Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Congressman Bobby Rush (D-Illinois) to be arrested at Sudanese Embassy

Jul 15, 2004
Press Release

Chicago, IL. ---- Congressman Bobby Rush will join the ranks of Americans opposing violence in Sudan by being arrested today at the Sudan Embassy at 2210 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. in Washington, D.C.  Rep. Rush follows former Congressman Bob Edgar, now the President of the National Council of Churches, who was arrested yesterday (July 14th) and New York Congressman Charles B. Rangel who was arrested on Tuesday. 

Rep. Rush is lending his voice to the cries of the Congressional Black Caucus(CBC) and other international protesters in demanding the Sudanese government end its support of the militia who are murdering hundreds of people a day.  The protesters are demanding an end to the genocide in Sudan. The CBC is demanding sanctions against the government of Sudan.     

On Friday, July 16, political comedian and activist Dick Gregory will be arrested.  High profile arrests will continue until the world community wakes up.

The Sudan Campaign calls on the Security Council of the United Nations to adopt Chapter 7 sanctions on Sudan, to suspend the membership of the government for Sudan on the U. N. Human Rights Commission, and to enable slave and other victims of the Sudanese governments declared jihad against Black Africans to return to their homes.

This year marks Congressman Rush's tenth year and his sixth term in the U.S. Congress. Since his election, on November 3, 1992, to the U.S. Congress, representing the First Congressional District of Illinois, his political effectiveness has been recognized by the Democratic leadership, his congressional colleagues and most importantly, by his congressional constituents.

The Sudan Campaign is the direct action effort of a coalition of organizations working on behalf of Black Africans in Sudan that have suffered violence and slavery at the hands of their government.  Partner organizations include The Center for Religious Freedom at Freedom House, the Institute on Religion and Democracy, the American Anti-slavery group, the Wilberforce Project and others.

Christian Solidarity International (CSI) is a Christian human rights organization for religious liberty helping victims of religious repression, victimized children and victims of disaster. CSI was founded by Rev. Hans Stckelberger, following silent demonstrations in Switzerland in support of persecuted Christians in 1977.  It is based in Zurich, Switzerland but has office in several countries, including the U.S.