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

It’s been 18 months since the #militarycoup in Burma

#militarycoup

A year and a half after the #militarycoup and things just get more brutal in Myanmar On February 1, 2021, the military seized control of Myanmar and threw out the democratically elected government. According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), 2,145 peaceful protesters have been killed by the junta. Another 14,962 have been … Read more

We are making progress but need your help to do more

congress can end genocide

As of today, we are almost half a million people strong. Thanks to your hard work, we made real progress for Paul Rusesabagina, the Uyghurs, and the Burmese people. Here are some highlights of what you have accomplished: For the Burmese people: You took more than 1.7 million actions in solidarity with their struggle against the Myanmar military. That … Read more

Will you call Congress for Paul?

#FreeRusesabagina

We need you to get Congress to do more to bring Paul home We can’t do this without you. Will you call your member of the House of Representatives? We need all hands on deck for “Calling on the Government of the Republic of Rwanda to release Paul Rusesabagina on humanitarian grounds.” This House Resolution … Read more

We have more work to do for the Burma Act

sponsor of the Burma Act

Now the Senate must pass the Burma Act Thanks to your hard work, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the BURMA Act by unanimous consent. You can watch U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Gregory Meeks speak powerfully in support of the BURMA Act at this link: speech by Rep. Meeks. In addition, click this link to … Read more

Another year, another Genocide Awareness Month

genocide happens every day

When are we going to end genocide? April is Genocide Awareness Month. April was selected because of the number of genocides that started in April. The Rwandan, Armenian, and Iraqi Kurd genocides all started during this month. Genocide Awareness Month is crucial for educating the world about past and current genocides. As time passes, memories of … Read more

Will you help us bring Paul home?

Hotel Rwanda hero, Paul Rusesabagina

U.S. Representatives Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Young Kim (R-CA) have just introduced in Congress House Resolution 982 urging Rwandan President Paul Kagame to release Rusesabagina immediately. It is vital that we all tell our U.S. representative to co-sponsor this powerful, new Congressional resolution. Just click here to urge your U.S. representative to co-sponsor House Resolution … Read more

Happy Tick Tock Day

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Today is the official day to finish off tasks for 2021! December 29 is National Tick Tock Day. Tick Tock Day, observed annually on December 29th, reminds us to complete any unfinished business that might need addressing before the end of the year. As the end of the year approaches, many items call for our … Read more

Congress needs to follow through for Burma

Congress needs to cut off money to the junta

Here’s a quick update on what’s happening in Congress this week. In the Senate, a bipartisan group of senators are attaching an amendment to the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The amendment would require the Biden Administration to report to Congress on its efforts to support the democracy movement in Myanmar. On the House … Read more

Learn how to lobby!

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Mike Haack from our affiliate, Campaign for a New Myanmar hosts training sessions every week on how to lobby Congress. The focus for these sessions has been the #BurmaBill that was introduced last week but the lessons he teaches can be applied to any topic and level of government. You can email him if you … Read more