"I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man. And I've failed much more than I've succeeded.
And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better." - Calvin Trager

With Ya, my Ga tutor in Mallam
The Rev. Mike Kinman
Executive Director
Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation
Age: 38

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where Robin teaches and
the boys attend.

Since you're already blowing time surfing,
why not do some cool stuff

  • Watch the Make Poverty History videos
  • Watch Sara McLachlan's "World on Fire" video
  • Take a seat at Oxfam America's Hunger Banquet
  • Look at the "Eight Ways to Change The World" photo exhibition
  • See how rich you are on the Global Rich List
  • Make a promise to do something cool -- and get people to do it with you
  • Use your computer to fight HIV/AIDS and other diseases

    While you're at it, do these things
  • Join the ONE Campaign to Make Poverty History
  • Join the Episcopal Public Policy Network
  • Join Amnesty International
  • Subscribe to Sojourners Online newsletter about faith, politics and culture
  • Sign the Micah Call and join other Christians in the fight against poverty
  • Subscribe to a great new magazine about women and children transforming our world

    People who show us What One Person Can Do
  • Liza Koerner (Teaching soccer and doing mission work in Costa Rica)
  • Erica Trapps (Raising money so Tanzanian children can go to school -- check out her photo gallery)

    What's happening in Sudan might
    surprise (and shock) you

  • Episcopal Diocese of Lui
  • South Sudanese Friends International
  • The Sudan Tribune
  • SudanReeves -- research, analysis and advocacy
  • Save Darfur
  • Darfur: a genocide we can stop

    For your daily fix on the irreverent...
  • Jesus of the Week
  • The Onion

    Interesting People Who Are Great To Read
  • Beth Maynard's excellent U2 sermons blog
  • Global Voices Online
  • Neha Viswanathan - poetry, commentary, humor, reflections

    Some interesting organizations and programs
  • Borgen Project - poverty reduction through political accountability
  • CARE
  • Center of Concern
  • DATA: Debt, AIDS and Trade in Africa (Bono's site)
  • El Circulo de Mujeres/Circle of Women
  • Engineering Ministries International
  • Episcopal Peace Fellowship
  • Episcopal Relief and Development
  • FreshMinistries
  • Global Campaign Against Poverty
  • Global Ministries
  • Global Work Ethic Fund -- Promoting philanthropy and fundraising in developing and transition countries.
  • Karen Emergency Relief Fund
  • Magdalene House
  • The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • Natural Capitalism
  • NetMarkAid - Humanitarian Entrepreneurs
  • North American Association for the Diaconate
  • Peace Child International
  • People Building Peace
  • Project Honduras
  • Results - Creating political will to end hunger
  • St. Paul's Institute
  • Stop Global AIDS
  • TakingITGlobal -- connecting youth for action in local and global communities
  • Tanzania Educational AIDS Mission
  • TEAR (Transformation, Empowerment, Advocacy, Relief) - An Australian Christian anti-poverty movement
  • Working For Change
  • Xigi.net -- an open-source tool to aid discovery in the capital markets that fund good.

    Some Episcopal churches and dioceses doing cool things
  • Companions of Swaziland - Diocese of Iowa's Companion Relationship
  • International Development Missions -- St. Paul's Church, Sparks, NV
  • The Malaria Villages Project - St. Paul's Church, West Whiteland, PA

    Must-read books and websites about them
  • What Can One Person Do: faith to heal a broken world -- Sabina Alkire & Edmund Newell
  • The End of Poverty -- Jeffrey Sachs

    Learn more about things you really should know more about
  • UN Millenium Development Goals
  • The Millennium Campaign
  • AIDS Matters - a resource for global AIDS professionals
  • Christian Aid's in-depth report: "Millennium Lottery: Who lives and who dies in an age of third world debt?"
  • Foreign Policy In Focus
  • Poverty Mapping
  • Solutions for a water-short world
  • Transparency International: The global coalition against corruption
  • UNICEF's State of The World's Children report 2005

    General cool and/or goofy stuff
  • Alicebot chat robot
  • Bono Quotes -- but what's really wild is that it's from a page on Boycottliberalism.com!
  • Buffy Slanguage
  • Big Bunny

    Useful web tools
  • Gcast - make your own podcast
  • Podzinger - podcast search engine
  • Orb - streaming digital media

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  • Saturday, March 11, 2006
    You Have the Power to Protect: Stop Genocide in Darfur

    Now that I had decided on this "blog as I go" strategy, I walked into this workshop on Darfur and was asked if I would yield my computer to be used for a powerpoint presentation because there's wasn't working. Well, it turns out mine didn't work with their projector either - but they let me keep an excellent powerpoint presentation on Darfur made by the U.S. Holocaust Museum (with a promise to credit them whenever I used it).

    One of the most interesting speakers here was an Armenian, whose own people went through a genocide in the early 20th century -- a genocide that is still denied. He talked about these genocides not being isolated incidents but "cycles of genocide" that are perpetuated by the lack of the international community to do something about each one.

    Basically, he said the problems in Darfur are the same as Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda. Whenever genocide is denied or allowed to continue it sends a message that genocide can be committed with impunity and emboldens future leaders. That's what we mean by a cycle of genocide.

    All three speakers spoke of the impotence of the African Union forces. Elnour Adam, a Darfurian who is the project director of the Darfur Rehabilitation Project said some powerful things:

    The African Union forces are helpless. In front of their eyes, the janjaweed, the government of Sudan is killing people and raping the women.... Those who are in the camps where supposedly they are protected by the African Union forces, they were for the second time driven out of the camps to go look for areas to be protected. This is happening in most of the areas.... There is killing going on as I am speaking right now. Their (the AU) presence is averting some of the perpetrators form killing. It's a good sign but it's not enough.

    "The good thing that the international community did was humanitarian aid. Morbidity rate is lower, mortality rate from diseases is lower. But more needs to be done. For exmaple, the World Food Programme only has funding for March."

    "95% of displaced people are villagers – farmers who are producing food for other darfurians but for last 3 seasons have cultivated nothing. The rest of the Darfurians will starve. Most of the other people are going to camps because they have nothing. They can’t go to their farms because of the insecurity. They are not effected directly but what is going on, but they are effected because they cannot go to their farms.

    "My mother is hosting about 30 families there – one lady, she is 72 years old and now she is hosting all these people."

    "The govt. of Sudan, they have a strategy of relocating the people. Those who are in the far cities near the agricultural areas, they don’t want them to stay there so they are attacking the IDP camps. Iin Jan. and Feb. around 30 camps were attacked and the people relocated far away from their land so they cannot go back to their land if any peace agreement is signed right now. The helpless AU forces are doing nothing."

    The Darfur Peace and Accountability Act has been stalled and it shows no signs of moving forward. There is a Senate act (Santorum-Durbin act) that has even better language. We can ask members of Congress to:

    -push the U.S. to authorize a U.N. resolution for a U.N. peacekeeping force
    -to support the Santorum-Durbin legislation
    -Go to Africa Action and this site to take action.

    Also, Africa Action is holding a free media training that you can participate in that will train you to interact with your local media and advocate for increased coverage of the Darfur genocide. It will deal with what's the key media message in light of recent developments and help talk about keys to successful letters to the editor and getting op-eds placed in newspapers and answer questions about launching a letter to the editor campaign. Here's the info:

    8 pm eastern time on Wednesday, March 15.
    Call in 1-866-613-5223 the passcode is 7662722

    If you plan to come, please RSVP at mobilize@africaaction.org
    It should run about an hour ... maybe a hair over.

    Some other great links:

    The Invisible Women of Darfur

    An excellent article from Human Rights Watch on the need for UN Peacekeepers.

    Find out about current and past legislation concerning Darfur through the Genocide Intervention Fund.

    One of the internal conflicts I feel talking about Darfur is that I feel like I talk about it a LOT and I wonder about reaching the tipping point where it becomes too much and people start tuning out. Then I remember that for most people, Darfur is not on their radar screen at all, the media coverage is so sparse and vague.

    The most powerful moment of this presentation was when Elnour talked about people dying "as I speak". Something about the immediacy of that language just made my heart go cold. Where is Christ? Christ is with those people. Christ is those people. If we believe Matthew 25, we are judged by what we let happen ... and what we hear today is that not only is it happening as I write this, as you read this, but unless we do something, it will continue to happen over and over again.

    Dorothy Sayers wrote a radio drama called "The Man Born to Be King" in which she talks about the dream Pontius Pilate's wife had (MT 27:19). In her mind, the dream was Pilate's wife hearing the words "suffered under Pontius Pilate" said ... not just by one person, but by generation after generation after generation of people for centuries in overlapping chorus.

    Pilate's wife had a dream because she and her husband had power ... and what haunted her was the wrong use of power.

    We are the most powerful nation on earth. Christ is being slaughtered as we speak. What words will be on the lips of choruses of generations to come about us?
    Mike at 3/11/2006 10:49:00 AM

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    Global Reconciliation

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    The structure for this movement is the Millennium Development Goals -- 8 goals committed to by all member nations of the UN and a unique partnership of governments and civil society to:

    *End extreme poverty
    *Achieve universal
    primary education

    *Promote gender equalty
    *Improve maternal health
    *Reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
    *Promote environmental sustainability
    *Build a global partnership for development

    EGR resources and connects the church to embrace what one person, one congregation, one diocese and one church can do to make this mission of global reconciliation happen.

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    - Bono


    What I'm Reading
    Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
    by Doris Kearns Goodwin