Bil Browning

Five members of Congress arrested

Filed By Bil Browning | April 27, 2009 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Enough Project, Jerry Fowler, John Pendergast, Rep Donna Edwards, Rep Jim McGovern, Rep John Lewis, Rep Keith Ellison, Rep Lynn Woolsey, Save Darfur, Sudan

This isn't news you get to report every day... Five members of Congress were arrested this morning outside of the Sudanese embassy during a protest of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

Five members of Congress and two Darfur activists had themselves arrested Monday outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington, D.C., to draw attention to the continuing humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Uniformed Secret Service officers put plastic handcuffs on Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), John Lewis (D-Ga.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), along with Save Darfur Coalition president Jerry Fowler and Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast after the group stepped behind yellow police tape in front of the embassy.

The horrible situation in Darfur seems to have slipped from the public mindset as the economic crisis, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the presidential election stole the headlines. You don't see celebrities grandstanding about the crisis any longer and no progress has been made. At least these five Congressmembers are willing to bring attention back to this atrocity.


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What? Activist House members?

Another twist to this on going sad story that the world wishes would go away.They freaked when General Powell as Secatary of State called it GENOCIDE now this there may be hope yet for Darfur.