Today is the anniversary of the 8/8/88 Burmese uprising

from the 8/9/88 uprising

August 8th marks the beginning of the 1988 popular uprising against military rule.   One of the four pro-democracy activists recently executed by the military, Kyaw Min Yu (Ko Jimmy), was only 19 when he played a role in organizing protests and was imprisoned for the first time. Let’s mark this anniversary of 8/8/88 by … Read more

What will it take for Biden to sanction MOGE?

This week, we are mourning the four democracy activists – Kyaw Min Yu (Ko Jimmy), Phyo Zeyaw Thaw, Hla Myo Aung, and Aung Thura Zaw – killed by the Myanmar military. In the wake of these murders, the U.S. Administration is signaling that “all options are on the table” to hold the military accountable. Let’s … Read more

Together, we can end genocide but we need your help

Frankly, we need your financial support to continue operating through the rest of this year. Even though our email list of supporters has grown to nearly half a million, our base of donors has not increased proportionately. Approximately 300,000 of our supporters living in Myanmar are unable to donate and so we don’t ask them. … Read more

Ending genocide, one state (or city) at a time

help us end genocide

We have an honorable American tradition of our cities and states upholding human rights. Now is the time for us to demand that our taxpayer dollars don’t contribute to genocide. During the American Revolution, town meetings adopted resolutions calling for a boycott of British-made goods. The Boston Tea Party seized on the spirit of these resolutions through … Read more

Breaking news! The House to vote on the BURMA Act!

Burma Act

The House of Representatives will likely hold a floor vote on the Burma Act of 2021 (H.R. 5497) early next week. The likelihood is that the House will vote on the bill as early as Tuesday or Wednesday next week. Next week is your last chance to urge your House Member to vote in favor … Read more

Urgent alert! Rusesabagina’s health has hit a crisis point

Hotel Rwanda hero, Paul Rusesabagina

After being illegally imprisoned, Paul Rusesabagina’s health has reached a crisis point. He is suffering from partial facial paralysis which is impairing his speech. This is following his complaints of ongoing weakness and severe pain in his arm and jaw. Since he was detained, Paul has been denied his medication. He needs treatment now and … Read more

Finally! The U.S. recognizes the genocide of the Rohingya in Myanmar

rohingya refugees

The breaking news today is that the United States will finally recognize the genocide of the Rohingya in Myanmar. The Biden administration has formally determined that the Myanmar military has committed genocide and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will announce this determination today at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. … Read more

Your efforts change the world

Congress needs to cut off money to the junta

With Ukraine, we are currently witnessing the power of sanctions by the international community. Imagine the impact on the Myanmar military junta if, just one week after its coup, the international community had moved to block its exports of gas, freeze all of its assets, and cut off even just military-owned banks from SWIFT. We … Read more

The EU did the right thing on MOGE, when will the U.S.?

Sanction MOGE, NOW!

The breaking news this week is that on Monday the European Union announced a new round of sanctions on the Myanmar military. Most notable is that Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) has been sanctioned for the first time. During the previous military dictatorship, no foreign government ever took action to end the flow of money … Read more