If all goes according to plan, Ruth Messinger will be cuffed and booked in a matter of minutes in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington for protesting genocide in Darfur. Unlike Roger Toussaint’s anticlimactic march to the pen, it’s hard to find fault today with Messinger, President of the American Jewish World Service, co-founder of the Save Darfur Coalition and sacrificial lamb to Rudy in the 97 mayoral election. This time Messinger is sacrificing herself to perhaps a nobler cause, as the incessant tragedy in the Sudan too often falls off our radar screens.
“We must not stand idly by and let the violence continue,” Messinger said in a statement. “We are a community that knows well the dangers of silence. We’re here today to demand that America pays attention.”