April 19th, 2001


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Hi Everyone,

I've been meaning to write to you about how upset I've been since reading about an explosion that happened in a small Chinese province, where the local government had been forcing young schoolchildren to assemble fireworks as unpaid slave labor. The families had complained to the local authorities for over three years but were ignored and turned away. Wanting their children to have at least some kind of education they continued to have them attend despite the forced labor. The third and fourth grade classrooms were assigned the task of inserting the fuses into the firecrackers. Many of the children were afraid but were forced to cooperate or face punishment including being forced to kneel all day on the floor and having their families pay large fines.

On Tuesday March 9th an explosion in Fanglin, China killed forty two people, most of them third and fourth graders. The government, in an effort to quell any bad press, quickly blocked off roads to and from the village and kept press away. They created an official story about a mad bomber and denied that the assembling of firecrackers was responsible for the explosion, but the parents and relatives of the children disagree.

Using children as unpaid labor in the countryside is apparently common practice. The moneys raised form these enterprises line the pockets of the officials, and pay the salaries of the teachers, with none of it being returned to the children in the form of materials or food. China claims to provide free public education up to the equivalent of our grade nine but families cannot afford the fees imposed for this supposedly "free" education and many children would rather work for their families instead.

I got this from a link on Cheryl's page, please click the link at the bottom and join the campaign to prevent Beijing from being allowed to host the Olympics in 2008.

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Help stop Beijing's bid to host the Olympic Games, and prevent China from whitewashing their crimes in Tibet and Tirana Square. Ask your members of congress to support resolutions pending in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Subject: No Olympics for China Until Tibet is Free

Dear [ Decision Maker ] ,

I am writing to urge you to support the concurrent Congressional Resolution opposing Beijing's bid for the 2008 Olympics. China has brutally occupied Tibet for more than fifty years, and regularly detains and tortures both Tibetans and Chinese for peacefully expressing their beliefs. A country that flagrantly violates international laws in this manner should not receive the distinction of being an Olympic host.

Since China invaded and annexed Tibet in 1949, more than 1.2 million Tibetans have died from famine, imprisonment, torture and execution. In Tibet today there is no freedom of press, speech, assembly or religion, and Tibetans are now facing the most serious crackdown on their religious freedom in years. Chinese authorities have been carrying out house-to-house searches for banned photographs of the Dalai Lama, religious shrines, and incense burners, and Tibetans caught with this contraband are subject to arrest, imprisonment, and torture.

It is inappropriate for China to host the Olympic games while its government illegally occupies another country. While China speaks loudly of its economic and social development in recent years, they have made no progress whatsoever in their treatment of human rights. "Social stability" in Tibet is enforced by 300,000 Chinese troops.

Since western countries began expanding trade relations with China, while de-linking trade and human rights, Tibet has experienced the most severe oppression since the Cultural Revolution, and religious tolerance inside China has also deteriorated. Although China has signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, it has not ratified either one. It is clear that when the international community does not specifically consider human rights in its relationship with China, intolerance and repression only increase.

It would be unjust and irresponsible to give China the internationally recognized privilege of hosting the Games, given its government's occupation of Tibet and disregard for the human rights of its own people. Until China leaves Tibet, it does not deserve the honor of hosting the Olympic games. Please support human rights in China and Tibet and vote in favor of the congressional resolution.

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Tonight life feels pretty sweet.

My man came over. My son had a good time with my ex, his father. He brushed his teeth and went to bed without complaint. The doggies stopped barking. I cleaned the kittens eyes. I gave the ferrets some exercise and Noemi cleaned their cage. The ratties got raisin treats and crackers. I cuddled with Charles Bukowski, the cat not the poet.

Oh that reminds me that I finally saw that show on the sci-fi channel that my friend Monique has been telling me about, with the psychic who asks lots of identifying questions and then tells people things that their crossed over relatives want them to know. I'm such a weird combination of pragmatic/skeptic and hopeful/mystic. I want to believe so badly but I feel like it's just got to be faked somehow. I was heartbroken when I found out that Siegfried and Roy weren't really making that elephant materialize, heh, just kidding.

I took a nap and am feeling a bit better. My DSL is working, thank God. I don't have a dollar in the bank right now but I'm confident that all will be resolved come the morrow. I had a weird dream about a group of actors and a Shakespearean play too. There was this older woman, she was about sixty-five and she was playing Horatio or Yorick with a skull or someone like that, and she did this amazing monologue and afterwards I was trying so hard to catch up with her to compliment her.

I'm really excited about the package community. Apropos of nothing really I'd just like to say how much I love Diane Sawyer, oh and tomorrow night, for the adopted among us, Barbara Walters has a special on ABC at nine called Grown In My Heart, I didn't know she had an adopted daughter, and her name is Jacqueline too. I called my Mom and told her to watch it.

Here's a story I posted in The Book Foole's journal. It was kind of weird so I wanted to share it with you;
A doctor in the elevator of this medical building yesterday got really irate about my not being willing to tell him the name of this book I'm reading, The Fuck Up. It was so weird, he looked at my book, looked at me and said, "What's the name of that book?", and for some stupid reason I got shy, I swear all the time so it must have been his odd intensity, but I just couldn't do it. When he pressed me for an answer I said, "It's called The Screw Up." Well, there was this sweet, little, elderly Asian woman in the elevator with us, and who knows, she might have been offended if I just blurted Fuck out like that so I didn't. Anyway the doctor fellow exploded, "That's not the name of that book! That's not the name of that God Damned book and you know it!!!" It was such a weird exchange. I never saw it coming.

There isn't a room in my house that isn't filled with books. Even the bathrooms have bookcases that are stuffed. I had to remodel to build a library. It has twelve foot ceilings, (it's kind of smallish though, kind of a cube, and I need a ladder badly), and I filled it immediately.

Last night my heartbreaker-of-an-ex called and asked me if I knew of a good used book store, "But not Wilshire Books." Wilshire Books is great for buyers but not for sellers. I felt so hurt because I imagined since he is always poor and scrounging that he was probably looking for a place to sell all of the beautiful books I've given him through the years. I could just imagine him selling these books I have carefully selected for him, books that have deeply personal inscriptions, books I hoped he would have with him throughout his life, so that a part of my love for him would live on in a way, in his history. Oh and it really kills me that after all of the years we were together (16) he is now, at forty years old, finally beginning to read something other than a porn, car or trucker magazine, and he attributes it to the fabulous influence of his "very mature" eighteen year old girlfriend. Life can be so painful sometimes. Of course it can also be utterly beautiful, rich, and filled with meaning.
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Direct from The Government of Tibet in Exile
A list of support groups you can contact.

(Thanks Brendan and Cheryl)

Alaska Tibet Committee
65330 Knob Hill Rd.
Anchor Point, Alaska 99556
fax/phone 907-235-4277
e-mail: dpaljor@igc.apc.org
Director: Denise Lassaw Paljor
Pub: AK Tibet Committee Newsletter, occasional, Engl.

Alaska-Tibet Committee in Fairbanks
P.O. Box 73359
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Tel: (907) 456-4780
Contact: Neville Jacobs
e-mail: rjacobs@polarnet.com

American Religious Committee for Tibet
Office of the Dean
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10025
Tel (212) 316-7493
Fax: 212-932-7348
Comprised of religious leaders. ARCT is an organization of interfaith leadership dedicated to religious and cultural freedom and diversity, in general; and the right of the Tibetan people to maintain and nurture their distinctive heritage, in particular.

Arizona Friends of Tibet
P.O. Box 31956
Tucson, AZ 85751-1956
Tel/Fax: (602) 885-6527
President: Peggy Hitchcock
Secretary: Kathleen Dyhr
To increase the awareness of the citizens of Arizona about Tibet and traditional Tibetan culture as it existed before the Chinese occupation.

Arizona Friends of Tibet
c/o Elaine Pilbrow
26430 Pinewood Drive
Sun Lakes, AZ 95248
Tel/Fax: (602) 895-7785

Northern Arizona Branch:
Arizona Friends of Tibet
c/o Valerie Eimers
285 Arch Drive
Sedona, AZ 86351
Tel: (602) 284-4220

Artists for Tibet
3212 S.E. 23rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97202
Tel: (503) 233-7055 Fax: (503) 233-5469

Bay Area Friends of Tibet
347 Dolores St.
Suite 206
San Francisco, CA 94110
Tel: (415) 241-9197
Fax: (415) 626-0865
President: Jigme Yugay
Educates the public about the Tibetan people. Organizes three annual "Tibet Days" in San Francisco, Berkeley, & Santa Cruz.

Tibetan Alliance of Chicago
4750 N Sheridan Ave.
Suite No. 469.
Chicago, IL 60640
Contact person : Sherab Gyatso (Director)
Tel: (773) 275-7454
e-mail: Sgyatso@aol.com

Colorado Friends of Tibet
3095 Lafayette Drive
Boulder, CO 80303
Tel: (303) 499-4168
Fax: (303) 499-2125
e-mail: aengle@engle.com
Chairperson: Dawn Engle
Statewide, nonprofit, educational corporation with six chapters located throughout the state of Colorado (one chapter for each Colorado Congressional District).

Committee of 100 for Tibet
PO Box 60612
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Tel/Fax: (415) 851-4262
e-mail: Tibet100@aol.com
Chairman: Jigme Yugay
President and Executive Director: Fred Shepardson
The Committee is made up of 100 respected persons from over twenty countries who support the Tibetan people in their nonviolent struggle for independence.

The Georgia Tibet Committee
240 Brandon Place
Atlanta, Georgia
Tel: (404) 396-8427
Fax: (404) 396-0796
e-mail: wendyg418@aol.com
Contact: Wendy Garling.

International Campaign for Tibet
1825 K St. NW Suite 520
Washington, D.C. 20006
Tel: (202) 785-1515
Fax: (202) 785-4343
e-mail: ict@peacenet.org
URL: http://www.savetibet.org
President: Lodi G. Gyari; Director: John Ackerly A nonprofit, membership organization founded in 1988. Promotes human rights and democratic freedoms in Tibet. ICT monitors current developments in Tibet and reports the information to the U.S. Congress, human rights organizations and the media. The Campaign networks with non-governmental organizations and Tibet support groups to support initiatives for peaceful resolutions to the Tibetan issue. Staff: Rachel Lostumbo (Director of Government Relations), Jigme Ngapo (China Analyst), Bhunchung K Tsering (Communication Director), Kelsang D. Aukatsang (Editor/A.A.), Lesley Friedell (Program Assistant), Maya Crawford (Membership) Pub: Tibet Press Watch, Tibet Environment and Development Newsletter (both bi-monthly issues in English)

International Committee of Lawyers for Tibet
2288 Fulton Street, #312
Berkeley, CA 94704
e-mail: iclt@igc.apc.org
Executive Director: Janice Mantell
President: Eva Herzer
Legal research and drafting, assisting Tibetans to pursue their
claims inappropriate national and international fora.

International Tibet Independence Movement
PO Box 592
Fishers, IN 46038-0592
Tel: (317) 579-9015
Fax: (317) 579-0914 e-mail: Rangzen@AOL.COM
URL: http://www.rangzen.com
Contact: Larry Gerstein or Professor Thubten Jigme Norbu

Los Angeles Friends of Tibet
PO Box 641066
L.A., CA 90064851
Contacts: Lisa Kelly
Tel:(310) 289-4654
Maine Friends of Tibet
15 Jacques Lane
Windham, ME 04062
Tel: (207) 774-7000
Contact: Terry Fraclich

Maryland Friends of Tibet
101 South Washington St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
Tel: (410) 522-3751
Contacts: Daniel Maciejczyk & Cathy Gabriele

Miami Friends of Tibet
1130 NW 30 Court
Miami, FL 33125
Tel: (305) 642-9454
Fax: (305) 642-6303
Contacts: Mili Lamas; T.C. Thupten; Silvia Sarasua.

The Milarepa Fund
1230 Market Street, #11
San Francisco, CA. 94102
Phone: 1888 MILAREPA
e-mail: info@milarepa.org
Web Site: http://www.milarepa.org
Director: Erin Potts.
Non-profit foundation established to promote universal compassion through music. It lends itself financially and otherwise to organizations working toward this goal. While the primary focus is Tibet, the organization also works with other peoples.

Pittsburgh Friends of Tibet, Inc.
514 Gilmore Ave.
Trafford, PA 15085-1144
Tel: (412) 373-1826 or (412) 373-7558
President: Jay F. Stokes

Princeton Friends of Tibet
c/o Tsering Yangdon
76 1/2 Linden Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540
Tel: (609) 924-5243
e-mail: ntaylor@cyberspace.org or tyangdon@rutgers.edu

Stanford Friends of Tibet
c/o ASSU Tressidder Union
Stanford, CA 94305
Tel: (415) 725-4626
Fax: (415) 725-6757
Contact: Michael Bachman
e-mail: bachmann@cmgm.stanford.edu
Contact: Erica Peng
Tel: (415) 725-0369
e-mail: noperica@leland.stanford.edu

Students Against Splendid China
1730 Sherwood St.
Clearwater, FL 34615
Tel: (813) 443-0693
Fax: (813) 791-6997
e-mail: trinley@CHURCHWARD.COM
Director: Elizabeth Churchward
Protesting Splendid China Theme Park, revealing misrepresentations contained in the park, and educating the public about the park.

Students for a Free Tibet
545 Eighth Avenue, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10018
Tel: (212) 594-5898
Fax: (212) 594-6536
e-mail: sft@igc.org
A network of student-run Tibet support groups in college campuse nationwide. Co-sponsored by International Campaign for Tibet and the US Tibet Committee. Coordinated each semester by a student intern.

Tibet Children's Fund
P.O. Box 1458
Woodinville, WA 98072
Tel: (800) 426-1321
Fax: (206) 794-1264
Directors: Dachen Choeden Kyaping & Laron Olson
Primarily involved in maintaining orphanages and shelters in the city of Lhasa and surrounding areas.

Tibet Education Network
PO Box 30094
Seattle WA 98103
Tel:(206) 781-8060
Fax: (206) 706-6204
E-mail: glblsrc@ix.netcom.com
Director: Jon Garfunkel
Offers school programs in greater Seattle area such as all-school & classroom slide presentations, specialized curricular units and
student workshops.

Tibetan Community Assistance
Project Inc./Boston
P.O. Box 381922
MA 02238
Office: Swedenborg Chapel
55 Quincy Street
MA 02138.
Tel: (617) 492-0773
Chairperson: Rodney Barker; Secretary: Nancy Tenney
Provides a program of core resettlement services and community development for all Tibetans settling in eastern Massachusetts.

Sangha Tibet Resources
237 Holland St.
Somerville, MA 02144, USA
e-mail: tdigenti@tiac.net
Tom Digenti

Tibetan Cultural and Community Service of
Southern California (TCCSC)
2501 W. Redondo Beach Blvd.
CA 90249
Tel: (310) 289-4302
Co-Chairs: Kalsang Wangden, Elaine Takashi

Tibetan Rights Campaign
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N,
#323 Seattle
WA 98103
Tel: (206) 547-1015
Fax: (206) 547-3758
e-mail: trcseattle@igc.apc.org
Executive Director: Kunzang Yuthok
TRC is a grassroots human rights organization based in Seattle, Washington and has branches in Spokane, Washington and Bozeman, Montana. Pub: Tibet Monitor, monthly, Engl.

US Tibet Committee
241 East 32 St.
New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212) 213-5011 Fax: (212) 779-9245
e-mail: ustcsft@igc.apc.org
Chairman: Sonam Wangdu; President: Steve di Costanazo.
USTC is an independent human rights organization of Tibetan and American volunteers which promotes public awareness of the current political situation in Tibet through lectures, conferences, demonstrations, and letter writing campaigns. USTC has chapters in 18 states.

Utah Friends of Tibet
2148 S. Wyoming St.
Salt Lake City
UT 84109
Tel: (801) 487-8930
Contact: Bob Palais

Utah Tibet Support Group
145 East 1300 South #409
Salt Lake City
UT 84115
Tel: (801) 364-1376 Fax: same
Board of Directors: Pema Chagzoetsang, Tracy Stevens,
Mark Brinkerhoff, Lorna Burgess, Rick Mandhall

Wisconsin Friends of Tibet
Deer Park Corporation
4548 Schneider Drive
Oregon, WI 53575
Tel/Fax (608) 255-9559
e-mail: pjkindy@facstaff.wisc.edu
Co-chairs: Phillips Kindy, Tenzin Trinley (Sharpa Tulku)

Larry Gerstein
President, Int'l Tibet Independence Movement
PO Box 194
Fishers, Indiana 46038-0914
317-579-9015 phone
317-579-0914 fax
e-mail: rangzen@aol.com