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Global Day for Darfur

Today is the Global Day for Darfur. If you don’t know why we need a day like today, educate yourself on it, please. It’s important.

I’m not big on protests and marches for myself (though I think they’re good to have in general) so I am not in Central Park today. But I will contribute in my own small way by pointing you to this:

The HOPE for Darfur necklace

H.O.P.E. stands for Help Organize a Peace Envoy. By buying and wearing this HOPE necklace, you will support Human Rights First’s H.O.P.E. for Darfur campaign. Our goal is to strengthen the peace process in Darfur by urging the United Nations to appoint an envoy of the highest international stature to step up the pressure on all parties to the conflict to negotiate a lasting peace.

Approximately 80% of the sale of each necklace supports Human Rights Firsts campaign for peace in Darfur.

More about Human Rights First:

Human Rights First believes that building respect for human rights and the rule of law will help ensure the dignity to which every individual is entitled and will stem tyranny, extremism, intolerance, and violence.

We advocate for change at the highest levels of national and international policymaking. We seek justice through the courts. We raise awareness and understanding through the media. We build coalitions among those with divergent views. And we mobilize people to act.

I have a HOPE necklace of my own. I’ve been considering holding an auction for it and the beaded chain I made to go along with (all proceeds going back to HRF, of course). In any case, if you are moved to donate to this organization, consider getting a necklace and helping to raise awareness about Darfur.