Setting Aside Politics: Finding Common Ground for Sudan

It can often feel as though our nation is broken down into a multitude of distinct groups that will never come to see eye to eye on any topic. We sense it among our families and friends as we debate the efficacy of a movement such as Occupy Wall Street, in our offices as we heatedly discuss politics, and in our media as we see our nation's political system broken down into the wrong, the right and those that own them. The vitriol in our politics and our media has led to this climate of "us" versus "them" in nearly every aspect of American society. Rare are the instances where dialogue and true cooperation occurs between groups and those of different political bents. In light of this bleak reality, it is incredibly heartening when people from various walks of life and divergent political beliefs come together for a singular purpose.

This rare occurance is happening as we speak as advocates, politicians, refugees and religious organizations from around the country have come together in order to push the Obama Adminstration to take further action in Sudan. While the violence in the region has recently disappeared from the headlines, the need for humanitarian assistance is no less urgent. With the discovery this summer of six potential mass graves in South Kordofan, and ongoing violence in the border states, there is an absolute need for a concerted effort to bring peace and stability to the region.

This week Act for Sudan, a bipartisan alliance, issued a letter to President Obama expressing concern over the administration's current Sudan policy. Further, the letter calls on the administration to push for the National Security Council to make civilian protection, humanitarian aid, ending impunity, securing peace, and the eradication of slavery a priority in Sudan. These 66 organizations, citizens and politicians have chosen to put their other political leanings aside for a greater cause. I applaud them, stand with them, and hope they inspire not only action for Sudan but a sense that cooperation can happen across party lines and among those of us whose differences out number our similarities. 

Please click here to read Act for Sudan's press release and the full text of the letter to President Obama.

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