Thank you to all of you who heeded the call to action and pledged to Stand Up for Tibet. If you haven’t yet, there is still time to add your signature. As I write this, we are on the brink of reaching 21,000, and now that we have hit our initial goal of 20,000 by November 2nd, we are aiming higher and pushing for 30,000 signatures by Thursday, November 3rd—the day that the G20 begins in Cannes, France, and world leaders meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao. It is not too late to Stand Up for Tibet.
Sign the pledge here: http://standupfortibet.org/enough/dk-speakup-petition-1/
Since I last wrote to you we have received some exciting updates and devastating news. Exciting news first, of course—in addition to hitting 20,000 pledges, we received a personal email from Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu asking us to add his name to the pledge. Dozens of government representatives, Nobel Laureates, musicians, artists, and more have been added to the list of influential signatories, and I hope we gain more with your help.
Another exciting bit of news was the opening of a 3-day art installation titled “Our Land, Our People,” in Dharamsala, India, which allowed Tibetans in exile to set foot on Tibetan soil. New York-based Tibetan artist Tenzing Rigdol painstakingly transported 20 tons of soil from Tibet to Dharamsala, a journey that took seventeen months. Rigdol then set up a stage that allowed Tibetan exiles to set foot on their native land. For some Tibetans, it was the first time they had touched soil from Tibet in decades, for others born in exile, it was the first time ever.
Read more here: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/27/world/asia/india-tibet-soil/?hpt=wo_t2; http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2011/10/26/in-india-tibetans-set-foot-on-a-smuggled-piece-of-home/?mod=google_news_blog
Unfortunately, days after I wrote that last email to you, another monk self-immolated in eastern Tibet. Dawa Tsering is a 38-year-old monk of Kardze monastery, and is the second monk to self-immolate from that monastery, the first being Tsewang Norbu in August. On October 25th, Dawa Tsering set himself on fire within the walls of Kardze monastery during a religious ritual dance. While engulfed in flames, he shouted for the return of the Dalai Lama, as well as for freedom and equality in the region. His current whereabouts and well-being are unknown.
Tibetans inside Tibet are crying out desperately for help, and it is time for the world to respond. We would be morally remiss to stand by and watch while innocent monks and nuns set themselves alight. On Wednesday, November 2nd, the world will Stand Up for Tibet—literally. Protests in over 60 cities and 30 countries have been planned across the globe. I will be joining Tibetans and Tibet supporters in Washington DC, where 1,000 people are expected to descend on the city for a protest at the Chinese Embassy, followed by a march on the White House to deliver the petition and our message to President Obama—Enough! Global Intervention Now to Save Tibetan Lives.
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Thank you again for taking the time to read this.