Tibet Will Be Free (the SFT Blog!)

WELCOME TO THE STUDENTS FOR A FREE TIBET BLOG--------> This is the weblog of the SFT Headquarters. Here you can peek into the minds (not to mention actions, events, trainings, brainstorms, parties...) of the SFT staff, board members, volunteers, friends and fellow activists. Tibet will be free.

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Monday, February 28, 2005

sitting at my desk caffeinating...

...and slowly easing into a big work week, much to do in follow-up from last weekend's Board of Director's meeting in NYC, and this past Thursday's Losar party (hey Thup, we gotta take that big photo of the Dalai Lama back to the Office of Tibet, yo!). Lhadon is outta here for Canada tomorrow, this coming weekend is the 'sector 3' conference at NYU... a bunch of workshops to get together.

And of course, i'm looking for a pot o' gold. SFT needs resources to keep up the good fight, and they haven't been comin' that easy lately. House party coming up in Santa Fe, talkin' to Brett at Juice Design (& gallery) in San Fran about a benefit art show, and sending out a spring appeal in the mail to all of SFT's members and supporters asap. You got any bright ideas? Happy week - Han

Friday, February 25, 2005

Losar Party Video Highlights

For all of those who missed the party last night, or who'd just like to reminisce, here's some highlights for you. Apologies for the dark lighting and poor sound- we're still learning how to use this new tech!

Note: about two-thirds through this video, you can hear, though not see, an amazing prayer recited/sung by our two resident SFT monks, Geshe-la and Kushu-la.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Audio Posts from the Losar Party

Our intrepid reporter did his best to cover the events unfolding at the Losar Party this Thursday evening. Listen to the three audio posts below for insight, inspiration, and well, honestly, mild intoxication due to the powerful Tibetan chang brewed for the event!

This post features Tsetan (sp?) from the Tibetan Institute of the Performing Arts (TIPA) performing traditional music on the dranyen.

this is an audio post - click to play

More audio fun...

Interviews at the party with Han-shan, SFT's Director of Development, Tom, a videographer who produced SFT's DVD documentary, and Nima, a former member of the Board of Directors, and now a very helpful legal expert volunteer!

this is an audio post - click to play

More audio fun...

Interviews with Jane, the gracious party host, Sophia, SFT Board Member, and Sonam or "SFT Kushu-la", our resident monk.

this is an audio post - click to play

Episode 4: Tendor the teacher!

Earlier in the day, Tendor provided some education on Losar, and just what the heck "Donkey Ears" are!

Losar Party Preparations

Tonight's the big night! SFT is having a special party to observe the end of Losar, the Tibetan New Year, for old friends and new supporters, alike.

Jane Stein and Jeff Nash graciously agreed to host the party in the beautiful loft in Manhattan. This is in addition to the recent three day board meeting we held there, as well. They are just too much, and we love them for it!

The video below (just recorded a few minutes ago) shows the kitchen crew working to create the momo's and other treats for tonight!

Here's a link if you have trouble viewing it in the page!

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Episode 2: Alma at Dymph's

Wonder what happens to Grassroots Coordinators after they leave SFT? Surely, they must lead a life of leisure, funded by their "golden parachute" severance checks from SFT, and all their rock and movie star friends, right!?

Unfortunately, this is not the case, though things aren't all bad. Our local pub, St. Dymphna's, provides a work program for former activists to learn about the "real" world.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Audioblog post #2: Out on the street

My first audioblog post from out on the street....work's pretty well!

this is an audio post - click to play

First Videoblog!

Coming to you live from my living room, here's the first "episode" of the SFT Videoblog.

Episode One: Second Cup of Coffee

Videoblog embedded in page

Here's the same videoblog episode, embedded in the page, so you don't have to download it seperately! Just press the play > arrow!

First attempt at an audioblog post!

This post was done by telephone. Just dial a number, enter a pin, and speak- its that easy!

this is an audio post - click to play


This is the first post to the site. We hope to make this a great tool for Students for a Free Tibet!