Kimberly Wilkerson: Support helpful

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— On March 28, several Colorado Mountain College Amnesty International Club members and CMC faculty member Bob Gumbrecht traveled to Grand Junction for meetings at the offices of U.S. Rep. John Salazar and Sen. Ken Salazar to ask them to send a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urging the State Department to keep up diplomatic pressure to ensure the success of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Darfur.

They had successful meetings with staff members, and the club members did a great job in communicating the need for our government to do whatever it can to stop the horrific situation there. Local Amnesty International chapters all across the country have been meeting with their respective representatives and senators to get this message to Secretary Rice. They are hopeful that the Salazars will agree to send the letter, and they should have a response from the congressmen soon.

A big part of the appeal in their meetings were petitions - they presented the Salazar brothers' staffs with more than 200 signatures from the CMC Alpine Campus community (and more from the high school as well) that the club members had gathered during the past few weeks.

If you signed the petition, thank you. Your support of our students' efforts to stop the killing in Darfur is very helpful and much appreciated.

Kimberly Wilkerson

Steamboat Springs

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