Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2017. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

Talk Radio Host Joe Madison: Why I Am On A Hunger Strike To Protest the Sudanese Government

StoryAugust 05, 2004
Watch iconWatch Full Show

Madison has been on a hunger strike since July 12. He is demanding an immediate end to the Sudanese government’s obstruction of humanitarian aid to victims of the Sudanese genocide.

The situation in the Darfur region of the Sudan continues to grow more serious. Over the past year and a half, More than a million people have been driven from their homes and over 35,000 people have been killed. Yesterday, the Sudanese government organized a rally of 100,000 people to condemn a UN Security Council resolution setting a 30-day deadline for Sudan to disarm the Janjaweed militias responsible for the killings in Darfur. At yesterday"s rally, the demonstrators accused Secretary General Kofi Annan of collaborating with the United States and Israel.

Although no Western government has threatened to invade Sudan, Annan has mentioned the possibility of intervention. In neighboring Ethiopia yesterday, the African Union said it would send 1,600 to 1,800 peacekeepers to Darfur, but it is unclear when the force would be sent. Meanwhile, daily protests continue in front of the Sudanese embassy in Washington DC, where a coalition of human rights groups and church groups are calling on President Bush to condemn the Sudanese government and to label what is happening in Darfur genocide. In late June, the coalition, which is called the Sudan Campaign, launched a campaign of civil disobedience at the embassy. Among those who have been arrested are: Rep. Charles Rangel, New York; Fmr. Rep. Bob Edgar, current President of the National Council of Churches; Rep. Bobby Rush, Illinois; Rep. Joe Hoeffel, Pennsylvania; Activist Dick Gregory and Fmr. Congressional Delegate Walter Fauntroy. Meanwhile, radio talk show host and civil rights activist Joe Madison is on his third week of a hunger strike. This week he was arrested for the second time in front of the embassy. Last night, we sat down with Madison at the UNITY Conference here in Washington DC.


The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation