Sat. Mar. 10th, Tibetan National Day Rally and March

March 9, 2012

A couple of days back, Occupy Wall Street passed a resolution to support Tibetan National Day.

…#OWS Stands in Solidarity with those engaged in the 53 Year Old Non-Violent Tsampa Revolution and call on all #Occupy friends, allies & supporters alike to join their local March 10th Tibetan Uprising Anniversary events to raise awareness about the marginalization of the Tibetan 99%. 

When:         Saturday, March 10, 2012
Time   :        11:00 AM
Where :       Portland City Hall Courtyard, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

The event begins at 11am at City Hall, followed by protest march going west on Madison- north on Broadway- east on Burnside- south on 3rd avenue and loop back to City hall on Main. It will end in front of Nordstroms where we will hang out with flags and flyers to inform public of situation in Tibet until 4 or 5 pm

Speeches by:
City commissioner Randy Leonard
NWTCA president
Kalon Tripa statement (in English)

Sign a petition by contacting your Senators to Support Resolution 356! This legislation calls on the Government of China to suspend religious control regulations, reassess religious and security policies in Tibet, and resume a dialogue with the Dalai Lama, in response to the recent self-immolations and intensifying security crackdowns. 

Send Your Message to the US Senate

**This action was approved by the Occupy Portland General Assembly on March. 4, 2012** 
FROM OCCUPY WALL ST – Statement of solidarity:

Over the past 53 years, the world has watched silently as the Tibetan people non-violently struggled against China’s colonial rule.

In the past year alone, we have witnessed barbaric acts of repression by Chinese security forces in Tibet.

Since March 2011, over twenty Buddhist monks, nuns, and laypeople have set fire to themselves in protest.

Their demands were clear – Some form of Political Independence for Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet. We have heard their cries.

Determined to break this silence, we send our strongest solidarity and lasting support to the people of Tibet in their continued non-violent struggle for freedom.

The systematic destruction of Tibet’s unique culture, economic marginalization of Tibetans, destructive mining and environmental degradation, “patriotic re-education” of dissidents, and the indiscriminate shooting of peaceful protesters is unacceptable. These acts are cruel and shameful. We share the anger of the Tibetan people and their desires for freedom. Indeed, we share the same principles of freedom, equality, and self-determination in our movement.

We especially recognize the courageous actions of Tibetan youths who risk their lives protesting for freedom. Across the globe, from Tiananmen Square to Tahrir Square, from Syria to Wall Street, youth has been the backbone of revolutions.

The passion and courage of Tibet’s new is an inspiration to young people across the globe.

We stand united with this ongoing Tibetan resistance movement that is now being called the “Tsampa Revolution”, named after the staple food of Tibet.

We express our collective grief for more than twenty Buddhist monks, nuns, and laypeople that set themselves on fire demanding freedom.

Because we are aware that grief alone does not bring about revolutionary change, we recognize March 10th, 2012,
the “53rd Tibetan National Uprising Day” and stand with our Tibetan brothers and sisters fighting for the right to live in peace and freedom like every other human being.