Jewish Group Organizes L.A. March Against Darfur Violence

June 8, 2009

Author: Ari B. Bloomekatz

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beliefs8-2009jun08,0,2876658.story

Rabbi Ted Riter of Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks told throngs of demonstrators Sunday that it was important to rally against the deadly violence in Sudan because one day the marchers' grandchildren will ask: Where were you?

"We . . . made a promise to our ancestors to never forget," Riter said, referring to a commitment by fellow Jews not to let atrocities such as the Holocaust go unchallenged.

The crowd gathered as part of the third annual Walk for Darfur, a roughly three-mile march and educational fair sponsored by Southern California-based Jewish World Watch. It was held at Pierce College Farm Center in the western San Fernando Valley and drew about 2,000 people, most of whom came from Los Angeles-area synagogues.

Many marchers carried signs that read "Stop Killing in Darfur," "Save Darfur," and "Never Again: Now." Others hung orange postcards around their necks with information about a refugee on one side and a message on the other urging President Obama to lead an international peace effort.