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Announcement :: Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
Die-In at Boston Commons 4/29
12 Apr 2007
Modified: 07:59:06 AM
STAND and the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur are hosting a Die-In at the Boston Commons on Sunday April 29 at 1PM.
STAND, a student anti-genocide organization (formerly known as Students Taking Action Now: Darfur), and the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur ( have organized a die-in and rally to protest the on-going genocide in Darfur, the western area of Sudan. The die-in is at the gazebo in the Boston Commons at 1 PM on Sunday April 29th, and the rally will march from the Commons to the Fidelity building (about half a mile) located at 155 Congress St. Participants are asked to wear all white as the international symbol of peace. During the die-in, participants will lie on the ground for five minutes in silence, to symbolize the dead in Sudan. Signs and the like are also encouraged for the march to the Fidelity building.
Fidelity is a major investor in the oil companies in Sudan, which in turn are funding the government's genocide against the people of Darfur. Additionally, Fidelity is the largest share-holder in PetroChina, another company that is funding Sudan's goverment. For more information please go to

[Taken from] The genocide in Darfur began in 2003, when two rebel groups, frustrated by the government in Karthoum (Sudan's capital), launched an uprising. In retaliation, the government responded with a scorched-earth campaign against the people of Darfur, including civilians. The government enlisted the help of the Janjaweed, Arab militiamen, whose tactics include rape, mass murder, organized starvation, and threats agains aid workers. The Sudanese government is also using Antonov airplanes to bomb the villages of Darfur. The African Union is currently the only peacekeeping force in the area, but are ineffective in keeping the peace, as the genocide rages on.
Because this is a government-sponsored and enforced genocide, the divestment of the funds of companies such as Fidelity would significantly reduce the amount of money the government had at it's disposal, and help to end the genocide.
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