Talk with Tim Aye Hardy about Burma (Wednesday, June 8th at 6:30p)

Hi everyone,

Tim Aye Hardy

"I was one of the lucky few. Up to 6,000 innocent protesters were gunned down, and many more were imprisoned or mysteriously disappeared in the night. I lost many colleagues and close friends." - Tim Aye Hardy.

Recently, TIME magazine featured an article with headline, UN Envoy: Burma Not Addressing Abuse.  Not that this is news, as the abuses within Burma are long-standing and ongoing.  In April, the Obama administration finally complied with a portion of the Jade Act signed into law in 2008 and appointed a Special Envoy to Burma, Derek Mitchell.  As calls for a Commission of Inquiry continue, how much of a difference will this recent appointment (presuming he is confirmed by US Senate) make for Burma?

Our thanks goes out in advance to our dear friend, Tim Aye Hardy, from the Burma Global Action Network.  Some of you may recall Tim from when he was with us in person for an event last July.  He has graciously agreed to give us an update, walking us through the twists and turns of the current situation in Burma.

At our next meeting on Wednesday, June 8th at 6:30p, Tim, who lives in NYC, will join us via Skype.  This special meeting will be held in Lake Forest instead of our usual location.  Here is the address:

Talk with Tim about Burma
Wednesday, June 8th @ 6:30p in Lake Forest, CA
(If you’d like to attend, please contact us at (949) 891-2005 or info@ocfordarfur.org and we will send you the address)

We have limited space for this meeting.  Hope you can join us.

Warmly,

Barbara & Anshul
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
ocfordarfur.org | blog | facebook

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OC For Darfur meeting is this Tuesday, July 6th

Hi everyone,

Understanding Burma: An Evening With Tim Aye Hardy

See pictures from Understanding Burma: An Evening With Tim Aye Hardy

It was quite surprising to see so many people attend Understanding Burma: An Evening With Tim Hardy last Thursday. At best we were expecting 50-70 people given that it was a mid-week event and right before the holiday weekend. Instead, we had over a 100 people attend and raised $427.05!! Thank you everyone for your generous support. This money will be split evenly between Tim’s organization, Burma Global Action Network and us.

The next OC For Darfur planning meeting is this Tuesday, July 6th at 6:30p.
We will meet at Patty’s office in Newport Beach. Here is the address:

Patty’s office @ 6:30p
2424 SE Bristol Street, Suite 300
Newport Beach, CA 92660

We will discuss:

  • Update on what’s going on in Sudan, Congo and Burma.
  • Wrap up for An Evening With Tim Aye Hardy.
  • Celebrating the 10th birthday of the ICC at Barbara’s house on July 17th.
  • The United States and the International Criminal Court (ICC).

If you’d like to know more about our various activities, please do join us at the meeting.

Anshul Mittal
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
ocfordarfur.org | calendar | blog | facebook

PS: All our projects are volunteer driven and organized with minimal overhead cost. However, we always need help in covering postage, printing and other misc. costs. If you’d like to help, please consider making a donation. Thank you :)

Understanding Burma: An Evening With Tim Aye Hardy (Thursday, July 1st)

Hi everyone,

As many of you are already aware, OC for Darfur has expanded its focus to include additional regions where mass atrocities are occurring, such as Burma.

It can be challenging to understand the complexities of ethnically based violence in any country. In Burma, a country that does not allow journalists on the ground, information often gets out only through the underground courage of those who put their lives at risk to tell the story.

We are very excited and grateful to be partnered with University Synagogue and the Irvine Chapter of Amnesty International to offer an event, Thursday, July 1st, entitled, Understanding Burma: An Evening with Tim Aye Hardy.

I had the privilege of meeting and getting to know Tim through the Genocide Intervention Network Carl Wilkens Fellowship. He was born and raised in Burma, and a student organizer of the 1988 protests. His participation in this left him needing to flee the country because his life was endangered.

We will be screening the Academy Award nominated documentary Burma VJ, and having a conversation with Tim after the film. It is a rare opportunity to get him out here to Orange County from his current home in New York. We look forward to hearing his firsthand account of life in Burma and really hope you will join us for this event.

Barbara English
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
ocfordarfur.org | calendar | blog | facebook

Understanding Burma:
An Evening with Tim Aye Hardy

Understanding Burma: An Evening With Tim Aye Hardy

Thursday, July 1st 2010
7:00p

University Synagogue
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612

Cost:
Free

What is going on in Burma? How is a military machine of 500,000 soldiers able to deny a country of 50 million it’s most basic rights? Why has Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Price Laureate been under house arrest for over 14 years?

Join us for a screening of Burma VJ and a conversation with Tim Aye Hardy.

Visit

http://livingubuntu.org/events for more information. Please RSVP on the website.

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