Friday, October 3, 2008

Calling All Students: Join the Burma Challenge

Join USCB's first-ever Student Fundraising Challenge today!


We are excited to announce the launch of our first-ever Student Fundraising Challenge.  This fall, on campuses across the United States and around the world, students will participate in an effort to raise $32,000 to increase awareness of 3,200 villages that have been destroyed in Eastern Burma during the military regime's ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing.   

In an open letter, a group of university students from across the U.S. has called on their fellow students to participate in the Challenge and to "stand in solidarity with students inside Burma and show that we too can have a positive impact on Burma's future."   Read their letter here.

USCB has planned compelling new campaigns in order to secure the release of all political prisoners and end mass atrocities in Burma.  Money raised through the Challenge will enable these campaigns to move from ideas into action.  

Will Your Campus or School Participate?

To sign-up for the Student Fundraiser Challenge or for more information, click here. 

For suggested human rights-themed fundraising ideas, click here.

Prizes will be awarded to the five groups who fundraise the most money, including For the Lady CDs  autographed by Michael Stipe of REM and USCB T-shirts.  The group that raises the most money will win the  photograph of Burmese dictator Than Shwe that Ellen Page drew on during her Burma: It Can't Wait video spot, plus weeklong recognition on our homepage. 

Not a college student?  That's OK! Everyone is welcome to participate.

The Student Fundraising Challenge concludes on December 10th, 2008, which is the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is a fitting day to pay homage to Burma's brave student activists who have fought tirelessly for democracy in their country, and to send a clear message that students around the world are still dedicated to supporting their peers in the fight for freedom, justice and human rights in Burma.

Join the Student Fundraising Challenge today
and help make freedom and democracy a reality in Burma. 

For Freedom,

Aung Din, Jeremy, Jennifer, Jacqui and Mike

Support 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi and the struggle for freedom and democracy in Burma:

Become a member of the United States Campaign for Burma today.

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