2008 SDC Annual Report
Save Darfur Coalition's 2008 Annual Report - "Uniting Voices"
SAVE DARFUR COALITION 2008 ANNUAL REPORT We stand together and unite our voices to raise public awareness and mobilize a massive response to the atrocities in Sudanâ€™s western region of Darfur. â€” Opening line from the Save Darfur Coalition Unity Statement Darfuri woman in refugee village in Chad. LETTER FROM JERRY FOWLER PRESIDENT, SAVE DARFUR COALITION Dear Friends, When we started working on the Darfur crisis in 2004, few of us thought our work would remain necessary today. But as millions of Darfuris still seek peace, protection and accountability, we must continue to insist that their suffering cannot stand. We will not give up. its militia allies, it caused hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths — either through violence or the effects of disease and malnutrition. A major moral issue of our time is whether “humanity” is in fact concerned with the suffering of people in far away, difficult to understand places. Is there something in our shared humanity that can bind us together, that can stimulate a response? Many have stood with the Darfuri refugees I met in Chad — people who were desperate not to be abandoned, people who believed that the world would not allow their lives and communities to be consumed by flames and remain silent. Although the lives of many Darfuris still hang in the balance, the hopes of those refugees have not been futile. There has been an outcry from a broad and growing constituency of conscience in the United States and increasingly around the world. Pressure on the Sudanese government has prevented the loss of life in greater numbers. The lifeline for Darfuris is tenuous, but it is a lifeline, and it has been made possible by the advocacy efforts of this constituency of conscience that has refused to abandon the Darfuri people in their time of need. Together, we are making a difference. Our advocacy remains vital, because the fact is that governments will not act to protect civilians in another country — absent a compelling geopolitical reason — unless there is a constituency of conscience that demands it. And that may ultimately be the historical significance of the movement that is responding to Darfur. It not only is responding to the needs and hopes of displaced and suffering Darfuris, but it is unifying voices to demonstrate that the constituency of conscience exists. This constituency represents hope for a future without genocide and crimes against humanity. And it serves to remind governments everywhere that mass murder can be confronted with mass empathy, and that those who are suffering will not be abandoned. Sincerely, Jerry Fowler President, Save Darfur Coalition 3 SAVE DARFUR COALITION against the civilian population of particular ethnic groups as a counterinsurgency strategy. Along with 2008 ANNUAL REPORT The conflict in Darfur and in Sudan is complex, yet at the same time, we should not lose sight of the moral contours of the situation. The Sudanese government launched a sustained campaign of destruction Galap women gather to request a well. DARFUR BY THE NUMBERS 5 300,000 1,000,000+ Number of years since the crisis in Darfur was labeled a genocide by the U.S. government Death toll from both direct and indirect causes estimated by the United Nations Number of people who have joined the Save Darfur online advocacy movement Save Darfur’s efforts to pressure the administration and Congress and keep the issue alive have had a tremendous impact. — Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. BACKGROUND on the Genocide in Darfur ABOUT the Save Darfur Coalition In 2003, after decades of neglect, drought, oppression Coalition was founded at the Darfur Emergency and small-scale conflicts in Sudan’s western region Summit at CUNY Graduate Center in New York City on of Darfur, two rebel groups mounted an insurgency July 14, 2004. What began as a meeting organized by against Sudan’s central government. In response, the the United States Holocaust Museum and American regime of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and its Jewish World Service has grown into a network of more allied militia, known as the Janjaweed, launched a than 190 faith-based, advocacy and human rights campaign of destruction against civilians of similar organizations with more than 1 million activists and ethnic background as the rebels. They wiped out hundreds of community groups committed to ending entire villages, destroyed food and water supplies, the genocide in Darfur. awareness and mobilize a massive response to the thousands of Darfuris. Few Darfuris have been spared the violence, which atrocities in Darfur. By engaging and educating continues today. The United Nations estimates that Americans on the situation in Darfur, the coalition this campaign of destruction has claimed hundreds applies political pressure on elected leaders to end of thousands of lives. As many as 2.7 million Darfuris the first genocide of the 21st century. have fled their homes and reside in dangerous internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Darfur, and another 300,000 are refugees in neighboring Chad. These Darfuris are completely dependent on the United Save Darfur Coalition is headquartered in Washington D.C., with a staff of 25 professional organizers, policy advisors and communications specialists. Nations and other humanitarian organizations for even their basic needs — food, water, shelter and health care. Approximately 3 million Darfuris still live in their villages, under the threat of bombings, raids, murder, rape and torture. 3,000,000 3,500,000+ 130,000,000 Number of Darfuris, estimated by the United Nations, who have lost their homes since the start of the conflict Number of men, women and children in the Darfur region reliant on humanitarian aid Number of people represented by the coalition’s more than 190 member organizations 2008 ANNUAL REPORT The mission of the coalition is to raise public 5 SAVE DARFUR COALITION and systematically murdered, tortured and raped In response to the crisis in Darfur, the Save Darfur Unifying Voices. Building the Constituency of Conscience. PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS 6 The Save Darfur Coalition works with a network of more than 190 community and organizational partners representing 130 million Americans. Partner groups include national human rights, justice, faith and advocacy organizations that contribute their subject expertise, diverse networks and resources to ending the Darfur genocide. Though the groups represent different political beliefs, religious backgrounds and ethnicities, they are united in their efforts to end the Darfur genocide. Partners such as the ENOUGH Project and Genocide Intervention Network collaborate with the coalition to develop policy positions and papers. Organizations such as Amnesty International USA and Human Rights First encourage their networks to sign petitions, write letters and host awareness-building events across the country. All partner organizations are committed to the following Save Darfur Coalition goals: 7 Ending the violence against civilians; 7 Facilitating adequate and unhindered humanitarian aid; 7 Establishing conditions for the safe and voluntary return of displaced people to their homes; 7 Promoting the long-term sustainable development of Darfur; and 7 Holding the perpetrators accountable. Though the groups represent different political beliefs, religious backgrounds, and ethnicities, they are united in their efforts to end the Darfur genocide. COMMUNITIES UNITED FOR DARFUR & DARFUR ACTIVIST LEADERS Individuals working together are more effective than individuals working alone, which is why the coalition created the Communities United to Save Darfur program. This network of hundreds of local groups represents a diverse mix of people across the country who have joined together to advocate for the people of Darfur and to educate their movement to strategize, build capacity and create effective advocacy. In their communities, these Darfur Activist Leaders share their expertise in organizing, mobilize people to take action, and actively shape the Darfur movement. The coalition provides these activists with tools and resources to help them organize effective advocacy activities in their communities. The coalition encourages activists to plan events, write persuasive opinion pieces and lobby elected officials. INTERFAITH ACTIVISM ONLINE ADVOCACY Faith communities have played a critical role in the The coalition’s community of online activists has grown development of the Save Darfur Coalition, feeling from 30,000 in January 2006 to more than 1 million compelled by their faiths to respond to the genocide people. A mix of grassroots organizing, rapid-response in Darfur. The Islamic Society of North America, the e-advocacy efforts, online advertising campaigns, National Council of Churches, American Jewish World high levels of friend-to-friend recruitment and the Service and Sojourners are among the faith-based coordination of television, print, TV and radio advertising groups that make up nearly half of the coalition’s campaigns powered the growth. The Save Darfur partner organizations. The coalition provides tailored, Coalition also uses new media and social networking faith-related materials to these partners so that they sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to spread can effectively engage their communities in Darfur awareness and engage larger audiences. Through activism. Whether through sermons, prayer services, online advocacy efforts, millions of messages related petition signing or rally attendance, these congregations to Darfur policy have been delivered to U.N. and U.S. of conscience stand with the people of Darfur and call government officials. To sign up for our e-mail list, on the U.S. government to take action. visit www.SaveDarfur.org. (Top) Left photo, Darfuris rally on the National Mall; (Top) Right photo, Advocates rally in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C.; (Bottom) Left photo, Then-Sen. Barack Obama speaks at Save Darfur rally; (Bottom) Right photo, 2008 Save Darfur Coalition Activist Conference. 7 SAVE DARFUR COALITION The Save Darfur Coalition provides an online forum and in-person opportunities for leaders in the Darfur 2008 ANNUAL REPORT communities about the ongoing conflict. Darfuri boy in refugee village in Chad. We all have the power to make an immediate impact, and help others around the world. We just need to open our eyes, take risks and challenge the status quo. — Miriam and Jacob Hodesh DARFUR HEROES Each month, the coalition honors one outstanding activist as a Darfur Hero and features the activist’s story on the Save Darfur blog. By recognizing those individuals who have helped build the movement, people across the country are inspired to develop unique awareness and fundraising project and additional sponsorships. In total, A Car for Massachusetts, high school students Ana Slavin and Darfur raised more than $2,000 for Darfur advocacy. “The Nick Anderson created Dollars for Darfur as a way to have most important lesson that we took away from this project young people’s voices heard on Capitol Hill and in the was that the best way to help the world at large is through camps and villages of Darfur. Using emerging technology, a medium that you are interested in,” wrote Jon. “For us, social networking sites and creative campaigns — concerts, the best way was through the automotive world.” walk-a-thons and raffles — high school and middle school students across the country raised $148,883 for both humanitarian organizations and advocacy efforts of the Save Darfur Coalition during the 2007-2008 school year. In the words of Ana and Nick, “Dollars for Darfur has proven to the world that our generation has a profound desire to make a difference. We will inherit a world full of problems, and we have shown that we are ready for the challenge.” While Jon Brian was a high school student, he started the A few months before their wedding, Miriam and Jacob Hodesh of Savannah, Georgia made the spontaneous decision to delete their wedding registry and instead request that their guests, if they so chose, make a donation to the Save Darfur Coalition. In total, their friends and family raised more than $20,000. “Some people didn’t understand why two white Jewish kids from the Midwest would suggest donations be made to their black African brothers and sisters many miles away,” said Miriam and Jacob. “Our answer was that we are all brothers and sisters.” non-profit organization A Car for Darfur (www.acarfordarfur. com) with the help of several of his classmates. The organization’s mission was to restore a 1998 Chevrolet Camero to be sold at an auction, with the proceeds benefiting Save Darfur. Jon partnered with Goodguys Rod and Custom Association, and his organization was able to set up a booth at local events to solicit donations for the (Top) Left photo, Miriam and Jacob Hodesh (photo by David A. Ziser); (Bottom) Left photo, Jon Brian and classmates; (Bottom) Right photo, Nick Anderson and Ana Slavin. 9 SAVE DARFUR COALITION While eating at an Applebee’s restaurant in rural western 2008 ANNUAL REPORT tactics for Darfur advocacy. AMPLIFYING Voices. DARFURI DIASPORA The Save Darfur Coalition continuously works to amplify the voices of Darfuris, which are often drowned out. Darfuri and Sudanese leaders are an instrumental part of the coalition’s staff, board, and partner and activist networks. These leaders and their communities, both in the U.S. and in Sudan, play a key role in developing the coalition’s 10 policy objectives and campaign strategies. In 2007, Save Darfur helped form the Darfuri Leaders Network (DLN), which connects Darfuri communities across the U.S. and allows them to advocate on Darfur with a united voice. The coalition regularly facilitates the DLN’s release of joint statements on timely issues and helps promote Darfuri spokespeople in the media. The goal of these efforts is to provide forums for Darfuris to articulate a way forward for their own country. In July 2008, the Save Darfur Coalition worked with the Darfur Relief and Documentation Center to organize a conference of Darfuri civil society leaders in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to discuss ways to advance the peace process. In September 2008, the coalition also assisted in hosting a Ramadan iftar — or breaking of the fast — with the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court during the U.N. General Assembly in New York. If peace and security for the people of Sudan are not in place when one of us is inaugurated as President on January 20, 2009 we pledge that the next Administration will pursue these goals with unstinting resolve. DOMESTIC ADVOCACY MEDIA RELATIONS The Save Darfur Coalition works closely with Congress In an effort to expand and amplify advocacy efforts, to help ensure that elected leaders support policies the coalition’s media outreach increases the profile of helpful to the people of Darfur. The coalition has the Darfur crisis for activists as well as policy makers. helped develop and advocate for the deployment Coalition staff, briefing materials and journalist trips of peacekeeping forces in Darfur, U.S. funding for to the region guide and inform Darfur media coverage humanitarian support, and increased awareness in — consistently pressing for sound policy positions Congress of how violence against women is used as that help the people of Darfur. Informative, timely a weapon of genocide. and impactful news articles and editorials have been published in leading print publications, including The Engagement of the U.S. government alone will not suffice to find a solution to the Darfur conflict. To build a multilateral push to bring peace to Darfur and all of Sudan, the coalition works closely with international Washington Post, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Additionally, Save Darfur representatives and partners have appeared on leading news outlets including CNN, ABC News, Al-Jazeera, BBC World News and CNBC. 11 partner and civil society organizations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and provides advice and support (Top) Left photo, Save Darfur Coalition officials present a for the U.N. chief mediator on the peace process in petition signed by 55,000 activists asking the U.N. Security Doha. Coalition staff members also meet with high-level Council to keep its promises to Darfur; (Bottom) Left photo, officials at NATO, the European Union, the African Union, Darfuris attend iftar in New York with chief prosecutor of the the Arab League, the U.N. Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the U.N. Human Rights Council. These efforts, coupled with participation in international conferences, help promote the coalition’s policies. International Criminal Court; (Bottom) Center photo, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) meets with Dollars for Darfur activists (photo by Pete Muller); (Bottom) Right photo, International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo receives words of support and thanks from Darfuri diaspora leaders in New York (photo by Meryl Tihanyi). Key 2008 Accomplishments: • Led efforts to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. funding for peacekeeping and diplomatic efforts in Darfur • Secured a joint statement on Darfur from then-Sens. Obama, Clinton and Sen. McCain. This was the first presidential candidate foreign policy joint statement since FDR and Dewey in 1944, and empowers activists to hold President Obama and his administration accountable for his promises • Organized the Arab Coalition for Darfur, the first international coalition of Arab NGOs working together to press their governments for strong, positive action on Darfur SAVE DARFUR COALITION INTERNATIONAL ADVOCACY 2008 ANNUAL REPORT – Then Sens. Obama, Clinton and Sen. McCain (May 2008) COALITION PARTNERS National Organizations Affiliation of Christian Engineers AFL-CIO American Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO Solidarity Center Africa Faith and Justice Network Alliance of Baptists American Anti-Slavery Group American Humanist Association American Islamic Congress American Islamic Forum for Democracy American Jewish Committee American Jewish World Service American Society for Muslim Advancement 12 Darfur Association in the USA Metropolitan Community of Churches Darfur Community Organization Muslim Public Affairs Council Darfur Human Rights Organization of the U.S.A My Sister’s Keeper Darfur Peace and Development Organization NAACP Darfur Rehabilitation Project Dear Sudan NA’AMAT USA National Association of Evangelicals National Black Church Initiative National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA Union for Reform Judaism Union for Traditional Judaism National Jewish Democratic Council Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Faithful America Foundation for Defense of Democracies Foundation for Ethnic Understanding National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness NetAid Open Doors USA Operation Sudan Amnesty International USA Global Justice Operation USA Anti-Defamation League Hadassah ORT America Arab American Institute Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Passion of the Present Armenian Assembly of America Help Darfur Now, Inc. Pax Christi USA Armenian Church of America Hillel Armenian National Committee of America Human Rights First Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund B’nai B’rith International Institute for the Study of Genocide Bread for the World International Justice Mission IKAR Buddhist Peace Fellowship Investors Against Genocide Central Conference of American Rabbis Islamic Society of North America Christian Solidarity International Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Church Alliance for a New Sudan – Institute for Religion and Democracy Jewish Council for Public Affairs Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations Council for Secular Humanism Council on American-Islamic Relations TransAfrica Forum Episcopal Church, USA Genocide Watch Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations Tikkun Ukrainian American Coordinating Council Genocide Intervention Network Conference of Major Superiors of Men The Shalom Center National Council of Jewish Women Americans for Democratic Action Community of Christ The Hunger Site The Enough Project Freedom Quest International Coalition for American Leadership Abroad (COLEAD) The E.T.H.I.C. National Black Law Students Association Americans for Democracy in the Middle-East Citizens for Global Solutions Teachers Against Prejudice Edah, Inc. NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby Church World Service Sudan Human Rights Organization (SHRO) Jewish Healthcare International Jewish Labor Committee Jewish Reconstruction Federation Jewish World Watch Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Jubilee Campaign Physicians for Human Rights Presbyterian Church USA Project Islamic H.O.P.E. Rabbinical Assembly Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) United Jewish Communities United Macedonian Diaspora United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) United States Conference of Catholic Bishops United States Holocaust Memorial Museum United States-Armenia Public Affairs Committee (USAPAC) United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Vaishnava Center for Enlightenment Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association Western Sudan Aid Relief in the USA Refugees International Religions for Peace USA Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring Res Publica – 24 Hours for Darfur Yenza Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Associates Social Action Committee of the Congress of Secular Judaism Leadership Conference of Women Religious SocialAction.com Lott Carey International Society for Threatened Peoples Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Rabbis for Human Rights North America Kesher Lutheran World Relief Unitarian Universalist Association Society for Humanistic Judaism Sojourners Southern Sudanese Voices for Freedom Cush Community Relief International MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger Dallas Peace Center Medjugorje International Relief STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy Mennonite Central Committee Stop Genocide Now Ve’ahavta Women of Reform Judaism World Evangelical Alliance Young Democrats of America Jewish Caucus REGIONAL Organizations African Mutual Assistance Association of Missouri All Saints Church in Pasadena Board of Rabbis of Northern California Canadian Aid for Southern Sudan Canadian Council for Reform Judaism Canadian Federation of Jewish Students Canadian Jewish Congress CASTS (Canadians Against Slavery and Torture in Sudan) 2008 Board of Directors* Officers of the Board DIRECTORS Chairperson Dr. Mahmoud Braima Darfuri Leaders Network Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, M.D. My Sisterâ€™s Keeper Vice-Chairperson Rev. Richard Cizik National Association of Evangelicals Sam Bell Genocide Intervention Network Dr. Stephen Colecchi United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Congregation Beth Or Secretary Connecticut Coalition to Save Darfur Omer Ismail Darfur Peace and Development Zeinab Eyega Sauti Yetu Center for African Women Chicago Coalition to Save Darfur Democrats for Life of New York District of Columbia Baptist Convention Treasurer Holocaust Museum and Study Center (NY) Mike Edington Wellspring Advisors Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Interfaith Council of the Inland Northwest Jewish Community Federation of Richmond Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Dallas Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Miami Jewish Federation Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey Jewish Federation of Greater Houston Jewish Federation of Tulsa Mason-Dixon Darfur Alliance Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur New Vision Partners, Inc. New York Board of Rabbis New York Society for Ethical Culture Rev. David Emmanuel Goatley, Ph.D. Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention Rabbi Steve Gutow Jewish Council for Public Affairs Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos National Council of Churches Ruth Messinger American Jewish World Service John Prendergast The Enough Project at the Center for American Progress Jill Savitt Dream for Darfur Scott Warren STAND, A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition Dr. James Zogby Arab American Institute Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition Progressive Jewish Alliance Save Darfur Coalition of South Palm Beach STAND Canada Texans for Peace UJA Federation of New York Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship Western Massachusetts Darfur Coalition * Affiliations for identification purposes only. 13 SAVE DARFUR COALITION Darfur Alert Coalition 2008 ANNUAL REPORT Cleveland Diocesan Social Action Office & Diocese Statement of Activities for the Year Ended: September 30, 2008 Support and Revenue OVERHEAD RATE Contributions: Individual 5,978,982 Direct Mail 1,141,350 Merchandise sales: 442,123 Less: cost of goods sold (174,836) Interest income and other 120,105 TOTAL 24.67% 7,507,724 Expenses 75.33% Programs: Policy and government relations 1,252,294 Education and awareness 2,874,856 Advocacy 3,336,360 Supporting services: Management and general Fundraising TOTAL Change in net assets 802,788 1,049,392 TOTAL REVENUE 7,507,724 9,315,690 G&A/Fundraising 1,852,180 Policy, Education, Advocacy 5,655,544 (1,807,966) Net assets, beginning of year 4,663,720 Net assets, end of year 2,855,754 Statement of Financial Position: September 30, 2008 ASSETS Current Assets: Cash and cash equivalents Account receivable â€“ Team Darfur Inventory Property and Equipment, net Other assets â€“ Deposit Total Assets 3,287,390 36,156 177,657 110,877 10,415 3,622,495 Liabilities and Net Assets Current liabilities: Accounts payable and accrued expenses 766,741 Net Assets: Unrestricted Total Liabilities and Net Assets 2,855,754 3,622,495 Many of the photos selected for this publication were included with permission from Mia Farrow. 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