With overseas crisis like the Sudan genocide, it's easy to feel helpless. I've seen some calls for action asking for letters to politicians telling them to do something, but I have to ask: do what? What can our politicians do.
Then I read this article by Leonard Pitts, of the Miami Herald. (I don't know why it's not on their site - he may not write all his columns for them.) The skinny is that the White House recently killed the Darfur Accountability Act, which would require sanctions on Sudan. I don't know if it's revivalbe, but it's worth trying. Sanctions aren't a miracle cure, but at least this would go beyond pronouncements unsupported by action or attempts at a UN resolution blocked by China.
Now I have to live up to my words and write my senators and representative about this.