So lately the story of my life has been working at Disneyland. I’m not going to say that’s a bad thing, because I love working there. But I have to be honest, I’m ready for things to happen. You know, the ones that are life changing. Life is such an adventure, and I feel like something is about to happen. All I know is I’m excited to see what’s up in the road ahead.
Jon Foreman, lead singer and songwriter of the band Switchfoot, posted a powerful and sobering message recently. He announced that he was going to be a part of the Darfur Fast For Life, to help raise awareness to others about the terrible things going on in the Sudan right now. Please read his message in its entirety:
Darfur Fast blog #2, may 11, There’s something broken with the system
As a musician, I have a natural aversion to politicians. In fact, I believe in democracy simply because I distrust all politicians equally.
And yet, I have a tremendous amount of faith and belief in humanity. When it comes to folks outside of the power schemes I might even trust people too much. I am ruthlessly idealistic, hopelessly optimistic. I believe the best in people. That’s why I have to do something, because I feel that if people knew the truth, they would feel the same as I do. They would feel that something has to be done. They would care and things would change.
President Barack Obama last week requested a $1.5 billion emergency appropriation to deal with a flu outbreak that has killed 3 people in the US. I believe this action was in response to a nation experiencing “what could potentially be the biggest national emergency since Y2K” (genius comparison courtesy of glenn phillips.)
An estimated 300,000 folks have already died in Darfur and we do nothing… $0.00. And three people die of the flu and we spend $1.5 billion to figure things out. $1,500,000,000.00
I understand the need for precautionary measures but this feels like reactionary spending when I am reminded of the 2,500,000 people whose lives hang in the balance in displacement camps? What can be done for them? don’t tell me nothing.
Obama: “We can’t ignore the genocide in Darfur… We have to do everything in our power to make it stop. We have to act. Now.”
Nothing? Years and years go by… and still… nothing…
Our national inaction sends the simple message that a whole crowd of Sudanese souls are not worth as much as an American with the flu. “Surely this is not true!” we protest. And yet our actions speak louder than our words.
There’s something broken with the system.
We the people of the united states of america… We are the system. We are the media. We are the government. We are the twittering public. We the people of the united states of america… we own this place. We decide who is president. We pick the next american idol. Obama our leader, is in many ways a follower of his people. In a state where the vote of the populous determines the next face of the government, a politician must listen to his/her constituents to remain in power. I believe nothing was done for Darfur because Obama doesn’t think the public cares about Darfur.
Perhaps we can blame the media- perhaps the public doesn’t care because they are uninformed, or at least under-informed? Yes, but in many ways “the news” is simply a vendor trying to sell a product, we tell them (with our viewing, purchasing power) what product sells. Britney, Brangelina, or Bosnia. we choose the news.
And now for the staggering fact: you and I are the problem and the solution.
So true. We are the solution and the problem. America is far too focused on fulfilling its own pleasures. You see so many these days wearing shirts that say “Love” on them. We want to be loved. We need love. So let it be that Love would rule over evil. Let it be that the broken and oppressed be set free.
Realize you can help the ones who can’t help themselves. To love others is a command, so let’s take this with that kind of seriousness and do something.
Email your local politicians, call them. Write to Obama that America needs to act. He needs to know the American people care. Pray for them.
I am going to join this cause and sacrifice a day without food. Please go to fastdarfur.org and join this cause to rescue the oppressed people in the Sudan.
One of the better shots of the night.
Im heading down to La Jolla tonight to catch Death Cab For Cutie + Cold War Kids. This will be my first time seeing Death Cab ever, so im extra stoked! Im gonna try and get some photos of the show tonight