Schiff Invites Constituents to Participate in a Letter Writing Campaign to Raise Awareness and Call for Action to Stop the Genocide in Darfur

Washington, D.C. – Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) is inviting his constituents in the 29th Congressional District to participate in a letter writing campaign at “Camp Darfur” to raise awareness and call for action to stop the Genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.  Rep. Schiff will visit Camp Darfur, with individuals and the congregations of area churches to participate in timely and critically important letter-writing campaigns to elected officials about the atrocities taking place in Darfur.

“Putting an end to the Genocide in Darfur is a moral imperative, and I hope my constituents join me in calling on our elected officials to step up their efforts to halt the bloodshed,” Schiff said. “We need to ensure that every elected official from the local level to the federal level is aware of the crisis taking place in Darfur and is doing their best to help work towards progress.”

Rep. Schiff will personally deliver some of the letters to Administration and elected officials in Washington DC., and others will take them to Sacramento and city halls.  The letters will ask elected officials to make Darfur a priority and emphasize how crucial it is that the United States takes proactive steps to stop the crisis.

For several years Rep. Schiff has been involved in the effort to stop the Genocide in Darfur by cosponsoring legislation to crack down on the Sudanese government, helping to appropriate funds to help victims, and being among the first to urge the University of California to divest from the Sudan. 

In May, Rep. Schiff participated in a nationwide on-line town hall meeting with other Members of Congress regarding the Genocide in Darfur.  He also hosted two town hall meetings about the Genocide at Pasadena High School and Glendale High School in early June.  Both the town hall meetings were very well attended with 1,600 students participating at Pasadena High School and 1,200 students from Glendale High School attending.  The town hall forum provided the students an opportunity to share their thoughts and ask questions about how best to work towards an end to the Genocide in Darfur. 

Who: Representative Adam Schiff, Members of Camp Darfur, and constituents of the 29th Congressional District.

What:  Letter writing campaign to elected officials asking them to make the Genocide in Darfur a priority and to raise awareness regarding this crisis

When:  Sunday, July 23, 2006, 12:30 P.M. Pacific Time

Where:    First Presbyterian Church, 2775 Lincoln Ave. Altadena

Congressman Schiff is a former federal prosecutor and the co-founder of the Democratic Study Group on National Security.  He serves on both the House Judiciary and International Relations committees.  He represents California’s 29th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, East Pasadena, East San Gabriel, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena and Temple City.