Today over one million persecuted people are barely living in the Darfur region of Sudan. While governments debate and delay, many citizens of conscience like you have taken it upon themselves to get involved by contributing to relief organizations or writing letters to Congress and the media. But what if, unbeknownst to you, you’re also actually profiting from genocide!? Currently $91 billion in U.S. public pension funds are invested in firms operating in oil-rich Sudan. Among them are French, German, Chinese, and Swiss companies, and their activities are directly fueling the regime’s campaign of genocide. Take responsibility for your beliefs, your money, and the founding principles of our country. Investigate your own personal stock options and pension funds. Push your state’s public pension systemsand university endowments to divest the stock of any company operating in Sudan.
Divest Sudan has already accomplished legislative feats in New Jersey, and has most recently succeeded in getting California’s CalPERS— the nation’s largest public pension fund—to request information about Sudan dealings from the companies in its portfolio. It’s not enough, but it’s a start. Public pension money is our money and we have the right and the responsibility to decide where it goes.
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To find a list of public pension systems by state click here: http://www.divestterror.org/divestsudan/DOCS/Sudan%20Company%20Statistics.xls
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