STAND – Alterntive Olympic Programming

07 Aug

Quick note via the AP and STAND

Mia Farrow to air alternative ‘Darfur Olympics’

Mia Farrow is Web-casting her own “Darfur Olympics” from a refugee camp on the barren Sudan-Chad border

At the same time as the opening ceremony in Beijing on Friday, Farrow will post footage on the Web from one of a dozen camps in eastern Chad where Darfurians fleeing the conflict have taken refuge. The Web-cast is to include refugee children playing sports and songs contributed by pop singers including REM, Bette Midler and Taleb Kweli.

Each day for the first week of the Beijing games, Farrow will post new Web-casts with “voices from the camps,” including interviews with women and children.

If people want to skip the “opening propaganda ceremony” in Beijing, they can “watch the opening ceremony we put together,” Farrow said.

And From STAND

Make the Call!

Use the 1-800-GENOCIDE hotline to call President Bush and urge him to make strong public statements regarding China’s complicity in the genocide in Darfur, until China realizes its responsibility to Darfur.

Once you dial 1-800-GENOCIDE, select number “3” to be connected to the White House. You will hear talking points and then be connected.

Join us for the Darfur Olympics

On August 8, China and the Olympic sponsors will kick off the Beijing Olympics. China has a unique position of influence with the regime in Khartoum. As the Games approach, please join me in declaring that we will not forget the people suffering in Darfur.

To keep the spotlight on Darfur during the Games, we are collaborating with Dream for Darfur to webcast the “Darfur Olympics:” daily alternative programming during the first week of the Games.

To kick off the week of action, Dream for Darfur is airing an “Alternative Opening Ceremony” on August 8 featuring musicians like R.E.M., Talib Kweli, Carly Simon, and many more who have donated music videos to Darfur.
To watch the “Darfur Olympics” and the “Alternative Opening Ceremony,” sign up for the webcast by clicking here.

Please join us August 8 – 15 for alternative programming and action items and send a message to China and the Olympic corporate sponsors that the people of Darfur must not be forgotten.

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Posted by on August 7, 2008 in Bookmarks, China, genocide, The Sudan


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