Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Congressman Rush Statement On Meeting With Secretary Powell Regarding Sudan Crisis

Jul 23, 2004
Press Release

Chicago, IL. ---- Congressman Bobby Rush released the following statement after a meeting today between the Congressional Black Caucus and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell regarding the crisis in Sudan.
Fellow Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and I met today with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to discuss the mounting violence that plagues Sudans Darfur region.  We shared with Secretary Powell our recommendation for the U.S. to take the lead in getting the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution that declares the atrocities in Darfur as genocide. We shared our commitment to monitor and place pressure on implementation of sanctions that would benefit the victims of Sudan.  We shared our hope that peacekeeping forces will be deployed immediately to bring halt to the violent murders, rapes and displacement, all of which are heinous crimes that no one should ever endure.

The Congressional resolution, which passed this week by a unanimous vote in both the House and Senate, declaring the Sudan crisis as genocide is the first of many swift steps we must take to send humanitarian aid to the Black Africans of Darfur.  Secretary Powell agreed with our mission, and promised to take our concerns to President Bush. 

Since my arrest last week (July 15) in front of the Sudanese Embassy, I am more determined than ever to  speak out against the violence against the innocent victims of Sudan, who cannot speak for themselves.  I am calling on every American to lend their voice to Darfur and join the protest until the government sponsored genocide ends.