On June 16th and 17th I want to invite you to a party at my home to help a campaign to free the world's only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi. She is held under house arrest in the Southeast Asian country of Burma by one of the world's most brutal military dictatorships.
I'm hosting the party because her birthday is June 19th, and I and many other people across the United States are all organizing events to try and draw attention to her struggle. We are all staying at home for 24 hours of self-imposed "house arrest" in solidarity with Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest in Burma. You don't have to do this though -- I just want you to come to my party during my arrest so I can show you a video about Burma and ask you to send letters to our members of Congress.
My party will start at 12:00PM, and I will be preparing Burmese food and beer/wine. I am going to raise between $300 and $1,000 at this event for the campaign to free Aung San Suu Kyi, so I'm asking that everyone make a donation.
"The struggle for human rights and democracy in Burma is not easy, but as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." On June 16th and 17th, let's raise our voices for what matters."
I have arranged for this event to be documented as a part of my independent documentary film, photography, and visual arts project, "Honoring Home," through Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communications and the International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma.
I am currently directing this project to honor Han Lin, Burmese Freedom Fighter. See: www.ithaca.edu/icq/2004v4/burmese/index.htm Han taught me everything I know about Burma as well as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. He has gone on hunger strikes, long marches to the U.N. and encourages everyone to honor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's request, "please use your liberty to promote ours."
I hope to see you at my party! If you are not able to attend but would like to make a donation, please send a check to my house made out to "US Campaign for Burma". All donations are tax-deductible.
In the meantime, if you want to learn more about Burma, check out www.uscampaignforburma.org
I look forward to hearing from you all soon. Thank you very much!
Aung Din, Jeremy Woodrum, Jennifer Quigley, and Thelma Young US Campaign for Burma