Jay is a great friend to us all and our cause, and a deep spirit. He has been conducting a hunger strike for the people of Darfur -- and for all of us -- at the White House. Here is a personal message from Jay:
Sent: Monday, July 18, 2005 5:46 PM
Subject: Day 7 (Sat.) Hunger Strike at the
While on hunger strike I have had much
needed time to reflect and pray.
I share with you the fruits:
1. What are we to do? RESCUE AND RESTORE DARFUR.
2. Why is our family being exterminated in Darfur?
ITS MY PRIORITIES, MINE AND YOURS.
None of us in the west wants this Genocide of our
Darfur family. It continues because among people
like me and you, it is not a high enough priority.
Yes, tons of food and words are delivered daily.
But food will not stop the Genocide and words
are cheap. Me and you Standing Up is dear.
Where is the fasting?
Where are the demonstrations?
Where is the civil disobedience?
What are we saving these tactics for?
SOME OF US ARE GOING TO HAVE TO STEP UP
AND PAY A HUGE PRICE.
3. Who can stop this slaughter?
ONLY ME AND OR YOU CAN STOP THE GENOCIDE.
“Never think that a small group of committed people
can't change the world. In fact, it is the only
thing that ever has,” wrote Margaret Mead.
I think that a corollary to this is:
NEVER THINK THAT A COMMITTED INDIVIDUAL CAN'T
CHANGE THE WORLD. IN FACT, IT IS THE ONLY THING
THAT EVER HAS.
Many, many, many people are involved already,
but how many of us are committed?
Never Again depends on me and you,
nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.
4. How hard will it be to stop the extermination now?
MUCH HARDER THAN WE HAVE FACED. Isn't it self serving,
to think that to Rescue and Restore Darfur will take
less than the commitment seen in the Antiapartheid,
Civil Rights, or similar struggles? Yes, it is self
serving to deny that the cost to me and you
must be very dear. Ten years ago the cost was too
high for me and you to rescue Rwanda.
5. What can stop the Genocide?
ONLY OUR HUMANITY RADICALLY UNLEASHED, A CRUSADE OF
NONVIOLENT ACTION, CAN STOP THE GENOCIDE,
CAN RESCUE AND RESTORE DARFUR.
It is not our intelligence, methods, computers,
political skills, connections, military or the
Internet that can stop the Genocide. It is not
our hoped-for Generals (Bush, Kofi,
UN, Senate, Congress, France, Nato, Germany, China….)
who will Rescue and Restore.
They will NEVER be the army needed.
6. When will the time be right for us to stand up?
THE TIME WILL NEVER BE RIGHT. You and I are WAITING
for the right plan, the right strategy,
the right time, the right leadership,
the right resources…
There is no such thing.
There is no safety, comfort or certainty in battle.
Our choice is not to wait for the right opportunity.
Our choice is whether to enter the battle or not.
We must enter the battle now, alone and unsure.
7. What Spirit and Tactics are required?
THE SPIRIT OF LOVE AND FAITH, THE TACTICS OF
FASTING, DEMONSTRATIONS AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE.
Whenever there have been campaigns that led to
mass Rescue and Restoration, the Spirit was one of
selflessness, love, courage, justness and faith;
faith that if we embody the will of our Father to
the extreme, He will use us to move the mountain.
And the TACTICS WERE EXTREME, MATCHING THE EXTREME
FORCES OF DESTRUCTION. If we do not aggressively
employ these tactics we have chosen to let the
Genocide extermination prevail.
Darfur is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me,
and for you to exercise our humanity. Dr. King said,
“If a man does not know
what he will give his life for,
he is not fit to live.”
If we will not give our lives to stop Genocide then
what will we give our life for? If not now, when?
If not me, if not you, who?
We know what to do:
“Do unto others ALL that you would have them
do unto you.”
Let's do it.
More soon. Jay