Wednesday, November 21, 2007
This Thanksgiving, please sign this petition put together by Avaaz.org calling for a boycott of Chevron, Total, and all other oil companies related to the Yadana Pipeline in Burma. Forward this on to your friends, relatives and associates.
Monday, November 12, 2007
TOTAL OUT OF BURMA DAY OF ACTION
Saturday 24 November 2007
Protest at TOTAL petrol stations around the UK
TOTAL OIL: FUELLING OPPRESSION IN BURMA
French oil company TOTAL is the fourth largest oil company in the world and Europe's largest investor in Burma. TOTAL is in a joint venture with Burma's dictatorship in the Yadana gas project in southern Burma, which earns the regime hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Since the violent crackdown against demonstrators in Burma in October, TOTAL has been lobbying the French government to keep oil and gas out of tighter EU sanctions against the regime. So far it has been successful.
Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's democracy leader, has said that "TOTAL is the biggest supporter of the military regime in Burma".
With the media's attention waning, TOTAL thinks it has weathered the storm of public outrage. Now is the time to show them it's only just beginning - join the TOTAL out of Burma Day of Action.
Tell us you're interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
See what's been happening and what's planned: http://www.totaloutofburma.blogspot.com
HOW TO JOIN THE DAY OF ACTION There are two ways to take part in the day of action:
1. Join a garage protest. Email your name and location to email@example.com or call 07939 975 085 and we'll try to match you with a local protest (previous protests have already occurred in Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Oxford & St Albans). As protests are confirmed we'll add them to the blog: http://www.totaloutofburma.blogspot.com.
2. Organise your own action - there are several hundred TOTAL petrol stations in the UK to choose from. Follow these three easy steps:
a. Find your local TOTAL garage using the handy Service Station Finder at http://www.total.co.uk or check the google map of UK TOTAL garages being created at http://tinyurl.com/2ftvdf.
b. Get some simple visual materials together, plus some leaflets or petitions, and publicise it to your friends, contacts and local press. If you want the details listed publicly (e.g. on the blog) email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Paul on 07939 975 085.
c. Hold the protest! Take some pictures, post a report on Indymedia.org.uk and send the link to email@example.com. Plus write to TOTAL's head office telling them what you've been up to.
Basic placard designs, petitions, leaflets and a model press release are downloadable from: http://www.totaloutofburma.blogspot.com.
The Human Rights Situation
History, Politics, and International Support
Guest Speaker Aung Din, Policy Director and
Co-Founder of the U.S. Campaign for Burma
Tuesday, November 13
WCL Room 528
Lunch will be served
Aung Din served over four years behind bars as a political prisoner in Burma after organizing and helping to lead the country’s nationwide pro-democracy uprising in 1988 as Vice Chairperson of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), the largest national student organization and outlawed by the regime.
Sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Protest Total in Burma
Wednesday, November 7th 2007 8:00AM - 6:00PM EST.
Join now in our TOTAL PROTEST through FAX and PHONE and EMAIL
Burma Global Action Network is holding a protest of Total through faxes and phone calls on Wednesday, November 7th, during the release of Total’s third quarter earnings. Total Corp. holds a 31.2% share in the Yadana natural gas project. According to theBurma Global Action Network, Total pays large sums in gas royalties to the current military junta. Protesters are demanding that the corporation place these royalties in escrow for the legitimate elected government of Burma, headed by Aung San Suu Kyi. These funds are allegedly being pocketed by the military leaders.
In addition to the escrow, protesters will also be asking Total to increase contributions to humanitarian efforts in Burma through accredited non-government organizations.
Calls and faxes to the U.S. Headquarters office in New Jersey will be placed from 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time).
If you have more questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ORVisit our Facebook group: http://oberlin.facebook.com
Youtube Video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=bwPNxy9YB9E
Callers are being advised to speak to a live person within Investor Relations to register their concern, protesting Total’s activity in Burma and asking that they put the royalty money in escrow for the elected government of Burma or sell their stake in the Yadana project.Below is the contact info for each Total office throughout the world.
Investor Relations North America
Total American Services, Inc.
100 Pavonia Avenue, Suite 401
Jersey City, N.J. 07310USA
Tel.: +1 201 626 3500
Fax: +1 201 626 4004
2, place de la Coupole
La Défense 692078 Paris
La Défense Cedex
Tel.: + 33 (0) 1 47 44 45 46
Investor Relations France
Direction de la Communication Financière/Investor Relations
2, place de la Coupole
La Défense 692078 Paris
La Défense Cedex
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 44 58 53
Fax: +33 (0)1 47 44 58 24
Monday, November 5, 2007
We are getting together tomorrow (Tuesday November 6) to pack and send our panties to the Burmese military generals. We will write notes on them, and then have them boxed and Fedexed for delivery to the BurmeseEmbassy on Friday November 9. (see below for info onthe global action)
Time: 8:15 pm-9:15 pm
Location: Georgetown University, New North 311http://explore.georgetown.edu/locations/index.cfm?Action=View&LocationID=26
Please bring friends and female undies. Our goal is to have about 200 panties. So we are asking each one of your to to bring about 5 to 10. THE MORE THE BETTER!
If you can come, send us an email.
Hnin Hnin (email@example.com)
Alex ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Don't forget to check out the Panties for Peace game:http://readyaimvote.com/pantiesforpeace/readyaimvote.swf
Thursday, November 1, 2007
November 07 2007, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Aung Din, policy director, U.S. Campaign for Burma
There will be a Candle Light Vigil in Frederick Community College to support and pray for the freedom of Burma on November 2, 2007 at 7:00 -> 8:00 P.M. There will be a short speech about the present situation of our homeland on that day.
Please spread the word and come to support. Your present will be highly meaningful.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Now more than ever, people in Burma need to know that they are not alone in their struggle for freedom and human rights. The military junta waits for the international pressure for political change that has followed the brutal crackdown on peaceful demonstrations last month to dissipate. We cannot let this happen.
Join us on November 4, 2007 at the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington , D.C . from 5:00 -7:30 pm. Come hear and be moved by personal stories and reflections from people who have been deeply involved in the Burma Struggle. Come honor the many faces of this struggle.
In 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to a crowd at this site. Join us in delivering our message of compassion and hope to the world in support of a free and democratic Burma .
Please feel free to share this announcement with others.
Use Your Liberty to Promote Ours
- Aung San Suu Kyi
The Burmese regime is not only brutal but very superstitious. The generals believe that if a man has contact with a woman's panties or sarong they are robbed of their power or "hpon". Here's your chance to help end Military Rule in Burma.
Women, it's time to clean out the closet! And men, just grab a few undies from your friend, girlfriend/wife, or mom! MAIL YOUR PANTIES TO THE EMBASSY OF MYANMAR. Make sure they get there on Friday November 9, 2007. Wewant maximum impact!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Our meetings are every Wednesday night at 8:10pm in Kay Basement. For more information, contact AUBurma[at]gmail[dot]com.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
On Wednesday, the Nobel Peace Prize recipients jointly requested that the United Nations take immediate action to guarantee the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest. She is the only imprisoned Nobel laureate.
Read more of the story here, and visit the Nobel Women's Initiative site here.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Demand that the International Community take action immediately!
Demonstrate to the people of Burma that you support them!
Free Burma Rally
We will mark the one-month anniversary of the Burmese Military Junta’s
crackdown on the peaceful monks and demonstrators of Burma.
Fri, 26 Oct 2007 at 1pm
At the U.S. State Department (2201 C Street NW, Washington D.C. 20520)
Members of the Burmese community from GA, NC, VA, IN,
OH, PA, NY, MD & Washington, D.C. will join this event.
571.235.4035 or 301.520.4160
Thursday, October 18, 2007
DCIC is very pleased to have two high profile leaders of the 'Democracy Movement in Burma' gracing our event. They will be presenting an up-to-date insiders talk on the ongoing struggle with the Burmese authorities.
Join us on Saturday October 20th for an unforgettable evening and share the sumptuous food, company and engage in a thought-provoking, eye-opening discussion.If you plan to attend, please reply to the Evite.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
WHEN? Saturday, October 20th 2007, Doors open at 6pm
WHERE? The Tavern, MGC
HOW MUCH? $5 Proceeds go to Youth Solidarity of Burma www.givetoburma.org
Five Bands and a Rap Artist
Agent and the Patient
A Papier Mache Monster
(The Sauce <
Sponsored by Amnesty International and AU Student Campaign for Burma
Questions? Email email@example.com
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Monday, October 15th, 2007 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Rome Building, Rome Auditorium 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Johns Hopkins University – SAIS, Washington, DC
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone:202.663.5837 or Fax: 202.663.7711
Thursday, October 11, 2007
“It’s time for the Security Council to end all sales and transfers of arms to a government that uses repression and fear to hang onto power,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Instead of continuing to protect Burma’s abusive generals, China and Russia should join other Security Council members to cut off the instruments of repression.”
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Support Peace and Reconciliation in Burma
Grafton, NY to the United Nations in New York City
October 13-24, 2007
We are walking in solidarity with the monks and people of Burma who risk their lives every day for freedom and democracy.
Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo
Saturday Oct. 13 Grafton Peace Pagoda àTroy
Sunday Oct.14 TroyàAlbany
Monday Oct. 15 AlbanyàCastleton
Tuesday Oct. 16 CastletonàCatskill
Wednesday Oct.17 CatskillàWoodstock
Thursday Oct. 18 WoodstockàHighland
Friday Oct. 19 HighlandàNewburgh
Saturday Oct. 20 NewburghàTomskin Cove
Sunday Oct. 21 Tomskin CoveàNyack
Monday Oct. 22 NyackàFort Lee, NJ
Tuesday Oct. 23 Fort Lee, NJàNYC Burmese Embassy
Wednesday Oct. 24 Burmese Embassy-UN Peace Vigil
We will walk a total of 215 miles, beginning each day at 8 AM and typically walking 15-18 miles per day. Feel free to join the walk at any point for any length of time.
Please respect that the walk will be free of drugs, alcohol and weapons. If you plan to join us for more than a day, please bring a sleeping bag.
For more information:
*Heidi Ricks (518)-885-1806/ email@example.com
*Grafton Peace Pagoda: Jun (518)-658-9301
*Cell phone for Peace Walk (518) 605-8506
Initiated by Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order/Grafton Peace Pagoda and
The Capital District Burmese Community
“Please use your liberty to promote ours” 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi who is now under house arrest in Burma
Meet at the Burmese Embassy at 5pm
2300 S Street NW
Then we'll head to the White House for a CandlelightVigil held by members of the Vietnamese American Community who support of the people of Burma.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
To citizens of the United States:
Write your Representative and get them to support House Resolution 610. This resolution calls for a US boycott of the Beijing Olympics if the military regime does not change its policies on Burma. Find your Representative here
To citizens of the World:
Please send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org Tell them that you won't buy any tickets and will boycott the Beijing 2008 Olympics, since Beijing is protecting and supporting the brutal military junta of Burma.
Here is a template:
I am very interested in purchasing tickets to some of the events at next year's Olympic games. However I cannot, in good conscience, attend the Beijing Olympics unless your government uses its influence to improve the political situation in Burma. China has substantial economic interests in the country, provides large amounts of economic aid, and invests heavily in infrastructure projects there.
Additionally, your government provides extensive logistical support to Burma's military government. All this make China uniquely placed to influence it. The people of Burma have, in a very peaceful manner, insisted that their rights be respected. I ask no more of your government than that it cease its support for the current regime, and encourage dialog with the democratically elected representatives of the Burmese nation.
I, the Burmese people, and the world would be grateful for your assistance in this matter. Your courage will go a long way towards making the 2008 Olympics a success.
With sincere thanks,
Another point of action for all of us:
Don't forget to sign this petition, as well as the other petitions listed on the right hand side of this page. Forward this link on to your friends and family. Ordinary people matter, and together we can make a difference!
Let's keep up the good work!!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Also, check out these videos, including:
Jeremy Woodrum from US Campaign for Burma talking about UNSC not taking action.
Mr. Bo Hla-Tint speaking out the outrages in Burma.
**Photo credits to William Hughes**
Demonstrators marching to the Chinese Embassy
Buddhist monks led the march from the Burmese Embassy to the Chinese Embassy.
More news coverage will be posted soon.
Friday, October 5, 2007
What about US sanctions against Burma? Doesn't that prevent Chevron from doing business there? Sadly, no.
"According to Marco Simons, U.S. legal director at EarthRights International: "Sanctions haven't worked because gas is the lifeline of the regime. Before Yadana went online, Burma's regime was facing severe shortages of currency. It's really Yadana and gas projects that kept the military regime afloat to buy arms and ammunition and pay its soldiers."
The U.S. government has had sanctions in place against Burma since 1997. A loophole exists, though, for companies grandfathered in. Unocal's exemption from the Burma sanctions has been passed on to its new owner, Chevron."
You can find her article here.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
First, this op-ed was written by Patrick Cook-Deegan, the Northeast Regional Student Coordinator for the US Campaign for Burma.
Second, please refer to this website http://dcburmaprotest.org/ for more information on the protest this Saturday in Washington, DC. They should also be posting our event on the Avaaz.Org site shortly, and we already have an event listed at USCampaignforBurma.org. Additionally, please join our facebook group at http://american.facebook.com/event.php?eid=5716963366. Don't forget to wear red, and to bring signs, posters, and your support for a Free Burma!!!
Third, if you are in the DC area and are attending the protest this Saturday, a group of students from American University will be meeting on the steps of Kay Spiritual Center at 11am to head over to the Burmese Embassy together. Join us for coffee and donuts as we get fired up and call for a Free Burma!
Questions? Email AUBurma@gmail.com
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Where: Meet at the Burmese Embassy (2300 S St NW) at 12:00pm on Saturday. March starts at 12:30pm to the Chinese Embassy, and then to the Indian Embassy.
What to bring/wear: Please bring posters and signs in support of the Burmese people. Also, wear red to show your solidarity with the Burmese people. Why red? The Buddhist monks (who initially led the protests) wear maroon robes.
Addresses and Directions:
Burmese Embassy (Meet here at 12:00pm)
The Metro Bus Masaschusetts Avenue lines N2, N4, and N6 all run from American University to S Street, NW (north of Dupont Circle)
Directions to the Burmese Embassy from the Dupont Circle Station on the Red Line:
Exit station using CONN AVE & Q ST NW exit
Walk approx. 2 blocks NW on Connecticut Ave NW.
Turn left on S St NW.
Walk approx. 2 blocks W on S St NW.
To view a map, please visit wmata.com and use their trip planner feature.
Questions? Please email us at AUBurma@gmail.com
Please join us outside the Burmese Embassy in Washington, DC (2300 S Street, NW) for a meditation for peace and democracy in Burma. The meditation will focus on loving-kindness directed to honor and support the monks, nuns and laypeople who are courageously marching for peace and democracy in Burma, and to help free the hearts and minds of the Burmese generals of greed, hatred and fear.
Please wear red/maroon shawl or covering, if possible.
Sponsored by the Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Monday, October 1, 2007
Outside the Burmese embassy
We had an incredible turnout of support at the protest this past Friday! A crowd numbering 400-500 people rallied at the Burmese embassy, then marched north to the Chinese embassy. Buddhist monks, Burmese activists, students from AU, GWU, Georgetown, BYU, and Harvard, demonstrators from North Carolina, and many more walked, chanted, held signs, and demanded Burma's freedom.
Check out the media coverage from WUSA9, NBC4, and a Vietnamese TV Station. Don't forget print media! Here's an article from our very own AU Eagle, and this article in the Washington Post.
Even more important than media coverage in the US was the transmission and news of the DC protest reaching activists inside Burma.
We must stand in solidarity with the Burmese people and let them know how much we support them. Here are some great pictures from the protest. All photo credit goes to MK McKenna.
Leading the demonstrators in protest
On the march to the Chinese embassy, led by Buddhist monks
Trying to stay on the sidewalk, our group was several blocks long!!
The world is watching!!
Speaking out in front of the Chinese embassy
Symbol of the Burmese Democracy Movement: The fighting peacock
Getting the attention of Connecticut Ave during rush hour
Protesters in front of the Chinese embassy
Burma, Burma Must be Free! Justice, Peace, Equality!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Event: A candlelit vigil in support of the Burmese people
What day: Monday, October 1st
What time: 8:00pm
Where: The steps in front of Kay Spiritual Center, AU Main Campus
As events continue unfolding in Burma, please refer to this page for the latest updates on Burma activism at American University and see what you can do to help. If you have any questions, suggestions, etc., please email AUBurma@gmail.com. Thanks!