Here is an email today from Jonathan. Thanks!
Hi Jim (and others!) -- I'm sorry I haven't been able to add much to the dialog of late, but here are two thoughts:
1) We need drama for the mamas. More specifically, to keep focus or get pressure on Darfur one needs either star power or a media sideshow, not editorials in the NY Times preaching to the choir. Remember Elizabeth Taylor and AIDS. And not too many people has the kind of stroke that is needed.
2) Bill Clinton. Here's his chance to redeem himself for Rwanda -- ASK to become special envoy to the U.N. on Darfur. (Actually I think Clinton is repugnant about Rwanda -- his claim of "not knowing/didn't do enough" is hollow in light of his Presidential Directive #25 to Albright when she was UN Ambassador, but his star power is undeniable). If nothing else, the possibility of being shown-up by Bill Clinton might motivate Colin Powell.
3) The Holocaust Museum. I know this is a longshot, but what if there was a campaign to ask it to close in protest of the inaction in Darfur. A sign saying "if the Holocaust can't teach the world "never again" for all races and people's, it's not worth teaching for any" or somesuch.
Finally, a thought regarding the obvious frustration here: I've always thought the most heroic people in the civil rights movement weren't the hereoes in the 1960s protests but the people who fought the good fight when nobody cared (e.g., after reconstruction collapsed and through the 1940s) -- without that work the breakthroughs would never have happened.
Over and out,
Jonathan Krit, following in Chicago.