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Rallies to Save Darfur: Obama with George Clooney today. Rally D.C. Sunday. Chicago Monday at 4:30 p.m.


UPDATE.. Have questions about the U.S. efforts to aid Sudan? Check out to chat Friday at 1:30 p.m. Chicago time with Ambassador Jendayi Frazer the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs ..... for in Friday's paper my column about Clooney et al...

EARLIER... A march to highlight the genocidal murders in Darfur is being held Sunday on the National Mall in Washington and in Chicago's Loop at 219 N. Dearborn on Monday.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, co-stars in a press conference in Washington on Thursday with actor George Clooney who last week visited the region.

Obama will speak at the rally on the mall.

U.S. Senator Barack Obama appeared on the Charlie Rose Show
Tuesday April 25, to discuss the situation in Darfur. New York Times
columnist Nicholas Kristof will guest host.

For more information and local listings, please go to:
Note: The show was filmed last Friday, April 21

National Press Club 'Newsmaker' News Conference April 27: Actor George
Clooney on His Recent Visit to War-Torn Darfur - US NEWSWIRE

April 24, 2006

To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor

Contact: Melissa Charbonneau for the National Press Club, 202-236-8472
or or Chris Lagan (for George Clooney),
202-494-5755 or

News Advisory:

WHAT: National Press Club "NEWSMAKER" Media Briefing

WHEN: Thursday, April 27 at 12:15 p.m.

WHERE: National Press Club (Conference Rooms), 13th Floor, National
Press Club Building, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.


Academy Award Winner George Clooney will address National Press Club on
his recent visit to war-torn Darfur and will release video footage from
his trip to Sudan.

Clooney will be joined by U.S. Senators Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sam
Brownback (R-Kan.), co-sponsors of S. 1462, The Darfur Peace and
Accountability Act, and co-sponsors of amendments to increase funding
for peacekeeping operations in Sudan. The Senators also co- authored a
Washington Post op-ed (12/27/05) calling on the Bush Administration to
take a more proactive strategy to put a stop to the atrocities in

Clooney has been heavily engaged as an advocate for Africa over the past
year. As a spokesperson for ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History,
Clooney took part in an Emmy-nominated public service announcement. In
2005, he traveled to the Gleneagles G8 Summit to lobby world leaders
alongside Bono and Bob Geldof. This weekend, Clooney will attend the rally on the Capitol Mall.


Media Advisory for Sunday, April 30, 2pm-4:30pm

Thousands to Attend “SAVE Darfur: Rally to Stop Genocide��? in Washington, DC on April 30

Speakers Include Prominent Celebrities, Faith Leaders, Genocide Survivors, Human Rights Activists, Political Leaders

WHAT: “SAVE DARFUR: Rally to Stop Genocide��? sponsored by the Save Darfur

Coalition, a coalition of more than 160 faith-based, advocacy, and humanitarian organizations representing over 130 million Americans (

WHEN: Sunday, April 30, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol between 3rd St. & 4th St.

(see map at

WHO: Confirmed Speakers:

U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (VA), Co-Chair, Congressional Sudan Caucus

U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne (NJ), Co-Chair, Congressional Sudan Caucus

U.S. Rep. Michael E. Capuano (MA), Co-Chair, Congressional Sudan Caucus

Governor Jon Corzine (NJ), Co-Author, Darfur Peace and Accountability Act

(S. 1462) that would sanction Darfur genocide perpetrators

Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Winner (1986), Holocaust survivor

Paul Rusesabagina, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient who risked his life to save more than 1,000 people during the genocide in Rwanda and who was

depicted by Oscar Award-winning actor Don Cheadle in “Hotel Rwanda��?

Russell Simmons, Founder, Def Jam Recordings/Chairman Foundation for

Ethnic Understanding

Rabbi Marc Schneier, President/Founder, Foundation for Ethnic


Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

Joey Cheek, Olympic speed skating Gold and Silver Medalist

who donated his $40,000 U.S. Olympic Committee bonus to benefit

the children in genocide-ravaged Darfur, Sudan

Manute Bol, former NBA star/Sudan native, who has visited Sudanese

refugee camps and given most of his estimated $3.5 million fortune to

relief efforts in Sudan

Dr. Richard Land, President, Southern Baptist Convention Ethics &

Religious Liberties Commission

Former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle, U.S. representative to the African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur from September 2004 to

February 2005

Rev. Gloria E. White-Hammond, M.D., Chairwoman, Save Darfur Coalition’s

“Million Voices for Darfur campaign,��? who has made 7 trips into

war-torn southern Sudan to obtain the freedom of 10,000 women and

children who were enslaved during the two decades long civil war

Joe Madison, Emcee, Rally/Host, “The Black Eagle��? (syndicated radio show)

Geoff Tunnicliffe, International Director, World Evangelical Alliance

Simon Deng, former Southern Sudan slave

Rabbi Steve Gutow, Executive Director, Jewish Council for Public Affairs

Rev. John L. McCullough, CEO/Executive Director Church World Service

Rabbi David Saperstein, Director, Religious Action Center

Ruth Messinger, Executive Director, American Jewish World

Services/Former President, Manhattan Borough, New York City

Nesse Godin, Holocaust Survivor

Erin Mazursky, Georgetown University campus coordinator, National

Executive Committee, Students Taking Action Now: Darfur (STAND)

David Rubenstein, Coordinator, Save Darfur Coalition

For an updated list of speakers, visit:


Big & Rich, recognized as “2005 Country Songwriter of The Year��? by

performing rights organisations ASCAP and BMI respectively

Berkeley College of Music ensemble (performing original music written for the

women of Darfur)

Gospel Choir (150 members, performing with special guest entertainer TBA)

WHY: The rally is the conclusion of the Save Darfur Coalition’s U.S. “Tour for Darfur: Eyewitness to Genocide,��? a 21,000 mile photo exhibit and speaking tour of 22 cities in 11 states hosted by former Marine Captain Brian Steidle, the U.S. representative to the African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur from September 2004 to February 2005 (see Steidle tour photos at; see Steidle tour cities and dates at The goal is to raise public pressure on the Bush administration to end the genocide and build a lasting peace in the Darfur region of western Sudan, and raise pressure on Congress to provide the resources necessary to do so. Since 2003, the Sudanese government has sponsored the genocide perpetrated by its Janjaweed militia allies that has killed an estimated 300,000+ people in the Darfur region in western Sudan, and has left 3.5 million Dafuris dependent on foreign aid for their survival. Ending the killing in the Sudan is a U.S. responsibility, according to a majority of likely voters – regardless of party affiliation – in the latest Zogby poll of 1,007 voters nationwide (see The rally and the tour are parts of the “Million Voices for Darfur��? campaign to generate one million postcards to President Bush asking him to use the power of his office to fulfill his February 17 pledge to support a stronger multi-national force to protect the Darfuri people. Anyone can send an electronic version of this postcard in just a few seconds by visiting The hundreds of thousands of postcards that have been generated will be delivered at the rally.


what can we really do to help in Miami ?

Sen Obama has showen the world what a real Sen is.This Jr.Sen has step up to the plate for Republcans And Democrats alike.He is the real deal.

I second the comment written by: Dale Peters regarding U.S Senator Barack Obama. The Jr. U.S Senator have indeed stepped-up to the plate for both Republicans, Democrats and yes he is the real deal.By Ms.Jettie M.Thompson

We've been talking about Darfur for years. When will constructive action be taken? Why should UN forces have to wait to go in to protect innocent civilians, especially when "genocide" is acknowledged. No permission should be needed to go into any country to protect innocent civilians, especially when genocide is being committed. While politicians talk, people die.

Does anyone know George Clooney?I need his address and fast!Thanks!

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