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USC FIGHT ON FOR DARFUR ()
Fight On For Darfur is a campus wide student movement meant to unite the students, staff, faculty, and surrounding community of the University of Southern California through increasing awareness and promoting activism against the inhumane genocide occurring in Darfur. This effort is centered around a student run concert at the Galen Center, produced in conjunction with Participant Productions, the producers of "An Inconvenient Truth," "Fast Food Nation," and more recently, "Darfur NOW." We are currently working with Participant Productions to bring an A-list artist as well as celebrity speaker to educate students about the genocide in Darfur. Tickets will be provided at a discounted rate to students and also released to the general public. All proceeds will go to Darfur. We are spending the next few months finding corporate sponsors, media partners, and student support for a week long series of Darfur-centered events in the spring, culminating in this concert. We encourage every organization, both student and non-student, to assist with this effort in any way they can. Fight On for Darfur has the ultimate goal to stimulate and enlighten university life by bringing the social, cultural, and geopolitical issues of the genocide to the academic environment at USC. To many, the international community’s effort towards eradicating the slaughtering of innocents in Darfur is perceived as pathetic. In particular, U.S. foreign policy towards Darfur and Sudan has been uneventful. To date, the primary U.S. response has been to combat this genocide with humanitarian assistance. The United States and Europe also support A.U.-led negotiations to end the conflict, which preceded the genocide, and have partially funded the A.U. military mission. Therefore, in my opinion, it seems they want to pass the military expense to the A.U. Unfortunately, the A.U. cannot manage this monetary expense. The bigger issue is whether countries, like the U.S. and international groups such as NATO and the A.U. can embrace an emerging international norm that recognizes the responsibility and duty to protect innocent civilians facing death on a mass scale and whose governments cannot or will not protect them due to their resentment towards norms or corruption. This norm should be executed preferably with U.N. consent to establish it as a priority. That's why NATO was right to act in Kosovo, even when Russia prevented U.N. authorization. If Sudan opposed NATO participation in Darfur, the alliance would have to make more of a military commitment than just back-stopping the A.U., but Sudan is hardly Serbia. Unless we are prepared to accept that African lives are less important than European lives, why would we do less in Sudan?

For more information about USC Fight on for Darfur, please contact Fight on for Darfur at fightonfordarfur@gmail.com, or visit their website at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=18005304496.


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