Saving the Save Darfur Rally

You know the Save Darfur cause has gathered steam when people rally in Miami, a place where political activism (except the anti-Castro kind) goes to die.

Perhaps unsurprisingly then, finding Thursday's rally for Darfur at the county government center downtown took a little doing. Originally planned for the outdoor plaza, rain drove the rally inside. No outdoor signs mentioned the change and no one was there to direct people. "I've been standing here for ten minutes," said a damp Pat Johnson.

Once inside, Johnson warmed up. Around 100 people, perhaps half of them teenagers with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation held signs or just listened from the few dozen folding chairs. County Commissioner Katy Sorenson and others were slated to speak. There would be music and singing. There were flyers to read, petitions to sign.

Outside, shielded from the rain by the elevated tri-rail tracks, the business of Miami continued oblivious to the rally. A small crowd gawked at a leggy blonde under klieg lights as a fashion photographer shouted directions. -Rob Jordan

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