As we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his struggle to cast off the vestiges of slavery and gain civil rights for all people regardless of their race or creed, I hope we all also remember that the evil institution of slavery itself has not yet passed from this world. From the sex-slavery in Cambodia to the forced carpet laborers in India—and the sweat-shops and brothels in our very own United States—the enslavement of some human beings for the service of others continues.
Worse, some cases have wed two of the darkest crimes of humanity into one: in Sudan, the institution of Slavery was joined by the genocidal intentions of the State. The signing of the recent peace agreement still leaves millions of victims of the State’s campaign of genocide, and thousands in bonds. One way to commemorate both the memory of Dr. King, and to respect and join in his struggle, is to fight this oppression as it rears its head in our day, for, as Dr. King reminded us, in the end they will not remember the words of their enemies but the silence of their friends.
One opportunity is a vigil held today to honor both the memory of Dr. King and of the victims of the on-going slavery and genocide in Sudan in front of the Sudanese embassy–more information below. I hope to see you there.
This Martin Luther King Day
STAND UP AGAINST INJUSTICE AND GENOCIDE
Candlelight Vigil for the Victims of Genocide in Sudan
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 17 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), 5:00 pm @ Dag Hammarskjold Park, UN Plaza (47th St. and 1st Ave.)
TRANSPORT: Grand Central Station is nearest subway station (4,5,6,7,S)
Take a stand against the ongoing genocide in Sudan, where experts estimate that about 400,000 people have died in recent fighting.
Join us outside the Sudan Mission to the UN and send a strong message to the Sudanese government, to our own government, and to the international community demanding immediate intervention.
Light a candle to memorialize the tens of thousands of Sudanese who have already been murdered. Stand in solidarity with the over one million victims of rape, slavery, and displacement. Give meaning to “Never Again.”
Sign up and download posters at http://www.iabolish.com/nyc
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-884-0719 for more information.
Attending this event is a great way to get active in the fight against slavery and genocide. Even if you are unable to attend, you can support this movement by:
*Checking out our new Sudan Grassroots Activism Center at http://www.SudanActivism.com
*Taking part in one of our current campaigns
*Making a donation, becoming a Freedom Brigade member
*Purchasing merchandise at our online store to raise awareness
For more information, visit http://www.iAbolish.com or e-mail us at