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Lobby for Tibet this May 2nd and 3rd!
Next Month, during the 2nd and 3rd of May, Tibetans and Tibet supporters will be on Parliament Hill lobbying our representatives to take action for Tibet! We will be following a very important ‘World Parliamentarians Convention on Tibet’ in Ottawa, and therefore this is a key meeting to urge concrete action from our Parliamentarians for Tibet. If you would like to join in on the lobby, please email email@example.com or call 647 637 1810.
The lobbying workshop to prepare for this event will take place in Toronto on April 30, Monday at 4:00 pm and headed by Harvey Cooper, a professional lobbyist, and Tenzin CK, from Rob Anders’ office. All participants are suggested to attend this important rehearsal prior to the meetings.
This April the 30th at 5:30 pm, join us at Parkdale Library as we host Lhamo Tso on her Canada-wide speaking tour campaigning for the release of her husband Dhondup Wangchen. Lhamo Tso will be speaking about her life in Tibet, the events that led to Dhondup Wangchen’s arrest and the current challenges she faces in his absence, with her four children, after her escape to India.
Dhondup Wangchen was imprisoned in Tibet in March 2008 for “inciting subversion”, as Chinese authorities put it. All he did was share, through film recording, Tibetan people’s opinions and genuine concerns about the eradication of their culture and identity in their own land by the oppressive regime that is China. At the time, ahead of the Beijing Olympics, China boasted of a content populace and unprecedented development in occupied areas like Tibet.
Please attend to show support, and find out ways in which we can help secure an early release, and most importantly an early reunion for Dhondup Wangchen with his wife and four children.
Date: 30th April 2012, at 5:30 pm
Location: Parkdale Public Library, at 1303 Queen Street West
Program: A screening of Leaving Fear Behind, followed by Lhamo Tso’s talk and Q&A
Contact: Urgyen Badheytsang, at 647 637 1810 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week, on the 21st of March, the Annual J.S. Woodsworth Awards Ceremony took place on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination at St. Lawrence Lounge. M.P.P. Cheri DiNovo nominated Students for a Free Tibet during this event for our work, and in her words:
“This phenomenal group of young people from all nationalities… have helped make a movement for Tibetan freedom a worldwide cause and have helped organize many demonstrations at Queen’s Park and Ottawa.”
Tenzin Lobsang Wangkhang, the former National Director of SFT Canada, attended this event and accepted the nomination on behalf of SFT Canada. She, as the others before her, had put in tremendous hard work and effort in the past two years advocating, campaigning and leading the Student organization in our work for Tibet. Although SFT Canada didn’t win, we are honoured to have been nominated by M.P.P. Cheri DiNovo at this amazing Awards Ceremony that recognizes individuals and organizations that stand for truth, justice and freedom for all people regardless of their backgrounds, upbringing, culture or race.
To read a personal account by Tenzin Lobsang Wangkhang, please read her Lhakar Diaries entry.
Report from SFT Victoria by our very own Bazzi Irvine:
This year we held our annual rally in coordination with Canada Tibet Committee Victoria and the Tibetan Association of Vancouver Island. We were fortunate to have a delegation of Tibetans take the ferry over from Vancouver to join us and bolster our numbers. The event began in Centennial Square in Downtown Victoria where the ‘Runners of Compassion’ entered the square after a flag run beginning at Mile 0 of the Trans-Canada highway. By the time we had all gathered together and picked up our placards and banners, the sun had come out to greet us.
We set off down Government Street towards our destination of the BC Provincial Legislative Assembly handing out leaflets and chanting the whole way. Many tourists and locals were out enjoying the weather and lined up to see us walk past. Our numbers grew to more than 60 people and we took up a whole city block from end to end of our procession.
At the Legislature students from local Highschools and the University unfurled a giant Tibetan Flag while speeches were given. The city of Victoria declared March 10th ‘Tibet Day’, and members of government sent words for the demonstrators. Denise Savoie – NDP MP for Victoria, who for years has joined us in the March to the Legislative Assembly sent a statement of support to be read. Elizabeth May, local MP and Leader of the Federal Green Party also sent a letter to encourage everyone who came.
We had a successful event with lots of students showing up to lend their support. Many of us in Victoria will be joining the Vancouver demonstration this Saturday, March 10th.
- Bazzi Irvine
Tibetans inside Tibet need you now more than ever!This is a critical period in our movement. China’s response to these tragic circumstances has been to increase their brutality and oppression. Monasteries are locked down, Tibetans are indiscriminately detained and tortured; all under the cloak of secrecy as China closes Tibet to any media scrutiny.
2pm – March from the Vancouver Art Gallery to Chinese Consulate at 3380 Granville St
3pm to 5pm – Rally at the Consulate
Join us at 9:30 am in front of Parkdale Collegiate Institute. We will begin from there, march along Queen Street West towards Yonge, and then north to Dundas Square, where we will have the remainder of the event until 4 pm.
Please gather in front of City hall 12:00pm , protesters will march until Chinese Consulate. City Hall – 800 Macleod Trail SE; Chinese Consulate – 100-1011 6 Ave SW
Sign the pledge online to stand up for Tibet at www.StandUpforTibet.org