Monday, May 19, 2008

Can You Ask Your Friends to Help Us?

Dear Friends,

This is Jeremy writing from the U.S. Campaign for Burma.

I'm writing to ask you to unleash your power for human rights in Burma.

I'm asking every single person on our email list to organize at least 20 of your friends and family members to sign up at www.uscampaignforburma.org (signing up is free). We have almost 50,000 people on our list already, but this is much too small.

While millions rallied to free Nelson Mandela and the people of South Africa in the 1980s, there has not been a similar, large push for Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma. The Burmese people have nonviolently risen up to demand democracy time and time again, risking their lives for values we share.

Now is the time for all of us to help bring the people of the world onto the side of those in Burma struggling for human rights and freedom.

Specifically, I am asking you to spend some time sending the message (below) to everyone in your address book -- your friends, family, and colleagues. I know that sometimes it is hard to explain the situation in Burma -- you need an important message and also a good messenger. That is why we have created 30 very short videos filmed by leading Hollywood stars and musicians, including Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Eva Longoria, Eric Szmanda, and many more that can all be watched at www.uscampaignforburma.org and www.burmaitcantwait.org

You can sign up (for free) at either site.

Please spread the email below as far and wide as you can -- feel free to edit in any way that you like.

As a first step, let's get 50,000 more people to sign up very soon.

We also have a ton of materials and information on our website.

Sincerely,

Jeremy Woodrum
U.S. Campaign for Burma
www.uscampaignforburma.org


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Dear [Your friends and family],

I am writing to ask you to help me on an issue that is important to me. I am part of an effort to build a 1-million person network of support for human rights in the Southeast Asian country of Burma. Just as millions of Americans came together to help free Nelson Mandela and South Africa in the 1980s, we are trying to organize 1 million people to sign up at www.uscampaignforburma.org to help the world's only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient and the struggle for human rights democracy in Burma.

If you don't know much about Burma, you can watch any of 30 very short videos filmed by leading stars Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Eva Longoria, Eric Szmanda, and many more at www.uscampaignforburma.org and www.burmaitcantwait.org

You can also sign up at either place for the U.S. Campaign for Burma.

It is free to sign up -- all you need is a name and an email. I can attest that USCB is an incredible group. After you sign up, they will send you messages that allow you to contact your members of Congress, United Nations officials, and others to press for human rights in Burma. They won't waste your time or overload your inbox -- they only ask you to do things that are both important and achievable.

They will also help you learn more about Burma -- including about the incredible Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi. She has often been compared to Gandhi or Nelson Mandela because she leads Burma's nonviolent struggle for an end to the country's dictatorship.

In case you didn't know, Burma's military regime has recruited more child soldiers than any other country in the world, carried out a war on its own civilians, and uses rape as a weapon of war. Also, after the massive cyclone hit Burma two weeks ago, the military regime has even refused to allow enough humanitarian aid to save the lives of the survivors. The U.S. Campaign for Burma is leading the charge to make sure that aid reaches those whose lives are on the line.

It is pretty incredible the power that we can have when we work together as human beings. We can move governments, institutions, and individuals to take action instead of turning a blind eye to horrible atrocities.

Please join me in the struggle for human rights in Burma. Sign up today: www.uscampaignforburma.org


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