Be a Voice for Darfur (and meet the new Facebook Petition)

Will you help me? It will take you less than 5 minutes to read this post and take a stand for justice. Never have I felt more passionately about my work.

Darfur finds itself in its sixth year of genocide. A perfect storm of gender-abuse, child soldiering and rampant murders that has claimed roughly half a million lives from this war-torn region of Sudan.
  • The good news: President-elect Obama pledged "unstinting resolve" to end the Darfur Genocide. His new national security team includes individuals who are deeply familiar with the ongoing Darfur crisis.
  • The new team must use their familiarity with with - and passion for - the isse to take decisive action to end the genocide. Ending the genocide in Darfur is a promise that must be kept.
As a part of The Save Darfur Coalition's full-court press to ensure that Obama's administration makes good on his pledge, the coalition recently launched a new campaign: Be a Voice for Darfur. The campaign aims for no less than 1 million postcards to be sent to Obama's attention within his first 100 days in office. Postcard signatures are due by Inauguration Day - January 20, 2009. The postcards will be printed and delivered to the Whitehouse later in the Spring, complete with a rally. An un-dissmissable reminder that this issue matters to Americans, and our President.

You can help by adding your voice NOW.

  • Sign the online petition at www.addyourvoice.org or through Save Darfur's Facebook petition. (For my fellow nonprofit and social media junkies, the new petition feature on Facebook Causes is a game changer for online advocacy - check out the screenshot at left.)

  • Spread the word through Twitter (#voice4darfur) Facebook, MySpace, email, and the water cooler. Please consider blogging about this, even if it deviates from your normal topics. (Social media for social good!) This Blogger Toolkit will help you get started.
Via my boss Geoff Livingston's post on Social Media Club blog: "The time to for action is now, and in a year when many of us are suffering financial hardship, we can still make a difference. Signing the petition, tweeting or writing blog posts are great ways to help without expending a lot of cash."

Next Tuesday, December 9 is the 60th anniversary of the United Nation's Genocide Convention. With your help, this campaign can get Darfur past Obama's doorstep and put an end to the genocide before another year goes by. Let's stop being bystanders to genocide.

Thanks for being a voice for Darfur.


Anonymous said...


Prize to Invest $600,000 in Wireless Innovations for Social Benefit Announces Call for Applications

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — November 17, 2008 — The Vodafone Americas Foundation today launched its Wireless Innovation Challenge, an initiative that seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless related technology to address critical social issues around the world.
This new competition will award three winners prizes of $300,000, $200,000 and $100,000 for unique, late-stage wireless innovations that offer the best potential for creating social change in the areas of education, health, economic development, the environment and access to communication.
“Wireless has the potential to change the world,” said June Sugiyama, Director of the Vodafone Americas Foundation. "By leveraging Vodafone's expertise in wireless and our worldwide commitment to furthering social good, the Wireless Innovation Challenge is a unique way to discover and invest in groundbreaking technological innovations with the potential for global impact."
The Vodafone Wireless Innovation Challenge is open to projects submitted by applicants from universities and nonprofit organizations based in the United States. Eligible projects must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach that uses an innovation in wireless related technology to address a critical global issue and has the potential for replication and large scale impact. Applicants must also have a business plan or basic framework for financial sustainability and rollout.
This year from November 17 to February 2, applications will be accepted online at http://challenge.vodafone-us.com/. Eight finalists will be chosen for in-person presentations in March 2009 and the winners will be publicly announced and recognized at an event hosted by the Vodafone Americas Foundation in April 2009. Wireless Innovation Challenge winners will be selected by a panel of judges comprised of experts in wireless engineering, international school development and social entrepreneurship.
The Wireless Innovation Challenge builds on the success of Vodafone Americas Foundation's local grantmaking strategies and aligns with other Vodafone global philanthropic initiatives, such as Vodafone's partnership with the U.N. Foundation to use technology for humanitarian projects and the Vodafone Spain Foundation’s work with universities and telemedicine.

More information about the Wireless Innovation Challenge is available at: http://challenge.vodafone-us.com/


About the Vodafone America’s Foundation
Vodafone Americas Foundation is part of Vodafone’s global family of foundations. We are affiliated with Vodafone, the world’s leading mobile telecommunications company that has significant presence in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the United States. In the U.S., our foundation is located in the San Francisco Bay and the Metro Denver Areas where most of our employees live and work, and where we strive to make a positive and enduring impact on our communities. The Foundation is driven by a Passion for the World Around Us. We make grants that help people in our communities and around the world lead fuller lives.
Deborah Schneider -- 415 277 6973

Brenda Dos Santos -- 415 277 6974

Qui Diaz said...

This is really interesting - and I am actually interested in learning about Vodaphone Foundation. So I'm not going to delete it.

However, for the record, leaving full press releases as anonymous comments not only looks like spam, it's also incredibly lazy. Best practices for pitching bloggers are just a google search away....


Anna said...

WOW...I cannot believe that Vodafone published an entire press release as a comment to your posting -- that's ridiculous. I'm going to use this as an example of how NOT to reach out to bloggers for my PR colleagues!

I also wanted to let you know that I've signed the petition and have circulated it to my friends. Great cause, thanks for sharing.


Qui Diaz said...

Anna -
Thanks so much for being a voice for Darfur and spreading the word. Save Darfur is making great progress on the campaign!

Thanks also for commiserating re: the press release. I'm not sure who left the comment - perhaps an overzealous Vodafone fan? I'm such an "easy pitch," too....

Cool contest, anyway...