Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day (thanks to Bob Hayes for reminding me).
Here’s my suggestion for what you can do today, or in the next couple of days, that I think is appropriate: Go check out the Genocide Intervention Network’s list of ten things you can do right now, and do at least one or two.
Here’s my letter to President Bush:
Dear President Bush,
During your first year in the White House, you wrote in the margins of a report on the Rwandan genocide, “Not on my watch.”
I urge you to live up to those words by using the power of your office to support a stronger multi-national force to protect the civilians of Darfur.
As I type this email, it is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Like most Jews of my generation, I was taught that the single most important way to honor the victims of the Holocaust is with the simple vow “never again.” Never again, will we allow genocide to happen while the world stands by and watches.
But it has happened again, and again. It is happening again, right now, as I write. As many as 400,000 have died so far, and many more will die if the Western World doesn’t find a way to say – firmly, unmistakably, and with a real commitment of troops and resources –
Not now. Not in Darfur. Not anywhere.
Go to A Million Voices for Darfur to send a message of your own. It seems to me that if bloggers decided to push this in the next few days, for Holocaust Remembrance, that might generate a lot of signatures. I’d like to encourage Alas readers to go there right now and send a message – it really will take less than a minute.
I also donated $30 (here’s the donation page – they take credit card and paypal), and filled in the “in memory of…” field to indicate that the donation was in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day.