Spaceship Earth and Crew
“On Space Ship Earth, there are no passengers, only crew.”
–Buckminster (Bucky) Fuller
Hearts and Minds, Bodies and Souls
Let the Canadian Government Double Your Money
Calling All Canadians, and Anyone Else, Anywhere Else
Donate to the Humanitarian Coalition Haiti Relief Fund
and the Canadian Government Will Match It!
And it’s tax deductible!
Electronic receipts from this registered group, are supplied for printing right after clicking the Donate button are recognized by Canada Customs and Revenue Agency–CCRA, (www.cra-arc.gc.ca/), for charitable donation deductions.
“We are pleased to offer officially approved, CCRA electronic tax receipts when you make on-line donations using your credit card from our website.”
The HUMANITARIAN COALITION is a network of Canadian NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations), dedicated to a united response in cases of humanitarian crises. See a number of videos showing Haiti and the Coalition members’ response from the early days to currently on the Facebook Home Page¹ and their mission overview below².
Céline Dion, Jason Reitman and Michael J. Fox are among the celebrities supporting HC on, (and off), TV spots on Canadian Networks
See a video on the member societies, (CARE, OXFAM Canada, OXFAM Quebec and Save the Children), on the HC site, (humanitariancoalition.ca/).
You can opt out of further communications and/or having your name used by other parties.
You have a choice of donating to: “The Haiti Relief Fund” or “The Emergency Response Fund”
This is a legitimate group. Their Charitable Registration Number is on the bottom of their home page with those of the member organizations.
If any problem occurs, please e-mail them immediately, (email@example.com), or call their toll free telephone number at 1-800-464-9154.
And Remember: Make a secure donation from the HC site and the Canadian Federal Government will immediately give you a printable receipt for tax purposes, and, just for fun, they, (the Cdn. Gov’t), will MATCH YOUR CONTRIBUTION. They won’t go quite as far as giving you a deduction for their half of the doubled contribution, but it’s still a great deal for the people of Haiti, after all they’ve been through, from hurricanes to decades of misguided embargoes, to the reign’s of ‘Papa Doc’ and ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier, (no relation to your humble reporter), and their ‘Tontons Macoutes’ terror and death squads and AIDS.
This may sound too good to be true, but really, it’s just good. Please check out the site and the videos there and on the Facebook fan page. These people have really had to deal with much too much and if you want to help, this is a great way to do it.
And the karma can’t hurt.
Thanks for reading,
¹ Facebook Fan Page, (see videos on the Home Page). Become a Fan and help get the word out.
² HC Mission Overview:
The HUMANITARIAN COALITION is a network of Canadian NGOs dedicated to a united response in cases of humanitarian crises. The members of the Coalition unite because they recognise the need for strong, decisive action. At present, the Coalition has FOUR members: CARE, OXFAM Canada, OXFAM Quebec and Save the Children. These members share the same goal to help the most vulnerable and together they are even better equipped to do so. The Humanitarian Coalition is a fund raising and coordination body that directly supports the humanitarian activities of its members. It does not operate humanitarian programs of its own.
By joining their efforts, the members of the Humanitarian Coalition strive to increase transparency and accountability to both the Canadian public and to those they assist around the world. Together, they will reduce administrative costs and ensure help gets to where it is needed faster than it was possible before.
China: Free Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen
from Students for a Free Tibet (SFT)
working in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence. Learn More
member of The Tibetan Freedom Movement
URGENT: China Sentences Dhondup Wangchen to 6 years in prison
According to sources in Tibet, Chinese authorities sentenced Dhondup Wangchen to a six-year prison sentence on December 28th, 2009. His trial was held in secret and he was denied access to a lawyer of his choosing.
Tell China to Release Dhondup Wangchen Now!
The Chinese authorities have yet to confirm the sentence, but Dhondup Wangchen’s family has released a statement based on information they received from Tibet. It appears that Dhondup Wangchen is appealing his sentence, so it is important we keep the pressure on.
Write a message or record a video message of support for Dhondup Wangchen’s release to add to the Free Tibetan Heroes Gallery
Call the Chinese authorities in Beijing to demand Dhondup Wangchen’s immediate release (note: Beijing is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.) The Chinese government refers to Dhondup Wangchen as Dangzhi Xiangqian (phonetic: Dang-Jeh She-ang Chi-an.)
Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs: +8610 6596 1114 or +8610 6596 3100
Chinese Ministry of Justice: +8610 6520 6706 or +8610 6520 6706
Visit FreeTibetanHeroes.org for more ways to take action
AFP: China sentences Tibetan film-maker to six years: family
Radio Free Asia: China Jails Tibetan Filmmaker
Press Statement by Dhondup Wangchen’s family
Tibetan Governmnet-in-Exile’s Report on Dhondup Wangchen’s Sentence
The story of Dhondup Wangchen, filmmaker jailed in China
New York Times: Profile of Dhondup Wangchen’s trial
Click here for more actions you can take to help secure Dhondup Wangchen’s release
The Chinese government accused Dhondup Wangchen, the Tibetan filmmaker who made Leaving Fear Behind of “inciting separatism,” a charge that carries a severe prison sentence in China. His trial is taking place in secret in Siling in eastern Tibet (Chinese: Xining, Qinghai Province).
In September 2009, Dhondup Wangchen smuggled a letter out of prison alerting the world to his trial. His lawyers have been barred from representing him, casting serious doubt over the fairness of his trial.
This innocent man has been subject to torture while in detention and is in very poor health. Read Human Rights Watch’s appeal for Dhondup Wangchen.
ORGANIZE A SCREENING:
Leaving Fear Behind is an exceptional film made by Tibetans inside Tibet who took great risk to document the true feelings of Tibetans living under Chinese occupation.
Defying all odds, their stories of courage, determination and hardship were smuggled out of Tibet on the eve of the historic uprising that spread across the Tibetan plateau this past spring.
The film is a powerful tool to highlight the voices of Tibetans inside Tibet. Watch the film online now.
Leaving Fear Behind Film Screening Kit:
SFT’s step-by-step guide to organizing a screening of Leaving Fear Behind.
STEP 1: Order a copy of the film! Fill out the form below or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-358-0071. We are asking for a $10 donation to cover the costs of printing and shipping the DVD, please specify “Leaving Fear Behind ” in the “In Honor Of” field.
STEP 2: SFT’s Film Screening Kit contains resources on how to organize a successful screening.
Download the complete Film Screening Kit (zip file – 17.5MB)
The Film Screening Kit includes:
1-Intro to Leaving Fear Behind
2-How to Organize a Screening
3-Leading a Discussion and FAQ
4-Outreach Poster in black & white (pdf)
5-Outreach Poster in color (pdf)
7-50th Anniversary Flyer (doc)
8-50th Anniversary Flyer Color (pdf)
9-50th Anniversary Flyer Black & White (pdf)
Materials to pressure for the release of Dhondup Wangchen:
11-Petition for the release of Dhondup Wangchen
Dhondup Wangchen, the film maker and his camera assistant and friend Jigme Gyatso (commonly known as Golog Jime), a monk from eastern Tibet, interviewed over 100 Tibetans, starting in October 2007. Filming concluded in March 2008, as a historic uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet erupted across the country, bringing new meaning to the voices and sentiments captured in this film.
After being brutally beaten and tortured by Chinese authorities Golog Jigme was release on October 15 back to his monastery in Labrang Tashikyil. He was warmly received by the monks at the monastery and nearby Tibetans who reportedly thanked him for making the film. He is currently under surveillance by Chinese authorities and it is not clear if his charges were dropped. Read the press release about Golog Jigme’s release.
China’s crackdown against the mostly peaceful protests that spread across Tibet last March continue today, with thousands of Tibetans still detained, imprisoned, or missing. As Tibetan areas remain largely closed off to foreigners and journalists, getting information out about the situation on the ground is increasingly difficult, making it even more important that people worldwide hear the voices of Tibetans speaking in this film.
For more information about the film, go to: http://www.leavingfearbehind.com
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