Monday, June 27, 2005
so sad it's all over...
from a beautiful place called Pauenhof, Germany
Friday, June 24, 2005
Pumped Up at Pauenhof
We're heading into dinner on the fourth night of camp and I'm feeling incredibly pumped about it. The participants represent the strongest, most active leaders for Tibet that Europe has to offer. As I write this, our activists are networking together and making plans on how to work coherently to produce stronger actions. Armed with new skills in direct action planning, climbing, political theatre, non-violent resistance, and grassroots organizing, I think the prospects for the Tibetan cause in Europe look great.
I helped facilitate a workshop yesterday on Direct Action Planning and Strategy with Han and I walked away anxious to get back to the real world and do some direct action! Fortunately I think all of our participants are feeling this way. Hu Jintao is coming to the US in September and Bush is going to China...and the tiny hamster on the treadmill of ideas is spinning away in our collective minds. This camp is all about how Students for a Free Tibet makes a difference and when we leave here on Monday night, we'll have thirty more kick-ass action organizers ready to take their efforts for Tibetan independence to a whole new level.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Drapchi 14 nuns arrive at camp...
Much love to you all from a farm somewhere near Dusseldorf,
Lhadon & Thupten
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Action Camp Volunteers
from L to R: Pin (San Jose, CA) and Bill & Leslie (Minneapolis, MN) will be in the kitchen feeding the freedom fighters-in-training and Kathy (Santa Fe, NM) will be gettin' them up on ropes, challenging what they think is possible.
Monday, June 20, 2005
On the ground in Germany for camp!
We're doing this one at a Buddhist retreat center called Pauenhof near Dusseldorf. It's really beautiful here - this is my 6th SFT camp and maybe 20th action camp in general and this is one of the best sites yet. I have my camera and I'm excited to document this event though getting lots of photos up online might be tough - internet looks sketchy. I'm going to try and make this post as a sort of test and we'll see...
This is a very big marble (!) Buddha statue just inside the front entrance of Pauenhof - pretty much the first thing participants will see when they arrive for camp.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Microsoft and China
Attempts to input words in Chinese such as "democracy" prompted an error message from the site: "This item contains forbidden speech. Please delete the forbidden speech from this item." Other phrases banned included the Chinese for "demonstration", "democratic movement" and "Taiwan independence".
More At the Financial Times
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
ACTIVIST SCALES HOTEL WITH TIBETAN FLAG & CALLS ON BOMBARDIER TO LEAVE TIBET
TIBETANS AND SUPPORTERS SAY RAIL CONTRACT FACILITATES CULTURAL GENOCIDE
Montreal – As Bombardier executives and shareholders left their annual general meeting at the Sheraton today, a student hung a Tibetan flag off the hotel as protesters below demanded: “Bombardier: hors du Tibet / out of Tibet”. The action was intended to draw attention to a campaign against Bombardier for its involvement in a highly contentious railway being built through Tibet . Slated to begin test runs in 2006, the railway will facilitate an influx of Chinese settlers and migrants to Tibet , threatening the survival of Tibetan culture.
“The Chinese government is building this railway to strengthen its grip on Tibet , and Bombardier is supplying them with vital components,” said Mike Hudema, the climber and a student from the University of Alberta . “By entering into this contract, Bombardier is helping the Chinese government erase Tibet ’s borders and Tibetans’ identity as a distinct people. It is appalling that a Canadian company is participating in this project and I hope what I’ve done today will help prompt Bombardier to withdraw.”
Bombardier announced in February that it would head a consortium with Power Corporation of Canada and China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Industry (Group) Corporation to build 361 cars for the railway. Tibetans fear that the rail line will accelerate the movement of ethnic Chinese into Tibet , as well as facilitate the exploitation of Tibet 's natural resources, enable increased militarization of the Tibetan plateau and cause extensive environmental damage, including pollution in the watersheds of three of Asia ’s largest rivers.
“ Bombardier exhibits a shameless lack of social responsibility in this project,” said Mary Beth Markey, Executive Director of the International Campaign for Tibet . “They take no responsibility for whether or how Tibetans have been consulted or impacted. By proceeding in these circumstances, Bombardier has made itself a partner in China ’s colonization of Tibet .”
Since Bombardier’s announcement, an international coalition of organizations has been appealing to the company to withdraw. The campaign has mobilized opposition to Bombardier’s involvement within the Canadian Parliament and from citizens worldwide. In the past few weeks, more than three thousand faxes to CEO Laurent Beaudoin have flooded into the company’s Montreal headquarters from across Canada and around the world.