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Written by John PrendergastAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by John Prendergast and Don CheadleAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Don Cheadle

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • On Sale: September 7, 2010
  • Price: $14.99
  • ISBN: 978-0-307-46482-8 (0-307-46482-2)
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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.

In The Enough Moment, Prendergast and Cheadle explain how a cocktail of hope, anger, citizen activism, social networking, compassion, celebrities, faith in action, and globalization are all coming together to produce the beginnings of a mass movement against human rights crimes.

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.

In addition to providing action steps, Prendergast and Cheadle also connect with well-known and influential people to discuss how they have been moved to action by their Enough Moments. Interviews in The Enough Moment include:
• Sheryl Crow• Ryan Gosling
• Angelina Jolie• Ben Affleck
• Madeleine Albright• Tracy McGrady
• Nicholas Kristof• Iman
• Mariska Hargitay • Joel Madden and Nicole Richie
• Ann Curry • Robin Wright
• Mia Farrow • Emile Hirsch

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 us become part of the solution.

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