Monday, May 01, 2006
The Darfur Rally
If you weren't there, you missed out on something special. I've never been to another rally of this size so I can't compare it to (I was in Israel for the Spring 2002 rally, and my parents never took me to the Soviet Jewry rallies). I'm not going to take a guess on the number of people there, but whatever it was I think about half (if not more) were Jews. There was the expected Reform groups, a good showing from the Conservative crowd, but I was pleasantly surprised by the number of Orthodox there - Day Schools, YU, some Schules - it seemed like there was just a bunch of groups-without-name (friends and families) there together.
I was not able to stay the whole time, but I did get to hear Elie Wiesel speak - something I have not had the opportunity before.
These t-shirts were being sold by the SaveDarfur organizers. I cannot express how offended I was by these shirts, people with the audacity to wear them inside the Holocaust Museum too. When will people learn that it doesn't matter where your context comes from when trying to stop a genocide, be it the Holocaust, any of the numerous other genocides, or your humanity - it's all the same when it comes to the people of Darfur. They just want our help.
It should have read "While remembering one genocide, there's another that you can stop". I would have worn that.