One of the biggest challenges of Stand’s work is confronting helplessness in the face of a conflict that is dizzying in its levels of complexity. The feelings of helplessness on not limited only to private citizens but also politicians who don’t know what their realistic options are sometimes. Well, now’s your chance to weigh in.… Read More

Darfur must remain a Canadian foreign policy priority February 16, 2009 Dear friends, Your action is needed. Recent violence in the South Darfur town of Muhajiriya is a sobering reminder that the cycle of violence in Darfur continues. In early February, fighting for control of Muhajiriya displaced 30,000 and left 30 dead. A peace agreement… Read More

The Stand Chapter Digest is dedicated to connecting Stand members across the country by sharing news, events and advocacy ideas. In this issue: 1. Principal Director Anne Wagner explains why some tribal leaders may not be thrilled about the rumored ICC arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Watch here. 2. Stand on the Hill:… Read More

Guest post by Jackie Bonisteel. On February 19th, President Obama is coming to town. Canadians have been repeatedly advised to temper our expectations: the visit will be short and limited to no-nonsense discussion of the economic crisis. There will be no welcome rally, no Rideau Canal skate, no inspiring speech to the Canadian people. So… Read More

While the International Criminal Court has not actually announced yet that it is going to issue an arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, it is expected any day now. This announcement is both a big opportunity and a big danger for the people of Sudan depending on how we, and the rest of the… Read More

The past few weeks have seen some devastating violence in South Darfur around a city called Muhajeriya. Some 30,000 people fled their homes as the largest Darfur rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), battled with government soldiers and members of another rebel group called the Sudanese Liberation Movement – Minnawi. To cut a… Read More

The Minister of Foreign Affairs released a statement yesterday deploring the recent increase in violence in Darfur (more on this to come soon). In the meantime I encourage all readers of this blog to take a moment to write a letter of gratitude to the Minister at One of the best ways to build… Read More

The Stand Campus Digest is dedicated to connecting Stand members across the country by sharing news, events and advocacy ideas. In our premiere issue: Principal Director Anne Wagner shares what it was like running into an old friend at Rumrol IDP Camp. Watch Anne’s video blog here! Stand on the Hill: read about two Members… Read More

Due to a technical problem, our listserv software has been nonfunctional for the past five weeks. This has meant that we weren’t able to send out the January Digest via the listserv and we won’t be able to send out the February Digest via the listserv either, unfortunately. Please share the Digest (attached) with anyone… Read More