Saturday, August 19, 2006

D for Darfur

The Genocide Intervention Network, who's "mission is to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide", has released it's Darfur Scores.

"The Darfur scorecards educate concerned Americans about the opportunities Congress has to help stop genocide in Darfur. This information enables our members to be more effective advocates for Darfur. Detailing the performance of each member of Congress will empower constituents to reward champions for their work and hold accountable members of Congress who fail to take significant action against genocide." (source)

"In the ongoing genocide, African farmers and others in Darfur are being systematically displaced and murdered at the hands of the Janjaweed, a government-supported militia recruited from local Arab tribes. The genocide in Darfur has claimed 400,000 lives and displaced over 2,500,000 people. More than one hundred people continue to die each day; five thousand die every month." (source)

So how did Congressman Richard Pombo score?

"Richard Pombo has received a “D” for supporting very few pieces of Darfur legislation. We need more support from this representative in order to make a difference in Darfur — the issue must become a key congressional priority." (source)

Richard Pombo failed to join 133 of his colleagues in co-sponsoring the Genocide Accountability Act/Darfur Peace and Accountability Act and voted against the Funding Amendment for Humanitarian Aid and the Funding Amendment for Protection.

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