We made progress against genocide in 2021, we have more work to do in 2022
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Thanks to your work and actions, we made real progress in the fight against genocide and oppression in 2021. The Burma Act of 2021 was introduced. Harry Winston and Kirin Beer stopped funding the Myanmar military. The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act was signed into law. Gainesville, Florida committed itself to opposing genocide and crimes against humanity.
We have more work to do in 2022. Here are a few things you can do today:
#1. Sign this petition to Dr. Jill Biden to bring Paul Rusesabagina home
This Fall, we delivered tens of thousands of your petitions to President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken asking them to do more to bring Paul home. Now we are asking Dr. Biden to use her voice to help. Students all over the world have been inspired by his story and actions.
In September, Paul was sentenced to 25 years in prison. After more than 500 days in jail, his heath continues to decline and he is still being denied access to his lawyers, medicine, and any documents related to his case. Multiple groups have denounced the trial and the verdict. Both the Clooney Foundation and the American Bar Association have said it was neither fair nor just. We need educators like Dr. Biden to speak out.
#2. Keep the pressure up for the Burma Act of 2021
Evidence has emerged that, on Christmas Eve, the Myanmar military massacred more than 30 civilians, including women and children, as part of its offensive in Karenni State in southeast Burma. It was reported that Burmese army troops rounded up ethnic Karen villagers, fatally shot more than 30, and burned the bodies. International humanitarian group Save the Children confirmed that those murdered included two of their Burmese humanitarian relief staff.
It is vital that we ensure that 2022 is the last year of the Myanmar military’s brutal rule. Please demand that your Members of Congress take action by co-sponsoring and supporting the Burma Act of 2021.
Introduced in the Senate (S.2937) and the House (H.R.5497) by Senator Ben Cardin and Rep. Gregory Meeks, the Burma Act of 2021 will, not only hold accountable the Myanmar military but also provide support to Burmese civil society and much needed humanitarian assistance directly to the Myanmar people.
#3. Press Chevron, Total, and Posco to stop funding the Myanmar military
We have partnered with #BloodMoneyMyanmar to put pressure on the oil and gas industry to stop funding the junta in Burma. Click here to learn more.
The Myanmar military receives about half of its funding from oil and gas revenues. Cutting this flow of blood money from the oil companies Chevron, Total, and Posco is crucial to ending the army’s reign of terror. This is also fundamental to what No Business with Genocide strives to do.
When you’ve signed the petitions, follow up by posting protest messages on the social media of Chevron and Total. Here’s a sample protest message for you to adapt and post.
I will boycott you until you stop the flow of money from the Yadana Project in Myanmar to the Burmese military junta. Learn the truth about Chevron and Total in Myanmar here: https://bit.ly/nochevron
- Like their Facebook pages and regularly add protest messages to their posts
- On LinkedIn, Chevron and its CEO and Chair Mike Wirth as well as TotalEnergies and its Chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanne and add protest messages on their posts.
- Post on their Instagram pages
- Call out Chevron on Twitter @Chevron
- Call out Total on Twitter @TotalEnergies