In their New York Times bestseller, Not On Our Watch, human rights activist John Prendergast and Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle focused the world’s attention on genocide in Sudan by offering readers strategies on how to take action to end the tragedies. Now this duo is back with a continued call to action: The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights Crimes, an empowering look at how people’s movements and inspired policies can stop genocide, child soldier recruitment, and rape as a war weapon in Africa.
As Prendergast and Cheadle describe, an “Enough Moment” is defined as that time when outrage triggers action and bystanders become “Upstanders,” or people who take action on behalf of others. But can ordinary citizens turn their Enough Moments into instruments of meaningful change? Prendergast and Cheadle say “yes,” illustrating with such examples:
• A high school student in Chicago started Youth United for Darfur to raise awareness of genocide.
• An eleven-year-old former child soldier in Uganda formed a group of others like him to aid in reconciliation.
• A seventy-eight-year-old retired educator in Seattle founded a coalition of churches and organizations to raise awareness and funds for humanitarian relief.
• A young Darfurian woman founded an association of women journalists that uses radios and phones to warn towns of militia groups in their area.
For readers who hear their Enough Moment calling, and for those who are already involved in the people’s movement, The Enough Moment offers a menu of fourteen action steps for change, including contacting Congress, alerting the media, and using social media to organize, to help become part of the solution.
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