Vol. 6, No. 2
John Sayles on East & West Timor
Helping East Timor's Grassroots
Here They Come Again!
Itís campaign season in the U.S., providing opportunities to interact with candidates as they come among us asking for votes. Letís challenge or praise their records on East Timor and Indonesia, and ask them their positions on restoring U.S. military ties to Indonesia.
During the 1992 campaign, ETAN activists in Wisconsin publicly challenged Republican Senator Robert Kastenís support for U.S. training of Indonesian soldiers. The issue was picked up by Russell Feingold, who defeated Kasten and remains one of East Timorís strongest supporters in Washington. Senator Feingold recently said, "I hadnít always planned to become involved in East Timor, because I wasnít always aware of the situation there. But then, more than seven years ago, the Madison, Wisconsin, chapter of the East Timor Action Network ó ETAN ó brought the plight of the East Timorese people to my attention." We need more like him.
Click here for ETAN's Election 2000 web, including questions for the candidates.