The National Mall in Washington DC was flooded today as thousands upon thousands of Americans turned out for a rally in demanding action to stop genocide in Sudan. High-profile speakers included George Clooney, Def Jam's Russel Simmons, Elie Wiesel, Paul Rusesabagina (of Hotel Rwanda fame), and a bipartisan array of US congressional leaders.
(Check out Leilouta's firsthand report, complete with photos.)
Sudan has now become the hottest international issue on the grassroots American scene (aside from anti-Iraq War protests). It has captured the heart and imagination of so many people of so many different backgrounds. Not everyone has the same view on the causes of the conflict or the ideal solution, yet nonetheless diverse groups of people can come together to denounce genocide and demand action.
Alas, Omar Al-Bashir appears not to have gotten any serious mention at the rally, once again giving a pass to the dictator who has ruled Sudan since a 1989 coup.