Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cyclone Relief Fundraiser / House Party

Sunday, Sep 28, 2008 - 6:30-8:30pm
(program starts 7:00pm sharp)
San Francisco Mission location, near 24th/Mission.
Email for location and directions.

Local Burma expert Rick Heizman has been to Burma 20 times—and is going again in early October—for the third time this year. Rick will give a short dynamic presentation and answer questions about the mega-disaster and his related work. Rick will be raising funds to rebuild and repair schools and orphanages, sponsor and facilitate art and music therapy for traumatized kids, and help people reestablish their livelihoods and help kids regain a hopeful childhood.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

8-8-08 - 20th Anniversary of 8-8-88

August 8, 2008 (8-8-08) is not only the day of the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics; it is also the twentieth anniversary of historic protests that ignited a global movement for change in Burma.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, the cities of San Francisco and Berkeley have proclaimed August 8th, "Burma Day."

To commemorate this there will be three events:

- Flag raising in Berkeley, 7:45 - 8:30 am
- Rally in San Francisco's Union Square, 4:00-7:00 pm
- Gallery event in San Francisco, 6:00-9:00 pm

For info on these events visit:

For info about other events around the world, check out:

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Food Bazaar: Burma and China Disaster Relief

Fund Raising Food Bazaar and Silent Auction
Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 11:00am–2:00pm

3003 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara, CA

More info»

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Candles for Burma

The non-profit advocacy group, Ethical Traveler, has revived their Candles for Burma campaign.

This campaign - wherein visitors to the ET web site can post images in solidarity with the people of Burma - originally ran for Aung San Suu Kyi's 60th birthday.

Now, three years later, the campaign is being revived to draw attention to all prisoners of conscience in Burma (including Aung San Suu Kyi) and to show solidarity with the victims of Cyclone Nargis.

Show your solidarity with Aung San Suu Kyi and all the prisoners of conscience in Burma.

Show your solidarity with the victims of Cyclone Nargis.

Candles for Burma»

June 17 - Flashpoints Radio

Dennis Bernstein updated his listeners on the post-cyclone situation with the help of Kenneth, Nandi, and Nick (just back from Burma).

Listen here:

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

June 14/15 Events - Photos

The events on June 14 and 15 were both very successful. View photos from each by following the links below.

June 14 - BAWA Burma Women's Day, Fremont

View Photos»

June 15 - Nargis Fundraiser, San Bruno

View Photos»
View More Photos (from Ko Ko Lay)»

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Bay Area Burmese Community Continues Humanitarian Assistance Work

A message to the media...
Bay Area Burmese Community Continues Humanitarian Assistance Work for the Victims of Cyclone Nargis Using Underground Networks

The past few weeks have shown that the Burmese military junta, once again, is not true to its word.

Head thug Than Shwe gave Ban Ki-Moon assurances that he would allow the free flow of aid to the cyclone victims. Ban went away happy and has barely been heard from on this topic since. Assistance continues to be hampered by the Burmese regime as a million or more people suffer without proper help.

International giving has paled in comparison to that for China quake relief because donors are concerned that their money will go to the junta instead of to the people. They have good cause to be concerned.

The Burmese community abroad knows there is an alternative. They channel money through the sangha - the Buddhist monks. The monks are in a unique position to effectively provide assistance to the cyclone victims via underground, grassroots channels.

Here in the Bay Area, the Burmese community has raised over $100,000. This money is being channeled through Sasana Moli - the International Burmese Monks Organization. Sasana Moli is stepping in to care for the people, where the government is not.

This coming weekend - June 14 and 15 - there will be two important fund-raising events in the Bay Area.
The local Burmese community recognizes the critical need to keep the fund-raising going and to keep this story in the news.

Please consider covering one or both of these events.

Saturday, June 14, 2008
Burmese American Women's Alliance (BAWA) presents
A Celebration of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's Birthday & Burma's Women's Day
TIME: 5:00pm to 8:00pm
LOCATION: Los Cerritos Community Center
3377 Aldar Ave
Fremont, CA
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View Details (blog post)

Sunday, June 15, 2008
SF Bay Area Burmese Community presents
Cyclone Relief Fund Raising Event
TIME: 10:00am to 3:00pm
LOCATION: Capuchino High School
1501 Magnolia Ave
San Bruno, CA
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Thanks for your support,

~Gregg Butensky
Member, Board of Directors
Burmese American Democratic Alliance