The Situation in Burma – What Can We Do?

Those of you following the situation in Burma know that the military junta has cut off access to the Internet; is confiscating video and cell phone cameras; and is now in the process of hunting down and jailing individual protesters based on photographs.  No one knows the status of thousands of monks who were rounded up and taken from their monasteries.  Human rights organizations fear that the death toll is far higher than the 10 officially listed by the military junta.

What can we do?

  • Add your signature to a petition on calling on China and the U.N. security council to oppose the violent crackdown on the demonstrators and to support reconciliation and democracy.
  • Post a message of support to the brave people of Burma on the Ethical Traveler site.
  • Join prayer vigils, peace marches, and protests in a location near you.  For those in the San Francisco Bay Area, join the Burmese American Democratic Alliance this Friday, 5 October, for a rally at the Chinese Consulate from 2-5pm, a peace march from the Chinese Consulate to UN Plaza from 5-6pm, and a prayer vigil at UN Plaza from 6-8pm. For others, 6 October is a Global Day of Action. has a full list of calls to action around the world.
  • Donate to a group of young people living in Thailand who can get funds to the protesters in Burma.  For tax deductible donations, visit the Youth Solidarity of Burma site set up by Mad Nomad (our good friend Gregg Butensky).  If you don’t care about tax deductions, you can PayPal or wire the money through Give To Burma.
  • Stay informed.  News portals: The Irrawaddy and Mizzima News.  Human Rights Watch, Burma. Facebook: Voices of Burma, and many others…

2 Responses to “The Situation in Burma – What Can We Do?”

  1. 1 Doug Robertson October 13, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    Love the post. Burma seems to be slipping out of the limelight, and whatever things those of us who still care can do to make a difference is well worth mentioning. Thanks!

  1. 1 Current Events Watch » Blog Archive » The Parade Is Over, What’s Next? Trackback on October 13, 2007 at 8:49 pm

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