August 26-27 in Des Moines, Iowa
Be a part of this historic event as we unite in creating a
New and better future for the peoples of Sudan and South Sudan.
The history of the peoples of Sudan and South Sudan is filled with conflicts that have allowed certain groups in the north to dominate the majority of the peoples, oppress them and marginalize them, pitting region against region, people against people. Peace and security have been undermined. Lives, liberty, and property have all been lost.
In very recent times, South Sudan was able to gain independence from Sudan. This brought freedom to some of the oppressed peoples. Yet within South Sudan, the impact of regional conflicts along with the influence of the Khartoum regime remain strong and prevent progress; while in the north, the separation of South Sudan from Sudan has led to the dramatically increased oppression of many ethnic groups within Sudan. First, there was genocide in Darfur. Now, horrors have come to the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, and Eastern Sudan. These atrocities must be stopped.
Each people may fight its own battles alone or many may become stronger as one. We believe that the only path to a bright future is through unity.
Therefore, we believe that it is time to unite our efforts to improve the lives of all of the peoples of Sudan and South Sudan. We are joining together to create a new representative body to help lead us forward. In order to accomplish this great task, we need you, as a leader of your community, to join us in Des Moines, Iowa on August 26 and 27, 2012 for the first gathering of the United Sudanese and South Sudanese Communities Association (USASSCA).
United Sudanese and South Sudanese Communities Association (USASSCA) aims to promote:
- Unity and Empowerment by:
- Involving all of the regional, political, and ethnic organizations and associations who are interested in working together.
- Serving as the central coordinating body of pro-democracy organizations in Sudan and South Sudan.
- Providing a coherent and united voice for pro-democracy Sudanese and South Sudanese in the diaspora.
- Building communication and cooperation between regional and ethnic groups as well as political and military organizations.
- Empowering the civil and societal organizations that form the basis of healthy nations.
- Engagement of Sudanese and South Sudanese community leaders around the world by:
- Strengthening the connection and involvement of community leaders and intellectuals in the diaspora to the development of the governmental, educational, societal, cultural and economic institutions of Sudan and South Sudan.
- Engaging in leadership development in all of the geographic regions of Sudan and South Sudan as well as in the diaspora.
- Development of Needed Programs and Institutions by:
- Developing strategies for and establish a stabile system of fundraising.
- Allocating funding according to determined priorities.
- Strategies to resolve the ongoing humanitarian crisis by:
- Creating an efficient central conduit to enable interaction between Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the Sudanese and South Sudanese peoples in the region and in the diaspora.
- Providing Education about Sudan and South Sudan to a variety of constituencies.
- Preparing and disseminating authoritative and accurate news to the media.
At a later point, USASSCA may consider forming a separate lobbying organization to:
- Develop and implement a political strategy for working with foreign governments and international institutions.
- Conduct Lobbying in Washington, D.C.
The gathering and events to form USASSCA will be hosted by regional and national leaders of major Sudanese and South Sudanese diaspora organizations as well as by some of the leaders from the Sudanese and South Sudanese communities within those countries. The conference will feature speeches by the major leaders and the election of officers to the first Congress of Sudanese and South Sudanese Peoples. The USASSCA gathering is being held in Des Moines in conjunction with the Help Nuba conference which will include representatives of anti-genocide advocacy and relief organizations concerned with the crises ongoing in the many regions of Sudan and South Sudan today.
Help Nuba is an organization led by representatives of the Nuba, Darfur, and South Sudanese communities along with activists and others who are concerned with the plight of those suffering in Sudan and South Sudan. Help Nuba includes representatives of the UN Association of Iowa, Catholic, Jewish, Presbyterian and Episcopal religious and community leaders, one of the 2011 Carl Wilken’s Fellows of United to End Genocide and a growing number of supporters from around the United States along with members of the Sudanese and South Sudanese communities from around the world.
The USASSCA conference is by invitation only. If you would like to be included, please contact one of the members of the steering committee at this link.