At home, in my own personal capacity, I followed the links in Caspar's post Killing in Sudan and ended up on a page where I could email my Senator about stopping the genocide in Sudan. I live in New York. I forgot I had sent the email, until I received a response from Hillary Clinton saying she's been telling Colin Powell to do something about Sudan for ages.
Sure, you might say its just a standard response. But what if it's not?
It smells like democracy either way.
From: [email protected]
To: (PRIVATE EMAIL)
Subject: A message from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2005 16:42:11 -0500
February 24, 2005
Ms. Solana Larsen
Dear Ms. Larsen:
Thank you for sharing with me your concerns regarding the situation in Darfur.
It is important to me to know the issues that are foremost in the minds of my
constituents and I appreciate that you took the time to write to me about this
issue that is of importance to you and to many New Yorkers. I take this
situation very seriously.
We cannot stand by and let atrocities continue. The people of Darfur have been
subject to a genocidal campaign of vicious attacks conducted by the armed
militias of the Janjaweed, with the backing of the Sudanese government. The
concerted acts of these groups have created a humanitarian crisis of astonishing
proportions. We have an obligation to work with our allies and others to help
protect the people of Darfur.
In September, during Senate debate of the fiscal year 2005 Foreign Operations
Appropriations bill, I spoke on the Senate floor in favor of doing all we can to
try to end the genocide in Darfur. In June, I joined more than 50 of my
colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell
urging him to work to end the atrocities committed by the armed militias
operating in the region; to commit additional resources; to publicly identify
those responsible for the atrocities and impose sanctions; to stabilize the
situation through a monitored and enforced ceasefire and unfettered access for
humanitarian aid; and to submit a United Nations Security Council resolution for
a vote that would condemn the government of Sudan, demand cooperation in the
provision of humanitarian aid, and authorize peacekeeping.
Also in June, to respond to the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of
Sudan and in Chad, I co-sponsored a bipartisan amendment to the Fiscal Year 2005
Department of Defense Appropriations Act that added millions in funding for
international disaster and famine assistance, and migration and refugee
assistance in the region. I am pleased to let you know that the amendment was
adopted by the Senate and this funding was retained in the legislation that was
signed into law.
The United Nations Security Council has adopted resolutions addressing the
situation in Darfur. The United States government should work to ensure these
resolutions have force, and continue its work with our allies to help bring
security and peace to the region and end the suffering of the people of Darfur.
Please be assured that I will continue to work in the Senate to help the people
of the Darfur overcome the dire challenges they face. Thank you again for
contacting me. Please check my website at http://clinton.senate.gov for updates
on this and other important matters being discussed before the United States
Hillary Rodham Clinton