Vote to Prioritize Darfur — Now!

by Kevin Jon Heller

My favorite Darfur blogger, Michelle at Stop Genocide, has asked me to post the following plea.  I am, of course, happy to oblige.  If you want to vote, vote soon — the deadline is January 15 at 5 pm EST.  And please pass Michelle’s request on to anyone else you think might be interested.

I am writing today to seek your support for our current campaign, and am hoping that the many law professors who read your blog will be interested in passing this along to their students.  Ending the genocide in Darfur, which was submitted by Save Darfur Coalition President Jerry Fowler, is currently in the finals of’s Ideas for Change in America competition, but is far from making it into the top ten ideas that will be presented to the incoming Obama administration. I am contacting bloggers, organizations — anyone I can think of to help get out the vote and ensure that Darfur makes it onto the final list. It is critically important that we remind the new administration, with every chance that we get, that Darfur must be a “day one” priority.

This competition was created in response to Barack Obama’s call for increased citizen involvement in government.  Ideas for Change in America is a citizen-driven project that aims to identify and create momentum around the best ideas for how the Obama administration and 111th Congress can turn the broad call for “change” across the country into specific policies.

The final round of voting is happening now through 5pm EST on January 15th, so there is no time to waste.  On January 16, and the Case Foundation are co-hosting an event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC to announce the top ten rated ideas and then launch a national campaign behind each idea and mobilize the collective energy of the millions of members of, MySpace, and partner organizations to ensure that each winning idea gets the full consideration of the Obama Administration and Members of Congress.

Please visit Ideas for Change in America Today to vote for our idea. There, you’ll also find code to include a voting badge on your page.  You can also “endorse” the idea on the page, which shows your blog supports this initiative and gets the word out about your site to other concerned activists.

Thank you for your support.


Go vote!  A more deserving issue is difficult to imagine.

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