The celebratory feast I might have dreamed about during my fast was not that. It was drenched in emotion and new notice of yet another despicable tragedy on our globe. I have learned much about myself, much about my heart, much about my strengths and even more about my weaknesses. The reasons I began the fast were not the same reasons I continued it and are now not the same reasons I end it. I am left hungrier for change than food but more realistic about the hurdles that lie ahead. I am empty on one hand and recharged on the other.

    This fast was deeply personal and it remains that. I must wake up to every new day with the courage to fight harder. I must fight at home and abroad. I must model for my young boys what really counts in the world and that they must have respect for all of mankind. I must be increasingly fervent in my prayers for a miracle, because a miracle is what it will take.

    Much love and gratefulness for all who listened and heard, Shannon

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    Day 1 of 3. http://fastdarfur.org/day-1-of-3/ Mon, 25 May 2009 04:22:46 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2182 A few days ago, at night, there was an earthquake here in LA that came as one quick “boom!” and then a short rolling wave. Katie-Jay, my daughter Noemi, and I were eating dinner at a restaurant when the shaking started. I immediately thought of my son, Gabo (6yrs). He had just told me not long before that he had never felt a quake. I told him, “Don’t be afraid, and just do as they tell you at school to do.”

    We finished up dinner, and I got to see Gabo within minutes. He was shaken, not just his body—but his emotions also. I told him that he did the right thing by ducking under the table; that the homes here are strong and flexible, and nothing will happen to him. I wanted to tell him, but could not, that if anything ever happened I would come and protect him and make sure that he was OK—no matter where I was, I would come and see that he was safe. I could not tell him that because it would not be true. I cannot stop a quake, and I cannot know for sure that I would be physically there, on arahma-family moment’s notice, when needed.

    A hollow feeling came over me, knowing that I could not completely protect my son. It was so strange. I already knew that, I guess, but I had not felt it like that.

    As I’m fasting these days, I’m using it as a time to reflect about my time visiting the survivors from Darfur. I’ve heard so many stories, hours and hours. Their escape from their village, their walking across the desert with no food or water, and their loss—so many lives, it all is with me. I am thinking about the parents from Darfur and how they must feel, not knowing if they can protect their children.

    I am fasting in solidarity with all those people I’ve met in the camps, and with their families in Darfur, and all the lives that are no longer there. I am also fasting in solidarity with Gabo and Mimi—my kids. This is their world.

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    Congress Participation http://fastdarfur.org/congress-participation/ http://fastdarfur.org/congress-participation/#comments Sat, 23 May 2009 06:17:53 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2138

    Click on thumbtacks to see which members of Congress are fasting


    View Congress Fast Map in a larger map

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    Congressional Fast Updates http://fastdarfur.org/updates/ Fri, 22 May 2009 06:18:33 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2147
  • 5/26/09 – Jewish World Watch Joins Congresswoman Maxine Waters – Press Release
  • 5/26/09 – Congresswoman Maxine Waters joins the fast – View Press Release
  • 5/21/09 – Congressman John Lewis joins the fast
  • 5/19/09 – Congressional Black Caucus joins the fast — View Press Release
  • 5/19/09 – Congresswoman Donna Edwards (CBC) joins the fast, pledges every Friday and invites Maryland to join her
  • 5/19/09 – Congresswoman Maxine Waters joins the fast — View Press Release
  • 5/14/09 – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
  • 5/11/09 – Congressman Donald M. Payne joins the fast — View Press Release
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    Darfur Fast for Life Press Conference Photos http://fastdarfur.org/darfur-fast-for-life-press-conference-photos/ http://fastdarfur.org/darfur-fast-for-life-press-conference-photos/#comments Fri, 22 May 2009 06:16:42 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2161

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    Congressman John Lewis http://fastdarfur.org/new-jersey-congressman-john-lewis/ http://fastdarfur.org/new-jersey-congressman-john-lewis/#comments Fri, 22 May 2009 04:10:01 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2148

    Congressman John Lewis Joins Darfur Fast for Life from fastdarfur on Vimeo.

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    Wednesday, May 21, 2009 – Day 35 http://fastdarfur.org/wednesday-may-21-2009-day-35/ http://fastdarfur.org/wednesday-may-21-2009-day-35/#comments Fri, 22 May 2009 00:38:46 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2135 I came across this quote by Confucius:

    Tell me – I forget,
    Show me – I remember,
    Involve me – I understand.

    This goes a long way toward capturing what we are trying to do with Darfur Fast for Life. It’s about getting people more involved. It is no longer about sitting passively at one’s computer and collecting e-mails. While that plays a role in any campaign, how do we convince the world that crimes against humanity, mass atrocities, and genocide are horrors that needs to be stopped immediately? How do we convince the world that even one death is one where we were too slow to act?

    Here at home, Americans need to be more concerned about the peace, safety, and livelihoods of others on our planet. Today more than ever, the world is so very interconnected, with every nation dependent upon another. I’ve always believed that Americans have too much of everything. We use so much and waste so much. We rarely take stock of what we truly need. The fast definitely has brought that message home more, at least for me.

    How do we get more people to care about the many wars devastating millions of lives around the world, even if most of us remain unaffected by them? How do we find ways to tell our leaders that war is no longer a way to resolve government quarrels? When will we come to realize that any war anywhere threatens our common humanity, even as it destroys lives, devastates both land and culture, and tears apart the fabric of society, with no means of repairing it?

    I often wonder if part of the problem lies in the flaws of our modern democratic systems. How is it that, even as democracy has spread with unprecedented scope and scale, governments have come to respect the will of their citizens less and less? Some day the will of the people must come to trump to the seductions of power. We all must demand that of our leaders. We all have a voice that we can use to demand better behavior from those in power. When we do, we’ll be one step closer to seeing meaningful peace and progress on our planet.

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    Alysha — Day 25 http://fastdarfur.org/alysha-day-25/ http://fastdarfur.org/alysha-day-25/#comments Thu, 21 May 2009 18:17:00 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2106 Day 25 of fast- today I am battling a raging headache and serious mood issues. Meditation and quiet breathing help to bring me back into focus – the beautiful faces, the strength and hope that is constant, never wavering. Why is our powerful administration not upholding their promises, why do we still say wait……….isn’t the loss of 450,000 people enough?

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    Alysha — Day 16 http://fastdarfur.org/alysha-day-16/ http://fastdarfur.org/alysha-day-16/#comments Thu, 21 May 2009 18:16:15 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2105 Day 16 fasting4darfur, I’m really tired today, my normal 6 miles a day of walking has dwindled to about 1.5. Women in Darfur don’t have the choice of slowing down, they must continue. Everyday they walk miles for firewood, hand grind the wheat while standing and walk to get water. The daily stress of attacks, the unknowns of living in refugee camps while still keeping hope that we will stand up and ACT!

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    Jewish World Watch fasts with Congresswoman Maxine Waters http://fastdarfur.org/jewish-world-watch-fasts-with-congresswoman-maxine-waters/ http://fastdarfur.org/jewish-world-watch-fasts-with-congresswoman-maxine-waters/#comments Thu, 21 May 2009 10:21:52 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2223 Tzivia Schwartz-Getzug, Executive Director, and Janice Kamenir-Reznik, J.D., President and Founder of Jewish World Watch, fasted alongside Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and in solidarity with the women, men and children of Darfur. Schwartz-Getzug reflectsjkr-sunday-in-touloum-094

    Today I am fasting for Zanuba, my sister from Darfur. I am fasting for Zanuba, whose village was destroyed and whose eyes and ears witnessed atrocities no human being should ever witness. A day of hunger is such a small sacrifice for me, one that is made involuntarily by Zanuba and her family every day. But it is a reminder to me, in a small and physical way, that the pain of genocide is real and that it continues. We have fought to stop this genocide through rallies and marches, letters and phone calls, meetings and conferences – yet we still have not succeeded in bringing peace to Sudan, bringing aid back to the refugees and bringing justice to the perpetrators. How do we have the energy to continue to fight? Because as long as they suffer, we must continue. Why do we continue to fight? Because we must NOT STANDL IDLY BY. We must have hope, just as they have hope.

    Today I am fasting for my brothers and sisters in Darfur.

    (photo: Janice Kamenir-Reznik, Rachel Andres, Zanuba, and Tzivia Schwartz-Getzug)

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    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid – Remarks on Darfur http://fastdarfur.org/senate-majority-leader-harry-reid-remarks-on-darfur/ Thu, 21 May 2009 08:09:28 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2196 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

    Remarks on Darfur

    Thursday, May 21, 2009

    I met briefly this week with the actress and activist Mia Farrow, who has dedicated so much time lately – and even put her own health at risk – to raise awareness of the atrocities in Darfur.

    Like Ms. Farrow, my good friend Pam Omidyar – the Founder and Chair of the Board of Humanity United – has also fasted for more than a month in solidarity with the Darfurian refugees.

    Mia Farrow and Pam Omidyar enjoy liberty and wealth. They do not need to do this. But through their actions, they both so generously speak for those the world ignores.

    The terrible situation in Darfur deteriorates with each passing day. But we don’t hear much about it. It has long since faded from the front pages in the face of everything else going on in our economy and the two wars we wage in the Middle East.

    We cannot ignore this crisis. The United States has officially and appropriately recognized that what is happening in Darfur is genocide. For the more than 2.4 million people who have been displaced against their will, we cannot look the other way and cannot stand idly by.

    Most of the people of Darfur depend on international aid to survive day-to-day. The United Nations has agreed to send 26,000 peacekeepers to Darfur, but they face an uphill fight – they have struggled to get the resources they need to ensure the safety of those who live in Darfur and to end this crisis.

    Making matters worse, when the International Criminal Court recently issued a warrant to arrest the President of Sudan – President Bashir – for war crimes and crimes against humanity, he responded by expelling 13 non-governmental organizations that had been distributing food and medicine to the people in Darfur.

    Because of its economic investments, China has unique leverage with Sudan. It is important that China uses that influence to help the people of Darfur.

    I appreciate the work of Major General Jonathan Scott Gration – the President’s special envoy to Sudan – but we must do more to put Darfur at the forefront of our foreign-policy agenda. And we must be clear about our objectives.

    The Sudanese government has repeatedly proven untrustworthy at the negotiating table. As the administration and our special envoy develop a new policy, we must consider how we can get Khartoum to change its behavior.

    There have been too many people in too many camps for too many years – and the world has been silent for far too long.

    We have no excuse do anything short of all we can do to ensure aid groups are on the ground in Darfur, and that they can do their jobs – to ensure a political process is in place, and that it can work – and to help save the lives of millions.

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    David Hodges talks about his Fast for Darfur http://fastdarfur.org/david-hodges-talks-about-his-fast-for-darfur/ http://fastdarfur.org/david-hodges-talks-about-his-fast-for-darfur/#comments Thu, 21 May 2009 08:00:40 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2099

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    Josh Davis – Day 3 Video http://fastdarfur.org/day-3/ http://fastdarfur.org/day-3/#comments Thu, 21 May 2009 06:06:38 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2088

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    May 26 – The Devil Came On Horesback screening http://fastdarfur.org/may-26-the-devil-came-on-horesback-screening/ http://fastdarfur.org/may-26-the-devil-came-on-horesback-screening/#comments Wed, 20 May 2009 23:32:40 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2085 image001

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    Jane Wales Joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/jane-wales-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ http://fastdarfur.org/jane-wales-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/#comments Wed, 20 May 2009 17:23:56 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2078 This is one of the many means we have available to us to express our support for the victims of the violence and our fervent hope that peace will one day be enjoyed by the people of Darfur, all of Sudan and of neighboring states. There are many indigenous voices for peace and justice. To theirs each of us adds ours.
    — Jane Wales

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    Congresswoman Edwards Invites District to Fast with Her http://fastdarfur.org/congresswoman-edwards-invites-district-to-fast-with-her/ Wed, 20 May 2009 09:07:14 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2250 Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (D-MD) today joined with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, actress Mia Farrow, and social activist Marcia Dyson, to launch a fast to protest the ongoing violence in Darfur. Rep. Edwards committed to fast each Friday until this Congress adjourns.

    “The Darfur genocide has killed more than 400,000 civilians and displaced 2.5 million people from their homes. The people in the Darfur region of Sudan continue to live in abhorrent and unsustainable conditions—facing the threat of rape, violence, and starvation,” said Rep. Edwards. “We must raise awareness of the level of suffering taking place in Darfur so that action will be taken. We ask President Obama and his Administration to use their political capital to lead a truly international effort, using all available carrots and sticks as appropriate and necessary to make progress towards the shared goal of achieving peace for Darfur and all of Sudan. I hope by taking part in this fast with my colleagues from the Congressional Black Caucus and other concerned individuals, we will be successful in bringing some relief to Darfur. I urge residents of Maryland’s 4th Congressional District to join me in fasting each Friday in solidarity with the people of Darfur.”

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    Michael Ditchfield Joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/2072/ http://fastdarfur.org/2072/#comments Wed, 20 May 2009 08:03:46 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2072 Michael Ditchfield will be fasting on “refugee rations” for 7 days.

    He was on CBS4 Denver on Sunday May 17 announcing his fast and talking about the current situation in Darfur.

    Watch the video – http://cbs4denver.com/video/?id=57171@kcnc.dayport.com

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    Josh Davis – Day 2 Video http://fastdarfur.org/josh-davis-day-2-video/ http://fastdarfur.org/josh-davis-day-2-video/#comments Wed, 20 May 2009 07:05:35 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2063

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    Congressman Payne’s trip to Darfur http://fastdarfur.org/congressman-paynes-trip-to-darfur/ http://fastdarfur.org/congressman-paynes-trip-to-darfur/#comments Wed, 20 May 2009 06:24:05 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2061 100_0056-med

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    Mia and Darfuris heard by Congress http://fastdarfur.org/2045/ http://fastdarfur.org/2045/#comments Tue, 19 May 2009 23:42:55 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2045 May 19, 2009

    Once again,the Congressional Black Caucus led by Congressman Donald Payne STEPPED UP !!!
    Several members of the CBC spoke, some had even traveled to Darfur. Some had been arrested last month -protesting outside the Sudanese Embassy.

    The sun was shining and the sky was clear blue. The press conference was held on the steps of the Cannon Terrace Hill-on Independence Avenue- with the Capitol buildings behind us. Congressman Payne-who has long participated in non-violent protests, has been honorably arrested three times. He read out the names of those who will fast in solidarity with the people of Darfur and as a symbol of their commitment to end the suffering and slaughter of innocents. I had the great privilege of standing with the Caucus which included John Lewis, my long-time hero !!

    Darfuris, Omer Ismael and Mohammed Yahya spoke wonderfully and movingly about Darfuri’s need for justice. We did not bring them peace, protection or an end to their misery -but we did support justice through the ICC. Both men said they represent Darfuris in the millions who would rather die than forfeit justice.

    That my (very personal) decision to fast has led to such a moment in DC is more meaningful than I can say.

    Earlier I met with Senator Harry Reid. He promised to bring up Darfur in the Senate. He wanted to know what could be DONE. The vagaries of “more” and “priority” really don’t fly. So I said, ‘ China’ and our need to support the ICC-( this is the time for a change ) He took notes. His chief of staff seemed very on-board!

    US Envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration is leaving for Beijing tomorrow. He should bring the message that China has a constructive role to play- not only in getting the aid agencies back into Darfur with unrestricted access to populations, but in the vigorous pursuit of a legitimate and comprehensive peace process; also in reconsidering China’s arms sales to Khartoum. The US gov holds key cards but China has the full deck.

    Darfur remains a stain on Beijing’s reputation as a preeminent emerging power. They should use their considerable influence to bring about an end to the anguish that currently defines Darfur– and by extension, them.

    Since my first visit to Darfur in 2004, countless people have told me their stories of terror and pain and loss. They hoped I would return to my country and tell ‘the world’ what they have endured and what they are facing still. And they always express the hope that if the world only knew what is happening in Darfur, surely someday, someone will care enough to save them.

    Over and over again I have promised them I would do my utmost to tell ‘the world’ what is happening in Darfur. And I have tried. Every day I try- but their suffering continues. Rations of hope are now more meager in Darfur than rations of food.

    But today, on the steps of one of our nations greatest buildings, in the company of some of our most powerful and respected leaders, Darfuri voices were heard.

    I am at the airport heading home. I will sleep soundly tonight. Tomorrow we must try harder.

    — Mia Farrow

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    John Prendergast Joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/2041/ http://fastdarfur.org/2041/#comments Tue, 19 May 2009 22:14:18 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2041

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    Day 1 http://fastdarfur.org/day-1-2/ http://fastdarfur.org/day-1-2/#comments Tue, 19 May 2009 16:08:02 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2035 Hi, my name is Josh Davis and I was blessed to compete in 2 Olympic Games where I won 5 medals and was elected captain for the USA team. In addition to winning medals, my favorite moments were meeting a few of the thousands of athletes from around two hundred countries. It was amazing seeing people from completely different backgrounds, regions and religions coming together for a common goal. Our common goal is what brought out the best in all of us! We were there to win!

    The reason I have chosen to fast is to join Mia Farrow and others around the world who are ready to win a battle for humanity and the Darfuri people! I am grateful for those who have waged this war by taking action by calling their leaders, traveling to Darfur, and reaching out and asking more to join this effort.

    I am not so arrogant to think that I was able to win Olympic medals and reach my potential athletically, academically even spiritually on my own. I had a community who came together to create opportunities for me to succeed. They rallied around me and came to my aid. We, too, can do this for the Darfuris.

    I have never attempted to weaken my body to accomplish a goal for international awareness. Most of my life has been spent strengthening my body to gain international recognition . This small act of fasting has humbled me.

    Honestly, my initial thought this evening was when will this be over! As I clicked on the video of Adam, the father of six in the refugee camp in Chad, I couldn’t help but think that he, too, might be asking when will this be over?

    As he looked at me through the computer screen, I wish I could say in two days! However, you and I both know that when I end my fast in two days Adam will still be asking, “When will this be over!”

    We must find him an answer! We must stay united! When I travel The United States speaking to young people, I often share this quote:

    A human can go 40 days without food…four days without water…four minutes without air…but you cannot last four seconds without hope!

    I can make it another two days without food but how much longer will the Darfuris make it if they loose hope? Let’s give them that hope!

    Call your leaders!
    1-800-GENOCIDE (1-800-436-6243)

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    Alysha – May 18, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/alysha-may-18-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/alysha-may-18-2009/#comments Tue, 19 May 2009 06:30:10 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2027 I read the following comment at a time when I needed some inspiration. I was feeling………..hungry, tired, helpless. John was able to really make me feel his emotions. He was able to put into words how I felt, the reasons for my fast and every ounce of compassion/connection that I have. This has been a truly personal journey, but one that I am not alone in. I have the immense pleasure of walking this road with amazing individuals, both that I have met and those that I can only read and feel. Thank you John, your words affected me, made me stronger, brought me back into focus. Thank you to all my fellow fasters who are standing up, lending their voices and energy, shouting for those who are in such need. I have learned so much about strength from each one of you, and take away a feeling of companionship and know that I am not alone in thoughts and actions. At times when we feel discouraged and lost it is a wonderful asset to have all of you here to remind me that my voice is part of yours and will make change.

    Completed my commitment of one day on water and four on camp rations. I broke fast tonight with a pear, the best I ever tasted.

    I was hungry.
    I was hungry. No, still understand nothing of true hunger. A refrigerator full of food has been around the corner all week. My brother hungers.
    I slept. In a bed. In a secure home. No worries of soldiers with guns or gunships with bombs. My sister sleeps not.
    I dreamt. Free from nightmares of violence, images of war. My brother dreams of a home, a village in ashes, a brother lost.
    I had the luxury to work. My sister earns no wage and has no choice of work.
    I talked with blood relatives by phone. I know exactly where they are. My brother knows the lingering silence following separation by violent death and forced dispersion. He longs to know where his aunts and uncles and cousins are, if they live, if they are safe.
    None of my daughters went hungry today. None made the choice of whether to risk rape to gather firewood. My sister makes impossible choices.
    Yet sure and certain hope endures. The laughter of a child is one language. Love is indistinguishable.
    Never again. Never now.

    — John

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    Join Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/join-darfur-fast-for-life-2/ Mon, 18 May 2009 06:46:27 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2012 [contact-form 1 “Contact form 1”]

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    Sunday, May 17, day 31 http://fastdarfur.org/sunday-may-17-day-31/ http://fastdarfur.org/sunday-may-17-day-31/#comments Sun, 17 May 2009 18:12:23 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=2002 Today, Shannon and I have been on refugee rations for a month. My heart goes out to Shannon today – I just read her blog – Shannon is one of the most articulate and passionate people in this world, working tirelessly to alleviate suffering and restore dignity to people’s lives. All of us ask, “Can we do more?” but we cannot place blame on ourselves – the blame goes to those committing the crimes. All we can do is try different approaches when our rational cries for accountability and peace are ignored. This fast may be a stunt, but it is making news – no longer can we passively collect email signatures or post news on Facebook – we must do more. Shannon is an upstander who truly does more.

    There was good news out of the Hague today: Abu Garda, the head of the United Resistance Front faction in Darfur, is heading to the Hague in response to a summons to appear, issued by the ICC. He is going voluntarily. I point now to both the Reuters article as well as a video showing the rebel leaders willingness to support international justice, even if it means they go in front of the ICC: http://sudanwatch.blogspot.com/2009/03/darfur-rebels-vow-full-icc-cooperation.html

    I have been thinking a lot about Peter Gabriel’s video as I noted on my last blog. Many many people are deeply disappointed by the cancellation of the Mandate Darfur conference. It was a chance for the civil society community in Darfur to truly be a part of their own future and what should be their peace process.

    The world is at a few tipping points that we need to stand behind fully: one is the call for a global justice system, that despite it’s growing pains, is working towards a truly fair system that is also a huge deterrent for committing mass atrocities. The second growing movement is one that civil society and the will of the people are more valued and protected than the notion of sovereignty. We have (as Peter Gabriel says), the UN to represent the governments of the world. What is emerging, what is crying out to emerge, is an ecosystem to represent the peoples of the world – how can we all work to nurture this ecosystem and not simply support it but fiercely defend and actively build it?

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    Day 31 http://fastdarfur.org/day-31/ http://fastdarfur.org/day-31/#comments Sun, 17 May 2009 16:59:09 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1998 I have lost approximately 10% of my body weight in 31 days, my hair is still falling out and I still have that annoying sour taste in my mouth. My friends all look at me and say, “you look so tired.” I live in the nicest of conditions with the cleanest of water and the most available of food. I am tired. A 3 year old and 4 month old take a good amount of my energy on most days.

    I wonder about the mothers of Darfur. Compassion means to “suffer with.” That was my desire when I began this fast. To suffer with the moms there in the camps. Who was I kidding? Impossible. I barely scratch the surface.

    There is something incredibly dangerous about knowledge. In this case it is the same as notice. I’ve been there, seen the faces of those moms and their children. I have listened with my own ears to their cries for peace and security. I have held their hands and cried with them. I am on notice. It is happening. Every bit of it. As far away and foreign as we all want it to be, it is not. It takes less than a day to be there in their midst. As incredible technology affords my 3 year old a little touch screen gadget that fits in his pocket that will play any number of videos or games on his command in half a second, there they wait. Waiting there in the most prehistoric and tragic of conditions which fight their everyday efforts to stay alive and keep their families alive.

    Knowledge = Notice.

    Am I an accomplice?

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    We fast in solidarity with the people of Darfur http://fastdarfur.org/first-post/ http://fastdarfur.org/first-post/#comments Sun, 17 May 2009 02:28:26 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=17
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    David Hodges Joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/1981/ Sun, 17 May 2009 01:46:45 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1981 I have been so blessed to live in a place and time in history that I am not in constant fear of starvation, malnutrition, violence against myself and my family, and displacement from my home and community. May I not take these things for granted. And may we not, as a community of people given a voice, stand idly by as the basic human rights of the Sudanese people are being stripped away. In a time where the world is so politically, economically, and socially connected, may we be good stewards of our privilege and influence that the mass atrocities in Darfur be put to an end. While mine is just one voice, I join the voices of many; may our voices be heard.

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    Josh Davis takes the fast baton http://fastdarfur.org/1980/ http://fastdarfur.org/1980/#comments Sun, 17 May 2009 01:29:10 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1980

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    Join Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/join-darfur-fast-for-life/ http://fastdarfur.org/join-darfur-fast-for-life/#comments Sat, 16 May 2009 18:04:46 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1979 [contact-form 1 “Contact form 1”]

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    We fast in solidarity with the people of Darfur http://fastdarfur.org/first-post-another/ http://fastdarfur.org/first-post-another/#comments Sat, 16 May 2009 17:22:05 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=19
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    We fast in solidarity with the people of Darfur because they do not have a choice. We fast as a personal expression of outrage at a world that has allowed the suffering of millions of innocent people. We fast because as we simply watched, Darfur’s defenseless people were forced into wretched camps where today they are facing starvation and disease. We fast because those in positions of authority who know what is right and just, could and should do more to alleviate their suffering and bring peace, protection, and justice to the people of Sudan.

    We fast for Darfur’s courageous people —because we yearn for a world where human rights are respected and a life of dignity is the legacy for every man, woman and child.

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    Saturday, May 16 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/1973/ http://fastdarfur.org/1973/#comments Sat, 16 May 2009 17:21:07 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1973 I’m joining this fast today in solidarity with the people of Darfur, who for six long years have borne the brunt of violence and suffering orchestrated by their own government. As if the brute violence wasn’t enough, Khartoum now is inflicting further trauma on civilians by expelling the aid agencies that were providing life-saving food, water, and medical supplies. President Bashir’s retaliatory move, which came in reaction to the International Criminal Court’s warrant for his arrest, is further evidence that the government of Sudan thinks it can treat its own citizens as pawns. This is unacceptable.

    As we fast to draw attention to this latest devastating situation in Darfur, we must also look for ways to press our leaders to develop a strategic vision for U.S. policy aimed at ENDING the cycle of war and famine in Darfur, rather than simply managing the genocidal consequences. What’s needed is for the U.S. to commit to leading the international effort to build a credible peace process in Darfur and to rebuild a viable mechanism to oversee the implementation of the North-South deal.

    There will always be immediate crises to address. As activists, we must, of course, press our government do everything it can to address these crises of the day. But we must also keep our eyes on the longer-term prize: a peaceful, democratic Sudan. That should be President Obama’s top priority, and his envoy to Sudan, General Scott Gration, should organize U.S. efforts and work multilaterally to achieve this objective.

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    Friday, May 15, Day 29 http://fastdarfur.org/friday-may-15-day-28/ http://fastdarfur.org/friday-may-15-day-28/#comments Sat, 16 May 2009 07:11:49 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1972 Deeply moved by Peter Gabriel’s videos about his fasting. I especially loved the “Ecosystem for Change” video – he is right, we have the tools to create a movement to end suffering on a global scale. Let’s build the momentum of this campaign – to connect those in need with those who have the power to change the situation.

    Gabriel, KTJ and the i-Act team go to Chad and speak with the refugees often – please view their videos and see directly what the people of Darfur are saying about their situation and about peace and justice: http://www.stopgenocidenow.org/

    I am going on a month of eating meals similar to what the displaced people of Sudan have been eating for over five years – and while I know my mind is cloudy, my metabolism has crashed, and I have lost about 14 pounds, I really do not know what they are going through; for I have a clean and comfortable bed and I can go to sleep every night knowing my husband and children are safe. For the more than 2.7 million displaced Darfuris, they have lost their homes, their livelihoods, and many have lost their families as well.

    We fast with the people of Darfur – we will continue to do so to call attention to this vast emergency until the world’s leaders decide to take meaningful action to alleviate suffering and bring real forms of peace and justice to Sudan. I also want it for the tens of millions of other people who have been forced to flee for their lives – to learn more about refugees around the world, please visit UNCHR’s website: http://www.unhcr.org/

    We need the movement to get the political will – Let’s build the movement now. We will wait no longer for others to do it, we must do it ourselves.

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    End of 1st day of fast thoughts http://fastdarfur.org/end-of-1st-day-of-fast-thoughts/ Fri, 15 May 2009 21:46:57 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1970

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    An Ecosystem of Change http://fastdarfur.org/more-videos-coming-soon/ http://fastdarfur.org/more-videos-coming-soon/#comments Fri, 15 May 2009 18:08:56 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1953

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    Peter Gabriel Joins the fast http://fastdarfur.org/peter-gabriel-video-messages/ Fri, 15 May 2009 18:07:43 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1951

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    May 17 – Darfur Awareness and Solidarity House Gathering http://fastdarfur.org/may-17-darfur-awareness-and-solidarity-house-gathering/ http://fastdarfur.org/may-17-darfur-awareness-and-solidarity-house-gathering/#comments Fri, 15 May 2009 15:30:46 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1925 Download the PDF flyer with more information and directions

    Sunday, May 17th at 5:30pm
    RSVP Appreciated – oregon@fastdarfur.org
    Children Welcome
    Susan, Najam and Zamir’s House

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    Lincoln High School STAND http://fastdarfur.org/lincoln-high-school-stand/ Fri, 15 May 2009 15:01:44 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1931 Lincoln High School STAND
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    Today, between 10 and 15 of our club members fasted for 24 hours. We wore armbands to school and told everyone about the reason for our fast as a way to raise awareness of the hungry refugees.

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    Old Front Page Post http://fastdarfur.org/old-front-page-post/ Fri, 15 May 2009 05:57:28 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1921 Activist-actress Mia Farrow will begin an extended hunger strike in solidarity with the people of Darfur on April 27, 2009. She intends to continue this water-only fast for 21 days. Darfur Fast for Life was created so that you and many more around the world can participate in saying no to the status quo on Darfur. Mia will be blogging here and at MiaFarrow.org. Others will join by participating in water-only and/or “refugee rations” fasts to bring attention to the immediate humanitarian crisis in Darfur created by the expulsion of aid organizations by the government of Sudan. Darfur Fast for Life demands from our leaders around the world to be ambitious and work on creating lasting peace in Sudan and guaranteeing the respect for the human rights of all.


    Mia Farrow’s Hunger strike for Darfur


    Darfur Fast for Life

    We fast in solidarity with the people of Darfur because they do not have a choice. We fast as a personal expression of outrage at a world that has allowed the suffering of millions of innocent people. We fast because as we simply watched, Darfur’s defenseless people were forced into wretched camps where today they are facing starvation and disease. We fast because those in positions of authority who know what is right and just, could and should do more to alleviate their suffering and bring peace, protection, and justice to the people of Sudan.

    We fast for Darfur’s courageous people —because we yearn for a world where human rights are respected and a life of dignity is the legacy for every man, woman and child.


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    http://fastdarfur.org/1908/ http://fastdarfur.org/1908/#comments Thu, 14 May 2009 23:01:03 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1908 JULY 22-23 FASTERS
    1. Omer Ismail, Washington, DC. USA. (Enough Project)
    2. Mohamed Yahya, VA. USA. (Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy)
    3. Mia Farrow, CT. USA.
    4. Peter Gabriel. Italy.
    5. Niemat Ahmati, Washington, DC. USA. (Save Darfur – Genocide Intervention Network)
    6. John Prendergast, GA. USA. (Enough Project)
    7. Buky Williams, DC. USA. (Darfur Dream Team)
    8. El Fadel Arbab, ME. USA (The Fur Cultural Revival)
    9. Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., USA.
    10. Ruth Messinger, NY, USA. (President, American Jewish World Service)
    11. Tom Andrews, Washington, DC. USA. (President, Save Darfur – Genocide Intervention Network)
    12. Gloria White-Hammond, MA. USA.
    13. David Honig, USA. (President & CEO of MMTC)
    14. Esther Sprague, CA. USA.
    15. Martina Knee, CA. USA.
    16. Pamela Omidyar, HI, USA.
    17. Shannon Sedgwick Davis, TX, USA.
    18. Abigail Disney, NY. USA.
    19. Emmanuel Jal, USA. (We Want Peace)
    20. Amin Dabo, Nuba Mountains.
    21. Randy Newcomb, CA. USA. (Humanity United)
    22. Daniel P. Sullivan, DC. USA. (Save Darfur – Genocide Intervention Network)
    23. James Sabry, USA.
    24. Elizabeth Kuch, USA.
    25. Katie-Jay Scott Stauring, CA, USA. (Stop Genocide Now)
    26. Gabriel Stauring, CA. USA. (Stop Genocide Now)
    27. Lexi Stauring, CA. USA. (Stop Genocide Now)
    28. Gerardo Garcia, CA. USA.
    29. Rachel Veerman, CA. USA. (Stop Genocide Now)
    30. Teresa Stauring, CA. USA.
    31. Gina L. Okuda-Stauring, HI. USA.
    32. Andrez Stauring, HI. USA.
    33. Gretchen Steidle Wallace, NH. USA.
    34. Faith McDonnell, USA. (Church Alliance for New Sudan)
    35. Ibrahim Tahir (Beja Congress)
    36. Makki Makki, (The Institute for Sustainable Peace)
    37. Mark Brecke, CA. USA.
    38. Elizabeth Blackney (Media Lizzy)
    39.  Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Eisa (Robert F. Kennedy’s Hunan Rights Laureate and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Fellow)
    40. Michael Glassman. USA.
    41. Tara Humphries, ME. USA. (The Fur Cultural Revival)
    42. Slater Armstrong, LA. USA.  (Nuba Mountains American Advocacy Group and Joining Our Voices)
    43. Fatah Arman.
    44. Parek Maduot.
    45. A.J. Fay, ID. USA. (Co-founder, Idaho Darfur Coalition)
    46. Pixie Poe, GA. USA.
    47. Nell Okie, CT. USA.
    48. Marv Steinberg, CA. USA.
    49. Pastor Heidi McGinness. USA. (Director of Outreach, Christian Solidarity International)
    50. Alysha Atma, OR. USA.
    51. Natasha Louis, MI. USA.
    52. C Churchill, IN. USA.
    53. Abby Bender, DC. USA.
    54. Sharon Wolfe, GA.USA.
    55. Maria Herrera, FL. USA.
    56. Christine Cheek, NC. USA.
    57. Marirose Piciucco, CA. USA.
    58. Jane Beckerdite, AK. USA.
    59. Olivia Patton, VA. USA.
    60. Masoud Akbari Rad. France.
    61. Melissa Gallahan, MD. USA.
    62. Ana Barreiro Kelly, VT. USA.
    63. Ana Luiza Lima. Brazil.
    64. Carys Cooke Newcomb, NY. USA.
    65. Debra Sizemore, OH. USA.
    66. Caili Martin, OH. USA.
    67. Richard Khismeth. Ghana.
    68. Michael Glassman, CA. USA.
    69. Jamie Boban, CA. USA.
    70. Shawn Humphrey, MD. USA.
    71. Julie Vaughan. England.
    72. Donna-marie Hollingdale. England.
    73. Baileigh Rae, CT. USA.
    74. Greg Lawson, CA. USA.
    75. Martha Boshnick, DC. USA.
    76. Rachael Moser, KY. USA.
    77. Jessica Métivier. Canada.
    78. Maisie Hall, CA. USA.
    79. Elizabeth Hauck, FL. USA.
    80. Luca Sampietro. Italy.
    81. Amy Einstein, MA. USA.
    82. Karen Trejo, CA. USA.
    83. John Clifford.
    84. Melissa SanMartin, PA. USA.
    85. Michelle Line, CA. USA.
    86. Anna Strattner, WI. USA.
    87. Ganin Lovell, WA. USA.
    88. Jared Garfinkel, NY. USA.
    89. Charity Peterson, FL. USA.
    90. Tristan Viner-Brown, NY. USA.
    91. Azra Sehic, CA. USA.
    92. Jeff Rodriguez, FL. USA.
    93. Breanna Morgan, IL. USA.
    94. Francesca Gianuario, CA. USA.
    95. Olivia Boyle, IL. USA.
    96. Wendy Cox-Vetitoe, TN. USA.
    97. Karly Placek, WI. USA.
    98. Shayna Abramson, NY. USA.
    99. Hayden MuhsMadison, WI. USA.
    100. Kaitlyn Clinger, PA. USA.
    101. Emmy Day, VA. USA.
    102. Ashley Jackson, OH. USA.
    103. Dani Rodriguez, DC. USA.
    104. Chris Caldwell. Canada.
    105. Wes Thompson, TX. USA.
    106. Steve Sorkin, MO. USA.
    107. Cory Williams, AZ. USA.
    108. Corinne Chin, NY. USA.
    109. Stacy Stamberger, WI. USA.
    110. Paulina Byron, MN. USA.
    111. Ashley Jowell, NC. USA.
    112. Nare Kupelian, CA. USA.
    113. Maggie Donahue.
    114. Maria Renteria, CA. USA.
    115. Polly Bonilla.
    116. Taylor Brown, MA. USA.
    117. Wendy Cox-Vetitoe.
    118. Alexandria Lucas, ME. USA.
    119. Sarah Margaret Grace Maxon, NY. USA.
    120. Becky Schenck, OR. USA.
    121. Anya Browne. England.
    122. Diane Gandee Sorbi, OR. USA.
    123. Thomas J. Edwards, NY. USA.
    124. Suzanne Kulperger, NY. USA.
    125. Aletha Roberson, GA. USA.
    126. Mary Ann Williams, NY. USA.
    127. Kristen Van Tassell, VA. USA.
    128. Lauren Lucas, ME. USA.
    129. Dolores P., IN. USA.
    130. Chris Fike, AZ. USA.
    131. Mariangela Tarasco. Italy.
    132. Susan Velazquez, IL. USA.
    133. Nicole McMillan, OR. USA.
    134. Donna V. Bortfeld, ID. USA.
    135. Mikkiana Horton, GA. USA.
    136. Britta Conlon, OR. USA.
    137. Pamela Paquini, CA. USA.
    138. Nikki Albanesius, PA. USA.
    139. Jacki Rivers. Australia.
    140. Rev. Kevin Mays, KY. USA.
    141. Hector Jimenez, CA. USA.
    142. Audrey Byron, VA. USA.
    143. Sarah Johnson, USA.
    144. Hilda Jimenez, CA. USA.
    145. Nadia K. Mulji , CA. USA.
    146. Ari Brown, IL. USA.
    147. Carleigh Koger, TX. USA.
    148. Colby Hopkins, NY. USA.
    149. Shannon Keeler, CA. USA.
    150. Anita Srivastava.
    151. Lon Otterby, OR. USA.
    152. Bridget L. Campbell, CA. USA.
    153. Anna Rodriguez, CA. USA.
    154. Susan Chunco, CA. USA.
    155. Berlayna Howard, CA. USA.
    156. Emily Hines, VT. USA.
    157. Shannon Stoney, TN. USA.
    158. Krystyna Kilde. Norway.
    159. Rachel Marie Asaro.
    160. Prabsimran Sachdev, NY. USA.
    161. Elizabeth A. Ladner, MS. USA.
    162. Natalia Luna Diez Gutiérrez. Mexico.
    163. Amy Einstein, MA. USA.
    164. Michelle Thompson, OR. USA.
    165. Deanna Lipes, MD. USA.
    166. Nicole O’Donnell, VA. USA.
    167. Barbara Tasco, PA. USA.
    168. Vania Simittchieva, NY. USA.
    169. William Miles, VA. USA.
    170. Emma Krasovich, CA. USA.
    171. Stephanie Patton, NV. USA.
    172. Ashley Thomas, MI. USA.
    173. Kathy Morgan, IL. USA.
    174. Elischia Fludd, NY. USA.
    175. Noelle L’Etoile, CA. USA.
    176. Afton Kelly, CA. USA.
    177. Chelsea Pogue, OR. USA.
    178. Karen Schneider. Canada.
    179. Elena Fenn, AZ. USA.

    +2731 from Facebook

    We fast in solidarity with the people of Darfur because they do not have a choice. We fast as a personal expression of outrage at a world that has allowed the suffering of millions of innocent people. We fast because as we simply watched, Darfur’s defenseless people were forced into wretched camps where today they are facing starvation and disease. We fast because those in positions of authority who know what is right and just, could and should do more to alleviate their suffering and bring peace, protection, and justice to the people of Sudan.

    We fast for Darfur’s courageous people —because we yearn for a world where human rights are respected and a life of dignity is the legacy for every man, woman and child.

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    Statement from Congressman Donald M. Payne http://fastdarfur.org/statement-from-congressman-payne/ http://fastdarfur.org/statement-from-congressman-payne/#comments Thu, 14 May 2009 22:50:04 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1892 On Monday, I joined the Darfur Fast for Life because I wanted to stand in solidarity with the people of Darfur and to express my outrage at the ongoing crisis in the Sudan. In addition to my personal fasting, I am launching a Darfur Fast for Life Campaign on Capitol Hill to urge my colleagues to join me in voicing opposition to the mass atrocities al-Bashir and his regime have orchestrated against the Darfuri people. It is my hope that our fasting will compel decision makers to act more decisively to put an end to the suffering of millions of innocent men, women and children in Darfur. We must do all we can until the violence, suffering, and displacement have ended.

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    Wednesday – May 13, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/wednesday-may-13-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/wednesday-may-13-2009/#comments Thu, 14 May 2009 17:47:49 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1814 Wednesday evening:

    Feeling exhausted. Today was easily the worst day yet, although our Humanity United board meeting discussions went well in the morning.

    Even failed my daily soduku brain challenge (the scientist-geek-in-me way to test brain function on this fast). I hit a peak maybe a week into the fast, whipping through “hard” sodukus in record time. Tonight, I could barely do 20 percent of a medium one without giving up due to mistakes. Tried twice. I am checking in with my doctor tomorow. And in that sense, I am lucky. Seeing a doctor doesn’t require me to walk miles or wait for days like most displaced people must do.

    I have been tremendously heartened by Congressman Donald Payne’s commitment to Sudan and his fasting with all of us. I’m grateful to the other fasters, as well, and my thoughts are with Peter Gabriel as he begins tomorrow.

    Tomorrow will be day 27 for Shannon and me. We started earlier than others because of our impatience for change. We are still impatient. But there are millions of Darfuris who have been waiting for over 5 years for change. When will the world care enough about their health and safety to help them have it?

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    http://fastdarfur.org/1785/ http://fastdarfur.org/1785/#comments Thu, 14 May 2009 07:27:37 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1785 Legendary recording artist and champion for human rights, Peter Gabriel is taking the fast baton from Congressman Payne and Jon Foreman. For three days, Gabriel will be on water-only fast, starting Thursday, May 14.


    Gabriel says: “The people of Darfur have suffered horribly in the last six years and despite many campaigns, protests and the judgment of the International Criminal Court, there has been insufficient international response to stop the suffering. For that reason, I really hope that the Darfur Fast for Life campaign puts the plight of the Darfuris back on the world’s priority list. I also believe it is enormously important that there is sufficient international backing for the ICC to bring President Bashir to trial”.

    Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will join Peter Gabriel May 14 for one day on water-only.

    Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen stated: “I join the Darfur Fast for Life today in solidarity with the victims of genocide in Darfur. I have been to the camps for displaced Darfuris and witnessed first hand the suffering of the men, women and children whose lives have been shattered by this conflict. I know that conditions have only worsened following Sudanese regime’s callous decision to expel a number of the humanitarian organizations on which the displaced have come to rely for survival. I can only hope that this small gesture helps to raise awareness that even though Darfur may not be in the daily headlines, the genocide continues.”

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    http://fastdarfur.org/1801/ http://fastdarfur.org/1801/#comments Thu, 14 May 2009 07:27:33 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1801 Thursday: Over 400 people have joined the fast and today 105 people from 10 countries around the world are fasting in solidarity with the people of Darfur

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    darfur fast blog #5 day three, impossible to ignore http://fastdarfur.org/darfur-fast-blog-5-day-three-impossible-to-ignore/ http://fastdarfur.org/darfur-fast-blog-5-day-three-impossible-to-ignore/#comments Thu, 14 May 2009 07:17:33 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1799 so it’s 11:56 on wednesday night… day three of the fast. I’m planning on breaking my fast at midnight.

    I’ve just received word that the sudanese forces carried out a bombing raid on North Darfur today. And then this: In an IDP camp in west Darfur they ran out of water completely. I feel tremendously sad. Frustrated by the injustices and and feeling ridiculously small in the face of it all.

    Tonight I pass the baton to a hero of mine, peter gabriel who be fasting for the next three days. It’s a sobering thought, the luxury of being able to go back to food and while millions cannot.

    I might be an idealist. I might not have a political mind. But I do know that something is off.

    And I take a look at a nation of excess, (including my own) and I wonder why we as a nation aren’t involved in what many are calling the paramount international human-rights crisis — the Darfur genocide. Speaking of Darfur during his campaign, Obama said: “As president of the United States, I don’t intend to abandon people.” Yet he is. About genocide, he said, “We can’t say ‘never again’ and allow it to happen again.” But it is happening again.

    With the U.S. budget deficit on track to rise to a record setting 1.84 trillion dollars in the current fiscal year, we remain uncommitted to Darfur. As a nation we are literally living on borrowed money, borrowing from the future to pay for the present. And yet, the staggering loss of human life in Darfur is not on our national priority list. With our budget we are declaring what is most important to our nation. In our excess we are abandoning Darfur.

    Mother Theresa said this: “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” I am so convicted by her words.

    I want to be a part of the solution. I want to laugh with those who laugh, weep with those who weep, and suffer with those who suffer. I have lost much of my childlike faith in the government, but I have a hope for justice still. Maybe God alone can bring about final justice, but in this life I feel we are called to pursue it with our flesh and blood. If Christ was best known for his death, “laying down his life for his friends” then shouldn’t his followers do likewise? serving and loving those in need? These are not things I can do on my own. I need your help. we all need a community to thrive in, to challenge us… to threaten us with abundant living.

    This is our world. It’s what you and me and the millions of other souls on our planet make it. This is your darfur, my darfur… Our chance to act or pretend that we don’t care. Whatever your personal religious convictions may be, the tragedy in Darfur is impossible to ignore.

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    Day 27 http://fastdarfur.org/day-27/ http://fastdarfur.org/day-27/#comments Thu, 14 May 2009 05:21:50 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1793 A great friend made a comment today about joy. This is something that I have been missing quite a bit in my life lately. Amidst a terrible despair about the state of the globe and the lack of my normal intake of calories I really have been angry and saddened. I must find a way to experience and exude joy in my life even though I am saddened by so much. Archbishop Tutu does this in an indescribable way. You can see this in the essence of his very being through a contagious laughter that I have seen in the most formal of meetings and also in the Darfur refugee camps. He possesses a sincere capacity for joy that I envy. I think perhaps I am angry to a certain extent with God. Confused and pondering why so much suffering is allowed to continue.

    Today is Day 27 of my fast, there is grim news from Sudan. Reports of bombing by the Government of Sudan in Northern Darfur. Additionally, there is recent news from the ground that the refugee camp HasaHisa has completely run out of water. There is also grim news from Burma as a dear sister of peace is now being threatened with a return to a certain horrific captivity. It reminds me of her strength and enduring courage Aung San Suu Kyi has spent a lifetime separated from loved ones and from the life and authority that was rightfully hers all taken from her by evil persons.

    We owe it to Aung San Suu Kyi to fight for peace, we owe it to sweet Arch Tutu, we owe it to ourselves because we are accountable for what happens on our watch.

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    Richard Branson – Day 3 Video http://fastdarfur.org/richard-branson-day-3-video/ http://fastdarfur.org/richard-branson-day-3-video/#comments Wed, 13 May 2009 21:10:28 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1780

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    Richard Branson – Day 2 Video http://fastdarfur.org/richard-branson-day-2-video/ http://fastdarfur.org/richard-branson-day-2-video/#comments Wed, 13 May 2009 20:29:52 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1778

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    Richard Branson – Day 1 Video http://fastdarfur.org/richard-branson-day-1-video/ http://fastdarfur.org/richard-branson-day-1-video/#comments Wed, 13 May 2009 20:28:52 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1777

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    Portland, OR activist, Najam Haq on Ketone Analysis http://fastdarfur.org/portland-or-activist-najam-haq-on-ketone-analysis/ http://fastdarfur.org/portland-or-activist-najam-haq-on-ketone-analysis/#comments Wed, 13 May 2009 18:40:01 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1771

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    Ketone Analysis for Informed Fasting http://fastdarfur.org/ketone-analysis-for-informed-fasting/ http://fastdarfur.org/ketone-analysis-for-informed-fasting/#comments Wed, 13 May 2009 18:35:28 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1770

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    Metabolic Phases During Fasting http://fastdarfur.org/metabolic-phases-during-fasting/ http://fastdarfur.org/metabolic-phases-during-fasting/#comments Wed, 13 May 2009 18:20:40 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1772

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    Congressman Donald M. Payne taking the Darfur Fast for Life baton along with recording artist Jon Foreman http://fastdarfur.org/1480/ http://fastdarfur.org/1480/#comments Wed, 13 May 2009 18:10:48 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1480 Congressman Donald M. Payne taking the Darfur Fast for Life baton along with recording artist Jon Foreman

    May 11, 2009

    Congressman Donald M. Payne, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health and an outspoken leader in working towards ending the suffering in Darfur and bringing lasting peace to Sudan, is joining Darfur Fast for Life. Hearing of Mia Farrow’s hunger strike and Sir Richard Branson taking the fast baton, Congressman Payne committed to fasting water-only for three days, staring Monday, May 11.

    Congressman Payne will be joined in fasting by recording artist Jon Foreman. Foreman is the front-man for multi-platinum selling rock band Switchfoot and has been actively involved in advocacy and activism in many areas. He cares deeply about ending the suffering in Darfur. Over the years Jon Foreman and Switchfoot have used their voice to support many worthy causes: International Justice Mission, Habitat for Humanity, The Surfrider Foundation, Invisible Children, TWLOHA and numerous local charities.

    Richard Branson — Darfur Fast for Life

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    Video Interview w/ Jon Foreman on Conversant Life http://fastdarfur.org/live-stream-w-jon-foreman-on-his-fast-for-darfur-1030-am-pst/ http://fastdarfur.org/live-stream-w-jon-foreman-on-his-fast-for-darfur-1030-am-pst/#comments Wed, 13 May 2009 16:58:07 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1730 http://www.conversantlife.com/darfur

    Wednesday, May 13th @ 10:30 AM -11:00 AM PST (1:30 PM – 2:00 PM). LIVE Video interview with Jon Foreman of Switchfoot about his Fast for Darfur. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

    Archive of the Live Video interview

    Jon Foreman Fast for Darfur Interview from CJ Casciotta on Vimeo.

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    darfur fast blog #4, day three: four morning thoughts http://fastdarfur.org/darfur-fast-blog-4-day-three-four-morning-thoughts/ http://fastdarfur.org/darfur-fast-blog-4-day-three-four-morning-thoughts/#comments Wed, 13 May 2009 16:57:10 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1743 I woke up early. It’s day number three of the fast and I am definitely feeling it… I crawl out of bed and have four immediate thoughts:

    My first thought: I have access to clean water and a roof to sleep under. I have a bed. I have my guitar. In this fast I was hoping to join in solidarity with those who are fasting without an option; and yet the hunger I have right now is nothing compared to the despair of Darfur. Robbed of dignity, robbed of their homes, these refugees are on the run from brutal violence and rape, seeking out any form of hope. The smallest bit of hunger that I feel this morning cannot even be compared to the hunger that Darfur woke up with today: a hunger for dignity, a hunger for freedom, a hunger for so much more than simply food.

    My second though was this: I need so much grace. I need so much patience. I need so many second chances. Even in this fast, I’m sure my motives are impure most the time. I might be drinking only water but it’s my mind and my heart that are corrupted and impure. I would like to think that I have it all together but I don’t- from the little things: I screw up the time and end up running late way too often- to the big things: I get overwhelmed at suffering and sorrow in the world and sometimes would rather turn the other way. And in my hopes to get things right I can be extremely judgmental of everyone everything around me. Dang it. I’m sorry all. God is so patient with me. My friends and family are so patient with me. I need to learn how to pass this grace along.

    My third thought was along these lines: we are meant to live and love in community- to grow old together having shared laughter and pain and joy- to love each other through the painful spots. But we’re so bent and hurt that we drive each other away. We’ve been so broken and shattered (Speaking out of experience here!), that we are driven to break and shatter the ones around us. Call it our fallen nature, or look to Freud and call it our death urge… might as well call it the front page of the newspaper. The fact is: we are driven to pieces, destroying ourselves and those around us in the search for meaning. No life is meant to be lived alone. We know this and yet on a planet with millions of people we drive lonely cars and work lonely jobs. We start lonely wars and buy lonely houses.

    My fourth thought: Everything on this capital planet is worth what we will pay for it. The “worth” of gold rises and falls according to public opinion. The housing market, meats and vegetables, vintage guitars, oil… The trouble is that people fall into this category as well. The value of human life and dignity… What’s it worth? Is it worth my time? Is it worth risking national security? Is it worth more than oil? Is it worth getting out of my comfort zone to help someone out? What we ascribe worth to is what we “worth-ship” – and what we worship is most evident with our time and money. Stock up treasures in heaven where moths and rust cannot destroy.

    What’s the meaning of life? What’s worth living for? We live out those answers everyday in our choices. It’s a tremendous amount of power, (accompanied with fear and trembling). The staggering realization is this: you’ve been loaned the power to determine what’s “worth it” in your lifetime. Every hour of life affords a tremendous amount of spending power; choose wisely with your time, it’s one of your most valuable resources.

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    May 13, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/may-13-2009/ Wed, 13 May 2009 16:46:20 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1734 Wednesday: Over 400 people have joined the fast and today 144 people from 13 countries around the world are fasting in solidarity with the people of Darfur

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    Camp Darfur – Monday May 18th – Park Blocks http://fastdarfur.org/camp-darfur-monday-may-18th-park-blocks/ http://fastdarfur.org/camp-darfur-monday-may-18th-park-blocks/#comments Wed, 13 May 2009 04:20:23 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1733 campdarfur-or

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    We Fast in Solidarity http://fastdarfur.org/we-fast-in-solidarity/ http://fastdarfur.org/we-fast-in-solidarity/#comments Wed, 13 May 2009 01:56:32 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1469

    Jon Foreman – Switchfoot – Darfur Fast for Life

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    blog 3: day two, letters to the editor http://fastdarfur.org/blog-3-day-two-letters-to-the-editor/ http://fastdarfur.org/blog-3-day-two-letters-to-the-editor/#comments Wed, 13 May 2009 01:55:33 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1727 I got this letter today:

    This is kinda weird. I’m all for publicity — especially when artists are speaking up for the downtrodden in Africa — but when somebody’s fasting, it just doesn’t seem right to publicize — at least not during the fast. From Matthew 6:16

    “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. 17 But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. 18 Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you”

    Please take this in the right spirit. You know I’m a big Switchfoot and Foreman fan, and not just because of their music. I’m passionate about a lot of the same things Jon is passionate about, and I have the utmost respect for him. But this seems like, well, not your typical publicity fodder.

    Feel free to tell me to take hike! 😉

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    here’s my response:

    Hola friend,

    thanks for your thoughtful email. I think understand your feelings about the publicity element of this fast. I have thought this through and would like to offer a few thoughts of my own.

    First off, if the term “fast” throws you off, try a different term- maybe hunger protest. Or maybe this one: hunger strike.

    The all-informative Wikipedia says this:

    A hunger strike is a method of non-violent resistance or pressure in which participants fast as an act of political protest, or to provoke feelings of guilt in others, usually with the objective to achieve a specific goal, such as a policy change. A hunger strike cannot be effective if the fact that it is being undertaken is not publicized so as to be known by the people who are to be impressed, concerned or embarrassed by it.

    Or maybe try this term instead: 30 hour famine.

    The 24-hour famine, the 30-hour famine, and the 40-hour famine are all very public attempts (most often within the church), to raise awareness and join in with those who are starving. Literally starving. The Global Food Crisis is in year two… And none of my friends really knows about it; to do nothing at all feels wrong. These are well accepted forms of “fasting” within the church.

    If none of those terms work, I understand. Don’t talk at all about my hunger strike if you don’t feel comfortable with it. But instead I ask that you would write a whole article about Darfur. Save every dot of ink and every scrap of page for the ones I’m trying to draw attention to. Fast with me (in public or private). Join in with those who need your help. This would be my ultimate goal…

    I thought about matthew 6 before I began this fast and feel comfortable with my decision to make this fast public. Fasting is one of the only ways I could think of to enter into the suffering of darfur. Like I’ve said earlier- I honestly don’t have a better idea! If you or anyone else has any better ideas as to how to end the cycle of violence and despair I’m all ears. Or let me know how to support what your doing over there and I will try my best to lend my songs to the cause.

    To bring it back to the specifics of this fast, Darfur remains the United Nations’ largest relief operation. More than 2.7 million civilians have been driven from their homes, and about 4.7 million rely on humanitarian aid to this day.

    and that is why I cannot eat…

    jon

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    Global Balance of Power http://fastdarfur.org/global-balance-of-power/ http://fastdarfur.org/global-balance-of-power/#comments Tue, 12 May 2009 18:31:17 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1714 I wonder what would happen if the UN, our administration, or the Government of Sudan were told they could not eat until they arrived at a solution for peace in Darfur. How long would it take them to act? Essentially this is what the Darfuris are doing by default. Starving until a solution is reached, without the power to design and implement that solution.

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    Peter Gabriel takes the fast baton from Congressman Payne http://fastdarfur.org/1701/ http://fastdarfur.org/1701/#comments Tue, 12 May 2009 18:07:01 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1701 Washington, D.C.— Legendary Genesis front man and solo artist Peter Gabriel announced today that he will
    take over in the fasting chain from U.S. Representative Donald Payne and Switchfoot front man Jon Foreman
    as part of the Darfur Fast for Life. From Wednesday, May 13 to Friday May 15, Gabriel will follow a string of
    fasters around the globe to take a stand of solidarity with the people of Darfur, including Actress-Activist Mia
    Farrow and Virgin CEO and Founder Sir Richard Branson. He will be on a water-only fast for those three
    days.

    Said Gabriel, “The people of Darfur have suffered horribly in the last six years and despite many campaigns,
    protests and the judgment of the International Criminal Court, there has been insufficient international
    response to stop the suffering. For that reason, I really hope that the Darfur Fast for Life campaign puts the
    plight of the Darfuris back on the world’s priority list. I also believe it is enormously important that there is
    sufficient international backing for the ICC to bring President Bashir to trial”

    Gabriel began his solo career in 1975 after leaving the legendary rock band Genesis. Since then, he has
    released eleven solo albums and written soundtracks for three films. In 1980 he founded WOMAD, World of
    Music Arts and Dance, a music festival that introduced world music to 22 different countries and islands. In
    1989, Gabriel conceived and co-founded Witness.org, and went on to co-found the Elders.org along with
    Richard Branson, and launched by Nelson Mandela in July 2007. Gabriel has received several accolades
    including, the Man of Peace award, presented by the Nobel Peace Laureates in 2007, the ‘Chevalier dans
    l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ and the ‘Quadriga Award. He has also received various lifetime achievement
    awards as well as BT’s digital Music Pioneer Award and Grammy awards for his music and video work.

    Gabriel joins fasters from over 25 countries including Albania, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chad, France,
    Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Puerto Rico,
    Romania, Senegal, Spain, Sudan, Thailand, UK and USA. Gabriel and others will continue to provide video
    and blog posts throughout the Darfur Fast for Life at www.fastdarfur.org.

    The Darfur Fast for Life | We are leaders, activists and citizens around the world who fast in solidarity with
    the people of Darfur because they do not have a choice. We fast as a personal expression of outrage at a world
    that has allowed the suffering of millions of innocent people. We fast because as we simply watched, Darfur’s
    defenseless people were forced into wretched camps where today they are facing starvation and disease. We
    fast because those in positions of authority who know what is right and just, could and should do more to
    alleviate their suffering and bring peace, protection, and justice to the people of Sudan.

    We fast for Darfur’s courageous people —because we yearn for a world where human rights are respected and
    a life of dignity is the legacy for every man, woman and child.

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    May 12, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/may-12/ Tue, 12 May 2009 07:50:40 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1654 Tuesday: Over 400 people have joined the fast and today 133 people from 15 countries around the world are fasting in solidarity with the people of Darfur

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    People Fasting in Solidarity http://fastdarfur.org/people-fasting-in-solidarity/ http://fastdarfur.org/people-fasting-in-solidarity/#comments Tue, 12 May 2009 07:14:23 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1646 Over 500 people from 34 countries are fasting together:
    Albania, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chad, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UK, USA & Puerto Rico

    The calendar is broken down by week, please select a week below to view:

    –> This week: July 6 – 12 <–

    Week 1: April 27 – May 3, 2009
    Week 2: May 4 – 10, 2009
    Week 3: May 11 – 17, 2009
    Week 4: May 18 – 24, 2009
    Week 5: May 25 – 31, 2009
    Week 6: June 1 – 7, 2009
    Week 7: June 8 – 14, 2009
    Week 8: June 15 – 21, 2009
    Week 9: June 22 – 28, 2009
    Week 10: June 29 – July 5, 2009
    Week 11: July 6 – 12, 2009
    Week 12: July 13 – 19, 2009
    Week 13: July 20 – 26, 2009
    Week 14: July 27 – August 2, 2009
    Week 15: August 3 – 9, 2009
    Week 16: August 10 – 16, 2009
    Week 17: August 17 – 23, 2009
    Week 18: August 24 – 30, 2009

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and type of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations). If you left a comment on this site please also email join@fastdarfur.org, as we might overlook your comment. Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

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    There’s something broken with the system http://fastdarfur.org/theres-something-broken-with-the-system/ http://fastdarfur.org/theres-something-broken-with-the-system/#comments Tue, 12 May 2009 00:25:02 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1604 As a musician, I have a natural aversion to politicians. In fact, I believe in democracy simply because I distrust all politicians equally.

    And yet, I have a tremendous amount of faith and belief in humanity. When it comes to folks outside of the power schemes I might even trust people too much. I am ruthlessly idealistic, hopelessly optimistic. I believe the best in people. That’s why I have to do something, because I feel that if people knew the truth, they would feel the same as I do. They would feel that something has to be done. They would care and things would change.

    President Barack Obama last week requested a $1.5 billion emergency appropriation to deal with a flu outbreak that has killed 3 people in the US. I believe this action was in response to a nation experiencing “what could potentially be the biggest national emergency since Y2K” (genius comparison courtesy of glenn phillips.)

    An estimated 300,000 folks have already died in Darfur and we do nothing… $0.00. And three people die of the flu and we spend $1.5 billion to figure things out. $1,500,000,000.00

    I understand the need for precautionary measures but this feels like reactionary spending when I am reminded of the 2,500,000 people whose lives hang in the balance in displacement camps? What can be done for them? don’t tell me nothing.

    Obama: “We can’t ignore the genocide in Darfur… We have to do everything in our power to make it stop. We have to act. Now.”

    Nothing? Years and years go by… and still… nothing…

    Our national inaction sends the simple message that a whole crowd of Sudanese souls are not worth as much as an American with the flu. “Surely this is not true!” we protest. And yet our actions speak louder than our words.

    There’s something broken with the system.

    We the people of the united states of america… We are the system. We are the media. We are the government. We are the twittering public. We the people of the united states of america… we own this place. We decide who is president. We pick the next american idol. Obama our leader, is in many ways a follower of his people. In a state where the vote of the populous determines the next face of the government, a politician must listen to his/her constituents to remain in power. I believe nothing was done for Darfur because Obama doesn’t think the public cares about Darfur.

    Perhaps we can blame the media- perhaps the public doesn’t care because they are uninformed, or at least under-informed? Yes, but in many ways “the news” is simply a vendor trying to sell a product, we tell them (with our viewing, purchasing power) what product sells. Britney, Brangelina, or Bosnia. we choose the news.

    And now for the staggering fact: you and I are the problem and the solution.

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    Week Three Fast http://fastdarfur.org/week-three-fast/ http://fastdarfur.org/week-three-fast/#comments Mon, 11 May 2009 21:51:39 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1586 I’m entering week three of my fast, second week on refugee rations. Well maybe it’s really that I’m starting a third week-long fast. I broke from my refugee rations this weekend to gather with family and friends. I had an overwhelming appetite for fruits, vegetables, tofu, hummus and all the things I usually eat and had not allowed myself for so long. I feel very mixed now. A bit of shame for not continuing on without a break, thoughts of gratitude for the availability of nutrition that has brought back my strength, and an acute awareness of the excess all around us. Going back to meal after meal of cracked wheat and split yellow peas, I think of things like how to arrange for a refugee distribution of curry powder, hot sauce, peanut butter and sesame oil. And, of course, vitamins.

    firewoodWhen I first went to the camps, I naively expected to find long cafeteria lines like a soup kitchen. I did not know that refugees received a monthly ration of food that they had to cook over a wood fire. Then I learned about the horrific risk of rape that women face as they leave the camps to collect the firewood they need to cook each day. I could not understand why the UN did not more proactively address the issue of cooking fuel. In some places we were told that women were walking up to 8 miles each way before they would find a stubby tree to take branches from for their fire. Early in the conflict, Médecins Sans Frontières estimated that 82% of rapes occurred during such daily chores. Periodically I hear about UN deliveries of firewood, but I do not know if they are regular or even still ongoing. I witnessed one of these monthly distributions in a camp in Eastern Chad. The women told me their small pile of wood could last 5-6 days – two weeks if they were really resourceful. The pile was about the size I could go through in a few hours on a camping trip.

    There is an amazing program called the Solar Cooker Project sponsored by Jewish World Watch, which teaches women how to cook their food using the heat of the sun, reflected off a three-part piece of cardboard covered with a silver coating. And there is a wonderful group started by a high-school student called Teens 4 Peace, which have been manufacturing a small device that helps women know if their water has gotten hot enough using the solar cooker to purify the water. And yet, the women also told us they prefer the smoky taste to their food that they get from a wood fire. I can almost understand, but I’ve only been eating these same rations each meal for about two weeks now – not five or six years.

    Even more staggering, we were told that there was enough of a market for firewood that women were still going off into the desert to collect it even if they had a solar cooker. I wonder what they buy with that money. The women I spoke with in the camps always asked for milk for their children. But to risk rape or murder by Janjaweed to collect a few pieces of firewood to sell…the need for their children must be so very great. just cannot fathom this. What will they cook on when the rains come and there is no solar option?

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    Congressman Donald M. Payne joins Darfur Fast for Life http://fastdarfur.org/congressman-donald-m-payne-joins-darfur-fast-for-life/ Mon, 11 May 2009 19:21:52 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1579 Congressman Donald M. Payne, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health and an outspoken leader in working towards ending the suffering in Darfur and bringing lasting peace to Sudan, is joining Darfur Fast for Life. Hearing of Mia Farrow’s hunger strike and Sir Richard Branson taking the fast baton, Congressman Payne committed to fasting water-only for three days, staring Monday, May 11.

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    A Growing Community – for Leila http://fastdarfur.org/a-growing-community-for-leila/ http://fastdarfur.org/a-growing-community-for-leila/#comments Mon, 11 May 2009 16:15:04 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1511 It’s been inspiring to see so many people join Darfur Fast for Life. I’ve been reading the comments on this website and reading e-mails from people that are joining. To all the people that are fasting, what is happening in Darfur is not acceptable, and the way the world has responded is also completely unacceptable.

    I first visited Darfuri refugee camps on the Chad-Sudan border in 2005. I thought it was going to be my only trip, since there was just no way this could go on for long. I am now getting ready to go on my 8th trip.

    In one of those visits, I fell in love with a little girl called Leila. She is beautiful. Walking barefoot on burning-hot sand, she was always smiling and right next to me. I got to carry her for quite a while, as other children led us across the camp to see the market. I have Leila’s picture on my phone, always on the screen when it lights up.img_0051

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    This past Saturday, I was with my daughter at a religious celebration, her first communion. I am not exactly religious, but I felt such joy to be with my beautiful girl and see her growing so strong and witty and smart. We laugh so much. I can’t wait to see her life unfold.

    As the ceremony was about to begin, I reached for my phone to turn off the sound, and little Leila, with her orange hair–a clear sign of malnutrition, looked at me smiling. I got really sad, thinking about her and her parents, wondering how much joy and how much hope they experience. The future of Leila is so much less certain than the future of my Noemi.

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    Day 24 — Mother’s Day http://fastdarfur.org/day-24-mother%e2%80%99s-day/ http://fastdarfur.org/day-24-mother%e2%80%99s-day/#comments Mon, 11 May 2009 03:45:59 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1481 My prayer for today is that all mothers will join together in standing up for the mothers of Darfur. That as moms we will no longer tolerate children dying at the hand of evil. I feel so blessed to be a mom and at the same time empowered. Being a mother is an incredibly empowering thing. My heart is not my own but rather it resides in the bodies of my little 3 year old and 4 month old….. so much so that I can’t imagine the intense pain I would feel if I was unable to protect and provide for my children. I would be crying out for help, help from anywhere, help from everywhere. My hope would rest in knowing there are mothers all across the globe who would understand the desperation I felt and would show up in support. I pray that as mothers we show up and show up now.

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    Sunday, May 10, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/sunday-may-10-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/sunday-may-10-2009/#comments Sun, 10 May 2009 18:47:04 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1467 Today my thoughts and prayers go to all the mothers in Sudan and elsewhere in the world – prayers to end suffering and to ensure all of their children have the opportunity to know love, compassion, joy, and equanimity.

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    May 10th – Under the same sun http://fastdarfur.org/sunday-may-10th-mothers-day/ http://fastdarfur.org/sunday-may-10th-mothers-day/#comments Sun, 10 May 2009 16:22:43 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1482 Sunday, May 10th
    Mothers day

    I arrived home in San Diego early this morning, back from a run of shows up the coast with Switchfoot. The sun is setting over the pacific and my hair is still wet from an evening surf. In the distance I can hear the whistle of the Amtrak from LA heading south. I’m grateful to be home, grateful to have a place to live, grateful to have been given another breath alive on this planet.

    But today my thoughts are divided, split between two worlds. As the sun sets over California it begins to rise over Darfur. The same sun. The same planet. Can it be possible that right now, two and a half million people are waking up in camps and refugee camps having been driven from their homes by violent means? Under the same sun, could it be true that almost half a million people have died of starvation, violence, and disease over the past six years in Darfur? Is this true?!

    And if this is true, why has the media remained almost completely silent on the issue? Why has our government maintained it’s current stance of inaction?

    When presidential hopeful Obama was running for office he stated that “We can’t ignore the genocide in Darfur. The international community can’t turn a blind eye when children are being slaughtered and women are being raped. We have to do everything in our power to make it stop. We have to act. Now.”

    Nothing has happened.

    And yet the sun is still rising over Darfur. And the sun still rises over me. And the sun still rises over capital hill… the same sun.

    Today we celebrate mother’s day with our moms and grandmothers. My thoughts drift overseas to the mother who is just now waking up, wondering whether she’ll be able to give her children anything to eat.

    Tomorrow I begin a three day fast for Darfur. Why fast? Because quite frankly, I can’t think of a better idea. I reckon the best way to enter into the suffering of a group of people halfway around the world is to start with the basics. These folks are fasting without alternative, for three days I will fast with them.

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    Week 11: July 6 – 12, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/week-11-july-6-12-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/week-11-july-6-12-2009/#comments Sun, 10 May 2009 01:38:53 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1426 People Fasting in Solidarity

    Week 11: July 6 – 12, 2009

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 6
    Monday
    Noreen Sciaky Oak Lawn, IL refugee rations
    Michelle D. van Hees Portland, OR refugee rations
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    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 7
    Tuesday
    Noreen Sciaky Oak Lawn, IL refugee rations
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Andrew Hall Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Talbot Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Rall Tucson, AZ water only
    Gwen Woods Tucson, AZ water only
    Tammy Schuster Fife Lake, MI water only
    Michelle D. van Hees Portland, OR refugee rations
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 8
    Wednesday
    Noreen Sciaky Oak Lawn, IL refugee rations
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Tammy Schuster Fife Lake, MI water only
    Michelle D. van Hees Portland, OR refugee rations
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 9
    Thursday
    Noreen Sciaky Oak Lawn, IL refugee rations
    Tammy Schuster Fife Lake, MI water only
    Michelle D. van Hees Portland, OR refugee rations
    water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 10
    Friday
    Noreen Sciaky Oak Lawn, IL refugee rations
    Tim Nonn Petaluma, CA water only
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Anne Curry Phoenix, AZ water only
    Michelle D. van Hees Portland, OR refugee rations
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 11
    Saturday
    Noreen Sciaky Oak Lawn, IL refugee rations
    Michelle D. van Hees Portland, OR refugee rations
    Tim Nonn Petaluma, CA water only
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    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 12
    Sunday
    Noreen Sciaky Oak Lawn, IL refugee rations
    Michelle D. van Hees Portland, OR refugee rations
    Tim Nonn Petaluma, CA water only
    water only

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations). Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

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    Day 23 http://fastdarfur.org/day-23/ http://fastdarfur.org/day-23/#comments Sat, 09 May 2009 17:27:29 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1368 I am grouchy today. After yesterday’s nightmare news with Mandate Darfur being cancelled I am really discouraged. Seems we just continue to receive bad news from Darfur and then just continue with our day. I am guilty of this, I am still not doing enough. There needs to be a global uproar…. crying out from every corner of the world… we must fight for peace. If we could see peace in Darfur perhaps then we would see a domino effect of human rights and tolerance taking center stage. This is my prayer. My prayers are desperate at this point. They are focused on a miracle as now it seems that is what we need.

    I would encourage any of you in this fight to surround yourselves with friends and others who are like minded with you in this cause. I could never do this without a fantastic community of others who are in the fight. I am grateful for each of them and count myself blessed to have them in my life.

    Pray for change.

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    Day 22 http://fastdarfur.org/day-22/ Sat, 09 May 2009 17:26:30 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1367 I was actually a bit hungry today which was kind of surprising as I haven’t been hungry in a while. This morning started off with news of Mia needing to stop the fast. I was so encouraged by her heart and passion for this and am so grateful to Richard for taking the baton. There was also some bad news from Sudan. An extremely important conference that was to take place in Ethiopia this weekend has been cancelled due to intimidation by the Government of Sudan. Bashir continues to wield his evil ways and we the global community continue to sit back and watch. Kristof with the Times covered the news well with his blog, here is his take: http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/08/another-hope-dashed-in-darfur/

    May 8, 2009, 5:31 pm
    Another Hope Dashed in Darfur
    By Nicholas Kristof

    One of the truly hopeful signs recently for Sudan was “Mandate Darfur,” the effort to get Sudanese civil society from Darfur to talk together in Addis Ababa and try to form common positions as a step toward reaching a negotiated solution. The effort was led by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, started by the Sudanese telecoms tycoon of the same name, and it should have been an effort to put Sudanese in charge of their own destiny. And ultimately the only way the madness in Darfur will end is if Sudanese themselves hammer out their differences (and Darfuris have ancient dispute-settlement methods to do just that) and reach a peace agreement.

    Unfortunately, with the Addis Ababa conference about to take place, the Sudanese government has refused permission for key players to attend. As a result, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation regretfully cancelled the conference. The Foundation said:

    Despite numerous attempts at engagement with the Sudanese government, including sending a delegation to Khartoum and inviting senior figures to address the conference, we were greatly disappointed that Sudanese security services harassed our delegates, confiscated passports and threatened the conference coordinators in Sudan. Ultimately, the government has refused to grant exit visas to the delegates making it impossible for the conference to proceed.

    There’s a tendency for new arrivals on the scene — and I’m afraid this may include General Scott Gration, the Obama administration’s envoy — to talk to Sudanese officials, find them intelligent and reasonable, and think, “Hey, I can deal with these people.” It takes about 9 months to discover that they are lying through their teeth. I hope that this Sudanese government action to block a peace conference encourages the Obama administration to look with more skepticism on Sudanese promises and to work harder to bring about peace. This cancelled conference is truly a lost opportunity, but if there is enough of an international outcry — particularly from China and the Arab world — then it just might be reversed so that the peace process could take a step forward.

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    Fast is Over – May 08, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/fast-is-over-may-08-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/fast-is-over-may-08-2009/#comments Sat, 09 May 2009 02:51:43 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1360

    Fast is Over – May 08, 2009

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    Day 22 – Friday, May 8, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/day-22-friday-may-8-2009/ Fri, 08 May 2009 23:24:32 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1358 Today the “Mandate Darfur” conference, a gathering of civil society organizations spearheaded by the Mo Ibrahim foundation, that was to be held next week in Addis Ababa, was canceled. The reason? Interference from the Government of Sudan. This is deeply disappointing and distressing. Civil society must play a significant role in any peace process.

    This interference speaks to the lack of respect the Government of Sudan has for its own citizens and suggests that it does not really support meaningful peace. Mo Ibrahim and his foundation, along with others, are committed to supporting a real peace process. We’ve heard that one of their team has been detained as well.

    I worry that the Government of Sudan is beginning to feel the pressure, and is doing all they can to close ranks. So we must all cry louder for peace. That’s one reason I’m so deeply touched by Richard Branson’s decision to take over fasting for Mia Farrow. Mia’s selfless commitment, at the serious risk to her own health, is deeply inspiring.

    I have decided to continue my own fast despite an upcoming trip to Africa. I want to see more action by those in power. I will be in DC in June for World Refugee Day and will make my case on The Hill in person. I am calling and writing letters now. The silence of our leaders here in the United States is not acceptable. Nor is their inaction. Nor is the silence and inaction of the broader international community. Millions are suffering and it is so very clear the Government in Khartoum has no willingness to find a path towards peace. What will it take for us to give them no choice?

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    Individual and Collective Conscience http://fastdarfur.org/individual-and-collective-conscience/ http://fastdarfur.org/individual-and-collective-conscience/#comments Fri, 08 May 2009 21:42:50 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1356 I am so moved by Mia’s decision to end her fast and Richard Branson’s decision to step in. I really applaud Mia for deciding to do what is necessary to care for herself so that she can continue to lead this fight on behalf of the Darfur people. Too often I think people pursue social justice work to the ends of their limits and then, facing burnout, quit. Movements lose their energy, and individuals unintentionally become a disservice to their cause by not caring for themselves so as to ensure they remain strong. I am reminded of the words we hear every time we get on an airplane – if you are traveling with a child, please put on your oxygen mask first before helping someone in need. I’m glad that Mia has chosen to take a rest, affix her oxygen mask and renew herself. And I can only imagine that she does so with deep humility and deep concern for the million of displaced Darfuris who can no longer see a doctor, cannot end their hunger and cannot avoid the increasing probability that their children and families risk starvation.

    I am so in awe of the power of consciousness within a collective body to move and inspire others. I am wondering whether we have or will have other spiritual or religious leaders, political leaders, business leaders and cultural leaders joining this fast. And I am comforted by the growing support of grassroots citizens and even whole communities that are bringing new awareness of Darfur to their neighbors. I am also continually shocked that in this day and age of technology it is so very hard to mobilize enough people, enough voices, enough political influence, enough media and enough power to reach the tipping point to end a genocide. There is no excuse. I sit here observing this extraordinary paradigm of deepest personal action and greatest collective non-action and just pray that the former will shift the latter.

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    Week 10: June 29 – July 5, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/week-10-june-29-july-5-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/week-10-june-29-july-5-2009/#comments Fri, 08 May 2009 20:14:16 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1315 People Fasting in Solidarity

    Week 10: June 29 – July 5, 2009

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 29
    Monday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Jeannette and Julien Montpellier, France water only
    Katie White Torquay, Devon, UK water only
    Alison Klippenstein Hungerford, Berkshire, UK refugee rations
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Shayla Durrett San Diego, CA water only
    Michelle Cocoa Beach, FL water only
    Joanne Clarke Gainesville, FL liquids only
    Jennifer Willett New York City, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Elizabeth Streets Kenova, WV water only
    Christina Kay Lafayette, CO water only
    Kristen Lynn Glaser Mt Zion, IL water only
    Tiffany Scott water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 30
    Tuesday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Jeannette and Julien Montpellier, France water only
    Alison Klippenstein Hungerford, Berkshire, UK refugee rations
    Emma White Torquay, UK water only
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Andrew Hall Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Talbot Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Rall Tucson, AZ water only
    Gwen Woods Tucson, AZ water only
    Christina Kay Lafayette, CO water only
    Kristen Lynn Glaser Mt Zion, IL water only
    Shayla Durrett San Diego, CA water only
    Tiffany Scott water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 1
    Wednesday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Alison Klippenstein Hungerford, Berkshire, UK refugee rations
    Melissa Allen Bernardston, MA refugee rations
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Robin Colegrove Lake Havasu City, AZ water only
    Caitlin Stephen Phoenix, AZ water only
    Tegan Cruz Alexandria, VA water only
    Jessica Oliver Brooklyn, NY water only
    Susan Smylie San Antonio, TX water only
    Jillian Crisci Wallkill, NY refugee rations
    Shayla Durrett San Diego, CA water only
    Tiffany Scott water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 2
    Thursday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Alison Klippenstein Hungerford, Berkshire, UK refugee rations
    Susan Smylie San Antonio, TX water only
    Melissa Allen Bernardston, MA refugee rations
    Jillian Crisci Wallkill, NY refugee rations
    Shayla Durrett San Diego, CA water only
    Caitlin Stephen Phoenix, AZ water only
    Tiffany Scott water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 3
    Friday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Anne Curry Phoenix, AZ water only
    Caitlin Stephen Phoenix, AZ refugee rations
    Alison Klippenstein Hungerford, Berkshire, UK refugee rations
    Cory Preston Moscow, ID water only
    Melissa Allen Bernardston, MA refugee rations
    Jillian Crisci Wallkill, NY refugee rations
    Jonna Shutowick water only
    Shayla Durrett San Diego, CA water only
    Vera Morales Long Beach, CA water only
    Tiffany Scott water only
    Michelle D. van Hees Portland, OR water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 4
    Saturday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Melissa Allen Bernardston, MA refugee rations
    Jillian Crisci Wallkill, NY refugee rations
    Shayla Durrett San Diego, CA water only
    Vera Morales Long Beach, CA refugee rations
    Tiffany Scott water only
    Michelle D. van Hees Portland, OR water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    July 5
    Sunday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Jessica Oliver Brooklyn, NY water only
    Michelle Petersen San Antonio, TX water only
    Jared Huckabee Rockwall, TX water only
    Melissa Allen Bernardston, MA refugee rations
    Jillian Crisci Wallkill, NY refugee rations
    Tony Gabriele El Segundo, CA refugee rations
    Shayla Durrett San Diego, CA water only
    Vera Morales Long Beach, CA water only
    Tiffany Scott water only
    Michelle D. van Hees Portland, OR water only

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations). Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

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    Week 9: June 22 – 28, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/week-9-june-22-28-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/week-9-june-22-28-2009/#comments Fri, 08 May 2009 20:12:37 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1314 People Fasting in Solidarity

    Week 9: June 22 – 28, 2009

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 22
    Monday
    Susan Sears Silver Spring, MD refugee rations
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Sarah Grove San Francisco, CA water only
    Catherine Corpeny Santa Monica, CA water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Danielle McCarthy Philadelphia, PA water only
    Michelle Cocoa Beach, FL water only
    Joanne Clarke Gainesville, FL liquids only
    Jennifer Willett New York City, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Patricia Allen Arlington Heights, IL water only
    Agatha Tutia Houston, TX water only
    Shiloh Lillith Oregon water only
    Chris Cheek Greensboro, NC refugee rations
    Abigail-Marie Fiattarone Phoenix, AZ liquids only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 23
    Tuesday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Susan Sears Silver Spring, MD refugee rations
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Christine Sivazlian Los Angeles, CA water only
    Sarah Grove San Francisco, CA water only
    Catherine Corpeny Santa Monica, CA water only
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Abigail-Marie Fiattarone Phoenix, AZ liquids only
    Andrew Hall Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Talbot Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Rall Tucson, AZ water only
    Gwen Woods Tucson, AZ water only
    Shiloh Lillith Oregon water only
    Chris Cheek Greensboro, NC refugee rations
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 24
    Wednesday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Susan Sears Silver Spring, MD refugee rations
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Christine Sivazlian Los Angeles, CA water only
    Sarah Grove San Francisco, CA water only
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Catherine Corpeny Santa Monica, CA water only
    Agatha Tutia Houston, TX water only
    Angeline Garris Gainesville, FL water only
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Robin Colegrove Lake Havasu City, AZ water only
    Abigail-Marie Fiattarone Phoenix, AZ liquids only
    Tegan Cruz Alexandria, VA water only
    Jessica Oliver Brooklyn, NY water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 25
    Thursday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Susan Sears Silver Spring, MD refugee rations
    Malin Hallgren Malmoe, Sweden water only
    Cynthia Crespo Las Vegas, NV water only
    Hedy Esposito Las Vegas, NV water only
    Nare Kupelian Glendale, CA water only
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Abigail-Marie Fiattarone Phoenix, AZ liquids only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 26
    Friday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Alison Klippenstein Hungerford, Berkshire, UK refugee rations
    Susan Sears Silver Spring, MD refugee rations
    Anne Curry Phoenix, AZ water only
    Abigail-Marie Fiattarone Phoenix, AZ liquids only
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Cynthia Crespo Las Vegas, NV water only
    Nare Kupelian Glendale, CA water only
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Hedy Esposito Las Vegas, NV water only
    Agatha Tutia Houston, TX water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Katherine Bleich New York, NY water only
    Peta Hartmann New York refugee rations
    Jonna Shutowick water only
    Justin Elkins Cedar Falls, IA water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 27
    Saturday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Alison Klippenstein Hungerford, Berkshire, UK refugee rations
    Susan Sears Silver Spring, MD refugee rations
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Cynthia Crespo Las Vegas, NV water only
    Hedy Esposito Las Vegas, NV water only
    Eva Koehler Boston, MA water only
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Peta Hartmann New York refugee rations
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 28
    Sunday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Alison Klippenstein Hungerford, Berkshire, UK refugee rations
    Susan Sears Silver Spring, MD refugee rations
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Shayla Durrett San Diego, CA water only
    Tony Gabriele El Segundo, CA refugee rations
    Jessica Oliver Brooklyn, NY water only
    Peta Hartmann New York refugee rations
    Eva Koehler Boston, MA water only
    Kristen Lynn Glaser Mt Zion, IL water only
    Jared Huckabee Rockwall, TX water only

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations). Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

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    Week 8: June 15 – 21, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/week-8-june-15-21-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/week-8-june-15-21-2009/#comments Fri, 08 May 2009 20:11:11 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1313 People Fasting in Solidarity

    Week 8: June 15 – 21, 2009

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 15
    Monday
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Liz Chan Vancity, BC water only
    Amanda Sarrazin St. Albert, Alberta, Canada water only
    Megan Sarrazin Edmonton, Alberta, Canada water only
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Susan Sears Silver Spring, MD refugee rations
    Michelle Cocoa Beach, FL water only
    Renee Noyola Jacksonville, FL water only
    Marv Steinber Redding, CA refugee rations
    Jennifer Willett New York City, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Pete Witzler Boston, MA water only
    Annette Jackson Philadelphia, PA water only
    Leia Y. Price Philadelphia, PA water only
    Elizabeth Streets Kenova, WV
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Louis Hamric Memphis, TN water only
    Agatha Tutia Houston, TX water only
    Lauren Griffith Humble, TX water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Grace Hankin Colby, KS water only
    Sam Cooke water only
    Meera Kamegai Las Vegas, NV water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 16
    Tuesday
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Liz Chan Vancity, BC water only
    Amanda Sarrazin St. Albert, Alberta, Canada water only
    Megan Sarrazin Edmonton, Alberta, Canada water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Pete Witzler Boston, MA water only
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Rabbi Josh Berkenwald San Jose, CA water only
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Lauren Griffith Humble, TX water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Andrew Hall Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Talbot Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Rall Tucson, AZ water only
    Gwen Woods Tucson, AZ water only
    Sam Cooke water only
    Rebekka White Tallahassee, FL water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 17
    Wednesday
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Amei Gerlinde Wöllmer Ulm, Germany water only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Amanda Sarrazin St. Albert, Alberta, Canada water only
    Megan Sarrazin Edmonton, Alberta, Canada water only
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Agatha Tutia Houston, TX water only
    Angeline Garris Gainesville, FL water only
    Rebekka White Tallahassee, FL water only
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Robin Colegrove Lake Havasu City, AZ water only
    Tegan Cruz Alexandria, VA water only
    Jessica Oliver Brooklyn, NY water only
    Sam Cooke water only
    Sandi Everlove Seattle, WA water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 18
    Thursday
    Liz Palmer South Africa water only
    Megan Sarrazin Edmonton, Alberta, Canada water only
    Beth Blackmore Montreal, Quebec, Canada water only
    Malin Hallgren Malmoe, Sweden water only
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    June Devisfruto Winter Harbor, ME liquids only
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Sandi Everlove Seattle, WA water only
    Rabbi Chava Bahle Suttons Bay, MI water only
    Dave Robinson Louisville, KY refugee rations
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 19
    Friday
    Megan Sarrazin Edmonton, Alberta, Canada water only
    Beth Blackmore Montreal, Quebec, Canada water only
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Anne Curry Phoenix, AZ water only
    Leena Pradam Boston, MA water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    June Devisfruto Winter Harbor, ME liquids only
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Agatha Tutia Houston, TX water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Sandi Everlove Seattle, WA water only
    Andrea Santa Maria Seattle, WA water only
    Kathryn Smith McGlynn water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 20
    Saturday
    refugee rations
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Catherine Corpeny Santa Monica, CA water only
    June Devisfruto Winter Harbor, ME liquids only
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Leena Pradam Boston, MA water only
    Sandi Everlove Seattle, WA water only
    Sara Ray Everett, WA water only
    Mark Tompkins San Antonio, TX water only
    Chris Cheek Greensboro, NC water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 21
    Sunday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Heather Odom Tunbridge Wells, Kent. UK water only
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Catherine Corpeny Santa Monica, CA water only
    Sarah Grove San Francisco, CA water only
    Tony Gabriele El Segundo, CA refugee rations
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Virginia Applebaum Birmingham, AL water only
    Danielle McCarthy Philadelphia, PA water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Jessica Oliver Brooklyn, NY water only
    Sandi Everlove Seattle, WA water only
    Abigail-Marie Fiattarone Phoenix, AZ liquids only

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations). Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

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    Week 7: June 8 – 14, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/week-7-june-8-14-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/week-7-june-8-14-2009/#comments Fri, 08 May 2009 19:58:01 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1309 People Fasting in Solidarity

    Week 7: June 8 – 14, 2009

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 8
    Monday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Geraldine Kelly Dublin, Ireland water only
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    R.I. Ahmad Washington D.C refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Michelle Cocoa Beach, FL water only
    Renee Noyola Jacksonville, FL water only
    Aida Meskel New York, NY water only
    Jennifer Willett New York City, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids-only
    Elizabeth Streets Kenova, WV water only
    Patricia Allen Arlington Heights, IL water only
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 9
    Tuesday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Geraldine Kelly Dublin, Ireland water only
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    R.I. Ahmad Washington D.C refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Caitie Moon Ovilla, TX water only
    Annette Jackson Philadelphia, Pa water only
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Margaret Doherty-Lopez Boston, MA water only
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids-only
    Andrew Hall Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Talbot Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Rall Tucson, AZ water only
    Gwen Woods Tucson, AZ water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 10
    Wednesday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    R.I. Ahmad Washington D.C refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Angeline Garris Gainesville, FL water only
    Margaret Doherty-Lopez Boston, MA water only
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids-only
    Jessica Oliver Brooklyn, NY water only
    Robin Colegrove Lake Havasu City, AZ water only
    Tegan Cruz Alexandria, VA water only
    Rick Brooks Chelsea, OK water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 11
    Thursday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Malin Hallgren Malmoe, Sweden water only
    Susan Sears Silver Spring, MD water only
    R.I. Ahmad Washington D.C refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Amanda Cary Somerville, MA water only
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids-only
    Andrea Funk Florence, KY water only
    Caryl Lorent Lake Milton, OH water only
    Juli Burke Willow Street, PA water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 12
    Friday
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Elise Botero Calgary, Alberta, Canada water only
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Susan Sears Silver Spring, MD water only
    R.I. Ahmad Washington D.C refugee rations
    Anne Curry Phoenix, AZ water only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Kaci VanMeter water only
    Amanda Cary Somerville, MA water only
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids-only
    Kendra Jackson-Helms North Carolina water only
    Kelli Bennett McComb, MS water only
    Andrea Funk Florence, KY water only
    Juli Burke Willow Street, PA water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 13
    Saturday
    Jo Read UK water only
    Julie Ferland Quebec City, Canada water only
    Elise Botero Calgary, Alberta, Canada water only
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Kaci VanMeter water only
    Susan Sears Silver Spring, MD water only
    R.I. Ahmad Washington D.C water only
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Kendra Jackson-Helms North Carolina water only
    Kelli Bennett McComb, MS water only
    Juli Burke Willow Street, PA water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 14
    Sunday
    Jo Read UK water only
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Elise Botero Calgary, Alberta, Canada water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Willow Brohmer Los Angeles, CA water only
    Heather Odom Tunbridge Wells, Kent. UK water only
    Kaci VanMeter water only
    Susan Sears Silver Spring, MD refugee rations
    R.I. Ahmad Washington D.C refugee rations
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids-only
    Jessica Oliver Brooklyn, NY water only
    Kendra Jackson-Helms North Carolina water only
    Kelli Bennett McComb, MS water only
    Blair Anderson Little Rock, Arkansas water only
    Sam Cooke water only

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations). Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

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    Week 6: June 1 – 7, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/week-6-june-1-7-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/week-6-june-1-7-2009/#comments Fri, 08 May 2009 19:56:05 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1308 People Fasting in Solidarity

    Week 6: June 1 – 7, 2009

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 1

    Monday

    Blake Mycoskie Los Angeles, CA water only
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Elizabeth Bushey water only
    Teresa Litchfield Australia water only
    Shona Fletcher London, UK water only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Andrew Phillips Toronto, Canada water only
    Richard MacKinnon Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Melanie Ward Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Patricia Allen Arlington Heights, IL water only
    Michelle Cocoa Beach, FL water only
    Renee Noyola Jacksonvile, FL water only
    Jennifer Willett New York City, NY water only
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY water only
    Barbara Driscoll-Lynch Piermont, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids-only
    Jayme Smith Rensselaer Falls, NY refugee rations
    Mary Ouzounian Los Angeles, CA water only
    Ava Leigh Stewart Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Melody Bennett Los Angeles, CA water only
    Hannah Burton Long Beach, CA refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Elizabeth Streets Kenova, WV water only
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Agatha Tutia Houston, TX water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Michael Charles Springfield, MD water only
    Christopher E. Allen-Nolan Malboro, MD water only
    Beth Burket Heinemann State College, PA water only
    Nicole Williams Washington, DC refugee rations
    Megan Talbot Tucson, AZ water only
    Gwen Woods Tucson, AZ water only
    Courtney Robin water only
    James W Lanning water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 2
    Tuesday
    Blake Mycoskie Los Angeles, CA water only
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Moses Kariuki Nairobi, Kenya water only
    Elizabeth Bushey water only
    Shona Fletcher London, UK water only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Richard MacKinnon Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Teresa Litchfield Australia water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Helga Moor New York, NY water only
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY water only
    Barbara Driscoll-Lynch Piermont, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids-only
    Jayme Smith Rensselaer Falls, NY refugee rations
    Hannah Burton Long Beach, CA refugee rations
    Mary Ouzounian Los Angeles, CA water only
    Ava Leigh Stewart Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Melody Bennett Los Angeles, CA water only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Beth Embry Encinitas, CA water only
    Casey Lewis Sacramento, CA water only
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Christopher E. Allen-Nolan Malboro, MD water only
    Beth Burket Heinemann State College, PA water only
    Nicole Williams Washington, DC refugee rations
    Gwen Woods Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Talbot Tucson, AZ water only
    Megan Rall Tucson, AZ water only
    Andrew Hall Tucson, AZ water only
    James W Lanning water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 3
    Wednesday
    Blake Mycoskie Los Angeles, CA water only
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Elizabeth Bushey water only
    Shona Fletcher water only
    Teresa Litchfield Australia water only
    Richard MacKinnon Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Heather Brown Kamloops, BC, Canada water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY water only
    Barbara Driscoll-Lynch Piermont, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids-only
    Hannah Burton Long Beach, CA refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Casey Lewis Sacramento, CA water only
    Melody Bennett Los Angeles, CA water only
    Beth Embry Encinitas, CA water only
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Agatha Tutia Houston, TX water only
    Angeline Garris Gainesville, FL water only
    Jessica Kraft Boston, MA water only
    Molly Racette North Adams, MA water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Christopher E. Allen-Nolan Malboro, MD water only
    Beth Burket Heinemann State College, PA water only
    Nicole Williams Washington, DC refugee rations
    Megan Talbot Tucson, AZ refugee rations
    Gwen Woods Tucson, AZ refugee rations
    James W Lanning water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 4
    Thursday
    Margarida Carneiro Lisbon, Portugal water only
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Malin Hallgren Malmoe, Sweden water only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Heather Brown Kamloops, BC, Canada water only
    Shona Fletcher water only
    Hannah Burton Long Beach, CA refugee rations
    Gabriel Stauring Redondo Beach, CA water only
    Melody Bennett Los Angeles, CA water only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Casey Lewis Sacramento, CA water only
    Beth Embry Encinitas, CA water only
    Janet Wall Redding, CA water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Jessica Kraft Boston, MA water only
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY water only
    Barbara Driscoll-Lynch Piermont, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids-only
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Lauren Griffith Humble, TX water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Nicole Williams Washington, DC refugee rations
    Gwen Woods Tucson, AZ refugee rations
    Megan Talbot Tucson, AZ refugee rations
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 5
    Friday
    Margarida Carneiro Lisbon, Portugal water only
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Heather Brown Kamloops, BC, Canada water only
    Shona Fletcher water only
    Amy L. Taylor Scottsdale, AZ refugee rations
    Anne Curry Phoenix, AZ water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Melody Bennett Los Angeles, CA water only
    Josetta Owen Portola Valley,CA water only
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Jennifer Midtgard Troy, MI water only
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids-only
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Agatha Tutia Houston, TX water only
    Lauren Griffith Humble, TX water only
    Jaclyn McGrath Hyannis, MA water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Nicole Williams Washington, DC refugee rations
    Adam Makarevicz Brighton, CO water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 6
    Saturday
    Margarida Carneiro Lisbon, Portugal water only
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Melody Bennett Los Angeles, CA water only
    Shona Fletcher water only
    Jaclyn McGrath Hyannis, MA water only
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY water only
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Louis Hamric Memphis, TN water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Nicole Williams Washington, DC refugee rations
    Jennifer Midtgard Troy, MI water only
    Date Name Hometown Fast
    June 7
    Sunday
    Heather Odom Tunbridge Wells, Kent. UK water only
    Geraldine Kelly Dublin, Ireland water only
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Melody Bennett Los Angeles, CA water only
    Shona Fletcher water only
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY water only
    Aida Meskel New York, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids-only
    A.J. Fay Idaho water only
    Louis Hamric Memphis, TN water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Nicole Williams Washington, DC refugee rations

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations). Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

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    Richard Branson takes over fast for Darfur from Mia Farrow http://fastdarfur.org/richard-branson-takes-over-fast-for-darfur-from-mia-farrow/ http://fastdarfur.org/richard-branson-takes-over-fast-for-darfur-from-mia-farrow/#comments Fri, 08 May 2009 19:45:49 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1268 Mia Farrow has long been committed to the people of Darfur. Over the last 12 days she has been fasting on only water in order to raise awareness for the horrible crisis unfolding in Darfur with the removal of 13 international aid agencies. Mia’s health has taken a downturn over the last couple days and her doctor has asked her to stop immediately. Richard Branson had been asked by Mia to take over the fast starting next week, but he has also now asked Mia to stop and he is going to start his three day fast today to continue to ask world leaders to take immediate action and demand that international aid is restored.

    Richard Branson stated; “I’m honoured to be taking over the fast for the next three days from Mia Farrow in her courageous stance to support the people of Darfur. Over a year and a half ago, I travelled to Darfur and was horrified by the stories that people of all ages shared with us. Young children had watched their entire family get killed and then had to survive on their own in unimaginable conditions. I was humbled and inspired by the courage of the Darfuri people and the commitment of the aid organisations that were working on the frontlines. Now, with 13 aid organisations expelled from the country, over 1m people are at grave risk. We cannot stand and watch as 1m people suffer. We all need to stand up and demand that international aid is restored and that the people of Darfur are protected and given the chance to live in peace.”

    The following is a statement from the thousands of people who have joined Mia and others in this fast.

    We fast in solidarity with the people of Darfur because they do not have a choice. We fast as a personal expression of outrage at a world that has allowed the suffering of millions of innocent people. We fast because as we simply watched, Darfur’s defenseless people were forced into wretched camps where today they are facing starvation and disease. We fast because those in positions of authority who know what is right and just, could and should do more to alleviate their suffering and bring peace, protection, and justice to the people of Sudan.

    We fast for Darfur’s courageous people —because we yearn for a world where human rights are respected and a life of dignity is the legacy for every man, woman and child.

    Please join us and get involved in supporting the people of Darfur by going to www.fastdarfur.org and taking action.

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    Mia’s end of fast message. http://fastdarfur.org/mias-end-of-fast-message/ http://fastdarfur.org/mias-end-of-fast-message/#comments Fri, 08 May 2009 18:43:37 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1288 I have been instructed by my doctor to stop my fast immediately, due to serious health concerns—including possible seizures at any time. I am fortunate. The women, children, and men I am fasting for do not have that option.

    When beginning this fast, 12 days ago, I said that when I could go no longer, I prayed another would take my place, and another, and another, until the expelled humanitarian agencies are readmitted and there is finally justice and peace for the people of Darfur. Hundreds people around the world have joined me in fasting, and I am humbled by the outpour of support for the cause and mission of this fast.

    Richard Branson, when hearing of my health situation, immediately said, “Stop. I have started fasting.”

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    http://fastdarfur.org/may-8-day-12-of-mia-farrows-hunger-strike/ http://fastdarfur.org/may-8-day-12-of-mia-farrows-hunger-strike/#comments Fri, 08 May 2009 17:56:47 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1243 Mia Farrow asked by doctor to stop fast.

    I have been instructed by my doctor to stop my fast immediately, due to serious health concerns—including possible seizures at any time. I am fortunate. The women, children, and men I am fasting for do not have that option.

    When beginning this fast, 12 days ago, I said that when I could go no longer, I prayed another would take my place, and another, and another, until the expelled humanitarian agencies are readmitted and there is finally justice and peace for the people of Darfur. Hundreds people around the world have joined me in fasting, and I am humbled by the outpour of support for the cause and mission of this fast.

    Richard Branson, when hearing of my health situation, immediately said, “Stop. I have started fasting.”

    — Mia Farrow

    Sir Richard Branson steps in to take over.

    Richard Branson — Darfur Fast for Life

    May 8, 2009

    Mia Farrow has long been committed to the people of Darfur. Over the last 12 days she has been fasting on only water in order to raise awareness for the horrible crisis unfolding in Darfur with the removal of 13 international aid agencies. Mia’s health has taken a downturn over the last couple days and her doctor has asked her to stop immediately. Richard Branson had been asked by Mia to take over the fast starting next week, but he has also now asked Mia to stop and he is going to start his three day fast today to continue to ask world leaders to take immediate action and demand that international aid is restored.

    Richard Branson stated; “I’m honoured to be taking over the fast for the next three days from Mia Farrow in her courageous stance to support the people of Darfur. Over a year and a half ago, I travelled to Darfur and was horrified by the stories that people of all ages shared with us. Young children had watched their entire family get killed and then had to survive on their own in unimaginable conditions. I was humbled and inspired by the courage of the Darfuri people and the commitment of the aid organisations that were working on the frontlines. Now, with 13 aid organisations expelled from the country, over 1m people are at grave risk. We cannot stand and watch as 1m people suffer. We all need to stand up and demand that international aid is restored and that the people of Darfur are protected and given the chance to live in peace.”

    The following is a statement from the thousands of people who have joined Mia and others in this fast.

    We fast in solidarity with the people of Darfur because they do not have a choice. We fast as a personal expression of outrage at a world that has allowed the suffering of millions of innocent people. We fast because as we simply watched, Darfur’s defenseless people were forced into wretched camps where today they are facing starvation and disease. We fast because those in positions of authority who know what is right and just, could and should do more to alleviate their suffering and bring peace, protection, and justice to the people of Sudan.

    We fast for Darfur’s courageous people —because we yearn for a world where human rights are respected and a life of dignity is the legacy for every man, woman and child.

    Please join us and get involved in supporting the people of Darfur by going to www.fastdarfur.org and taking action.

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    Take Action for Darfur in the UK http://fastdarfur.org/take-action-for-darfur-in-the-uk/ Fri, 08 May 2009 15:45:09 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1303 Take action in the UK for Darfur. Here are some ways to bring attention to your leaders.

    Contact your LEADERS today

    Prime Minister Gordan is asking for YouTube questions and petitions from you!

    Contact, by phone or email: Foreign Secretary, the Defence Secretary and International Development Secretary

    Write your Members of Parliament

    Ask them to:

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    • Publicly support the International Criminal Court’s indictment of Sudan’s President.
    • Urgently seek the return of humanitarian aid agencies to Darfur.
    • Pressure the UN Security Council to ensure protection for Darfur’s civilians.
    • Work towards a peace agreement in Sudan which allows Darfuri’s to return home.*

    Alert your local media outlets of your efforts and the situation in Sudan by writing op-eds and letters to the editor, or calling local TV and radio stations, and inviting journalists to cover Sudan and your fast.

    The BBC has covered Mia’s hunger strike, be sure to ask them include Sir Richard Branson’s and expand their media coverage of local pressure on UK leaders.

    Use the personal stories of Darfuris as well as your own. Tell them why we fast, why you fast, and urge our leaders to act for lasting peace in Sudan.

    For more information on contacting your local media, check out STAND’s materials.

    Other ways to ACT.

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    Lyla Peterson – May 7, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/lyla-peterson-may-7-2009/ Fri, 08 May 2009 15:14:32 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1246 Seriously if we can try to encourage one another to keep going. Today was a helpful day to me in slowing down, in being more aware of the situation and of how much time I usually spend eating, cooking or going out to eat and it helps to focus and clarify the thinking. I will never forget a couple Septembers ago I was in New York City and there was a group of people there with a huge photo on the sidewalk. It was of their beloved leader who was arrested in Mrynmar (Burma) after being democratically elected and has been on house arrest for several years. They were such sweet people and they said that 18 of them were fasting for her (they were> right by the UN). I have followed the situation much more closely and did a little reading up on it after that event. All that to say that it did have an impact that I will carry with me and if there is ever a chance to vote for something to help Burma those folks have my vote. Just want to send out a word of encouragement to all those who are fasting today and especially those who are on long fasts. I was going to do water only today but modified it a bit due to being at the tail end of a cold. But even the few things I have been doing has helped raise my awareness and thoughts of those in Darfur and has given me an even greater admiration for those of you in for a longer haul. Thank you for what you are doing and hopefully your inner strength and resolve will grow even as your body may feel weaker. Just know that it is important what you are doing and we can hope and pray that a critical mass will grow of awareness and concern for those who don’t have the option of fasting, but it is forced upon them by their daily situation. Also wanted to pass on the info that I got a phone call from Mercy Corp today and their rep said they although they have had to pull out of Darfur they do have refugee camps in South Sudan and some of the Darfurians are fleeing there for help. Wasn’t able to get more details, but if anyone is so inclined their phone number is: 800-292-3355 or an email question can be sent to: donorservices@mercycorps.org Thanks for all of you and your commitment to this important mission.

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    So much food around us! http://fastdarfur.org/so-much-food-around-us/ http://fastdarfur.org/so-much-food-around-us/#comments Thu, 07 May 2009 23:49:30 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1223 We set up Camp Darfur at a high school that is in the shadow of downtown Los Angeles. We had lots of help from the students, but Katie-Jay and I still had to do quite a bit of work. After the set up, we did four presentations in their auditorium, speaking and showing video from the camps. We showed Ahmat’s video.cdla1

    In it, Ahmat speaks of the way things used to be, when he lived in his village in Darfur. “That is very good. But here, not good. In Darfur, we are eating meat. We have camels and goats. We drink milk. In here, our goats and our camels, janjaweed and al-Bashir, they take from us.”

    Katie-Jay and I are on water-only today, and, even though it was still morning during those presentations, I wasn’t as focused as usual. The kids did not know me, so they wouldn’t know if that’s just my normal self. When I do these water-only days, I miss food more than being hungry. I miss getting together and eating. I can see that Ahmat really misses his regular food also.

    After the presentations, we went outside to be with Camp Darfur and the kids running it. The camp tells a little of the story of past genocide, starting with Armenia, then the Holocaust, then Cambodia, then Rwanda, and now Darfur. The students studiedcdla about each genocide and then spoke with their fellow students visiting the tents. It was pretty impressive.

    Lunch time was not fun. Hundreds of students walking around with food that left the aroma that cravings are made of behind. They were all around us! A girl came back from off-campus with a McDonald’s bag. The burger and fries looked pretty good, actually!

    I think a lot about Ahmat. He went back to Darfur because he wanted to continue studying and thought he could find secondary school in one of the towns in Darfur, one of the few standing. I wonder how he is. I wonder what he is eating. Young Darfuri men his age are targets in their own land.

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    Alysha – Lesson Learned. http://fastdarfur.org/alysha-may-7-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/alysha-may-7-2009/#comments Thu, 07 May 2009 20:17:13 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1221 White House (202) 456-1111

    Clinton Text 90822

    I want the Obama Administration to uphold his promises of action for Darfur with unstinting resolve!

    Work to get aid back into Darfur!

    Create multilateral peace plans for all of Sudan!

    Work to isolate Al-Bashir from his allies and support the ICC!

    My lesson learned today:

    I have called the white house on many different numbers over the last year and I have NEVER gotten through, either busy signals, lots of ringing or my least favorite – please hold for the next representative. At this point I often hang up as I am busy and know that my other option is to text – this I do several times a day. I have been assuming that I will be on hold for a long while, this is my regret – ASSUMPTION!!! I was encouraged to wait on the line with Vicky and sure enough to my surprise it was less then a minute and someone came on the line. I said the above message, they said thank you and I was SO THRILLED. I got through, I got my message in! It was easy, fast, quick and definitely painless as I already knew what to say. The above message came from www.stopgenocidenow.org I keep it in my phone to text Clinton everyday, this is a great option as my six year old can hit the send button and wait for the automated response, there for taking his own action. The moral of the story is patience and the thrill of action. As I learned today – by the way I did it again by myself and again the wait time was less then a minute – taking action is our responsibility, give a voice, a message and support.

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    Vicky – May 7, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/vicky-may-7-2009/ Thu, 07 May 2009 18:09:40 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1220 Hi All, I posted on my blog yesterday the number to call the White House (202) 456-1111.

    My brother Dan did just that and left the following message on my blog:

    I just called the Whitehouse and talked with them for about 5 minutes. Darfur is way up on “their-list” she told me. One can’t leave a name with them via phone, as they simply put your comment as a hash-mark on various topics. Apparently, Darfur is up there on the lists they have. I’m going to write a letter now to the Prez – got the address. She said he reads approximately 20 letters a night. Keep do’n what you’re do’n Vic…I treat you to lunch when you get back to eating again. Love your brother, Dan

    So be inspired everyone! And call the White House and use your voice. It matters. And to those in Darfur, it is everything. Day 11 begins.

    Vicky

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    Karen – May 7, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/karen-may-7-2009/ Thu, 07 May 2009 18:08:06 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1219 Yesterday on water only was very hard, but I did it! I’ve always stayed away from fasting because I always felt it was something I just couldn’t do. I love food too much. I always gave money instead. Well, what an experience. It threw me right into the experience, right alongside the Darfurians — right into the trenches with them.

    I woke up at 4:00a.m and couldn’t wait to resume my liquid diet… Only to find out I couldn’t guzzle down the cranberry juice like I thought, so I sipped.

    I am so humbled. This really is a great experience.

    Karen
    Reedsport

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    Week 5: May 25 – 31, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/week-5-may-25-31-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/week-5-may-25-31-2009/#comments Thu, 07 May 2009 17:58:56 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1218 People Fasting in Solidarity

    Week 5: May 25 – 31, 2009

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and type of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 25

    Monday

    Gabriel Stauring Redondo Beach, CA water only
    Elizabeth Bushey water only
    Joan O’Donnell Condon Washington DC refugee rations
    Angela Lauria Washington DC water only
    Mirjam Győrffy Koszeg, Hungary water only
    Yasmine Kaidbey Beirut, Lebanon water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Richard MacKinnon Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Alice Joaquim Gatineau, Quebec, Canada water only
    Suzie Procter Perth, Australia water only
    Teresa Litchfield Australia water only
    Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu Lagos, Nigeria water only
    IJeoma Umebinyuo Lagos, Nigeria water only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Alexander L. Paul Nassau, Bahamas water only
    Judi Reddy Newtown, PA water only
    Beth Burket Heinemann State College,PA water only
    Patricia Allen Arlington Heights, IL water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Courtney Gildersleeve Minneapolis, MN water only
    Emily Pederson Edina, MN water only
    Savanna Ellena Edina, MN water only
    Chelsey Hersley Boise, ID water only
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Jan Brodzinski New Jersey water only
    Jaymie Jenks Shawnee, KS water only
    Jane Orr Newton, KS water only
    Emily Bland Roeland Park, KS refugee rations
    Jennifer Hill Robenalt Austin, TX refugee rations
    Tammy Pendleton Kemp, TX water only
    Adrian Gonzalez Edinburg, TX water only
    Lisa Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Megan Goldner San Marcos, TX refugee rations
    Agatha Tutia Houston, TX water only
    Surabhi Mahajan Salem, OR water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Tracy Harding Quincy, MA water only
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Jirair Ratevosian Cambridge, MA water only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Ava Leigh Stewart Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Jill Olson Petaluma, CA water only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY refugee rations
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Jennifer Willett New York City, NY water only
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY 1/2 refugee rations
    Jayme Smith Rensselaer Falls, NY refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Christina Kay Lafayette, CO water only
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    DeChantel Ramge Dublin, OH refugee rations
    Kate Egry Mineral Ridge, OH water only
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Michelle water only
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Lady B Bless Charlotte / Gastonia, NC water only
    Michelle Cocoa Beach, FL water only
    Renee Noyola Jacksonville, FL water only
    ShaKira Burrowes Riverview, FL water only
    Rachel Hooker Jenison, MI water only
    Jennifer Midtgard Troy, MI water only
    Michelle water only
    Kurtis Parker water only
    Catherine Crawford refugee rations
    Courtney Robin water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 26

    Tuesday

    Congresswoman Maxine Waters Los Angeles, CA water only
    Janice Kamenir-Reznik Jewish World Watch water only
    Tzivia Schwartz-Getzug Jewish World Watch water only
    Gabriel Stauring Redondo Beach, CA water only
    Consuelo Stauring Redondo Beach, CA liquids only
    David Veerman Torrance, CA water only
    Elizabeth Bushey water only
    Joan O’Donnell Condon Washington DC refugee rations
    Yasmine Kaidbey Beirut, Lebanon water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Richard MacKinnon Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Melanie Ward Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Alice Joaquim Gatineau, Quebec, Canada water only
    Suzie Procter Perth, Australia water only
    Teresa Litchfield Australia water only
    Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu Lagos, Nigeria water only
    IJeoma Umebinyuo Lagos, Nigeria water only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Alexander L. Paul Nassau, Bahamas water only
    Judi Reddy Newtown, PA water only
    Beth Burket Heinemann State College, PA water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Nicole Bates San Antonio, TX water only
    Adrian Gonzalez Edinburg, TX water only
    Jessica Saiz El Paso, TX water only
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Edrie Irvine Silver Spring, MD water only
    Surabhi Mahajan Salem, OR water only
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Laura Anton-May Huntington Beach, CA water only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Ava Leigh Stewart Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Jill Olson Petaluma, CA water only
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY refugee rations
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY 1/2 refugee rations
    Roberta Roos Dobbs Ferry, NY water only
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    Kate Egry Mineral Ridge, OH water only
    DeChantel Ramge Dublin, OH water only
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Jennifer Midtgard Troy, MI water only
    Morgan Eaton Rockford, MI water only
    Joanne Wilson refugee rations
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Lady B Bless Charlotte / Gastonia, NC water only
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsvury, MA water only
    Jirair Ratevosian Cambridge, MA water only
    Michael Charles Springfield, MA water only
    Emily Bland Roeland Park, KS refugee rations
    ShaKira Burrowes Riverview, FL water only
    Catherine Crawford refugee rations
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Courtney Robin water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 27

    Wednesday

    Abigail Disney New York, NY refugee rations
    Elizabeth Bushey water only
    Joan O’Donnell Condon Washington DC refugee rations
    Makeda Kingston, Jamaica water only
    Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu Lagos, Nigeria water only
    IJeoma Umebinyuo Lagos, Nigeria water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Richard MacKinnon Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Melanie Ward Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Alice Joaquim Gatineau, Quebec, Canada water only
    Suzie Procter Perth, Australia water only
    Teresa Litchfield Australia water only
    Alexander L. Paul Nassau, Bahamas water only
    Judi Reddy Newtown, PA water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Joyce Davis Winsted, CT water only
    Louise Rogillio San Antonio, TX water only
    Kristen Minor San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Adrian Gonzalez Edinburg, TX water only
    Jennifer Hill Robenalt Austin, TX water only
    Agatha Tutia Houston, TX water only
    Heather Schommer St. Paul, MN water only
    Wendy Cox-Vetitoe Hermitage, TN water only
    Jared Schy Portland, OR water only
    Lyla Peterson Portland, OR water only
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Becky Schenck Eugene, OR water only
    Shannon Keith Bend, OR water only
    Sarah Stark Bend, OR liquids only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR water only
    Tracy Harding Quincy, MA water only
    Michael Charles Springfield, MA water only
    Jirair Ratevosian Cambridge, MA water only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY refugee rations
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY 1/2 refugee rations
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Ava Leigh Stewart Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Marcia Segura San Francisco, CA water only
    Francesca Roveda Berkeley, CA refugee rations
    Jill Olson Petaluma, CA water only
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    Kate Egry Mineral Ridge, OH water only
    DeChantel Ramge Dublin, OH refugee rations
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Josh Maciejewski Fletcher, NC water only
    Lady B Bless Charlotte / Gastonia, NC water only
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Jennifer Midtgard Troy, MI water only
    Morgan Eaton Rockford, MI water only
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Kurtis Parker water only
    Emily Bland Roeland Park, KS refugee rations
    Catherine Crawford refugee rations
    Annette Jackson Philadelphia, Pa water only
    ShaKira Burrowes Riverview, FL water only
    Angeline Garris Gainesville, FL water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Courtney Robin water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 28

    Thursday

    Abigail Disney New York, NY refugee rations
    Elizabeth Bushey water only
    Joan O’Donnell Condon Washington DC refugee rations
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Alice Joaquim Gatineau, Quebec, Canada water only
    Melanie Ward Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Suzie Procter Perth, Australia water only
    Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu Lagos, Nigeria water only
    IJeoma Umebinyuo Lagos, Nigeria water only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Alexander L. Paul Nassau, Bahamas water only
    Judi Reddy Newtown, PA water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Joyce Davis Winsted, CT water only
    Edrie Irvine Silver Spring, MD water only
    Christopher E. Allen-Nolan Malboro, MD water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY refugee rations
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY 1/2 refugee rations
    Barbara Driscoll-Lynch Piermont, NY water only
    Gabriel Stauring Redondo Beach, CA water only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Ava Leigh Stewart Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Francesca Roveda Berkeley, CA refugee rations
    Jon Sherlock Vista, CA water only
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    Amanda Columbus, OH liquids only
    DeChantel Ramge Dublin, OH water only
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Wendy Cox-Vetitoe Hermitage, TN water only
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Jane Orr Newton, KS water only
    Katrina Chaves Wrentham, MA water only
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Michael Charles Springfield, MA water only
    Alexander Zarecki New Bedford, MA water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Courtney Robin water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 29

    Friday

    Abigail Disney New York, NY refugee rations
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Elizabeth Bushey water only
    Joan O’Donnell Condon Washington DC
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Alice Joaquim Gatineau, Quebec, Canada water only
    Melanie Ward Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Suzie Procter Perth, Australia water only
    Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu Lagos, Nigeria water only
    IJeoma Umebinyuo Lagos, Nigeria water only
    Alexander L. Paul Nassau, Bahamas water only
    Judi Reddy Newtown, PA water only
    Gwen Woods Tucson, AZ refugee rations
    Megan Talbot Tucson, AZ refugee rations
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Joyce Davis Winsted, CT water only
    Courtney Gildersleeve Minneapolis, MN water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY refugee rations
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY 1/2 refugee rations
    Barbara Driscoll-Lynch Piermont, NY water only
    Tracy Harding Quincy, MA water only
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Katrina Chaves Wrentham, MA water only
    Michael Charles Springfield, MA water only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Ava Leigh Stewart Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Melody Bennett Los Angeles, CA water only
    Jon Sherlock Vista, CA water only
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Wendy Cox-Vetitoe Hermitage, TN water only
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Kurtis Parker water only
    Amy L. Taylor Scottsdale, AZ refugee rations
    Agatha Tutia Houston, TX water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Christopher E. Allen-Nolan Malboro, MD water only
    Courtney Robin water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 30

    Saturday

    Abigail Disney New York, NY refugee rations
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Elizabeth Bushey water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Melanie Ward Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu Lagos, Nigeria water only
    IJeoma Umebinyuo Lagos, Nigeria water only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Alexander L. Paul Nassau, Bahamas water only
    Gwen Woods Tucson, AZ refugee rations
    Megan Talbot Tucson, AZ refugee rations
    Judi Reddy Newtown, PA water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Joyce Davis Winsted, CT water only
    Alyssa Burgin San Antonio, TX water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Sunil Dagimeti Atlanta, GA liquids only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY refugee rations
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY 1/2 refugee rations
    Barbara Driscoll-Lynch Piermont, NY water only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Debbie Livingston Redding, CA refugee rations
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Ava Leigh Stewart Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Melody Bennett Los Angeles, CA water only
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jon Sherlock Vista, CA water only
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Wendy Cox-Vetitoe Hermitage, TN water only
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Tracy Harding Boston, MA water only
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Michael Charles Springfield, MA water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Christopher E. Allen-Nolan Malboro, MD water only
    Courtney Robin water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 31

    Sunday

    Abigail Disney New York, NY refugee rations
    Zerina Xhavara Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Platon Pulla Tirana, Albania refugee rations
    Elizabeth Bushey water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Melanie Ward Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Heather Odom Tunbridge Wells, Kent. UK water only
    Nnenna Paul-Ugochukwu Lagos, Nigeria water only
    IJeoma Umebinyuo Lagos, Nigeria water only
    Alexander L. Paul Nassau, Bahamas water only
    Gwen Woods Tucson, AZ refugee rations
    Megan Talbot Tucson, AZ refugee rations
    Judi Reddy Newtown, PA water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Edrie Irvine Silver Spring, MD water only
    Marie B. Deane Canada water only
    Heather Schommer St. Paul, MN water only
    Jessica Saiz El Paso, TX water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Maggie Donahue Eugene, OR water only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY refugee rations
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY 1/2 refugee rations
    Barbara Driscoll-Lynch Piermont, NY water only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Ava Leigh Stewart Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Melody Bennett Los Angeles, CA water only
    Debbie Livingston Redding, CA refugee rations
    Francesca Roveda Berkeley, CA water only
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Jon Sherlock Vista, CA water only
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Dianne Nutting Lakeland, FL water only
    Tracy Harding Boston, MA water only
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Michael Charles Springfield, MA water only
    Kurtis Parker water only
    Casey Charles Baltimore, MD water only
    Christopher E. Allen-Nolan Malboro, MD water only
    Courtney Robin water only

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and type of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations). Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

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    Week 4: May 18 – 24, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/week-4-may-18-24-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/week-4-may-18-24-2009/#comments Thu, 07 May 2009 17:57:51 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1217 People Fasting in Solidarity

    Week 4: May 18 – 24, 2009

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and type of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 18

    Monday

    Josh Davis San Antonio, TX water only
    Michael Ditchfield Denver, CO refugee rations
    Kristy Ramage New Plymouth, New Zealand water only
    Jobin Sam Toronto, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Christina Derby Canada water only
    Allana Haradyn Nelson, BC, Canada water only
    Richard MacKinnon Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Crystal Cha Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia water only
    Niraj Sinha Canada/India water only
    Siddharth Hirwe Mumbai, India water only
    Wunmi Agunbiade Lagos, Nigeria water only
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Teresa Litchfield Australia water only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Patricia Allen Arlington Heights, IL water only
    June Devisfruto Winter Harbor, ME liquids only
    Judi Reddy Newtown, PA water only
    Jim Fussell Arlington, VA water only
    Jaymie Jenks Shawnee, KS water only
    Tonya Ringle Wichita, KS water only
    Jane Orr Newton, KS water only
    Chelsey Hersley Boise, ID water only
    Emily Pederson Edina, MN water only
    Savanna Ellena Edina, MN water only
    Courtney Gildersleeve Minneapolis, MN water only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Jan Brodzinski New Jersey water only
    Jennifer Hill Robenalt Austin, TX refugee rations
    Tammy Pendleton Kemp, TX water only
    Jessica Saiz El Paso, TX water only
    Adrian Gonzalez Edinburg, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Lisa Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Emily Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Katy Mendez San Antonio, TX water only
    Stacy York San Antonio, TX water only
    Megan Goldner San Marcos, TX refugee rations
    Vanessa Arce Weslaco, TX water only
    Agatha Tutia Houston, TX water only
    Roz Slovic Eugene, OR refugee rations
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Surabhi Mahajan Salem, OR water only
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR refugee rations
    Leanne Gillespie Hawaii refugee rations
    Tracy Harding Quincy, MA water only
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Laura Anton-May Huntington Beach, CA water only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Nika Vicqueneau Irvine, CA water only
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Ava Leigh Stewart Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Kengi Carr Santa Monica, CA liquids only
    Hannah Burton Long Beach, CA refugee rations
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Nikki Serapio Berkeley, CA refugee rations
    Diane Gandee Sorbi Redwood City, CA water only
    Kyle Kubler Albany, CA water only
    Eline Leemans Albany, CA water only
    Lucia Sekoff Albany, CA water only
    Lily Wyss Albany, CA water only
    Erika Peterson Albany, CA water only
    Ayla Nietschmann Albany, CA water only
    Lily Steedman Albany, CA water only
    William Mitchel Albany, CA water only
    Ashling Massoumi Albany, CA water only
    Rosheen Massoumi Albany, CA water only
    Eva Reutinger Albany, CA water only
    Anna Reutinger Albany, CA water only
    Meghan Kelley Albany, CA water only
    Jill Olson Petaluma, CA water only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY refugee rations
    Jennifer Willett New York City, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Heather Hinkle Newark, NY water only
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY refugee rations
    Jennifer Rouse Laveen, AZ refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Abigail Carr Apex, NC water only
    Christina Kay Lafayette, CO water only
    Valerie Poole Denver, CO refugee rations
    Crystal Espinoza Fort Collins, CO water only
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Lauren Kimmel Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    DeChantel Ramge Dublin, OH refugee rations
    Johnny Turtle Baltimore, MD refugee rations
    Mike Phelan Severna Park, MD
    Renee Noyola Jacksonville, FL water only
    Nikita Shieil-Rolle Miami, FL liquids only
    Michelle Cocoa Beach, FL water only
    Daisy Rittle Sarasota, FL liquids only
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Elizabeth Streets Kenova, WV water only
    Michelle water only
    Kaarin Pigford water only
    Emily Hagemeister Fargo, ND water only
    Julie K. Ross Great Falls, MT liquids only
    Lauren Mauser Bowling Green, KY water only
    Brenda Atieno refugee rations
    Nicole Estelle Kansas City, MO liquids only
    Emily Bland Roeland Park, KS refugee rations
    Paul Shea Pelham, NH refugee rations
    Mindy Nienhouse Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Elizabeth Hearn refugee rations
    Catherine Crawford refugee rations
    Daniel Rubio Jr. water only
    Sun~Rose liquids only
    Tonya Jones water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 19

    Tuesday

    Josh Davis San Antonio, TX
    water only
    Michael Ditchfield Denver, CO refugee rations
    Kristy Ramage New Plymouth, New Zealand water only
    Jobin Sam Toronto, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Allana Haradyn Nelson, BC, Canada water only
    Richard MacKinnon Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Grant Skinner Burlington, ON, Canada water only
    Christina Derby Canada water only
    Wojciech Marlicz Szczecin, Poland water only
    Wunmi Agunbiade Lagos, Nigeria water only
    Katerina Daniel Korinthos, Greece water only
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Teresa Litchfield Australia water only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Gwen Stiewing West Haven, CT water only
    June Devisfruto Winter Harbor, ME liquids only
    Judi Reddy Newtown, PA water only
    Edrie Irvine Silver Spring, MD water only
    Johnny Turtle Baltimore, MD refugee rations
    Mike Phelan Severna Park, MD
    Nicole Bates San Antonio, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Adrian Gonzalez Edinburg, TX water only
    Vanessa Arce Weslaco, TX water only
    Debbie Taylor Irving, TX water only
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Surabhi Mahajan Salem, OR water only
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR refugee rations
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Hannah Burton Long Beach, CA refugee rations
    Tricia Sheridan Pasadena, CA water only
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Nika Vicqueneau Irvine, CA water only
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Ava Leigh Stewart Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Kengi Carr Santa Monica, CA liquids only
    Greg Lawson Redding, CA water only
    Mary Burns Redding, CA refugee rations
    Vicki Ono Redding, CA refugee rations
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Shirley Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Mary Burns Redding, CA refugee rations
    Ted Klaseen Redding, CA water only
    Janet Wall Redding, CA water only
    John Whitmer, Ph.D. Redding, CA water only
    Shaye Stephens-Kennen Redding, CA refugee rations
    Greg Beale Redding, CA refugee rations
    Jill Olson Petaluma, CA water only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY refugee rations
    Heather Hinkle Newark, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY refugee rations
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Abigail Carr Apex, NC water only
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Lauren Kimmel Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    DeChantel Ramge Dublin, OH water only
    Nikita Shieil-Rolle Miami, FL liquids only
    Daisy Rittle Sarasota, FL liquids only
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Joanne Wilson refugee rations
    Tonya Ringle Wichita, KS water only
    Emily Bland Roeland Park, KS refugee rations
    Kaarin Pigford water only
    Emily Hagemeister Fargo, ND refugee rations
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Kurtis Parker water only
    Julie K. Ross Great Falls, MT liquids only
    Valerie Poole Denver, CO refugee rations
    Crystal Espinoza Fort Collins, CO water only
    Lauren Mauser Bowling Green, KY water only
    Brenda Atieno refugee rations
    Melissa Vernola Wallingford, CT water only
    Stephanie Kowalski Connecticut water only
    Nicole Estelle Kansas City, MO liquids only
    Paul Shea Pelham, NH refugee rations
    Mindy Nienhouse Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Catherine Crawford refugee rations
    Kyle Loewen water only
    Daniel Rubio Jr. water only
    Sun~Rose liquids only
    Penny Mackinnon water only
    Tonya Jones water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 20

    Wednesday

    Josh Davis San Antonio, TX water only
    Michael Ditchfield Denver, CO refugee rations
    Elizabeth Bushey water only
    Sylvia Washington DC water only
    Kristy Ramage New Plymouth, New Zealand water only
    Makeda Kingston, Jamaica water only
    Gion Stump St-Gall, Switzerland water only
    Wunmi Agunbiade Lagos, Nigeria water only
    Siddharth Hirwe Mumbai, India water only
    Jobin Sam Toronto, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Allana Haradyn Nelson, BC, Canada water only
    Christina Derby Canada water only
    Richard MacKinnon Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Katerina Daniel Korinthos, Greece water only
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Teresa Litchfield Australia water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Gwen Stiewing West Haven, CT water only
    June Devisfruto Winter Harbor, ME liquids only
    Judi Reddy Newtown, PA water only
    Heather Schommer St. Paul, MN water only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Sandy Renzi Maple Shade, NJ water only
    Jennifer Hill Robenalt Austin, TX water only
    Jessica Saiz El Paso, TX water only
    Adrian Gonzalez Edinburg, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Lisa Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Emily Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Kristen Minor San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Megan Goldner San Marcos, TX refugee rations
    Agatha Tutia Houston, TX water only
    Becky Schenck Eugene, OR water only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Jared Schy Portland, OR water only
    Lyla Peterson Portland, OR water only
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR refugee rations
    Shannon Keith Bend, OR water only
    Sarah Stark Bend, OR liquids only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR water only
    Tracy Harding Quincy, MA water only
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Hannah Burton Long Beach, CA refugee rations
    Nika Vicqueneau Irvine, CA water only
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Francesca Roveda Berkeley, CA refugee rations
    Leo Hidalgo Santa Clarita Valley, CA water only
    Jade Halcon Santa Clarita Valley, CA water only
    Tara Manshon Santa Clarita Valley, CA water only
    Jill Olson Petaluma, CA water only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY refugee rations
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Heather Hinkle Newark, NY water only
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY refugee rations
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Taylor Lewin Seattle, WA water only
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Josh Maciejewski Fletcher, NC water only
    Abigail Carr Apex, NC water only
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    DeChantel Ramge Dublin, OH refugee rations
    Johnny Turtle Baltimore, MD refugee rations
    Mike Phelan Severna Park, MD
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Mindy Nienhouse Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Tonya Ringle Wichita, KS water only
    Emily Bland Roeland Park, KS refugee rations
    Kaarin Pigford water only
    Emily Hagemeister Fargo, ND water only
    Valerie Poole Denver, CO refugee rations
    Crystal Espinoza Fort Collins, CO water only
    Lauren Mauser Bowling Green, KY water only
    Brenda Atieno refugee rations
    Melissa Vernola Wallingford, CT water only
    Stephanie Kowalski Connecticut water only
    Nicole Estelle Kansas City, MO liquids only
    Daisy Rittle Sarasota, FL liquids only
    Paul Shea Pelham, NH refugee rations
    Kevin Twombly Penacook, NH water only
    Catherine Crawford refugee rations
    Sun~Rose liquids only
    Penny Mackinnon water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 21

    Thursday

    David Hodges Little Rock, AR water only
    Jane Wales San Francisco, CA
    water only
    Michael Ditchfield Denver, CO refugee rations
    Elizabeth Bushey water only
    Sylvia Washington DC water only
    Yasmine Kaidbey Beirut, Lebanon water only
    Kristy Ramage New Plymouth, New Zealand water only
    Jobin Sam Toronto, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Christina Derby Canada water only
    Katerina Daniel Korinthos, Greece water only
    Gion Stump St-Gall, Switzerland water only
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Phil Smith Maidstone, UK water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Judi Reddy Newtown, PA water only
    Edrie Irvine Silver Spring, MD water only
    Mike Phelan Severna Park, MD
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Sandy Renzi Maple Shade, NJ water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Adrian Gonzalez Edinburg, TX water only
    Crystal Treat Mesquite, TX water only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR refugee rations
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Gabriel Stauring Redondo Beach, CA water only
    Julissa Resendiz Oxnard, CA water only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Hannah Burton Long Beach, CA refugee rations
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Francesca Roveda Berkeley, CA refugee rations
    Tricia Sheridan Pasadena, CA water only
    Jill Olson Petaluma, CA water only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY refugee rations
    Heather Hinkle Newark, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Taylor Lewin Seattle, WA water only
    Nik Nair Tukwila, WA water only
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Amanda Columbus, OH liquids only
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    DeChantel Ramge Dublin, OH water only
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Jane Orr Newton, KS water only
    Tonya Ringle Wichita, KS water only
    Emily Bland Roeland Park, KS refugee rations
    Emily Hagemeister Fargo, ND refugee rations
    Michelle water only
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Kurtis Parker water only
    Valerie Poole Denver, CO refugee rations
    Lauren Mauser Bowling Green, KY water only
    Brenda Atieno refugee rations
    Melissa Vernola Wallingford, CT water only
    Stephanie Kowalski Connecticut water only
    Nicole Estelle Kansas City, MO liquids only
    Paul Shea Pelham, NH refugee rations
    Kevin Twombly Penacook, NH water only
    Catherine Crawford refugee rations
    Sun~Rose liquids only
    Penny Mackinnon water only
    Rachel Hooker Jenison, MI water only
    Beth Noble Bogdon Lake Mary, FL water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 22

    Friday

    David Hodges Little Rock, AR water only
    Jane Wales San Francisco, CA water only
    Michael Ditchfield Denver, CO refugee rations
    Elizabeth Bushey water only
    Sylvia Washington DC water only
    Yasmine Kaidbey Beirut, Lebanon water only
    Robert Naouss Beirut, Lebanon water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Jobin Sam Toronto, Canada water only
    Christina Derby Canada water only
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Phil Smith Maidstone, UK water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Judi Reddy Newtown, PA water only
    Courtney Gildersleeve Minneapolis, MN water only
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Sandy Renzi Maple Shade, NJ water only
    Lisa Goldner San Antonio, TX water only
    Emily Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Megan Goldner San Marcos, TX refugee rations
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Adrian Gonzalez Edinburg, TX water only
    Agatha Tutia Houston, TX water only
    Crystal Treat Mesquite, TX water only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Hannah Burton Long Beach, CA refugee rations
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    M. Martin Szczesniak Temecula, CA water only
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Judy Ajifu San Jose, CA water only
    Jill Olson Petaluma, CA water only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Tracy Harding Quincy, MA water only
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY refugee rations
    Heather Hinkle Newark, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Taylor Lewin Seattle, WA water only
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    DeChantel Ramge Dublin, OH refugee rations
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Amanda McCrea Charlotte, NC water only
    Mike Phelan Severna Park, MD
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Rachel Hooker Jenison, MI water only
    Tonya Ringle Wichita, KS water only
    Emily Bland Roeland Park, KS refugee rations
    Emily Hagemeister Fargo, ND water only
    Valerie Poole Denver, CO water only
    Lauren Mauser Bowling Green, KY water only
    Brenda Atieno refugee rations
    Nicole Estelle Kansas City, MO liquids only
    Amy L. Taylor Scottsdale, AZ refugee rations
    Paul Shea Pelham, NH refugee rations
    Kevin Twombly Penacook, NH water only
    ShaKira Burrowes Riverview, FL refugee rations
    Nicole Senyak Margate, FL water only
    Beth Noble Bogdon Lake Mary, FL water only
    Catherine Crawford refugee rations
    Sun~Rose liquids only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 23

    Saturday

    David Hodges Little Rock, AR water only
    Jane Wales San Francisco, CA water only
    Michael Ditchfield Denver, CO refugee rations
    Elizabeth Bushey water only
    Yasmine Kaidbey Beirut, Lebanon water only
    Robert Naouss Beirut, Lebanon water only
    Jobin Sam Toronto, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Christina Derby Canada water only
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Phil Smith Maidstone, UK water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Judi Reddy Newtown, PA water only
    Alyssa Burgin San Antonio, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Adrian Gonzalez Edinburg, TX water only
    Crystal Treat Mesquite, TX water only
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Sunil Dagimeti Atlanta, GA liquids only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Debbie Livingston Redding, CA refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Hannah Burton Long Beach, CA refugee rations
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Jill Olson Petaluma, CA water only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY refugee rations
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    DeChantel Ramge Dublin, OH refugee rations
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Mike Phelan Severna Park, MD
    Tonya Ringle Wichita, KS water only
    Emily Bland Roeland Park, KS refugee rations
    Emily Hagemeister Fargo, ND refugee rations
    Kurtis Parker water only
    Valerie Poole Denver, CO water only
    Lauren Mauser Bowling Green, KY water only
    Brenda Atieno refugee rations
    Nicole Estelle Kansas City, MO liquids only
    Paul Shea Pelham, NH refugee rations
    ShaKira Burrowes Riverview, FL refugee rations
    Nicole Senyak Margate, FL water only
    Rachel Hooker Jenison, MI water only
    Catherine Crawford refugee rations

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 24

    Sunday

    Gabriel Stauring Redondo Beach, CA water only
    Elizabeth Bushey water only
    Loreen McDonald Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa water only
    Hannah McDonald Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa water only
    Sindisiwe McDonald Grahamstown, South Africa water only
    Yasmine Kaidbey Beirut, Lebanon water only
    Robert Naouss Beirut, Lebanon water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Marie B. Deane Canada water only
    Ria Lapiz Davao, Philippines water only
    Heather Odom Tunbridge Wells, Kent. UK water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Judi Reddy Newtown, PA water only
    Heather Schommer St. Paul, MN water only
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Jessica Saiz El Paso, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Adrian Gonzalez Edinburg, TX water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Maggie Donahue Eugene, OR water only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Jill Olson Petaluma, CA water only
    Hannah Burton Long Beach, CA refugee rations
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Debbie Livingston Redding, CA refugee rations
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY refugee rations
    Kristen F. Buffalo, NY refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Francesca Roveda Berkeley, CA water only
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    DeChantel Ramge Dublin, OH water only
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Edrie Irvine Silver Spring, MD water only
    Mike Phelan Severna Park, MD
    Tonya Ringle Wichita, KS water only
    Emily Bland Roeland Park, KS refugee rations
    Lauren Mauser Bowling Green, KY water only
    Nicole Estelle Kansas City, MO liquids only
    Paul Shea Pelham, NH refugee rations
    ShaKira Burrowes Riverview, FL water only
    Rachel Hooker Jenison, MI water only
    Catherine Crawford refugee rations
    Sun~Rose liquids only

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and type of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

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    Week 3: May 11 – 17, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/week-3-may-11-17-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/week-3-may-11-17-2009/#comments Thu, 07 May 2009 17:55:35 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1215 People Fasting in Solidarity

    Week 3: May 11 – 17, 2009

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and type of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 11

    Monday

    Congressman Donald M. Payne Newark, NJ water only
    Jon Foreman San Diego, CA water only
    Ruth Messinger USA water only
    Alban Gj. Thika Shkoder, Albania refugee rations
    Teresa Litchfield Australia water only
    Maria Olmedo Jimenez Spain water only
    Niraj Sinha Canada/India water only
    Jacob Ward Burlington, ON, Canada water only
    Gail Jankovski Ajax, ON, Canada water only
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany liquids only
    Bode Asiyanbi Benin, Nigeria water only
    Mame Sow Senegal water only
    Dorena Martin Paris, France water only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    David Wetton Bromsgrove, England water only
    Rossanna I. Colón Puerto Rico water only
    Christina Derby Canada water only
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Saer Von Gobben Edmonton, Canada refugee rations
    Karley Whamond Niagara Falls, ON, Canada water only
    Richard MacKinnon Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Lillian Stuart Nairobi, Kenya refugee rations
    Jos-hua Chiang Mai, Thailand liquids only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Jill Saeteurn Sacramento, CA water only
    Shoshana Zimmerman Washington DC water only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY water only
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    Jennifer Willett New York City, NY water only
    Jon Kit Lee New York City, NY water only
    John J Fahy Rockaway Park, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Lisa Anderson Rochester, NY water only
    Jim Fussell Arlington, VA water only
    Jeri Elder Blacksburg, VA water only
    Patricia Allen Arlington Heights, IL water only
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Anne Kenny Strauss Lockport, IL liquids only
    Emily Pederson Edina, MN water only
    Savanna Ellena Edina, MN water only
    Paul Hjellming St. Paul, MN water only
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Michelle Stasil Martinsville, NJ water only
    Chris Nevarez West Orange, NJ water only
    Jan Brodzinski New Jersey water only
    Chelsey Hersley Boise, ID water only
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Jaymie Jenks Shawnee, KS water only
    Jane Orr Newton, KS water only
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Debra B El Dorado, AR water only
    Laura Anton-May Huntington Beach, CA water only
    Jill Olson Petaluma, CA water only
    Ted Klaseen Redding, CA water only
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA water only
    Shirley Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Diane Gandee Sorbi Redwood City, CA water only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Gabriel Stauring Redondo Beach, CA refugee rations
    Kengi Carr Santa Monica, CA liquids only
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Trellis Huahn Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kim Biddle Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Johnny Sosa Los Angeles, CA water only
    Ava Leigh Stewart Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Jacqueline Ortiz Los Angeles, CA water only
    Joe Burdick Marysville, CA water only
    Alyssa Williams Newport Beach, CA water only
    Jennifer Hill Robenalt Austin, TX refugee rations
    Eden Blesener Austin, TX refugee rations
    Tammy Pendleton Kemp, TX water only
    Susan Smylie San Antonio, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Lisa Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Emily Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Megan Goldner San Marcos, TX refugee rations
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Sarah Moses Houston, TX water only
    Victoria Vackar Montgomery, TX water only
    Nadia Hamdan Plano, TX water only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Leanne Gillespie Hawaii refugee rations
    Roz Slovic Eugene, OR refugee rations
    Surabhi Mahajan Salem, OR water only
    Kalin Yancy Salem, OR water only
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Tracy Harding Quincy, MA water only
    Rachel Wachman Mansfield, MA water only
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Allie O’Brien Pensacola, FL liquids only
    Nikita Shieil-Rolle Miami, FL liquids only
    Brenda Duplantis Orlando, FL refugee rations
    Michelle Cocoa Beach, FL water only
    Rexene Worrell Lake Havasu City, AZ liquids only
    Mollie (Charlie) McKee Mesa, AZ liquids only
    Naomie Barnes Mesa, AZ water only
    Jennifer Rouse Laveen, AZ refugee rations
    Greta Hansen Phoenix, AZ water only
    Shawna Price Phoenix, AZ water only
    Gabrielle De Boliere Chandler, AZ water only
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Paula Burnett Shelton, WA water only
    Isolina Pommier Redmond, WA water only
    Nick Fine Battle Ground, WA water only
    Karen Murphy Bellingham, WA water only
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Crista Casey Burgaw, NC refugee rations
    L. Forrester Greenville, SC water only
    Christina Kay Lafayette, CO water only
    Jeanne Rozzo Denver, CO liquids only
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Lexie Grove York, PA water only
    Brittany Zeigler York, PA water only
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Lauren Kimmel Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Andrea Balderson Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Johnny Turtle Baltimore, MD water only
    Christa Del Giorno Hagerstown, MD liquids only
    Marissa Jillian McClung refugee rations
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Courtney Crew Nashville, TN water only
    Michelle water only
    Joe Alfonso Atlantic City, NJ water only
    Sandra Skare Oregon, WI water only
    Jeannie Maloy American Fork, UT water only
    Julee Sharik Provo, UT water only
    Kaarin Pigford water only
    James Greenbaum Little Compton, RI water only
    Connie McNutt St. Louis, MO liquids only
    Cibele Hasenbeck Piedmont, MO water only
    Michelle water only
    Kurtis Parker water only
    Ken Martin water only
    Brenda Atieno refugee rations
    Corey Dragge Las Vegas, NV water only
    Brittany Bishopp water only
    Sun~Rose water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 12

    Tuesday

    Congressman Donald M. Payne Newark, NJ water only
    Jon Foreman San Diego, CA water only
    Regan Collins London, UK water only
    Alban Gj. Thika Shkoder, Albania refugee rations
    Tiff Loh Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia water only
    Teresa Litchfield Australia water only
    Maria Olmedo Jimenez Spain water only
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany liquids only
    Bode Asiyanbi Benin, Nigeria water only
    Nicola Tutzauer Paris, France water only
    Dorena Martin Paris, France water only
    Rossanna I. Colón Puerto Rico water only
    Mame Sow Senegal water only
    Christina Derby Canada water only
    Richard MacKinnon Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Jacob Ward Burlington, ON, Canada water only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Karley Whamond Niagara Falls, ON, Canada water only
    Saer Von Gobben Edmonton, Canada water only
    Lillian Stuart Nairobi, Kenya refugee rations
    Jos-hua Chiang Mai, Thailand liquids only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Jill Saeteurn Sacramento, CA water only
    Renee Noyola Jacksonville, FL water only
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Allie O’Brien Pensacola, FL liquids only
    Nikita Shieil-Rolle Miami, FL liquids only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii water only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY water only
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    John J Fahy Rockaway Park, NY water only
    Lisa Anderson Rochester, NY water only
    Chandramouli Mettapalli Flushing, NY water only
    Jordon Rothstein New York City, NY water only
    Sharlyn Savan Brooklyn, NY water only
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Edrie Irvine Silver Spring, MD water only
    Johnny Turtle Baltimore, MD water only
    Jessica Saiz El Paso, TX water only
    Tammy Pendleton Kemp, TX refugee rations
    Nicole Bates San Antonio, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Kristen Minor San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Betsy Wingert Canyon, TX water only
    Sarah Moses Houston, TX water only
    Eden Blesener Austin, TX refugee rations
    Linda Sue Barnhart Austin, TX water only
    Victoria Vackar Montgomery, TX water only
    Nadia Hamdan Plano, TX water only
    Vanessa Arce Weslaco, TX water only
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Chris Nevarez West Orange, NJ water only
    Jeremy McNabb Auskings Denville, NJ water only
    Surabhi Mahajan Salem, OR water only
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Rexene Worrell Lake Havasu City, AZ liquids only
    Gabrielle De Boliere Chandler, AZ water only
    Mollie (Charlie) McKee Mesa, AZ liquids only
    Greta Hansen Phoenix, AZ water only
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Debra B El Dorado, AR water only
    Nikki Serapio Berkeley, CA refugee rations
    Jill Olson Petaluma, CA water only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Kengi Carr Santa Monica, CA liquids only
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Kim Biddle Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Johnny Sosa Los Angeles, CA water only
    Ava Leigh Stewart Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Jacqueline Ortiz Los Angeles, CA water only
    AmyLynne Hicks Los Angeles, CA water only
    Sarah Taylor Chino Hills, CA water only
    Janet Wall Redding, CA water only
    Elizabeth Applewhite Palos Verdes Estates, CA water only
    Alyssa Williams Newport Beach, CA water only
    Colleen Connors Washington D.C. refugee rations
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Jennifer Midtgard Troy, MI water only
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Paula Burnett Shelton, WA water only
    Isolina Pommier Redmond, WA water only
    Nick Fine Battle Ground, WA water only
    Karen Murphy Bellingham, WA water only
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Crista Casey Burgaw, NC refugee rations
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Katie Whiteman Mooresville, NC refugee rations
    L. Forrester Greenville, SC water only
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Jessica Wickline Clinton, IL water only
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Lexie Grove York, PA water only
    Brittany Zeigler York, PA water only
    Kelsey Sullivan Harmony, PA water only
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Lauren Kimmel Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Andrea Balderson Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    DeChantel Ramge Dublin, OH water only
    Marissa Jillian McClung refugee rations
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Courtney Crew Nashville, TN water only
    Joanne Wilson refugee rations
    Joe Alfonso Atlantic City, NJ water only
    Michelle Stasil Martinsville, NJ water only
    Christa Del Giorno Hagerstown, MD liquids only
    Rachel Wachman Mansfield, MA water only
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Kaarin Pigford water only
    James Greenbaum Little Compton, RI water only
    Julee Sharik Provo, UT water only
    Chris Michigan, USA water only
    Connie McNutt St. Louis, MO liquids only
    Cibele Hasenbeck Piedmont, MO water only
    Paul Hjellming St. Paul, MN water only
    Ken Martin water only
    Brenda Atieno refugee rations
    Corey Dragge Las Vegas, NV water only
    Holly Howard water only
    Kimberly Posey Spotsylvania, VA water only
    Elizabeth Hearn refugee rations
    Brittany Bishopp water only
    Sun~Rose water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 13

    Wednesday

    Congressman Donald M. Payne Newark, NJ water only
    Jon Foreman San Diego, CA water only
    Laura Abbey-Taylor Ottershaw/Surrey, UK water only
    Judith Ede, Netherlands water only
    Samuel Tranter Blackburn, UK water only
    Alban Gj. Thika Shkoder, Albania refugee rations
    Teresa Litchfield Australia water only
    Maria Olmedo Jimenez Spain water only
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany liquids only
    Bode Asiyanbi Benin, Nigeria water only
    Nicola Tutzauer Paris, France water only
    Dorena Martin Paris, France water only
    Mame Sow Senegal water only
    Christina Derby Canada water only
    Aki Sensev Mehmet Toronto, ON, Canada water only
    Jacob Ward Burlington, ON, Canada water only
    Karley Whamond Niagara Falls, ON, Canada water only
    Richard MacKinnon Hamilton, ON, Canada water only
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Elena Zanetti Toronto, Canada water only
    Saer Von Gobben Edmonton, Canada refugee rations
    Makeda Kingston, Jamaica water only
    Lillian Stuart Nairobi, Kenya refugee rations
    Jos-hua Chiang Mai, Thailand liquids only
    Mary Grace de Guzman Manila, Philippines liquids only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Jill Saeteurn Sacramento, CA water only
    Renee Noyola Jacksonville, FL water only
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Allie O’Brien Pensacola, FL liquids only
    Nikita Shieil-Rolle Miami, FL liquids only
    Linda M. White Orlando, FL water only
    Jennifer Hill Robenalt Austin, TX water only
    Eden Blesener Austin, TX refugee rations
    Linda Sue Barnhart Austin, TX water only
    Tammy Pendleton Kemp, TX refugee rations
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX water only
    Lisa Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Emily Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Megan Goldner San Marcos, TX refugee rations
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Victoria Vackar Montgomery, TX water only
    Nadia Hamdan Plano, TX water only
    Vanessa Arce Weslaco, TX water only
    Adrian Gonzalez Edinburg, TX water only
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY water only
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    John J Fahy Rockaway Park, NY water only
    Lisa Anderson Rochester, NY water only
    Moses Mark Howden Olean, NY water only
    Sharlyn Savan Brooklyn, NY water only
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Rexene Worrell Lake Havasu City, AZ liquids only
    Mollie (Charlie) McKee Mesa, AZ liquids only
    Kelly Collier Glendale, AZ water only
    Gabrielle De Boliere Chandler, AZ water only
    Gina Hullum Avondale, AZ water only
    Meghan Collier Phoenix, AZ water only
    Heather Schommer St. Paul, MN water only
    Paul Hjellming St. Paul, MN water only
    Jacob McCormick Grand Portage, MN water only
    Bill Broring Rochester, MN water only
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Jared Schy Portland, OR water only
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR water only
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR water only
    Lyla Peterson Portland, OR water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Becky Schenck Eugene, OR water only
    Whitney Randall Eugene, OR water only
    Shannon Keith Bend, OR water only
    Sarah Stark Bend, OR liquids only
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Leanne Gillespie Hawaii refugee rations
    Tracy Harding Quincy, MA water only
    Rachel Wachman Mansfield, MA water only
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Jennifer Midtgard Troy, MI water only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Kim Biddle Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Johnny Sosa Los Angeles, CA water only
    Ava Leigh Stewart Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    AmyLynne Hicks Los Angeles, CA water only
    Jacqueline Ortiz Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kengi Carr Santa Monica, CA liquids only
    Jill Olson Petaluma, CA water only
    Francesca Roveda Berkeley, CA refugee rations
    Nikki Serapio Berkeley, CA refugee rations
    Sarah Taylor Chino Hills, CA water only
    Elizabeth Applewhite Palos Verdes Estates, CA water only
    Alyssa Williams Newport Beach, CA water only
    Jared Kauk San Jose water only
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Paula Burnett Shelton, WA water only
    Isolina Pommier Redmond, WA water only
    Nick Fine Battle Ground, WA water only
    Karen Murphy Bellingham, WA water only
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Katie Whiteman Mooresville, NC refugee rations
    Crista Casey Burgaw, NC refugee rations
    Josh Maciejewski Fletcher, NC water only
    L. Forrester Greenville, SC water only
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Jessica Wickline Clinton, IL water only
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Lexie Grove York, PA water only
    Brittany Zeigler York, PA water only
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Christopher Bloom Moores Hill, IN water only
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Lauren Kimmel Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Andrea Balderson Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    DeChantel Ramge Dublin, OH refugee rations
    Lisa Ammon Ohio water only
    Johnny Turtle Baltimore, MD refugee rations
    Christa Del Giorno Hagerstown, MD liquids only
    Marissa Jillian McClung refugee rations
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Courtney Crew Nashville, TN water only
    Joe Alfonso Atlantic City, NJ water only
    Chris Nevarez West Orange, NJ water only
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Kaarin Pigford water only
    James Greenbaum Little Compton, RI water only
    Julee Sharik Provo, UT water only
    Connie McNutt St. Louis, MO liquids only
    Debra B El Dorado, AR water only
    Kurtis Parker water only
    Julie K. Ross Great Falls, MT liquids only
    Ken Martin water only
    Brenda Atieno refugee rations
    Corey Dragge Las Vegas, NV water only
    Holly Howard water only
    Emily Bland Roeland Park, KS refugee rations
    Kimberly Posey Spotsylvania, VA water only
    Paul Shea Pelham, NH water only
    Elizabeth Hearn refugee rations
    Catherine Crawford refugee rations
    Brittany Bishopp water only
    Daniel Rubio Jr. water only
    Sun~Rose water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 14

    Thursday

    Peter Gabriel UK water only
    Kate A Silverton Skane, Sweden refugee rations
    Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Miami, FL water only
    Yleem Poblete Washington DC water only
    Sarah Preisser Washington DC water only
    Robyn Wapner Washington DC water only
    Dennis Halpin Fairfax, VA refugee rations
    Joan Condon Alexandria, VA water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Alban Gj. Thika Shkoder, Albania refugee rations
    Siddharth Hirwe Mumbai, India water only
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany liquids only
    Bode Asiyanbi Benin, Nigeria water only
    Andrea Tebbutt Manchester, UK water only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Dorena Martin Paris, France liquids only
    Christina Derby Canada water only
    Aki Sensev Mehmet Toronto, ON, Canada water only
    Karley Whamond Niagara Falls, ON, Canada water only
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Jacob Ward Burlington, ON Canada water only
    Maureen Kelly Burlington, ON Canada water only
    Lillian Stuart Nairobi, Kenya refugee rations
    Jos-hua Chiang Mai, Thailand liquids only
    Mary Grace de Guzman Manila, Philippines liquids only
    Gabriel Stauring Redondo Beach, CA water only
    Katie-Jay Scott Redondo Beach, CA water only
    Jill Olson Petaluma, CA water only
    Hannah Burton Long Beach, CA refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Kim Biddle Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Ava Leigh Stewart Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Jacqueline Ortiz Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kengi Carr Santa Monica, CA liquids only
    Nikki Serapio Berkeley, CA refugee rations
    Francesca Roveda Berkeley, CA refugee rations
    Brandon Ertis Davis, CA water only
    M. Martin Szczesniak Temecula, CA water only
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Allie O’Brien Pensacola, FL liquids only
    Nikita Shieil-Rolle Miami, FL liquids only
    Jillian McMahon Wellington, FL water only
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Debra B El Dorado, AR water only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY water only
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    John J Fahy Rockaway Park, NY water only
    Lisa Anderson Rochester, NY water only
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Edrie Irvine Silver Spring, MD water only
    Johnny Turtle Baltimore, MD refugee rations
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Betsy Wingert Canyon, TX water only
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Vanessa Arce Weslaco, TX water only
    Linda Sue Barnhart Austin, TX water only
    Adrian Gonzalez Edinburg, TX water only
    Rexene Worrell Lake Havasu City, AZ liquids only
    Gabrielle De Boliere Chandler, AZ water only
    Mollie (Charlie) McKee Mesa, AZ liquids only
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Chris Nevarez West Orange, NJ water only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Whitney Randall Eugene, OR water only
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Julee Sharik Provo, UT liquids only
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Jennifer Midtgard Troy, MI water only
    Jacob McCormick Grand Portage, MN water only
    Bill Broring Rochester, MN water only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Kyra Bottoms Shoreline, WA water only
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Paula Burnett Shelton, WA water only
    Isolina Pommier Redmond, WA water only
    Karen Murphy Bellingham, WA water only
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Crista Casey Burgaw, NC refugee rations
    Katie Whiteman Mooresville, NC refugee rations
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Jessica Wickline Clinton, IL water only
    Julia Ortiz Chicago, IL water only
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Lexie Grove York, PA water only
    Brittany Zeigler York, PA water only
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Christopher Bloom Moores Hill, IN water only
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Lauren Kimmel Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Amanda Columbus, OH liquids only
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    DeChantel Ramge Dublin, OH water only
    Lisa Ammon Ohio water only
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Joe Alfonso Atlantic City, NJ water only
    Christa Del Giorno Hagerstown, MD liquids only
    Rachel Wachman Mansfield, MA water only
    Sydney Grodi Springfield, MO water only
    Jane Orr Newton, KS water only
    Emily Bland Roeland Park, KS refugee rations
    Kaarin Pigford water only
    Julie K. Ross Great Falls, MT liquids only
    Paul Shea Pelham, NH refugee rations
    Ken Martin liquids only
    Brenda Atieno refugee rations
    Holly Howard water only
    Elizabeth Hearn refugee rations
    Catherine Crawford refugee rations
    Daniel Rubio Jr. water only
    Sun~Rose liquids only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 15

    Friday

    Peter Gabriel UK water only
    Ma. Isabel Rodríguez Sotres México water only
    Kate A Silverton Skane, Sweden refugee rations
    Joan Condon Alexandria, VA water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Alban Gj. Thika Shkoder, Albania refugee rations
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany liquids only
    Christina Derby Canada water only
    Karley Whamond Niagara Falls, ON, Canada water only
    Jacob Ward Burlington, ON, Canada water only
    Taylor Wood Ingersoll, ON, Canada water only
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Lillian Stuart Nairobi, Kenya refugee rations
    Dorena Martin Paris, France liquids only
    Jos-hua Chiang Mai, Thailand liquids only
    Mary Grace de Guzman Manila, Philippines liquids only
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Allie O’Brien Pensacola, FL liquids only
    Nikita Shieil-Rolle Miami, FL liquids only
    Jillian McMahon Wellington, FL water only
    Russell Thompson Dallas, TX water only
    Lisa Goldner San Antonio, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Emily Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Megan Goldner San Marcos, TX refugee rations
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Vanessa Arce Weslaco, TX water only
    Adrian Gonzalez Edinburg, TX water only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Whitney Randall Eugene, OR water only
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Tracy Harding Quincy, MA water only
    Rachel Wachman Mansfield, MA water only
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Megan Ward San Diego, CA water only
    Hannah Burton Long Beach, CA refugee rations
    Jill Olson Petaluma, CA water only
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Ava Leigh Stewart Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Jacqueline Ortiz Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kengi Carr Santa Monica, CA liquids only
    Nikki Serapio Berkeley, CA refugee rations
    Mollie (Charlie) McKee Mesa, AZ liquids only
    Gabrielle De Boliere Chandler, AZ water only
    Amy L. Taylor Scottsdale, AZ refugee rations
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Debra B El Dorado, AR water only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY refugee rations
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    John J Fahy Rockaway Park, NY water only
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Kyra Bottoms Shoreline, WA water only
    Paula Burnett Shelton, WA water only
    Isolina Pommier Redmond, WA water only
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Sarah Franks Fayetteville, NC water only
    Crista Casey Burgaw, NC refugee rations
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Lexie Grove York, PA water only
    Brittany Zeigler York, PA water only
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Christopher Bloom Moores Hill, IN water only
    Jacob McCormick Grand Portage, MN water only
    Bill Broring Rochester, MN water only
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Lauren Kimmel Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    DeChantel Ramge Dublin, OH refugee rations
    Lisa Ammon Ohio water only
    Julee Sharik Provo, UT liquids only
    Johnny Turtle Baltimore, MD refugee rations
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Joe Alfonso Atlantic City, NJ water only
    Chris Nevarez West Orange, NJ water only
    Christa Del Giorno Hagerstown, MD liquids only
    Linda Otero Hampton, NH water only
    Pietra Otero Hampton, NH liquids only
    Paul Shea Pelham, NH refugee rations
    Janalyn Salhaney Grand Rapids, MI water only
    Sydney Grodi Springfield, MO water only
    Kaarin Pigford water only
    Kurtis Parker water only
    Julie K. Ross Great Falls, MT liquids only
    Ken Martin water only
    Brenda Atieno refugee rations
    Emily Bland Roeland Park, KS refugee rations
    Ashley Isabelle Yelverton Lafayette, LA water only
    Elizabeth Hearn refugee rations
    Catherine Crawford refugee rations
    Barbara L. Gertzen refugee rations
    Daniel Rubio Jr. water only
    Sun~Rose liquids only
    Myles Crawley water only
    Danica Waters water only
    Alana Skye Crawley water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 16

    Saturday

    Peter Gabriel UK water only
    Crystal Cha Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia water only
    John Prendergast Washington DC water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Alban Gj. Thika Shkoder, Albania refugee rations
    Siddharth Hirwe Mumbai, India water only
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany liquids only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Christina Derby Canada water only
    Dorena Martin Paris, France liquids only
    Karley Whamond Niagara Falls, ON, Canada water only
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Lillian Stuart Nairobi, Kenya refugee rations
    Mary Grace de Guzman Manila, Philippines liquids only
    Judi Reddy Newtown, PA water only
    Russell Thompson Dallas, TX water only
    Dorothy Stafford Houston, TX water only
    Alyssa Burgin San Antonio, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Betsy Wingert Canyon, TX water only
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Vanessa Arce Weslaco, TX water only
    Adrian Gonzalez Edinburg, TX water only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Allie O’Brien Pensacola, FL liquids only
    Nikita Shieil-Rolle Miami, FL liquids only
    Jillian McMahon Wellington, FL water only
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Chris Nevarez West Orange, NJ water only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Hannah Burton Long Beach, CA refugee rations
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Ava Leigh Stewart Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Jacqueline Ortiz Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kengi Carr Santa Monica, CA liquids only
    Megan Ward San Diego, CA water only
    Debbie Livingston Redding, CA refugee rations
    Nikki Serapio Berkeley, CA refugee rations
    Mollie (Charlie) McKee Mesa, AZ liquids only
    Gabrielle De Boliere Chandler, AZ water only
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Debra B El Dorado, AR water only
    Sunil Dagimeti Atlanta, GA liquids only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY refugee rations
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    John J Fahy Rockaway Park, NY water only
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Paula Burnett Shelton, WA water only
    Kyra Bottoms Shoreline, WA water only
    Isolina Pommier Redmond, WA water only
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Sarah Franks Feyetteville, NC water only
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany, IN water only
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Lauren Kimmel Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    DeChantel Ramge Dublin, OH refugee rations
    Johnny Turtle Baltimore, MD refugee rations
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Joe Alfonso Atlantic City, NJ water only
    Julee Sharik Provo, UT liquids only
    Linda Otero Hampton, NH water only
    Paul Shea Pelham, NH refugee rations
    Rachel Wachman Mansfield, MA water only
    Carmel Dehbi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Sydney Grodi Springfield, MO water only
    Kaarin Pigford water only
    Julie K. Ross Great Falls, MT liquids only
    Ken Martin water only
    Brenda Atieno refugee rations
    Emily Bland Roeland Park, KS refugee rations
    Ashley Isabelle Yelverton Lafayette, LA water only
    Elizabeth Hearn refugee rations
    Catherine Crawford refugee rations
    Daniel Rubio Jr. water only
    Sun~Rose liquids only
    Myles Crawley water only
    Danica Waters water only
    Alana Skye Crawley water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 17

    Sunday

    John Prendergast Washington DC water only
    Michael Ditchfield Denver, CO refugee rations
    Diego Santana Colombia liquids only
    Heather Odom Tunbridge Wells, Kent. UK water only
    Crystal Cha Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Alban Gj. Thika Shkoder, Albania refugee rations
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany liquids only
    Dorena Martin Paris, France liquids only
    Jobin Sam Toronto, Canada water only
    Marie B. Deane Canada water only
    Christina Derby Canada water only
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Lillian Stuart Nairobi, Kenya refugee rations
    Mary Grace de Guzman Manila, Philippines liquids only
    Judi Reddy Newtown, PA water only
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Allie O’Brien Pensacola, FL liquids only
    Nikita Shieil-Rolle Miami, FL liquids only
    Edrie Irvine Silver Spring, MD water only
    Johnny Turtle Baltimore, MD refugee rations
    Heather Schommer St. Paul, MN water only
    Russell Thompson Dallas, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Vanessa Arce Weslaco, TX water only
    Adrian Gonzalez Edinburg, TX water only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Chris Nevarez West Orange, NJ water only
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Maggie Donahue Eugene, OR water only
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Hannah Burton Long Beach, CA refugee rations
    Beth Willow Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Ava Leigh Stewart Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Jacqueline Ortiz Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kengi Carr Santa Monica, CA liquids only
    Debbie Livingston Redding, CA refugee rations
    Nikki Serapio Berkeley, CA refugee rations
    Megan Ward San Diego, CA water only
    Francesca Roveda Berkeley, CA water only
    Mollie (Charlie) McKee Mesa, AZ liquids only
    Gabrielle De Boliere Chandler, AZ water only
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Debra B El Dorado, AR water only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY refugee rations
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    John J Fahy Rockaway Park, NY water only
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Paula Burnett Shelton, WA water only
    Isolina Pommier Redmond, WA water only
    Kyra Bottoms Shoreline, WA water only
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Sarah Franks Fayetteville, NC water only
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Teresa Earley Gilbert New Albany water only
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Lauren Kimmel Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Kimberly Strawska Hackett Cincinnati, OH water only
    DeChantel Ramge Dublin, OH water only
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Joe Alfonso Atlantic City, NJ water only
    Linda Otero Hampton, NH water only
    Rachel Wachman Mansfield, MA water only
    Carmel Debhi Shrewsbury, MA water only
    Kaarin Pigford water only
    Emily Hagemeister Fargo, ND refugee rations
    Kurtis Parker water only
    Julie K. Ross Great Falls, MT liquids only
    Paul Shea Pelham, NH refugee rations
    Ken Martin liquids only
    Brenda Atieno refugee rations
    Emily Bland Roeland Park, KS refugee rations
    Ashley Isabelle Yelverton Lafayette, LA water only
    Elizabeth Hearn refugee rations
    Kristina Crouch Hampton, VA water only
    Catherine Crawford refugee rations
    Daniel Rubio Jr. water only
    Sun~Rose liquids only
    Myles Crawley water only
    Danica Waters water only
    Alana Skye Crawley water only

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and type of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

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    Week 2: May 4 – 10, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/week-2-may-4-10-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/week-2-may-4-10-2009/#comments Thu, 07 May 2009 17:51:18 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1212 People Fasting in Solidarity

    Week 2: May 4 – 10, 2009

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and type of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 4

    Monday

    Mia Farrow Connecticut water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Andrea Wells Bethlehem, CT refugee rations
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany water only
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Saer Von Gobben Edmonton, Canada water only
    Johnny Fisher Windsor, ON, Canada refugee rations
    Gemma McClure Stirling, Scotland water only
    Camillo Di Cicco Rome, Italy water only
    Lillian Stuart Nairobi, Kenya water only
    Jos-hua Chiang Mai, Thailand liquids only
    Ruth Messinger USA water only
    Ann Jessup Laramie, WY water only
    Patricia Allen Arlington Heights, IL water only
    Susan Shimer Chicago, IL water only
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY water only
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    Helga Moor New York City, NY refugee rations
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Bridgit Antoinette Evans New York water only
    Jan Brodzinski New Jersey water only
    Jim Fussell Arlington, VA water only
    Courtney Gildersleeve Minneapolis, MN water only
    Marilyn Ricci Minneapolis, MN water only
    Emily Pederson Edina, MN water only
    Savanna Ellena Edina, MN water only
    Jaymie Jenks Shawnee, KS water only
    Chelsey Hersley Boise, ID water only
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Marcia Prasch Boise, ID water only,
    Tammy Pendleton Kemp, TX water only
    Jennifer Hill Robenalt Austin, TX refugee rations
    Thea Blesener Austin, TX water only
    Heith Root San Antonio, TX water only
    Susan Smylie San Antonio, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Lisa Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Emily Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Megan Goldner San Marcos, TX refugee rations
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Ted Klaseen Redding, CA water only
    Patty Somers Anaheim, CA water only
    Veronica Marin-Bowling East Palo Alto, CA refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Trellis Huahn Los Angeles, CA water only
    Morro K. Ceesay Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kim Biddle Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Katherine Hodges Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Gabriel Stauring Redondo Beach, CA refugee rations
    Kadijah Moss La Puente, CA water only
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Surabhi Mahajan Salem, OR water only
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Rhea DuMont Portland, OR water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR water only
    Kimberly S Lewis Eugene, OR refugee rations
    Tracy Harding Quincy, MA water only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Rexene Worrell Lake Havasu City, AZ liquids only
    Jennifer Rouse Laveen, AZ refugee rations
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Evelyn Coleman Asheville, NC refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Christina Kay Lafayette, CO water only
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Kaydee Provost Reno, NV water only
    Rose Spink Covington, GA refugee rations
    Nia Reed Atlanta, GA water only
    Rasheedah Ahmad Washington, DC water only
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Michelle water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 5

    Tuesday

    Mia Farrow Connecticut water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Andrea Wells Bethlehem, CT water only
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany water only
    Carolyn Lawrence Canada water only
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Saer Von Gobben Edmonton, Canada refugee rations
    David Brown Nottingham, UK water only
    Lillian Stuart Nairobi, Kenya water only
    Jos-hua Chiang Mai, Thailand liquids only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii water only
    Susan Shimer Chicago, IL water only
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Ann Jessup Laramie, WY water only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY water only
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    Helga Moor New York City, NY water only
    Judy Rosenblatt New York City, NY refugee rations
    Armida Cook New York City, NY refugee rations
    Jay Blackman East Meadow, NY water only
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Bridgit Antoinette Evans New York water only
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA water only
    Shirley Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Veronica Marin-Bowling East Palo Alto, CA refugee rations
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Morro K. Ceesay Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kim Biddle Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Katherine Hodges Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Kadijah Moss La Puente, CA water only
    Jenna Fox Reno, NV water only
    Eddie Jamrog Reno, NV water only
    Kaitlyn Denzler Reno, NV water only
    Gerald Wozniak Reno, NV water only
    Carolina Chacon Reno, NV water only
    Sarah Boka Reno, NV water only
    Joaquin Rafael Roces Reno, NV water only
    Emily Minor Reno, NV water only
    Kaydee Provost Reno, NV water only
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Edrie Irvine Silver Spring, MD water only
    Jessica Saiz El Paso, TX water only
    Tammy Pendleton Kemp, TX refugee rations
    Nicole Bates San Antonio, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Susan Smylie San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Surabhi Mahajan Salem, OR water only
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR water only
    Kimberly S Lewis Eugene, OR refugee rations
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Rexene Worrell Lake Havasu City, AZ liquids only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Colleen Connors Washington D.C. refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Evelyn Coleman Asheville, NC refugee rations
    Marilynn Summers Ambler, PA water only
    Diana Serianni Ambler, PA water only
    Sheila Janca Bellevue, NE water only
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Rasheedah Ahmad Washington, DC water only
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Lauren Kimmel Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Marissa Jillian McClung refugee rations
    Nia Reed Atlanta, GA water only
    Jeri Elder Blacksburg, VA water only
    Joanne Wilson refugee rations

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 6

    Wednesday

    Mia Farrow Connecticut water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Athalia Cailloux Paris, France 1/2 refugee rations
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany water only
    Jane Bryce Caserta, Italy water only
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Elena Zanetti Toronto, Canada water only
    Saer Von Gobben Edmonton, Canada water only
    Makeda Kingston, Jamaica water only
    Jos-hua Chiang Mai, Thailand liquids only
    David Brown Nottingham, UK water only
    Lillian Stuart Nairobi, Kenya refugee rations
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Nikita Shieil-Rolle Miami, FL liquids only
    Susan Shimer Chicago, IL water only
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY water only
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Ann Jessup Laramie, WY water only
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR water only
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR water only
    Jared Schy Portland, OR water only
    Lyla Peterson Portland, OR water only
    Becky Schenck Eugene, OR water only
    Kimberly S Lewis Eugene, OR refugee rations
    Shannon Keith Bend, OR water only
    Sarah Stark Bend, OR liquids only
    Marty Fromer Oregon water only
    Heather Schommer St. Paul, MN water only
    Laura Dahlquist Coon Rapids, MN water only
    Jennifer Wraalstad Coon Rapids, MN water only
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Jennifer Hill Robenalt Austin, TX water only
    Jessica Saiz El Paso, TX water only
    Tammy Pendleton Kemp, TX refugee rations
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX water only
    Susan Smylie San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Lisa Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Emily Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Megan Goldner San Marcos, TX refugee rations
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Brian Prince Houston, TX water only
    Adina Covaci-Prince Houston, TX water only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Adelina Manaut Honolulu, HI water only
    Jeremy Wong Honolulu, HI water only
    Ryan Manaut Honolulu, HI water only
    Jessica Gronna Honolulu, HI water only
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Lynne Wonacott Redding, CA refugee rations
    Veronica Marin-Bowling East Palo Alto, CA refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Anush Avejic Sunland, CA water only
    Cameron Van Patterson Long Beach, CA refugee rations
    Morro K. Ceesay Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kim Biddle Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Katherine Hodges Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Michelle Ferrell San Diego, CA liquids only
    Kadijah Moss La Puente, CA water only
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Francesca Roveda Berkeley, CA refugee rations
    Tracy Harding Quincy, MA water only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Rexene Worrell Lake Havasu City, AZ liquids only
    Meghan Franco Buckeye, AZ refugee rations
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Evelyn Coleman Asheville, NC refugee rations
    Catherine DellaMea Asheville, NC water only
    Sheila Janca Bellevue, NE water only
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Rose Spink Covington, GA refugee rations
    Rachel Walters Atlanta, GA water only
    Nia Reed Atlanta, GA water only
    Rasheedah Ahmad Washington, DC water only
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Lauren Kimmel Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Marissa Jillian McClung refugee rations
    Dee Stanley Murfreesboro, TN water only
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Jeri Elder Blacksburg, VA water only
    Jennifer Midtgard Michigan water only


    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 7

    Thursday

    Mia Farrow Connecticut water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Athalia Cailloux Paris, France 1/2 refugee rations
    Mame Sow Senegal water only
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany water only
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Saer Von Gobben Edmonton, Canada refugee rations
    David Brown Nottingham, UK water only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Lillian Stuart Nairobi, Kenya refugee rations
    Jos-hua Chiang Mai, Thailand liquids only
    Maya Marin Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Gabriel Stauring Redondo Beach, CA water only
    Katie-Jay Scott Redondo Beach, CA water only
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Randy Newcomb San Francisco, CA water only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Morro K. Ceesay Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kim Biddle Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Katherine Hodges Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Susan Shimer Chicago, IL water only
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Nikita Shieil-Rolle Miami, FL liquids only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY water only
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Ann Jessup Laramie, WY water only
    Edrie Irvine Silver Spring, MD water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Susan Smylie San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Tammy Pendleton Kemp, TX refugee rations
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Adelina Manaut Honolulu, HI water only
    Jeremy Wong Honolulu, HI water only
    Ryan Manaut Honolulu, HI water only
    Jessica Gronna Honolulu, HI water only
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR water only
    Kimberly S Lewis Eugene, OR refugee rations
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Rexene Worrell Lake Havasu City, AZ liquids only
    Meghan Franco Buckeye, AZ refugee rations
    Kimberly Manaut Tucson, AZ water only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Tiffany Mulryan Bellingham, WA water only
    Tiffany Marie Bellingham, WA water only
    Summer Stelmach Bellingham, WA water only
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Francesca Roveda Berkeley, CA refugee rations
    Michelle Ferrell San Diego, CA liquids only
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Evelyn Coleman Asheville, NC refugee rations
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Rasheedah Ahmad Washington, DC water only
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Lauren Kimmel Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Marissa Jillian McClung refugee rations
    Rachel Walters Atlanta, GA water only
    Nia Reed Atlanta, GA water only
    Dee Stanley Murfreesboro, TN water only
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Jeri Elder Blacksburg, VA water only
    Jennifer Midtgard Michigan water only
    Connie Hansen Edina, MN refugee rations


    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 8

    Friday

    Richard Branson UK water only
    David Brown Nottingham, UK water only
    Ruth Coppard Sheffield , England water only
    Elizabeth Hearn London, England water only
    Athalia Cailloux Paris, France 1/2 refugee rations
    Mame Sow Senegal water only
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany water only
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Saer Von Gobben Edmonton, Canada water only
    Lillian Stuart Nairobi, Kenya refugee rations
    Jos-hua Chiang Mai, Thailand liquids only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY water only
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Courtney Gildersleeve Minneapolis, MN water only
    Roger Peterson Maple Grove, MN refugee rations
    Susan Shimer Chicago, IL water only
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Nikita Shieil-Rolle Miami, FL liquids only
    Russell Thompson Dallas, TX water only
    Tammy Pendleton Kemp, TX refugee rations
    Lisa Goldner San Antonio, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Susan Smylie San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Emily Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Kristen Minor San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Megan Goldner San Marcos, TX refugee rations
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Adelina Manaut Honolulu, HI water only
    Ryan Manaut Honolulu, HI water only
    Jessica Gronna Honolulu, HI water only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Maya Marin Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Morro K. Ceesay Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kim Biddle Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Katherine Hodges Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    M. Martin Szczesniak Temecula, CA water only
    Michelle Ferrell San Diego, CA liquids only
    Camela Mays San Diego, CA water only
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Kimberly S Lewis Eugene, OR refugee rations
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Rexene Worrell Lake Havasu City, AZ liquids only
    Meghan Franco Buckeye, AZ refugee rations
    Kimberly Manaut Tucson, AZ water only
    Mollie (Charlie) McKee Mesa, AZ liquids only
    Tracy Harding Quincy, MA water only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Tiffany Mulryan Bellingham, WA water only
    Tiffany Marie Bellingham, WA water only
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Evelyn Coleman Asheville, NC refugee rations
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Melissa Collum Wisconsin water only
    Rose Spink Covington, GA refugee rations
    Rachel Walters Atlanta, GA water only
    Nia Reed Atlanta, GA water only
    Lexie Grove York, PA water only
    Brittany Zeigler York, PA water only
    Rasheedah Ahmad Washington, DC water only
    Johnny Turtle Baltimore, MD water only
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Lauren Kimmel Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Marissa Jillian McClung refugee rations
    Dee Stanley Murfreesboro, TN water only
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Jeri Elder Blacksburg, VA water only
    Jennifer Midtgard Michigan water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 9

    Saturday

    Richard Branson UK water only
    Liz Palmer Brighton, UK refugee rations
    Ruth Coppard Sheffield , England water only
    Elizabeth Hearn London, England water only
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany water only
    Mame Sow Senegal water only
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Saer Von Gobben Edmonton, Canada refugee rations
    Lillian Stuart Nairobi, Kenya refugee rations
    Jos-hua Chiang Mai, Thailand liquids only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Susan Shimer Chicago, IL water only
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY water only
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Brenda Duplantis Orlando, FL refugee rations
    Nikita Shieil-Rolle Miami, FL liquids only
    Russell Thompson Dallas, TX water only
    Dorothy Stafford Houston, TX water only
    Sarah Moses Houston, TX water only
    Alyssa Burgin San Antonio, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Susan Smylie San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Tammy Pendleton Kemp, TX refugee rations
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Arielle Hirsch Longport,NJ water only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Adelina Manaut Honolulu, HI water only
    Ryan Manaut Honolulu, HI water only
    Jessica Gronna Honolulu, HI water only
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR refugee rations
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Kimberly S Lewis Eugene, OR refugee rations
    Kalin Yancy Salem, OR water only
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Debbie Livingston Redding, CA refugee rations
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Kengi Carr Santa Monica, CA liquids only
    Maya Marin Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Morro K. Ceesay Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kim Biddle Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Katherine Hodges Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Michelle Ferrell San Diego, CA liquids only
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Sunil Dagimeti Atlanta, GA liquids only
    Rachel Walters Atlanta, GA water only
    Rexene Worrell Lake Havasu City, AZ liquids only
    Meghan Franco Buckeye, AZ refugee rations
    Mollie (Charlie) McKee Mesa, AZ liquids only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Evelyn Coleman Asheville, NC refugee rations
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Crista Casey Burgaw, NC refugee rations
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Lexie Grove York, PA water only
    Brittany Zeigler York, PA water only
    Rasheedah Ahmad Washington, DC water only
    Johnny Turtle Baltimore, MD water only
    Wanda McCoy Baltimore, MD water only
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Lauren Kimmel Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Marissa Jillian McClung refugee rations
    Dee Stanley Murfreesboro, TN water only
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Jeri Elder Blacksburg, VA water only
    Kimberly Manaut Tucson, AZ refugee rations
    Christa Del Giorno Hagerstown, MD liquids only
    Sandra Skare Oregon, WI water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 10

    Sunday

    Richard Branson UK water only
    Ruth Coppard Sheffield , England water only
    Elizabeth Hearn London, England water only
    Mame Sow Senegal water only
    Marie B. Deane Canada water only
    Christina Derby Canada water only
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Saer Von Gobben Edmonton, Canada water only
    Lillian Stuart Nairobi, Kenya refugee rations
    Jos-hua Chiang Mai, Thailand liquids only
    Kremena Stoimenova Sofia, Bulgaria water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Susan Shimer Chicago, IL water only
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY water only
    Jon Kit Lee New York City, NY water only
    Edrie Irvine Silver Spring, MD water only
    Johnny Turtle Baltimore, MD water only
    Heather Schommer St. Paul, MN water only
    Erika Der Sarkissian California water only
    Pastor Heather Williams South Pasadena, CA 1/2 refugee rations
    Kengi Carr Santa Monica, CA liquids only
    Maya Marin Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Lucy Kelly Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kim Biddle Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Evonne Heyning Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Debbie Livingston Redding, CA refugee rations
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Francesca Roveda Berkeley, CA water only
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Nikita Shieil-Rolle Miami, FL liquids only
    Brenda Duplantis Orlando, FL refugee rations
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Adelina Manaut Honolulu, HI water only
    Ryan Manaut Honolulu, HI water only
    Shiyana Thenabadu Honolulu, HI refugee rations
    Krystal Walker Newark, NJ water only
    Abby Bender Margate City, NJ water only
    Jessica Saiz El Paso, TX water only
    Tammy Pendleton Kemp, TX refugee rations
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Susan Smylie San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Sarah Moses Houston, TX water only
    Maggie Donahue Eugene, OR water only
    Kimberly S Lewis Eugene, OR water only
    Kalin Yancy Salem, OR water only
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Rexene Worrell Lake Havasu City, AZ liquids only
    Mollie (Charlie) McKee Mesa, AZ liquids only
    Kimberly Manaut Tucson, AZ refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Jenny Cochrane Seattle, WA refugee rations
    Karen Murphy Bellingham, WA water only
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Robin Greco Wright Statesville, NC refugee rations
    Crista Casey Burgaw, NC refugee rations
    Sreenivas Vulavala Alpharetta, GA refugee rations
    Rachel Walters Atlanta, GA water only
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Lexie Grove York, PA water only
    Brittany Zeigler York, PA water only
    Rasheedah Ahmad Washington, DC water only
    Nancy Hendricks Cahill Bloomington, IN refugee rations
    Colleen Arnett Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Lauren Kimmel Columbus, OH refugee rations
    Marissa Jillian McClung refugee rations
    Dee Stanley Murfreesboro, TN water only
    Criston Bradford Memphis, TN refugee rations
    Jeri Elder Blacksburg, VA water only
    Christa Del Giorno Hagerstown, MD liquids only
    Wanda McCoy Baltimore, MD water only
    Sandra Skare Oregon, WI water only
    Jen Smock Salt Lake City, UT liquids only
    Elizabeth Hearn water only

    To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and type of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations).

    Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

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    Week 1: April 27 – May 3, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/week-1-april-27-may-3-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/week-1-april-27-may-3-2009/#comments Thu, 07 May 2009 17:31:16 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1211 People Fasting in Solidarity

    Week 1: April 27 – May 3, 2009

    Calendar continuously updated and will continue to expand beyond current dates.

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    April 27

    Monday

    Mia Farrow Connecticut water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Ruth Messinger USA water only
    Dave Rubenstein Washington DC water only
    Rasheedah Ahmad Washington DC water only
    Surabhi Mahajan Salem, OR water only
    Roz Slovic Eugene, OR water only
    Becky Schenck Eugene, OR water only
    Kimberly S Lewis Eugene, OR refugee rations
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR water only
    Jared Schy Portland, OR water only
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Cynthia Webb Chestnut Ridge, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Jim Fussell Arlington, VA water only
    Grace Miller USA water only
    Trellis Huahn Los Angeles, CA water only
    Tzivia Schwartz Getzug Los Angeles, CA water only
    Lisa Jehle Bakersfield, CA water only
    Gabriel Stauring Redondo Beach, CA refugee rations
    Kim Amadril Santa Monica, CA refugee rations
    Fr. Vazken Movsesian Glendale, CA water only
    Nare Kupelian Glendale, CA water only
    Ted Klaseen Redding, CA water only
    Marv Steinberg Redding, CA water only
    Cathy Lefler Redding, CA water only
    Shirley Steinberg Redding, CA refugee rations
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Rabbi Lee Bycel San Francisco, CA water only
    Regina Gehrisch Vista, CA water only
    Daian Hennington Monterey, CA water only
    Veronica Marin-Bowling East Palo Alto, CA refugee rations
    Monette Pierce Anderson, CA refugee rations
    Priti Bhattarai Kathmandu water only
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany water only
    Emily Pederson Edina, MN water only
    Savanna Ellena Edina, MN water only
    Ellen Kennedy Edina, MN water only
    Connie Hansen Edina, MN water only
    Karen Callahan Plymouth, MN water only
    Courtney Gildersleeve Minneapolis, MN water only
    Brittany Libra Minneapolis, MN water only
    Jackie Meyer Brainerd, MN water only
    Mary Colleen Johnson Bemidji, MN water only
    Katie Peterson St Paul, MN water only
    Anna Meyer St Paul, MN water only
    Nathan Dodge Shoreview, MN refugee rations
    Darline Weihl Waterloo, IL water only
    Patricia Allen Arlington Heights, IL water only
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Genenda Milloy Nashville, IL water only
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Jaymie Jenks Shawnee, KS water only
    Chelsey Hersley Boise, ID water only
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Shahrzad Nouraini Honolulu, HI water only
    Orion Whetstone Ewa Beach, HI water only
    Lynne Wooddell Kailua, HI refugee rations
    Madir Scolpini Maui, HI refugee rations
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Russell Thompson Dallas, TX water only
    Laura McCarthy Dallas, TX water only
    John Montgomery Houston, TX water only
    Jessica Saiz El Paso, TX water only
    Tammy Pendleton Kemp, TX water only
    Susan Smylie San Antonio, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Lisa Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Emily Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Megan Goldner San Marcos, TX refugee rations
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Trish Zahner Lenox, MA liquids only
    Jennifer Rouse Laveen, AZ refugee rations
    Jeff Smith Denver, CO refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Samantha Mathers Green Cove Springs, FL water only
    Margaret Cavanaugh Orlando, FL liquids only
    Cathy Robinson Mobile, AL refugee rations
    Ruthann Daly Somerset, NJ water only
    Leslie Thomas water only
    Michael Hrzic water only
    Michelle water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    April 28

    Tuesday

    Mia Farrow Connecticut water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Jerry Fowler USA water only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii water only
    Orion Whetstone Ewa Beach, HI water only
    Gretchen Steidle Wallace Hanover, NH water only
    Lynne Wooddell Kailua, HI refugee rations
    Margaret Cavanaugh Orlando, FL liquids only
    Peter Mursak Clearwater, FL water only
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Samantha Mathers Green Cove Springs, FL water only
    John Prendergast Washington, DC water only
    David Saperstein Washington, DC water only
    Rasheedah Ahmad Washington, DC water only
    Stephanie Shain Washington, DC water only
    Adam Roberts Washington, DC water only
    Colleen Connors Washington, DC refugee rations
    Surabhi Mahajan Salem, OR water only
    Kimberly S Lewis Eugene, OR refugee rations
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR water only
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Kim Nichols Denmark, WI water only
    Ann Jessup Laramie, WY water only
    Edrie Irvine Silver Spring, MD water only
    Luisa Gaxiola Culiacan, Mexico liquids only
    Jeanette Iles United Kingdom liquids only
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany water only
    Priti Bhattarai Kathmandu, Nepal water only
    Saer Von Gobben Edmonton, Canada water only
    Donny Shannon Rainy River, ON Canada water only
    Lynne Godfrey Canada water only
    Douglas Godfrey Canada water only
    Nicholas Corey Danby, VT water only
    Ally Antonini USA water only
    Georgett Johnson North Carolina water only
    Luisa Angulo Corpus Christi, TX liquids only
    Jason Dominguez Corpus Christi, TX water only
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Nicole Bates San Antonio, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Susan Smylie San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    John Montgomery Houston, TX refugee rations
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Regina Gehrisch Vista, CA water only
    Shaye Stephens Redding, CA water only
    Lisa Jehle Bakersfield, CA water only
    Morro K. Ceesay Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kim Amadril Santa Monica, CA refugee rations
    Veronica Marin-Bowling East Palo Alto, CA refugee rations
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Monette Pierce Anderson, CA refugee rations
    Scott Casey Corona, CA water only
    Rexene Worrell Lake Havasu City, AZ liquids only
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Funmi Esuruoso Sharon Hill, PA water only
    Susan Morgan Boston, MA water only
    Elizabeth Pickett Gray Martha’s Vineyard, MA water only
    Katie Krizman Somerville, MA liquids only
    Trish Zahner Lenox, MA liquids only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Mary Jane Kinney New York City, NY water only
    Helga Moor New York City, NY water only
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Kayla Ciccotti East Aurora, NY water only
    Samantha Pipo East Aurora, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Jonathon Strouse Detroit, MI liquids only
    Nancy H. Cahill Bloomington, IN water only
    Dave Robinson Louisville, KY refugee rations
    Molly Fitzgibbons Arizona water only
    Danyale McCurdy Lawrence, KS water only
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Jeff Smith Denver, CO refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Melanie Hodges Pullman, WA water only
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Ruthann Daly Somerset, NJ water only
    Leslie Thomas water only
    Michael Hrzic water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    April 29

    Wednesday

    Mia Farrow Connecticut water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Dorothy Kearney Allison Park, PA water only
    Barbara Tasco Nottingham, PA water only
    Judy Sombar Pittsburgh, PA water only
    Gretchen Steidle Wallace Hanover, NH water only
    Peter Mursak Clearwater, FL water only
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Samantha Mathers Green Cove Springs, FL water only
    Christine Light Portland, OR water only
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR water only
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR water only
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR water only
    Jared Schy Portland, OR water only
    Lyla Peterson Portland, OR water only
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Becky Schenck Eugene, OR water only
    Kimberly S Lewis Eugene, OR refugee rations
    Priti Bhattarai Kathmandu water only
    Jeanette Iles United Kingdom liquids only
    David Brown Nottingham, UK water only
    Jane Bryce Caserta, Italy water only
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany water only
    Jenna Braunstein Melbourne, Australia water only
    Luisa Gaxiola Culiacan, Mexico liquids only
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Saer Von Gobben Edmonton, Canada refugee rations
    Donny Shannon Rainy River, ON Canada water only
    Johnny Fisher Windsor, ON, Canada water only
    Elena Zanetti Toronto, Canada water only
    Makeda Kingston, Jamaica water only
    Ann Jessup Laramie, WY water only
    Heather Schommer St. Paul, MN water only
    Sharon Cobb Nashville, TN water only
    Jessica Saiz El Paso, TX water only
    Jennifer Hill Robenalt Austin, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX water only
    Susan Smylie San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Lisa Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Emily Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Megan Goldner San Marcos, TX refugee rations
    John Montgomery Houston, TX refugee rations
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Jason Dominguez Corpus Christi, TX water only
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Lynne Wooddell Kailua, HI refugee rations
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Andrea Gilbert North Little Rock, AR water only
    Dave Robinson Louisville, KY refugee rations
    Jeremy Steinman Independence, KY water only
    Regina Gehrisch Vista, CA water only
    Lisa Jehle Bakersfield, CA water only
    Daniel Price Pomona, CA water only
    Lynne Wonacott Redding, CA refugee rations
    Veronica Marin-Bowling East Palo Alto, CA refugee rations
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Monette Pierce Anderson, CA refugee rations
    Jon Vincent Hesperia, CA water only
    Caasi Nakasone Pomona, CA water only
    Morro K. Ceesay Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kim Amadril Santa Monica, CA refugee rations
    Joanne Leslie Santa Monica, CA tea only
    Scott Casey Corona, CA water only
    Francesca Roveda Berkeley, CA refugee rations
    Kathleen Duason Woburn, MA water only
    Katie Krizman Somerville, MA liquids only
    Tracy Harding Quincy, MA water only
    Trish Zahner Lenox, MA liquids only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Rexene Worrell Lake Havasu City, AZ liquids only
    Thomas Lieber Cooperstown, NY water only
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    Mary Jane Kinney New York City, NY water only
    Helga Moor New York City, NY refugee rations
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Kayla Ciccotti East Aurora, NY water only
    Samantha Pipo East Aurora, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Funmi Esuruoso Sharon Hill, PA water only
    Georgett Johnson North Carolina water only
    Donna Barnett Tuscaloosa, AL water only
    Christina Cairo Atlanta, GA water only
    Rose Spink Covington, GA refugee rations
    Jacqueline Watts Washington, IL water only
    Jane Allard Springfield, IL water only
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Jonathon Strouse Detroit, MI liquids only
    Nancy H. Cahill Bloomington, IN water only
    Tracey Jones Peru, IN water only
    Jeff Smith Denver, CO refugee rations
    Molly Fitzgibbons Arizona water only
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Melanie Hodges Pullman, WA water only
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Jim Phelan water only
    Ryan Fianza water only
    Ruthann Daly Somerset, NJ water only
    Rasheedah Ahmad Washington, DC water only
    Leslie Thomas water only
    Michael Hrzic water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    April 30

    Thursday

    Mia Farrow Connecticut water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Barbara Tasco Nottingham, PA water only
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany water only
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Saer Von Gobben Edmonton, Canada water only
    Johnny Fisher Windsor, ON, Canada refugee rations
    Jenna Braunstein Melbourne, Australia water only
    Jeanette Iles United Kingdom liquids only
    Peter Mursak Clearwater, FL water only
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Samantha Mathers Green Cove Springs, FL water only
    Gretchen Steidle Wallace Hanover, NH water only
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    Leslie Blumberg New York City, NY water only
    Mary Jane Kinney New York City, NY water only
    Helga Moor New York City, NY refugee rations
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Regina Gehrisch Vista, CA water only
    Gabriel Stauring Redondo Beach, CA water only
    Katie-Jay Scott Redondo Beach, CA water only
    Jeremiah Forest Laguna Niguel, CA water only
    Eric Angel Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Morro K. Ceesay Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kadijah Moss La Puente, CA water only
    Kim Amadril Santa Monica, CA water only
    Diane Gandee Sorbi Redwood City, CA water only
    Susan Roe Sausalito, CA water only
    Janet Wall Millville, CA water only
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Veronica Marin-Bowling East Palo Alto, CA refugee rations
    Monette Pierce Anderson, CA refugee rations
    Francesca Roveda Berkeley, CA refugee rations
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Andrea Gilbert North Little Rock, AR water only
    Ann Jessup Laramie, WY water only
    Cory Preston Portland, OR water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR water only
    Barbara Kite Portland, OR water only
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Portland, OR water only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Kimberly S Lewis Eugene, OR refugee rations
    Edrie Irvine Silver Spring, MD water only
    Tracey Jones Peru, IN water only
    Dylan Melling Evansville, IN water only
    Nancy H. Cahill Bloomington, IN water only
    Jonathon Strouse Detroit, MI liquids only
    Jackie Sauer USA water only
    Carol Pavliska San Antonio, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Susan Smylie San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Tammy Pendleton Kemp, TX refugee rations
    John Montgomery Houston, TX refugee rations
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Jason Dominguez Corpus Christi, TX water only
    Jeremy Steinman Independence, KY water only
    Rachel Gutzmer Liberal, KS water only
    Sandra Hammel Portsmouth, RI refugee rations
    Rexene Worrell Lake Havasu City, AZ liquids only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Lynne Wooddell Kailua, HI refugee rations
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Christina Cairo Atlanta, GA water only
    Katie Krizman Somerville, MA liquids only
    Trish Zahner Lenox, MA refugee rations
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Jane Allard Springfield, IL water only
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Jeff Smith Denver, CO refugee rations
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Melanie Hodges Pullman, WA water only
    Pavan Rudraraju Birmingham, AL water only
    Rasheedah Ahmad Washington, DC water only
    Leslie Thomas water only
    Michael Hrzic water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 1

    Friday

    Mia Farrow Connecticut water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Barbara Tasco Nottingham, PA water only
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany water only
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Lee Chamberland Vancouver, Canada refugee rations
    Saer Von Gobben Edmonton, Canada refugee rations
    Johnny Fisher Windsor, ON, Canada refugee rations
    Jean Lowery Perth Western Australia water only
    Jos-hua Chiang Mai, Thailand liquids only
    Peter Mursak Clearwater, FL water only
    Richard Jay Simon Plantation, FL water only
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Samantha Mathers Green Cove Springs, FL water only
    Gretchen Steidle Wallace Hanover, NH water only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY water only
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    Leslie Blumberg New York City, NY water only
    Mary Jane Kinney New York City, NY water only
    Helga Moor New York City, NY refugee rations
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Sun~Rose Mienik Port Washington, NY liquids only
    Ann Jessup Laramie, WY water only
    Courtney Gildersleeve Minneapolis, MN water only
    Roger Peterson Maple Grove, MN water only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR water only
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR water only
    Kimberly S Lewis Eugene, OR refugee rations
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Lisa Goldner San Antonio, TX water only
    Tammy Pendleton Kemp, TX refugee rations
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Susan Smylie San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Emily Goldner San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Megan Goldner San Marcos, TX refugee rations
    John Montgomery Houston, TX refugee rations
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Andrea Gilbert North Little Rock, AR water only
    Regina Gehrisch Vista, CA water only
    Kim Amadril Santa Monica, CA water only
    M. Martin Szczesniak Temecula, CA water only
    Morro K. Ceesay Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kim Biddle Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Kadijah Moss La Puente, CA water only
    Susan Roe Sausalito, CA water only
    Veronica Marin-Bowling East Palo Alto, CA refugee rations
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Monette Pierce Anderson, CA refugee rations
    Katie Krizman Somerville, MA liquids only
    Tracy Harding Quincy, MA water only
    Trish Zahner Lenox, MA refugee rations
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Rexene Worrell Lake Havasu City, AZ liquids only
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Tracey Jones Peru, IN water only
    Kelsey Antrim West Lafayette, IN water only
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Kaydee Provost Reno, NV water only
    Vicki Raines refugee rations
    Rose Spink Covington, GA refugee rations
    Rasheedah Ahmad Washington, DC water only
    Leslie Thomas water only
    Michael Hrzic water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 2

    Saturday

    Mia Farrow Connecticut water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Andrea Wells Bethlehem, CT water only
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany water only
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Nicole Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Saer Von Gobben Edmonton, Canada water only
    Johnny Fisher Windsor, ON, Canada refugee rations
    Jos-hua Chiang Mai, Thailand liquids only
    Peter Mursak Clearwater, FL water only
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Samantha Mathers Green Cove Springs, FL water only
    Gretchen Steidle Wallace Hanover, NH water only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY water only
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    Leslie Blumberg New York City, NY water only
    Helga Moor New York City, NY refugee rations
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Ann Jessup Laramie, WY water only
    Russell Thompson Dallas, TX water only
    Tammy Pendleton Kemp, TX refugee rations
    Alyssa Burgin San Antonio, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Susan Smylie San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Andrea Gilbert North Little Rock, AR water only
    Regina Gehrisch Vista, CA water only
    Greg Lawson Redding, CA water only
    Debbie Livingston Redding, CA refugee rations
    Morro K. Ceesay Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kim Biddle Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Kadijah Moss La Puente, CA water only
    Veronica Marin-Bowling East Palo Alto, CA refugee rations
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR water only
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Kimberly S Lewis Eugene, OR refugee rations
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Rexene Worrell Lake Havasu City, AZ liquids only
    Sunil Dagimeti Atlanta, GA water only
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Trish Zahner Lenox, MA refugee rations
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Kaydee Provost Reno, NV water only
    Rasheedah Ahmad Washington, DC water only

    Date Name Hometown Fast
    May 3

    Sunday

    Mia Farrow Connecticut water only
    Nell Okie Madison, CT refugee rations
    Andrea Wells Bethlehem, CT water only
    Hartmut Premendra Mayer Germany water only
    Bagameri Noemi-Lenke Cluj-Napoca, Romania water only
    Marie B. Deane Canada water only
    Irene Barrett Ottawa, Canada water only
    Saer Von Gobben Edmonton, Canada refugee rations
    Johnny Fisher Windsor, ON, Canada refugee rations
    Jos-hua Chiang Mai, Thailand liquids only
    Peter Mursak Clearwater, FL water only
    Regina Husbands West Palm Beach, FL refugee rations
    Samantha Mathers Green Cove Springs, FL water only
    Gretchen Steidle Wallace Hanover, NH water only
    Marin Stark-Steinberg Hauppauge, NY water only
    John Durst New York City, NY liquids only
    Leslie Blumberg New York City, NY water only
    Helga Moor New York City, NY refugee rations
    Imani Bolling White Plains, NY water only
    Ann Jessup Laramie, WY water only
    Edrie Irvine Silver Spring, MD water only
    Heather Schommer St. Paul, MN water only
    Pam Omidyar Hawaii refugee rations
    Ellie Pavliska San Antonio, TX water only
    Tammy Pendleton Kemp, TX refugee rations
    Alecia Harris San Antonio, TX water only
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Susan Smylie San Antonio, TX refugee rations
    Kara Mariel Hernandez Corpus Christi, TX refugee rations
    Steve Barnhill Houston, TX refugee rations
    Maggie Donahue Eugene, OR water only
    Kimberly S Lewis Eugene, OR refugee rations
    Tod Hunter Foulk Troutdale, OR water only
    Victoria Trabosh Portland, OR liquids only
    Nancy Grant Portland, OR liquids only
    Karen Lonon-Jones Reedsport, OR liquids only
    Najam Haq Portland, OR refugee rations
    Alysha Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Stephen Atma Portland, OR refugee rations
    Roger Neyman Portland, OR refugee rations
    Joel Thorson Portland, OR water only
    Jen Sibley Massachusetts refugee rations
    Marilyn Griep Boise, ID refugee rations
    Kristi Trader Jackson, MI refugee rations
    Marbella Brown Sequim, WA refugee rations
    Susan Shimer Chicago, IL water only
    Sharen Stennett Rockford, IL refugee rations
    Rexene Worrell Lake Havasu City, AZ liquids only
    Angela Chapman Searcy, AR liquids only
    Regina Gehrisch Vista, CA water only
    Debbie Livingston Redding, CA refugee rations
    Victoria Wilkinson Rocklin, CA liquids only
    Veronica Marin-Bowling East Palo Alto, CA refugee rations
    Esther Sprague San Francisco, CA refugee rations
    Morro K. Ceesay Los Angeles, CA water only
    Kim Biddle Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Evonne Heyning Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Katherine Hodges Los Angeles, CA refugee rations
    Kadijah Moss La Puente, CA water only
    Francesca Roveda Berkeley CA water only
    Tamica Theus Norwalk, CA water only
    Maureen Detrick Rocky Mount, NC refugee rations
    Evelyn Coleman Asheville, NC refugee rations
    Sreenivas Vulavala Alpharetta, GA refugee rations
    Karene Stapleton refugee rations
    Kaydee Provost Reno, NV water only
    Rasheedah Ahmad Washington, DC water only
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    Day 11 http://fastdarfur.org/day-11/ http://fastdarfur.org/day-11/#comments Thu, 07 May 2009 17:17:52 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1210 I’m really struggling today.

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    Lane County Darfur Coalition’s Message http://fastdarfur.org/lane-county-darfur-coalitions-message/ Thu, 07 May 2009 16:26:00 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1208

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    May 7 – Day 11 of Mia Farrow’s Hunger Strike http://fastdarfur.org/1204/ Thu, 07 May 2009 08:00:20 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1204 Thursday: 289 people have joined the fast and today 71 people are fasting with Mia and in solidarity with the people of Darfur

    UPDATES

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    Mohamed passes on message from inside Darfur http://fastdarfur.org/mohamed-passes-on-message-from-inside-darfur/ http://fastdarfur.org/mohamed-passes-on-message-from-inside-darfur/#comments Thu, 07 May 2009 01:37:19 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1185 Can you believe this?

    I contacted a few refugees in Chad and Darfur, before meeting with Mia. I told them that I would be with Mia today because she is fasting for you guys. She is killing herself for you. I also started the fast with her, along with hundreds more around the US and the world. I told them that Gabriel and Katie-Jay, who also visited you last month in the camps, are leading the campaign. The refugees know you Gabriel and Katie-Jay and Mia because of the many visits you conducted to Chad and Darfur!

    They are thrilled and said:

    “Alhamdullilah, mashaalla, Alahu akbar. When our Muslim brothers and sisters remained silent, Mia and Americans are fasting for us, supporting us spiritually and fiscally. May our God bless them and accept their fast and the noble efforts on behalf of us.

    They also said:

    “Please Mohamed tell Mia not to fast anymore because she’s weak and we don’t want her to do more harm for herself than she has been already doing now. It’s enough for her what she sacrificed so far and all she has spoken and pleaded for the whole world to help us. The leaders are not listening. But our God is listening. We will be okay. We want her strong, alive and healthy to come to see us again with her good friends. Thank you so much for Mia and all those fasting in America and the rest of the world for us. God bless you all in America and beyond. God bless all the generous and kind people.”

    This is exactly what I heard from them.

    Mohamed

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    Tuesday and Wednesday, Days 19 and 20 http://fastdarfur.org/tuesday-and-wednesday-days-19-and-20/ http://fastdarfur.org/tuesday-and-wednesday-days-19-and-20/#comments Wed, 06 May 2009 23:46:33 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1180 Fasting with only water yesterday was easier than last week. My body is adjusting to the lack of adequate calories. I am losing weight and definitely moving much slower than the early weeks. Tuesdays are a busy day with carpools and several after-school activities. The time in between was spent on numerous but productive conference calls. By evening, however, I hit a wall. I got kids bathed, teeth brushed, and stories read, and asleep by 8. But then spent the wee hours awake with our littlest one, who is sick. Ever mindful of how blessed we are, I cannot imagine taking care of sick children without clean water, clean towels, adequate clothes and bedding, and medicine as simple as Tylenol.

    Who is supposed to look out for children when conflict breaks out? The children of Sudan, Sri Lanka, Gaza, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Columbia, and so many other places grow up under truly traumatizing conditions. Humanity can and must do better. There is a reason 50 percent of all countries experiencing conflict fall back into a state of violence within 10 years. That 8 year-old child who grew up witnessing the horrors of war becomes an adult. Seeing little or no progress in his country’s development, he knows only that guns bring power. One twisted irony of our modern world is that it is those wielding weapons who get a seat at the negotiating table. It is never the women or the pioneers of the civil society sitting at peace talks, even though they are the ones who pick up the pieces of their communities. I can not think of a more convincing sign that the collective conscience of humanity has come loose of its moorings. What will it take for us to find a more enlightened way forward?

    Gretchen’s latest post was very moving — well said.

    I am thinking of Mia, Shannon, and Gabriel. We talk daily, but we live so far away from each other. I am grateful for their friendship and collective thinking. And for the more than 260 other fasters who are now sharing in our call for the world’s leaders to begin charting a new roadmap for comprehensive, meaningful, and lasting peace in Sudan.

    And I liked this ICG piece in All Africa today: http://allafrica.com/stories/200905040268.html

    Call (202) 456-1111 and e-mail the White House — and do it often!

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    Day 10 http://fastdarfur.org/day-10/ http://fastdarfur.org/day-10/#comments Wed, 06 May 2009 18:55:32 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1174

    Day 10: Mia Farrow: Hunger Strike for Darfur – May 06, 2009

    Lots of people have been telling me they can’t reach the White House because the line is always busy. (202 456 1111).
    This seems the best way to email Pres. Obama – http://www.whitehouse.gov/CONTACT/

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    I did the Larry King show last night with the wonderful Mohammed Yahya. He conveyed the realities on the ground-far more powerfully than I could. He had just spoken to his mother in Darfur. She told him that the Government of Sudan continues to bomb villages- and the bombings are followed by janjaweed attacks. The expulsion of the aid agencies is unspeakably horrible but even if they were readmitted (which they wont be) -a return to the status quo is unacceptable. Shame on Egypt, Libya, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Qatar for receiving Omar Al-Bashir, a genocidal thug wanted by the ICC for the murder rapes, pillaging and forced displacement of millions of his own people. Shame on the world for permitting this to unfold before our eyes.

    Strangely I am feeling fine. I realize we don’t need to eat every day. And we certainly don’t need 3 meals a day. I feel so well that I’m bored. I cant really go out. I was told not to do the stairs (but I do anyway)

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    May 6 – Day 10 of Mia Farrow’s Hunger Strike http://fastdarfur.org/may-6-day-10-of-mia-farrows-hunger-strike/ Wed, 06 May 2009 08:14:13 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1156 Wednesday: Over 260 people have joined the fast and today 78+ people are fasting with Mia and in solidarity with the people of Darfur

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    Sarah Stark – May 5, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/sarah-stark/ http://fastdarfur.org/sarah-stark/#comments Wed, 06 May 2009 07:12:18 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1143 I don’t know about the rest of you, but this comes at such an important time for me–I may be at the bottom of my “hope tank” and it’s hard to remember why we keep doing what we are doing for Darfur when things seem so bleak. I appreciate the inspiration each and every one of you have provided me. I look forward to connecting with you by fasting in solidarity, and hopefully connecting with a reservoir of hope and energy I did not know I had.

    Thanks so much, everyone.
    con paz,
    sarah stark

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    Day 9 Video – CALL THE WHITE HOUSE http://fastdarfur.org/day-9-video/ http://fastdarfur.org/day-9-video/#comments Wed, 06 May 2009 06:49:50 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1137

    Call the Whitehouse


    (202) 456-1111

    Day 9: Mia Farrow: Hunger Strike for Darfur – May 05, 2009

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    Mohamed Yahya — with Mia Farrow on Larry King Live http://fastdarfur.org/mohamed-yahya-with-mia-farrow-on-larry-king-live/ http://fastdarfur.org/mohamed-yahya-with-mia-farrow-on-larry-king-live/#comments Wed, 06 May 2009 01:59:26 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1122 Please visit http://www.damanga.org to learn more about Mohamed Yahya’s work with Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy

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    Giving So Little http://fastdarfur.org/giving-so-little/ http://fastdarfur.org/giving-so-little/#comments Wed, 06 May 2009 01:36:17 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1121 I’m so excited about Mia Farrow appearing on Larry King tonight and applaud CNN for covering the Darfur crisis and helping to channel people to action. I wish more of our media would pay attention.

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    I have been fasting on refugee rations for a couple of days now. I though it really important to have my own experience eating what so many refugees have been surviving on for years – day in and day out, every single meal. I went out and bought all the supplies and looked closely at the nutritional content. While we already know that the rations equate to a little over 1000 calories a day, and that there is some protein in eating peas or beans and grains, there is absolutely no other nutrition – no vitamins A or C, no calcium, barely any iron. Think of the children growing up with no milk, no vegetables or fruit. The women getting pregnant and giving birth with no folic acid. The refugees suffering from anemia with no iron. foodprepAnd if they needed medical care for malnutrition there aren’t any medical aid groups to help them, since the majority of them have been expelled! And then imagine getting a months-worth of food aid with a hungry family to feed and having to restrain yourself to ration your sack of food every day to make sure you have enough to get through the month. How painful that process must be.

    I remember speaking with refugees in the camps who had told me about the terrible hunger they faced as they crossed the desert to safety in Chad. Many of them had held onto a small portion of seeds that they could hopefully use to replant their harvest, and it took everything they had not to eat the seeds themselves. I remember the story of one family of 7 that arrived at a camp when they were no longer registering refugees. They had to sit and wait for two more weeks under a tree until they were allowed to officially register and receive a tent and their own monthly rations. They lived that month on food donated by other refugees. The beauty of that generosity is so much more powerful now that I realize how little the refugees in the camp actually had to give.

    Why do we in the US have so little to give when we actually have so much – so much power, so much influence, and such loud voices?

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    “No food for 9 days” this boy told me http://fastdarfur.org/no-food-for-9-days-this-boy-told-me/ http://fastdarfur.org/no-food-for-9-days-this-boy-told-me/#comments Tue, 05 May 2009 22:32:29 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1116 img_1324-789652-789673

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    The photo below is of a refugee camp for Darfuris. When their villages were attacked, many perished, many were raped and mutilated. Two and a half million fled into camps such as this where they are barely surviving. The camps have been attacked by the Sudanese army and by their proxy murderers, the Janjaweed.
    These traumatized, vulnerable and courageous survivors have been sustained by humanitarian aid workers. When 16 aid agencies were expelled by the genocidal Sudanese president (who is wanted by the ICC), the capacity to provide essentials was halved, leaving more than a million people without food, water and medical assistance. Disease has always stalked the camps but now the situation could not be more desperate .

    Look carefully at this photo and ask yourself how long you could live in such a place. They have been there for 5 years. They are there now, waiting for help.

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    Please, please contact the White House. Leave word that it is not acceptable for you to watch a million or more Darfuris die of starvation, thirst and disease. This the time to stand up, not stand by. President Obama and all world leaders should be working urgently to get the 16 humanitarian agencies readmitted or replaced by equally capable ones. They must be given unrestricted access. They should be doing everything possible to bring about circumstances under which 2.7 million people can safely return home and being to rebuild their villages and their lives.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/CONTACT/
    Comment line 202-456-1111

    And never think your voice won’t count. The government considers that every single call represents 10,000 people (voters).
    The late Sen. Paul Simon said, of the Rwandan genocide-if just 100 people from each district had called or written, our government would have taken action to prevent the slaughter in Rwanda.

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    Tod Hunter Foulk – May 4, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/tod-hunter-foulk-may-4-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/tod-hunter-foulk-may-4-2009/#comments Tue, 05 May 2009 22:25:59 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1113 I have undertaken the water only as of 11 pm Saturday night. it isn’t fun and its only been 35 1/2 hrs. truth is I already have no energy and I don’t know how long I can keep this up as I take care of an elderly mother and maintain several properties’ yards and gardens and I have absolutely no energy already. I don’t know how the refugees can contend. I stand with you and no matter if I have to go on the refugee fast I will still commit to whatever day we choose as a consensus. I have started a running blog on the Semper fashion MySpace describing our endeavor and seeking support from Portland’s fashion community. again it is an honor to undertake this fast and be associated with you like minded individuals. thank you.

    Tod Hunter Foulk

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    Victoria Trabosh – May 4, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/victoria-trabosh-may-4-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/victoria-trabosh-may-4-2009/#comments Tue, 05 May 2009 22:25:05 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1112 Hi Tod – I’m on day 8 of a liquids only fast (about 400 calories a day). The first few days are the worst – if you can get through this it will get better. I’m blogging at http://victoriatrabosh.com/blog One of the ways I stay inspired is to continually watch videos (not like continually – but whenever I’m “weak” (hunger, attitude, spiritually, emotionally)) and I’m renewed in my commitment. I also work full time but am taking care of myself because if I become ill I’m doing those who suffer no good. I’m thinking that after this fast ends of the 17th, I may move to the refugee diet. But whatever you do or I or others do, it matters. Don’t compare yourself to others or think you need to do more. You need to do whatever you can do. Thanks for your words – they inspire me!

    Victoria Trabosh

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    Lyla Peterson – May 4, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/lyla-peterson-may-4-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/lyla-peterson-may-4-2009/#comments Tue, 05 May 2009 22:23:48 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1111 Wow, I’m awed and impressed to hear of what you, Tod, and the others are already doing. It seems like some people are expressing in having Wed be an ongoing fast day, for whatever way we are able to participate. I feel a sense of excitement and enthusiasm about that and it is something I can ask others to join in. Even if people eat a modified diet or say give up coffee for the day, water only, or the fruit and yogurt meal, or refugee rations. What a wonderful thing to bring our energy and focus together when this has been such a long and frustrating battle. Perhaps we can summon new energy and solidarity among people and find a way to come together to express our support for those suffering in Darfur!

    Lyla Peterson

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    San Antonio Voices for Darfur http://fastdarfur.org/welcome-to-the-community-of-san-antonio/ http://fastdarfur.org/welcome-to-the-community-of-san-antonio/#comments Tue, 05 May 2009 22:18:44 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1110

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    Woke up later this morning; I was really tired yesterday. I got Connor (my 3 year old) Fruit Loops for breakfast and then cooked myself some brown rice. I wonder if I will ever eat brown rice again without thinking about what the world allowed to happen to the Darfuri population during these years. I believe we will be held accountable as global citizens for this. I believe our children and our children’s children will ask us about this terrible tragedy…. What will we tell them? I want to be able to tell them that we showed up, that we didn’t tolerate such a nightmare on our watch. That we worked together with citizens of humanity to take a stand and stop this madness. Tomorrow is my water only day. I am dreading it, as last weeks water only day was tough and it took a couple days for me to regain my strength afterwards. Again, I am baffled that we allow people to live like this.

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    May 5 – Day 9 of Mia Farrow’s Hunger Strike http://fastdarfur.org/may-5-day-9-of-mia-farrows-hunger-strike/ Tue, 05 May 2009 07:36:27 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1074 Tuesday: 71+ people fasting with Mia and in solidarity with the people of Darfur

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    Nancy Grant – May 4, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/1075/ Tue, 05 May 2009 04:57:44 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1075 I have a heart for Africa. It started many years ago when I dreamed of going there on a safari. In more recent years it has evolved to a love of the African people and a desire to do service work there. I’ve been appalled as I’ve learned about the genocides, the brutal rapes – often with a strategy to spread aids, and the displacements that too many African countries have experienced. I’ve also been inspired by the glimpses I’ve read and heard of their resilience, their spirit, their determination, and their forgiveness. Seven years ago I went to the holocaust museum in Washington D.C. and bought a pin that said “Never Again”. Not long after I heard Vicky Trabosh speak and first learned that in 1994 800,000 Rwandans were killed in just 100 days and the world did nothing to stop it. I thought of that pin. Never again? I’m appalled that genocide is happening again – only this time it’s Darfur and is slower. It started in ’03 under the Sudan presidency of General Omar al-Bashir. By 2005 nearly half a million people had died. A year ago it was an additional 300,000 people. 2.7 million people have been displaced. On March 4th the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for al-Bashir for crimes again humanities and war crimes. He retaliated by ousting 16 humanitarian aid organizations which has created dire conditions for the millions of displaced camp dwellers. President Obama appointed an envoy for Sudan and is doing a policy review. He has made it clear his administration will work vigorously to bring an end to the war, but there is no time left. The policy review needs to happen immediately and humanitarian aid needs to be returned or these people will die. Speaking of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, a senator said that if 100 people from each district had called their elected officials, the genocide would have been stopped. You are one of those 100 people. I hope you will be inspired to stay informed. I ask you to take action.

    What can you do?
    Call the White House and your elected officials at 1-800-GENOCIDE (436-6243) between 9 – 5 EST. You’ll receive instructions on how to choose the elected officials you want to call and what to say. It’s simple. It’s important.

    Nancy Grant

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    Monday – May 4, 2009 http://fastdarfur.org/monday-may-4-2009/ http://fastdarfur.org/monday-may-4-2009/#comments Tue, 05 May 2009 00:29:27 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1072 Day 18

    The weekend was tougher than I thought. We were away from home and I could not get lentils or brown rice at the hotel. I should have planned ahead. Came home, made dinner for the family along with brown rice in the rice cooker, enough to last for a few days. I am tired and very cranky today. The good news is that Hawaii State Senate passed House Concurrent Resolution 304 today, a resolution condemning the abuse of children and child soldiers in Northern Uganda. I am deeply proud of the students who helped make this happen. I was supporting their efforts, particularly the “RESCUE ME” event last weekend, coordinated by the wonderful organization, Invisible Children. Honolulu was one of 100 cities participating in the “Rescue” events.

    We are fasting by choice, in part because more than 1 million people in Darfur and other parts of Sudan do not have access to food, water, and health care. The Sudanese government knowingly expelled the 16 aid organizations that provided these basic services in “response” to the indictment of Omar al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court. Last Friday, the Norwegian Refugee Council reported that Sudan has more displaced people than any other country in the world. During 2008, Sudan had 4.9 million IDPs, about one in eight of all IDPs in the world. More than half of these people are in Darfur. Hundreds of thousands of Sudanese are now at risk of starvation and death. It is a game of quid pro quo played out with human lives — and a game in which the international community has yet to realize it is being played for a fool.

    I will repeat a question I have asked many times: What will it take for world leaders to exercise the political will to change the behavior of Khartoum? Engagement is good. I believe in diplomacy, quiet or otherwise. But the United States cannot cave to demands that the Government of Sudan should have agreed to before the aid organizations were expelled. The progress made by Gen. Scott Gration and Sen. John Kerry in restoring some of the humanitarian capacity during their recent trips to Sudan promises to, at best, only return us to the status quo before the expulsions, and at a cost. That is absurd. We can no longer support the status quo of the last five years. Why is the international community — including our own leaders here in America — letting the government in Khartoum dictate the rules? They have shown no ability to provide for their own citizens for almost two decades. Instead, they have displaced more than 6 million people, a figure that puts Sudan in the company of nations such as Columbia and Iraq, nations that dominate our foreign policy agenda and our media headlines.

    I will repeat again from an earlier post:

    1) The international community must coordinate better and hold the government in Khartoum accountable for its commitments and agreements, including the:

    – the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)
    – the various Darfur agreements
    – the agreements with the U.N. to facilitate humanitarian access in Darfur
    – the Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement.

    Perhaps most importantly, the United States must shed the failed policies of the status quo and begin anew in leading a coordinated and comprehensive international effort to build a roadmap for sustainable peace in Sudan. This process must include Sudan’s key economic and political partners, including China, Russia, and Egypt.

    The U.N. Security Council, must NOW strengthen the Sudan sanctions committee, truly enforce the arms embargo, and hold accountable those responsible for violating the sanctions regime. We must also hold responsible those indicted by the ICC. That means President al-Bashir.

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    Day 8 Video http://fastdarfur.org/day-8-video/ http://fastdarfur.org/day-8-video/#comments Tue, 05 May 2009 00:21:51 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1070

    Day 8: Mia Farrow: Hunger Strike for Darfur – May 04, 2009

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    Media Coverage http://fastdarfur.org/media-coverage/ http://fastdarfur.org/media-coverage/#comments Mon, 04 May 2009 20:10:24 +0000 http://fastdarfur.org/?p=1053
  • 5/9/09 – Entertainment Weekly
    Exclusive: Sir Richard Branson talks about taking over Mia Farrow’s hunger fast for Darfur
  • 5/8/09 – Reuters
    Mia Farrow ends Darfur fast, Branson takes over
  • 5/8/09 – Richard Branson/Virgin.com
    Starting my three day fast to support the people of Darfur
  • 5/6/09 – Radio Dabanga Mia Farrow encourages Darfur on Radio Dabanga
  • 5/5/09 – Forbes Mia Farrow’s Latest Role
  • 5/4/09 – Los Angeles Times Mia Farrow hits day nine of online hunger strike for Darfur
  • 5/1/09 – Mia Farrow Goes Where Obama Fears to Tread
  • 4/28/09 – Good Morning America: Video of Mia Farrow’s appearance
  • 4/27/09 – Larry King Live WEB EXCLUSIVE: Mia Farrow Hunger Strike
  • 4/27/09 – FOXNews EXCLUSIVE: Mia Farrow Speaks Out on Darfur Hunger Strike
  • 4/22/09 – BBC News Farrow’s hunger strike for Darfur
  • 4/21/09 – Reuters: Mia Farrow to start fast over Darfur
  • 4/19/09 – Huffington Post – My Hunger Strike for Darfur
  • Videos

    4/27/09 – Mia Farrow on Larry King Live

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