The “We Choose Peace” rally for Sudan and South Sudan will be held on Sunday, July 8 in front of the White House. Members of the Sudanese and South Sudanese Diaspora communities will be joined by other activists in support of peace between and within the Sudans. Participants will rally to demand the protection of civilians, unhindered humanitarian access, and justice and accountability. There will also be a giant ballot box where participants can choose to “cast their votes” for peace. The event will commemorate the one year anniversary of the independence of South Sudan on July 9, while recognizing the continued challenges that threaten peace in South Sudan and the marginalized areas of Sudan. Participants will also remember all those who have lost their lives and the families now struggling to survive as a result of conflict. The event in Washington, D.C., will kick off similar rallies in major cities world-wide. The event will be held in partnership with Emmanuel Jal’s We Want Peace 2012 and is being endorsed by Amnesty International USA, Darfur Peoples Association of New York, Enough, Girifna, Nubia Project, The South Sudanese Community USA, STAND and United to End Genocide. The conversation can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #choosepeace. WHEN: Sunday, July 8, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. EDT WHERE: Lafayette Square in front of the White House SPEAKERS: Niemat Ahmadi, director of global partnerships, United to End Genocide Rev. Thon Moses Chol, refugee advocate and youth leader Omer Ismail, advisor, Enough Project Abdel Maliky, CEO, American Islamic Congress Natalina Malwal, president, The Southern Sudanese Community Dr. Abdel-Rahman Ibrahim Mohamed, Islamic Council of New England and professor at the Boston Theological Institute Azaz Elshami, activist, Girifna MEDIA CONTACTS:Scott Edwards Amnesty International USA 646-894-8028 Jonathan Hutson Enough Project 202-386-1618 Sirein Salah Awadalla Girifna 571-877-7738 Allyson Neville-Morgan United to End Genocide 202-368-9387
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