Friday, February 27, 2009

Am I Not Human- Free Tibet

Pro-Tibet demonstrations took place outside of the UN during Tibetan New Year recently, marking China's 50th year of occupation in Tibet. The day began with a prayer in the morning for those still suffering in Tibet, for the departed, and in general solidarity. A shrine to the Dalai Llama was also erected surrounded by food, Tibetan flags, and candles.

The group, Karma Namgyal, who greeted one another saying 'Free Tibet', intend to demonstrate throughout the year. They hope the US will become more deeply involved by placing pressure on China to clean up its human rights practices.

It is a relief to see a continued raising of voices unified in the intent to see a liberated Tibet. May those who fell, and experienced torture in the struggle, rest in peace.

On behalf of the suffering, and fallen in Tibet we ask: 'Am I Not Human?'

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Thankyou to all who participate in the Am I Not Human campaign.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Be a voice for Darfur

Blackperspective says:

The authorization for intervention was given a year and a half ago. The countries that voted for it, including the U.S. at President Bush’s direction, simply haven’t followed through on what they voted for.

UNAMID’s own site states that

A joint African Union/United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur was authorized by Security Council resolution 1769 of 31 July 2007…authorized UNAMID to take necessary action to support the implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement, as well as to protect its personnel and civilians, without “prejudice to the responsibility of the Government of Sudan”. UNAMID formally began operations on 31 December 2007.

The African Union troops need more military assets and some air cover; they’re providing the troops. This is plenty doable. It’s not that hard. The world just needs to step up to it’s commitment, and Obama needs to quickly begin to follow through with his.

How to act

1. You can send an electronic post card by going to and filling in your information.

2. Call the White House and leave a message at the switch board: 202-456-1414

3. Send an online message via Obama’s White House Site.

Thankyou for the intel

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Burundi Women Don't Agree With Polygamy

"In Burundi as in many other African countries, polygamy is well enrooted and seen as a normal social phenomenon. In fact, this phenomenon was largely practised in African traditional society. “In traditional Africa, one man could be married to four women and this gives him social respect,” Ndihokubwayo an elder said. This phenomenon because more vigorously practised with the advent of Islam in African countries. Many social consequences resulted from it. For example, women are divorced without any plausible reason and mothers are abandoned with their kids at home.

Asked to give their position about the phenomenon of polygamy, Burundian women don’t hide their disgust towards this phenomenon. NoĆ«lla Haziyo, a young lady in first year of university, describes polygamy as a way through which our ancestors could satisfy their greed. In way viewing things, she vigorously rejects the idea of bringing a second wife simply because a wife resembles another, as she goes on saying. More striking is the fact that this phenomenon which has existed since long ago does not outgrow itself despite its negative impact on the African society.

Here many agree on the idea that the phenomenon cannot disappear as a long as only women are victims. “I can never understand the reaction of my husband. He let me alone with our children and I haven’t seen him for months and months,” Claudette angrily denounces her husband. “I really regret my marriage with my husband; he doesn’t love me and my children,” she says.

Read More at Baobob connections

Monday, February 9, 2009

Your voice is needed to free a victim of hatecrime charged for defending himself

How can the victim of a hate crime, who defended himself be charged at all, let alone more excessively than the one assailant of the two who actually received a slap on the hand?
An exemplary student with no prior record, who had every right to defend himself should not be brought up on charges. This is obviously racial targeting and in a time when our Commander in Chief is an African American, it is disappointing to see this degraded mentality attempt to be so bold.

Please sign the petition to have all charges dropped for Jason Vasell (Not to mention the charges need to be dropped WITH apology to him):

Request clemency for Troy Davis

Take Action On This Issue

In prison, despite the recanting of false testimonies by 7 out of 9 witnesses who advised they were coerced to lie by police officers for their own freedom, Troy Davis an innocent man, can be freed by the raising of awareness among us, and the solidarity in making our desire for justice known.

Watch the vid below, and click this link to add your signature to a letter requesting clemency for Troy Davis. You can click the labels for past entries if you're not familiar with this case.

Crossposted at UltravioletUnderground.