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Catholic University students take action for Sudan
April 21, 2011

Catholic University students take action for Sudan
Jesuit Refugee Service urges the governments of Sudan and Southern Sudan to commit themselves to a non-violent resolution of their differences in light of the outcome of the referendum on independence. (Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)
(Washington, D.C.) April 21, 2011 — Earlier this year Jesuit Refugee Service/USA announced the creation of the first ever Action Team— The CUA/JRS Action Team — which has been hard at work supporting the advocacy priorities of JRS/USA. The six Catholic University of America seniors formed their Action Team in conjunction with a class project to do "peacebuilding" for Sudan. Peacebuilding, as opposed to peacekeeping or peacemaking efforts requires a focus on building up the individuals of a society rather than solely the major actors to promote a lasting peace.

Inspired by JRS’ peacebuilding efforts in Southern Sudan, the Action Team committed to promote awareness of the challenges facing the future country of Southern Sudan, raise money to support JRS Sudan's current peacebuilding programs, and advocate for the U.S. Government to maintain a strong humanitarian presence throughout Southern Sudan’s transition. Their hard work culminated in a series of events held in early April.
 
The events kicked off with a talk featuring JRS/USA's Policy Director, Mitzi Schroeder. Mitzi provided an overview of Sudan's history, highlighting recent events and the future prospects of the soon-to-be country of Southern Sudan. Mitzi also discussed JRS' dedication to peacebuilding in Southern Sudan through its multiple educational, conflict resolution, and income generation programs.
 
On the following day, the CUA/JRS Action Team held a brownie and cookie sale benefitting JRS Sudan. Aside from selling baked goods, the students engaged their table's visitors with information about Southern Sudan and the need for increased international attention and support throughout the transitional period.
 
In the coming weeks, the CUA/JRS Action Team will take their voices to Congress, urging their Members to continue to provide robust humanitarian support for Southern Sudan to promote stability and peaceful growth of the future country.
 
JRS/USA applauds the outstanding work of the CUA/JRS Action Team, and we look forward to working with more Teams in the future.

JRS Action Teams are groups of anywhere from three to 100 members that rally around their common concern for refugee and forcibly displaced persons, and their drive to effect positive social change in their local and global neighborhoods. These teams support JRS/USA’s advocacy efforts by forming a grassroots movement to inform, educate, and empower local communities to take action and demand responsible actions from the US government and beyond.

While teams vary in size, structure, and activities, they share the common goal to support JRS/USA’s advocacy efforts and refugee and forcibly displaced issues at large. Further, JRS Action Teams commit to meeting regularly and coordinating activities and events that promote a brighter future for our refugee brothers and sisters.

To form your own JRS Action Team, please contact Kim Miller at kmiller (at) jesuit.org.



Press Contact Information
Mr Christian Fuchs
communications@jrsusa.org
202-462-0400 ext. 5946