Darfur Fast for Life CampaignPublished by Pamela Gentry on Monday, May 25, 2009 at 11:54 pm.
By Pamela Gentry, Senior Political Analyst
May 26, 2009 – Black lawmakers announced last week they will begin a limited hunger strike today to draw more attention to the situation in Darfur and to encourage President Obama to take steps in addressing the crisis.
One of those African-American lawmakers who will be joining the Darfur Fast for Life campaign on Tuesday is California Rep. Maxine Waters (D).
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus announced they want to meet with President Obama to discuss placing sanctions against Sudan, the deployment of international peacekeeping forces and starting a new push for more cooperation from China regarding the situation in Darfur.
Lawmakers are requesting a meeting as soon as possible, but with the recent developments on Monday with the announcement by North Korea that they have completed a successful nuclear test and plan to launch more short-range missiles, Darfur may once again find itself lower on the priority list.
Waters will be posting a blog on the topic later today, so check back to see what she has to say about her first day fasting.