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|Wednesday, June 11th, 2008|
Just wishing to inform you that alot of Free Burma people will be holding anti-olympic events on August 8. The reasons for this are because of China´s un-wavering support for the millitary junta. Also some people are against the olympics due to China´s poor at best human rights history.
I know that I will be helping the event in Dallas (It should be at City Hall)
But just wanting to pass the idea around so that more Free Burma Communities around the world can hear of this idea.
If you don´t know of an event in your area, you can always host one yourself :p Make it a protest, or a party, just do something.
I´ve also got a suspicion that this community is dead....replay to prove me wrong_
|Thursday, May 8th, 2008|
THIS SATURDAY, MAY 10, 3-5 PM
1627 Pacific Ave (between Akard and Bryan), Dallas
More information on how to get there: http://www.thanksgiving.org/map.html
We will hold a multi-denominational prayer service this Saturday. Donations are encouraged and will be sent to organizations on the ground in Burma such as UNICEF.
For more information, please contact James Orrock at 214-354-2256, or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Saturday, May 3rd, 2008|
Sorry for getting this to you late.....
"Thank you all for your kind support. Since there is another event going on next to our originally planned location, we decided to move our event to the new location as follows. I'm very sorry if this brings any inconvenience for you. Time: 2:30pm - 5:00pm, Saturday, May 3, 2008
Location: Ferris Plaza, 306 S Houston St , Dallas, TX 75202
It is about 4-5 blocks away from our original planed location, here is its website. http://www.dallasarchitecture.info/ferrisplaza.htm
Below is a outline of the events for your reference:
2:30 pm to 2:50 pm: Ceremony of symbolic Human Rights Torch Relay.
We welcome you all to participate in this ceremony.
2:50 pm to 3:00 pm: musical performance
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm: Representatives from NGOs, local community leaders, and government officials address to the audience along with some musical performance. (We have about 15 speakers, so please make your speech between 3-5 minutes)
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm: walk/parade around the park to symbolize the Torch Relay. "
So show up if you can :)
|Friday, January 18th, 2008|
ESL Materials in Karen
Hi everyone! Sorry if this is inappropriate to post here, but I thought some of you might be able to help.
I work at a refugee resettlement agency and I am currently putting together a tutoring program with volunteers at a local library. The majority of our recently arrived families are from Burma, but I am having a problem finding teaching materials in Karen. If anyone has any suggestions or can point me in the right direction, I would really appreciate it.
|Sunday, December 16th, 2007|
Hey so I'm knew here and what not but have been quite active with the US Campaign for Burma.
One of the ideas that is circulating in my committee is to send letters both to Aung San Suu Kyi and to the Military Generals.
Here is Aung San Suu Kyi's Address....(a pre-written letter is shown below in case you can't think of anything to say *personally i'd try and make it more personal....)
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
54 University Avenue
The recent events in your esteemed country have been brought to our attention through the mass media and other ways through people who have witnessed the events. We hereby express our solidarity with the people of your country, in their earnest aspirations for peace, prosperity, and self-determination.
We have also written to the military officers of the State Peace and Development Council with an appeal from our hearts, that they assure us and all members of the international community of their cooperation on the following items:
1.) Put an end to the acts and policies that increase and/or aggravate the suffering of your people, especially unwarranted arrests, imprisonment, and torture of even those who have only expressed their views in peaceful ways, including Buddhist monks and laypersons.
2.) Release all of those who have been arrested and imprisoned especially in the last few weeks in the wake of the events of September, and stop all acts of physical and psychological repression of those still detained, including Buddhist monks and laypersons.
3.) Undertake steps toward national reconciliation and dialogue with all significant sectors of your society, ensuring wide participation toward determining the best ways of moving forward together to bring about peace, socio-economic development, and prosperity.
In these steps toward national reconciliation and dialogue, we acknowledge your pivotal role, and wish to express our wholehearted support for you in this regard.
On our part, we also assure you that we will continue to pay attention to what is happening in your esteemed country, and will do our best to support those efforts toward peace and reconciliation and self-determination based on the wide participation of your populace. We will convey this intention to our communities, and keep vigil with you in this regard.
We will also continue to communicate these intentions to international leaders through the United Nations, and also to our local, regional, and national leaders, including the elected representatives and Senators in the US Congress, and to the President of the United States, to ensure that you will be supported by the international community in this process of reconciliation and restoration of peace and of furthering the socio-economic development of your esteemed country for the benefit of your people.
To send this letter, it should cost about 90 cents (make sure that it ways .5 ounces or less.....) and write Air Mail in Red. or use the stickers that are free at the post office box. I would also write your address and see if you get written back, my friend did that a couple years ago and received a letter....
And now the Generals
State Peace and Development Council (SPDC)
Attn: Senior General Than Shwe and Generals of the Military Junta
Ministry of Defense
The recent events in your esteemed country have brought to our attention through he mass media and other ways through people who have witnessed the events.We the undersigned hereby with to express our solidarity with the people of your country, int heir earnest aspirations for peace, prosperity, and self-determination.
We therefore appeal to your from our hearts, to assure us and all members of the international community of your cooperation on the following items.
1.) Please put an end to the acts and policies that increase and/or aggravate the suffering of your people, especially unwarranted arrests, imprisonment, and torture of even those who have only expressed their views in peaceful ways, including Buddhist monks and laypersons.
2.) Please release all of those who have been arrested and imprisoned especially in the last few weeks in the wake of the events of September, and stop all acts of physical and psychological repression of those still detained, including Buddhist monks laypersons.
3.) Please undertake steps toward national reconciliation and dialogue with all significant sectors of your society, ensuring wide participation toward determining the best ways of moving forward together to bring about peace, socio-economic development and prosperity.
On our part, we assure you that we will continue to pay attention to what is happening in your esteemed country, and will do our best to support those efforts toward peace and reconciliation and self-determination based on the wide participation of your populace. We will convey this intention to our communities, and keep vigil with you in this regard.
We will also continue to communicate these intentions to international leaders through the United Nations, and also to our local, regional, and national leaders including the elected representatives and Senators in the US Congress, and to the President of the United States, to ensure that you will be supported by the international community in this process of reconciliation and restoration of peace, and of furthering the socio-economic development of your esteemed country for the benefit of your people.
Same deal of 90 cents, air mail in red, one thing though was that the person who wrote this letter said that you did not need to write the zip code on the general letters as that would be like us writing a letter to the president of the united states, and is apparently not needed. Current Mood: hopeful
|Sunday, November 11th, 2007|
I'm making T-shirts with the general theme of "Free Burma" to wear around school in an attempt to raise awareness. I'm running out of ideas, though. T_T If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear! Current Mood: artistic
|Monday, November 5th, 2007|
Just joined, some suggestions
I am very glad to have found this community, and glad that activism continues for the people of Burma! I have a close Burmese friend who still has family over there and I would love to see democracy within this generation.
In the words of the protesting monks, may we be free from torture, may peace reside in your hearts and minds.
The U.S. Campaign for Burma http://www.uscampaignforburma.org/index.html
has lots of great information, petitions, and a collection of news articles from papers around the world on the country.
Some things one can do to assist Burma:
1. Use a search engine that supports charities with each click, paid for by advertisers (such as http://www.goodsearch.com
, which I use) and designate the profits for a Burma-related charity such as the US Campaign for Burma.
2. Visit Amnesty International online http://www.amnestyusa.org/Myanmar_Burma/Action/page.do?id=YCA0955109000E&n1=3&n2=30&n3=955
and sign on to some of their letters and petitions on behalf of political prisoners in Burma and for Burma's trade partners to pressure the regime to allow democratic change. Human Rights Watch and similar organizations probably have similar activities.
3. Write a letter to the editor of one's local paper concerning Burma and encouraging people to take action. I have a sample letter which I wrote and submitted to a couple papers here in the San Francisco Bay Area which I'd be happy to send anyone who would like a letter writing guide.
4. Encourage your Senators and Representatives (if you are American) to support Rep. Lantos' JADE act, HR 3890, restricting the importation of Burmese jewelry, denying visas for junta members to visit the U.S. and freezing their assets abroad.
Reposted from my own journal:
I've decided to support the Stop Burma's JADE (Junta's Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act - H.R. 3890, introduced a few weeks ago by Rep. Tom Lantos. The U.S. Campaign for Burma supported the resolution right away, but I had a few reservations as I don't usually give knee-jerk support for economic sanctions as sometimes they end up harming ordinary businesspeople and workers who have little say in their governments' policies. However, the JADE act is specifically targeted towards jewelry gem production, an industry owned by a Burmese government monopoly. According to Burmese human rights groups within the country, only the government and not private enterprise will be penalized.
Maung Maung, a Burmese human rights activist, expressed his support for the JADE act recently in a Washington Post article by Nora Boustany.
Description from the Post article of the bill's provisions:
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Link for Americans to find the email pages for their Congressional representatives: http://www.house.gov/writerep/
Email I have written to Representative Stark on the issue:
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5. Donate to a well-known and respected humanitarian organization, such as Mercy Corps, which performs relief work and community-building projects in Burma.
|Monday, September 3rd, 2007|
|Wednesday, August 29th, 2007|
Walter Koenig (Star Trek's "Pavel Chekov") at the Mae Tao Clinic on the Thailand-Burma border
"Enough is enough."
Celebrities Join the US Campaign for Burma to Call for Action on Burma at the UN Security Council
Eric Szmanda (Greg Sanders on CBS’ Emmy-winning “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov in the “Star Trek” TV series and films) recently visited the Thailand-Burma border with Jeremy Woodrum, US Campaign for Burma Campaigns Director.
Meeting refugees and valiant aid workers trying to help the people of Burma, they expressed shock over the extensive nature of the atrocities, as well their lack of previous knowledge. Both are eager to get more people in involved in the fight. "One and a half million people have been forced from their homes, women are systematically raped, men and children have been forced into slave labor. It's time to say 'enough is enough',” said Szmanda.
**This article was taken from http://www.uscampaignforburma.org/**
|Friday, August 24th, 2007|
Burma cracks down as fuel protests gather pace· Armed police intervene to break up demonstration
· Widespread hardship as gas price rises 500%
Last Sunday 400 demonstrators marched through Rangoon to express their anger at the surprise increase in fuel prices a week ago. Natural gas prices rose by 500% while petrol and diesel almost doubled, forcing a huge rise in public transport fares. The fare rise hit poor labourers particularly hard, swallowing up to half their daily income. Other prices have begun to increase as a result, fuelling an inflation rate of around 40%.
No explanation was given for the price rises. But analysts believe the junta's order for ministries to boost revenues was down both to economic mismanagement and the crippling $1bn (£500m) construction bill for the new capital.
Anger over the economic situation has been growing, with a number of small protests taking place since February despite the risk of torture and imprisonment.
A new group, the Myanmar Development Committee, concerned solely with the economy rather than democratic freedoms, has emerged. Three of its leaders were among those seized in the raids, along with five student activists.
The seven people seized from the 88 Student Generation group represent perhaps the regime's greatest concern because they appeared to be uniting the disparate opposition.
Sunai Thasuk, a Burma consultant for Human Rights Watch, believes the economic crisis matches that of two decades ago. "The conditions that led to the crackdown in 1988 are very similar to those now," he said. "We've got hyper-inflation but the people continue to be robbed by the regime. People are extremely angry. Potentially we could see a chain reaction. That's why we've seen this very harsh reaction against the leaders."
Also posted in powerswitch
|Sunday, June 17th, 2007|
Comix, Activism, Lobbying (uk)
Environmental justice activism through the sequential arts of comix. 'Read By / Best Before End'
is an exciting new project I hope to debut in August at Caption
and Climate Camp
. Its an anthology aimed at bringing together people who have never drawn comix before and those who have. I'm also looking for a co-ordinating team. If you're interested in utilising the potential of what comics can achieve have a look here.
|Saturday, June 16th, 2007|
Birthday Action for Aung San Suu Kyi
Free Aung San Suu Kyi – 62nd Birthday Action
On Tuesday 19th June, Aung San Suu Kyi will celebrate her 62nd birthday. But she will be celebrating another birthday alone, under house arrest. Burma’s brutal military dictatorship defied calls from the UN, USA, EU and ASEAN to release her and extended her detention under house arrest on 25 May. She is now in her 12th year of detention. She isn't allowed to see family or friends as all visitors are banned and her phone line is cut.
Take action to help free Aung San Suu Kyi!
Protest in London
Come and join the Burmese community in London and add your voice:
10 Downing Street,
Nearest tube: Westminster
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street,
London SW1A 2AH
Nearest tube: Westminster
19a Charles St, London W1J 5DX.
Nearest tube: Green Park.
Send a birthday card to Aung San Suu Kyi!
Send a card to Aung San Suu Kyi and show your support on her birthday.
Please send cards to Aung San Suu Kyi's home address in Burma:
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
54 University Avenue
Postage costs from UK:
20g = 78p
(most cards do not weigh more than 20g)
40g = £1.17
If you are outside the UK, activities are being planned in many other countries. Visit http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/links.html
to contact the Burma Campaign group in your country and see what they are planning. Current Mood: awake
|Friday, October 6th, 2006|
If you’re the type of person who needs a good reason to send fruit to politicians, the Burma Campaign have been offering one this week. They’re asking people to post pineapples (fresh, tinned or dried!) to Margaret Beckett to highlight Britain’s hypocrisy over Burma. Whilst the European Union has recently banned EU companies from investing in a Burmese pineapple juice factory, details emerge about UK plc’s investment in Burma’s lucrative oil, gas and timber industries. British territories like Bermuda act as a back door for shedloads of illegal foreign investment to boot and assisted by the fuel of the free market (the widespread abuse of human-rights, slave labour and draconian state control), businesses have been doing very nicely. Britain has been the second biggest sugar daddy - propping up the regime with a tidy $1.8 billion in investment since 1988.
Take oil barons Unocal and Total, who both funnelled their cash through British territories in an attempt to get round the 1997 US ban on Burmese investment. Their behaviour when building an oil pipeline resulted in the companies being the first ever to be sued for genocidal behaviour abroad (not that they admitted it of course, merely oiled the wheels of justice with a big payout - See SchNEWS 524
). Other similar practices are sucking Burma dry of its natural resources with little fuss being made about it in the western mainstream. The logging trade has left Burma with the third largest deforestation rate in the world and forty planned hydro power projects threaten not only the people but will also have dire consequences for the local environment.
Whether giving Margaret ‘can you name anything I’ve ever done in politics’ Beckett a juicy mailbag will help matters is unclear, as we’re sure she’ll just smoothie it over. But anything to raise awareness and push Burma up the priority ladder would be most welcome.
For more see www.burmacampaign.org.uk/pineapple.html
* Just for interest’s sake, plenty of other high-street multinationals also have greedy fingers in the ‘what sanctions?’ pie, including Daewoo, Proctor & Gamble, Suzuki, Sony, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Toshiba, Acer, Lacoste, Compaq, Abercrombie, Black & Decker, Hitachi, Samsung, Sta travel, Harrods, Hobbs and Lillywhites...and the list goes on...
|Monday, October 2nd, 2006|
for those of you in the UK, tonight's Dispatches slot on Channel 4 (8pm - 9pm) features a documentary about Burma entitled Burma's Secret War.
The following details are from The Burma Campaign UK plus some further campaign info( moreCollapse ) Current Mood: calm
|Friday, June 30th, 2006|
Tourism in Burma
Have any of you been to Burma? Do you support the boycott of tourism in Burma? Do you think the tourism boycott is affecting the junta? Why, or why not?
I was there for 3 weeks in March and April of this year and it was an amazing experience. Burma is completely different from anything I've ever seen. I would visit again, and I would encourage others to visit Burma responsibly.
|Sunday, June 18th, 2006|
Action in honour of Aung San Suu Kyi's birthday.
From the Burma Campaign UK:
FREE AUNG SAN SUU KYI - 61st BIRTHDAY ACTION
On Monday 19th June Aung San Suu Kyi will be spending her 61st birthday
under house arrest. She is allowed no visitors, her phone line is cut, her
post intercepted and she is being denied proper access to medical care.
TAKE ACTION TO FREE AUNG SAN SUU KYI!
Protest in London: Monday 19th June: 12.30-2pm, Burmese Embassy, 19a Charles
St, W1J 5DX. Nearest tube: Green Park.
Take action from anywhere in the world.
for information on
sending a birthday card to Aung San Suu Kyi, and emailing the regime
demanding her release. Current Mood: busy
|Friday, June 9th, 2006|
|Wednesday, June 7th, 2006|
From the latest CSW press release, more troubling news from Burma.
KILLINGS AND FORCED LABOUR CONTINUE IN KAREN STATE AS BURMA ARMY CAPTURES CIVILIANS
The Burma Army is continuing its offensive in Karen State, the biggest since 1997. Eyewitnesses report further killings, burning of villages, the capture of civilians, including children, and the use of forced labour.
According to the latest reports from the Free Burma Rangers, a relief team working in eastern Burma, the number of displaced people in Karen State has risen to over 18,000. In one area, over 800 civilians have been captured and forced to work as porters for the military, along with over 1,000 prisoners.
In the latest reported attack, Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 362 attacked and burned Ger Baw Kee village in northwestern Muthraw District on 2 June. The previous day, Naw Yo Hta and Kay Pu villages suffered a third day of mortar attacks, by three Burma Army battalions. Escaped porters have reported that the Burma Army has plans to expand the operation even further, by attacking Myaunglebin, Toungoo and Muthraw Districts. The Burma Army is moving at least two divisions closer to those areas. ( Read more...Collapse )
|Monday, May 29th, 2006|
|Wednesday, May 17th, 2006|