President Jealous, George Clooney, Others Arrested During Protest at Sudanese Embassy
UPDATE: President Jealous was released from jail this afternoon after being charged with civil disobedience for protesting at the Sudanese Embassy.
NAACP President & CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous was arrested on March 16 in a protest outside of the Sudanese Embassy. The protest was in support of the country of Sudan, whose President, Omar al-Bashir, has issued a blockade on food and humanitarian aid.
The protest aimed at bringing international to Sudan's crisis. Also arrested at the protest were actor and activist George Clooney, Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Jim Moran (D-VA), United to End Genocide President Tom Andrews, activist Martin Luther King III, Jewish Council for Public Affairs President Rabbi Steve Gutow, and ENOUGH co-founder John Prendergast. The group was arrested for civil disobedience in light of their protest against the Sudanese governments’ actions against innocent civilians in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.
Half a million people in Sudan face starvation as a result of al-Bashir's actions.
More than one hundred activists joined President Jealous, the NAACP and other activists in protest of Sudan's human rights crisis.
For updates on the ongoing issue, please www.naacp.org or President Jealous' Facebook page.