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am i not human? olympic "switch over" campaign  

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Don't boycott watching the Olympics! Just boycott the commercials. The email below received from Dream for Darfur tells you how to participate in the "switch over" campaign!

As the world prepares to watch the 2008 Olympics in August, we can't forget about the atrocities committed in Darfur. Yet it seems many Olympic corporate sponsors are trying to do just that.

Click here to tell the Olympic sponsors to help end genocide in Darfur.

In just 43 days, China and the Olympic sponsors will kick off the Beijing Olympics. With your help, Dream for Darfur will make sure the world, the sponsors, and specifically China do not forget about the people of Darfur.

We are excited to tell you about
our new campaign, 'Switch Over to Darfur,' which will help keep the pressure on China and Olympic sponsors leading up to the Games in Beijing.

Click here to check out the new campaign and take the 'Switch Over' pledge.

Last Friday, advocates held nationwide protests outside the offices of Olympic sponsors that have remained silent about the genocide in Darfur. These events were covered by
the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, and many other media outlets.

We believe that the privileges of Olympic sponsorship come with responsibilities. Sponsors are eager for access to China's consumers and have been working to enhance China's image as Olympic host. Sponsors are also associating themselves with all the positive values represented by the Games -- but not working to uphold those values. When asked to take action for Darfur, 16 out of 19 top Olympic sponsors chose to remain silent.

On the new 'Switch Over' website, you can let the Olympic corporate sponsors know that you intend to ignore companies that ignore Darfur.

Pledge to Switch Over from the commercials of select sponsors during the Games, and tune into Darfur starting August 8 by watching our 'Alternative Opening Ceremony' and then Mia Farrow's 'Darfur Olympics' broadcast from a Darfurian refugee camp during the first full week of the Games.

To learn more and join the campaign, visit the Switch Over website -- and pledge to help keep the spotlight on Darfur during the Games.We will keep you posted on our campaign as the Olympics near.

** Sojourner's Place joins other bloggers on this 27th day of each month in recognition of the symbolic importance of the Olympic Games and in denunciation of human rights violations across the world and specifically China, the host of this year's games.

Information & Resources:

@ Previous Posts from Sojourner's Place

@ Roots of Humanity: Am I Not Human? Headquarters

@ Dream for Darfur

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8 sojourners hollin' back

I'm not much of an Olympic-watcher, so boycotting the entire event and commercials won't be hard.

I've always found the games to be boring for some reason.

June 27, 2008 at 4:40 PM

I hear you - but, I've grown up watching the Olympics. So this was going to be really hard for me to boycot the entire games. This allows me to support our athletes and protest at the same time.

June 27, 2008 at 4:46 PM


Please encourage your readers to check out the petitions being circulated by One.Org.

I am a member and there is important legislation that we have been able to have influence over. Dafur is one of the countries that will benefit from the effort.

June 27, 2008 at 9:53 PM

Much obliged MLD - will do!

June 27, 2008 at 10:19 PM

The links are taking me to Comcast for some reason. If this is not you then it is Comcast and I'm going to kill them.

June 28, 2008 at 12:22 AM

Cooper - my bad...links are now fixed. Much obliged for the heads up.

June 28, 2008 at 10:12 AM

I am part of another campaign which is similar to the Switch Over to Darfur Campaign and it also targets the corporate sponsors. Check it out here: If your interested please join. Thanks

July 11, 2008 at 3:00 PM

@ Andrew, much obliged for the info and link. This is much needed information for this all important campaign and movement.

July 11, 2008 at 10:24 PM
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