If you've been paying attention to the news recently, then you've seen stories about the Buddhist Monks protesting for the rights of all people against the Military junta in Burma. The story has a long and terrible history, but the bright side is that never before has that story been front and center in the world media like this.
It is time to capitalize on the media exposure of the atrocities committed by the Burmese Military Junta against the people of Burma. Write your congressman or senator and tell him or her to support economic sanctionsagainst the Military Junta. Also tell them to convince China to put severe political pressure on the Burmese Government.
Remember-- China doesn't want any disturbing flare-ups in that part of the world, and with the Olympics in Beijing just around the corner and deteriorating Chinese manufacturing 'street cred' leading to toy recalls worldwide, China needs a PR boost in the worst way. Supporting democratic reforms--or at the very least, public dialogue-- in Burma would be a good way for China to put some shine back into it's own image, even though China has just as much work to do in the Human Rights' Dept as Burma does.
The Bush Administration recently made my Jaw drop in admiration as they froze the assets of several of Burma's military leaders, and both the President and First Lady have publicly spoken in support of the democratic reforms championed by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and others. Hell, even Dubya knows what's going on and is concerned enough to speak about it coherently-- it's GOTTA be a crisis. (Okay, that was just plain uncalled for.)
Seriously-- Thank you, Mr. President, for making the situation in Burma a focal point of your administration's foreign policy during your UN pissing contest with Iran.
Anyway, If you don't know much about this situation and would like to know more, go to:
There you can find resources, petitions, updates, and you can become a member. The time is now, and the stakes are high. Support the people of Burma, and the courageous Monks who carry with them only a love for all beings and a determination to achieve justice, peace and national reconciliation.
Aung San Suu Kyi asks of all free people worldwide:
"Please use your liberty to promote ours."
Here's Jim Carrey with more on Aung San Suu Kyi and what she stands for:
And Michael Stipe of REM has this short clip:
And a 6-minute Doc called 'Burma Behind Bars':
Thanks for your time.
May all beings be happy,