The Sudan Freedom Walk
Former Slave Ends 300-Mile Walk with Press Conference and Rally in D.C. TomorrowFor more on the topic, see also Sudan Freedom Walk and Sudan Campaign.
WHAT: Press Conference and Rally
WHEN: Wednesday, April 5 at 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: The West Front of the Capitol Facing the Mall
Former Sudanese Slave Simon Deng will complete a 300-mile walk at 3:30 p.m. TOMORROW, Wednesday, April 5, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Sen. Sam Brownback, Cong. Michael Capuano, Cong. Joseph Crowley, the Hon. Walter Fauntroy, former NBA star Manute Bol, and others will join Deng at a press conference and rally at the West Front of the Capitol facing the Mall.
As Deng walks down Constitution Avenue to complete the 300- mile Sudan Freedom Walk and arrives at the U.S. Capitol, the Congress will be voting on an important measure, the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act, to recommit the U.S. to supporting the people of Sudan.
"Simon has put a face on the issue of human suffering in Sudan. Every step that he has taken in this act of conscience has been a step for another human being's freedom." says Fr. Keith Roderick, executive director of the sponsoring Sudan Campaign and Christian Solidarity International's Washington Representative.
The purpose of the Sudan Freedom Walk is to shed light on the genocide and modern-day slavery in Sudan, and to call for U.S. government action to stop the violence against and enslavement of black African Sudanese. It has spanned five states with stops in 19 cities. Tomorrow, Deng will have completed the entire 300-mile route, despite being barred by police from crossing a bridge in Maryland.
Local media contact: Maria Sliwa, Freedom Now Communications, 973-272-2861 or email@example.com
National media contact: Meryl Zegarek, Meryl Zegarek Public Relations, Inc., 917-493-3601 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sudan Campaign is the direct action effort of a coalition of organizations working on behalf black Africans in Sudan that have suffered violence and slavery at the hands of their government. Partner organizations include Christian Solidarity International, the Center for Religious Freedom at Freedom House, the Institute on Religion and Democracy, the National Black Leadership Roundtable, the Institute on Religion and Public Policy, the American Anti-Slavery Group and others