Burma (Myanmar) Crisis Info and Action Page -
Links below to action and info sites -
don't expect this page to be up to date. - DC
US Campaign for
11-06-07 - Block
Burmese JADE (Junta's Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2007:
Get Your Representative to Co-Sponsor!
Monks return to the streets in Burma.
Don't Let the World
Forget About the Saffron Revolution - This Wednesday, October 24th, is
an important day for Burma. It is: 1) United Nations Day, 2) The day when
Aung San Suu Kyi will have been under house arrest for a total of 12
years, and 3) One month since the uprisings in Burma were at their peak.
The US Campaign for Burma will be marking this day with a host of actions
around the world.
article on world-wide demonstrations.
16 things we can
all do to help the Burmese monks and citizens
Don't forget Burma!
By William Kristol in the Washington Post
Sunday, October 7, 2007; Page B07
Kristol's article from Mahablog
TARA - A poem by
Philip Whalen we recite for the Burmese today
...and for the Iraqies... and the
Somalies... and the folks in New Orleans... and all people... and all
animals... and all beings in the six realms and any other realms in the
ten directions and any other directions... to the furthest reaches of the
known universe... and the unknown.
Help Us Stand Up for the Monks?
of Action October 6th and more from the US Campaign for Burma
An appeal to the UN Security Council to protect the people of Burma
The People's Email Network
urges you to SUBMIT THIS
ACTION FORM TO YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS & YOUR LOCAL PAPER
Published on Monday, October 1, 2007 by
The Daily Mail/UK
10-02-07 - Burma update - and it's not good
Gene deSmidt urges: PLEASE SPEND
A FEW MINUTES CONTEMPLATING THE SUFFERING THAT IS HAPPENING IN BURMA RIGHT NOW !
and he sends this link to an article in Truth Out:
Groups Struggle to
Tally Myanmar's Dead
By Michael Casey
From the Crooks and Liars website:
Monks Dying for Freedom
for Burma and
Burma plans for
5: National Campus Day of Action for Burma
9-28-07 - Taigen's messages on
Protests are happening in various places, and online.
Websites to check include: <http://www.uscampaignforburma.org/>
Report on a Zen Teachers' list:
This was on another web list. While can not judge the
accuracy of this, it speaks for itself:
"We just got phone call with our sister living in Yangon
about a few hours ago. We saw on BBC world, saying that 200 monks were
arrested. The true picture is far worse!!!!!!!!! For one instance, the
monastery at an obscure neighborhood of Yangon, called Ngwe Kyar Yan (on
Wei-za-yan-tar Road, Yangon) had been raided early this morning. A troop
of lone-tein (riot police comprised of paid thugs) protected by the
military trucks, raided the monastery with 200 studying monks. They
systematically ordered all the monks to line up and banged and crushed
each one's head against the brick wall of the monastery. One by one, the
peaceful, non resisting monks, fell to the ground, screaming in pain.
Then, they tore off the red robes and threw them all in the military
trucks (like rice bags) and took the bodies away.
The head monk of the monastery, was tied up in the middle
of the monastery, tortured , bludgeoned, and later died the same day,
today. Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the monastery, warded
off by troops with bayoneted rifles, unable to help their helpless monks
being slaughtered inside the monastery. Their every try to forge ahead was
met with the bayonets. When all is done, only 10 out of 200 remained
alive, hiding in the monastery. Blood stained everywhere on the walls and
floors of the monastery. Please tell your audience of the full extent of
the fate of the monks please please !!!!!!!!!!!! 'Arrested' is not enough
expression. They have been bludgeoned to death !!!!!!
9-25-07 - A message from
Taigen Dan Leighton
on the events in Burma
An extraordinary event is happening now in Burma, where
Buddhist monks are leading the long overdue campaign against the
These monks are literally risking their lives now for
freedom, and are worthy of support.
Buddhist Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyii was
elected prime minister in 1988, but was prevented from taking office, and
has been under house arrest for most of the years since, including the
last four years. She remains under house arrest, although it was reported
that the monks were allowed once to walk by her house and she appeared
silently in the window (weeping). The monks were blocked from walking by
her house thereafter.
The report is that 200,000 people marched yesterday in
Rangoon, with many other demonstrations around the country, and there is a
National Strike in Burma, led by Buddhist monks.
In 1988 the dictatorial regime fired on nonviolent
demonstrators, killing somewhere between three and ten thousand people. It
is feared that a similar crackdown my happen now, and that the military
dictatorship has had soldiers shave their heads to act as provocateurs and
provide an excuse for a crackdown (a technique used in 1988).
There are things that can be done in support.
This site includes opportunities for individual responses,
including a message to the UN Secretary General. The U.N. might be the
best vehicle for responding effectively to the situation.
Please also see the statement from National Buddhist Peace
It includes a petition to print out, sign, and send to
Burmese consulates, with addresses.
May All Beings Be Happy,