100,000 Dead: Regime Still Blocks Aid, China Complicit
Here's What You Can Do
The news is staggering and in many ways unfathomable. Yesterday, Shari Villarosa, the leading US diplomat in Burma said that 100,000 may have died and 95% of the buildings in the affected areas could be wiped out. The death tolls could increase as water born diseases such as cholera are beginning to spread, and in these worst hit areas aid has not to arrive.
The Burmese regime's blocking of aid is beyond horrendous. Minimal aid is being allowed in. There are still many people and supplies waiting to go, but the Burmese regime continues to deny access. Yesterday, the French government launched a push in the UN to try and enforce aid delivery, but China blocked the effort. If you haven't already, email UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and urge him to step in. Yesterday, within hours after thousands of our members writing in, Ban Ki-moon did start speaking out about Burma. However, more must happen.
In situations as grave as this, many people cannot sit by and watch.
Here's what you can do
Hold a fundraiser. Many of you are already working on this, and we greatly appreciate it. While the Burmese regime isn't allowing international aid in, you can fundraise. We will then send the money directly to trusted Burmese organizations inside who are working to help the people. You can send checks to us or make online donations.
Get your community involved. Here are some events that are going on around the country. Check out the page on our website about the cyclone, for updated news, other info about the situation, and word about upcoming events. On that page at the bottom you can easily add a comment about what you are doing.
Please let us know what you are planning so we can post it on our site. This is a very difficult time, but we can work together to try and save lives.
- Aung Din, Jeremy, Jennifer and Thelma
New York City
Friday, May 9thUN Demonstration for Cyclone Victims Time: 3:00-5:00 pm Location: Ralph Bunche Park, United Nations. 434d and 1st Ave http://nyburmaroundtable.googlepages.com Candle Light Vigil Time: 7:00pm Location: Union Square
Friday, May 9th(4-6pm Protest & Rally; 6-7pm Speakers; 7-8pm Prayers & Vigil)
San Francisco Federal Building/Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Office
450 Golden Gate Avenue (@Larkin), San Francisco, CA www.badasf.org
Sunday, May 11thProtest in front of SPDC attache (2300 California Ave) 6:00pm Prayer Vigil at Burmese Buddhist Temple at 10:00 am
Saturday, May 10thFundraiser 12-4pm
5 N Beacon St
Allston, MA 02134 http://harvardbam.blogspot.com
DallasSaturday May 10th
Prayer Service and fundraiser
1627 Pacific Ave (between Akard and Bryan), Dallas