Sunday, December 10, 2006

Freedom Walk Going Strong!

Hi all,

Had a brief moment for internet, so I thought I'd update you: Things are going great, and we have our rally for the Global Day for Darfur with Darfur Call of the Netherlands in Dordrecht, at the Grotekerksplein, today at 3pm, then in Rotterdam at 10pm, in the Beursplein, outside the World Trade Center. Tomorrow we'll be in Delft at 12:30pm in the Markt, and then we conclude with our major demonstrations in the Hague: first at 4pm at the International Criminal Court near the Voorburg train station, and then in the Plein, by the Binnenhof (the Dutch Parliament) from 6:30pm until Midnight, where we will set up our mock-refugee camp in solidarity with the victims in Sudan.

We hope to see some of you there! And we could still use your support! (see donate button at right).

Thanks!

Nate

Monday, December 04, 2006

Download our poster & flyer






Hey all,

Please take a bit of time to help spread the word about the Walk. Download our poster and flyer (four sheets of paper, which can be photocopied onto one piece of paper, folded like a program). The front page doubles as a poster. The photo is a bit graphic, but it does accurately depict the situation in Darfur.

Sorry they're JPEGs. That's how blogspot works.

Thanks very much!

Nate

Friday, December 01, 2006

ONE WEEK AWAY!

That's right, the 2nd Sudan Freedom Walk is just ONE WEEK AWAY! Plans are progressing very well, with new Walkers coming forward daily. Just today, Reverend Daughtry of the House of Love Church in Brooklyn called me in Holland to say he was coming. And three college students at NYU! We're still crossing our fingers that certain celebrities who are considering attending will decide to take the leap (good celebrities, I promise).

If you've been reading the news from Sudan lately, clearly things are getting worse (check out http://sudantribune.com, if you have any doubts). And they're going to get much worse if people don't step up and do something. Now. So consider joining us, or offer to house a Walker at your house for the night (especially if you live in Antwerp, Breda, or Rotterdam). Thanks! And, hopefully, see you soon!

Nate

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

JOIN US!

Please leave a comment here if you're interested in joining the walk, or, better yet, already planning to walk the walk. For your consideration, in brief, we plan to leave Brussels, Belgium at around 7pm on Friday, December 8th, and arrive in Den Haag (The Hague), Netherlands in the early evening of Monday, December 11th. In between, on Saturday, the 9th we will be in Antwerp, Belgium, and Breda, Netherlands. On Sunday the 10th, Dordrecht and Rotterdam. Monday will probably have a brief stop in Delft en route to the ICC and the Dutch Parliament in Den Haag. Please consider joining us for any stretch of the Walk, or just to attend a rally or vigil in any of the cities. We need your support to have the biggest Freedom Walk possible. Thanks.

Another way to donate...

If you 'd really prefer to make a tax-deductible donation (though we could still very much use your help by donating directly to us), you can donate to the American Anti-Slavery Group, at iabolish.org, or https://secure.ga0.org/02/v3_donate , actually. You can specify that it's on behalf of Simon Deng. If you can't donate, help spread the word about the Walk. Thanks!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Please consider donating...

Dear Friends,

Please note that there is now a link (at right) to "Make a Donation" to the European Sudan Freedom Walk through PayPal. All money will be used to help fund the logistics of the walk (accomodations, food, support vehicle(s), poster photocopies, audio and other event equipment, etc.), except any extra money, which will go to support the programs of our friends' Dr. Abdelgabar Adam and Elgasim Salih's growing Darfur Human Rights Organization, based in Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. Unfortunately, since we are not officially part of any non-profit organization, these donations are not tax-deductible, but they are still very much appreciated, and truly vital to the success of this Sudan Freedom Walk.

Thanks so much for your generosity.

Sincerely,
Nate Kleinman

P.S. I'm sorry if you're not already a PayPal member and they make you register. If you'd like to donate by snail mail, please send me an email - nathankleinman@gmail.com - and I will send you the proper address.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

ANNOUNCEMENT

Dear Sudan Activists and Friends,

It is with great urgency and excitement that Simon Deng and I inform you of our plans for the 2nd Sudan Freedom Walk – A Call to Europe. We hope to build on the success of Simon Deng and David Brehoff's 300-mile journey from New York to Washington, D.C. last April.

From early evening on Friday, December 8th, through Monday, December 11th, we will carry our message over 100 miles, from NATO Headquarters and the European Parliament in Brussels to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. We will stop in the major Belgian and Dutch cities of Antwerp, Breda, Dordrecht, and Rotterdam for rallies or vigils (depending on the time of our arrival) along the way. We otherwise plan to walk continuously to dramatize the experience of the Sudanese who, without warning but the sound of approaching attackers, must embark on much longer, more treacherous journeys, with no food, no water, no chance for sleep, and no knowledge of where they may next find sanctuary.

After the last Walk, members of both parties on the Hill – including President Bush, and new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – told us personally that we needed to expand our work towards convincing Europe and NATO of the need to act in Sudan. Since China and Russia, with their extensive business contracts in Sudan, will likely never approve a forceful UN Security Council resolution against Sudan, it is time to work outside the UN, to plead our case directly to individual governments, the EU, and NATO, as well as to the free people of the world in general.

We invite you to join us walking in person or by supporting our effort financially. Further information on donating, and an online form, will be available soon. Please help us to spread the word, especially if you have friends or family in Europe. And certainly feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.

This Walk will not be easy: it will be long, cold, possibly wet, and definitely exhausting. We will make all arrangements for food and housing along the way (if told of participation at least two weeks prior to the Walk), though some participants have already expressed their desire to walk without food or sleep.

It's not too late to stop this genocide. It may be embarrassingly, appallingly, outrageously late, but it is not too late until there are no more lives left to save.

The time for talk is over. It's time to walk the walk.


Sincerely yours,
Nate Kleinman
Leiden, The Netherlands
nathankleinman@gmail.com