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Dear Friend and
A new president and a changed Congress will take office early next year.
Despite President-elect Barack Obama’s familiarity with Indonesia dating
from childhood, positive changes in U.S. policy toward Indonesia and
East Timor are not assured.
East Timor and Indonesian Action Network (ETAN) remains vigilant
in opposing the impact of U.S. military assistance on human rights and
democracy in both countries.
In November, the Wall Street Journal Asia editorial page urged
President-elect Barack Obama “to stand down liberal Senators and
interest groups,” singling out ETAN by name for seeking to condition
military assistance to Indonesia on real human rights accountability.
As it has in the past, ETAN will apply effective grassroots pressure
needed to restore genuine justice to the agenda of U.S. relations with
Indonesia and East Timor. ETAN will continue its crucial work to reverse
the wrong-headed policies of the Bush and prior administrations with the
new Obama administration and Congress.
For 17 years, ETAN has been a strong and effective voice for a
foreign policy that places human rights and human needs at the
forefront. It is tenacious in its pursuit of justice and accountability,
and its persistence has accomplished an immense amount. Please join
me in supporting ETAN as it carries out its vital work in support of
justice, self-determination and genuine independence for East Timor and
human rights in Indonesia.
Ten years ago,
the East Timorese people in an awe-inspiring display of courage and
dedication, chose independence. It was a remarkable tribute to what the
human spirit can achieve. As the atrocities escalated in the aftermath
of the vote, a senior diplomat in Jakarta described "the dilemma" faced
by great powers like the U.S., "Indonesia matters and East Timor
doesn't." ETAN has never accepted such realpolitik calculations
and helped turn the seemingly hopeless cause of independence into a
reality. Indeed, ETAN continues to have an impact.
Last July, ETAN helped to coordinate a letter from
40 members of Congress to Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
on behalf of two Papuan political prisoners serving prison sentences of
a decade or more for raising a pro-independence flag during a peaceful
protest in West Papua. Members of the Indonesian government reacted
strongly to the letter, accusing ETAN and Congress of “meddling” by
raising human rights concerns. ETAN, of course, is not intimidated.
year ETAN has important plans for continuing its work in solidarity with
the people of Indonesian and East Timor.
ETAN will mark
the anniversary of the historic 1999 vote by building greater solidarity
with independent East Timor, which faces many challenges. ETAN plans to
bring together in East Timor the independent grassroots observers it
organized to monitor the 1999 independence referendum. Following this
reunion, ETAN plans a conference dedicated to building increased
people-to-people engagement with people of East Timor. ETAN will also
continue its efforts to achieve meaningful accountability for the many
crimes committed in 1999 and throughout the course of the U.S.-backed
illegal occupation of East Timor.
support ETAN will make a forceful case early with the new administration
and Congress to return accountability and reform to U.S. relations with
Indonesia. To strengthen this task, ETAN is expanding its staff.
ETAN’s new Advocacy Coordinator will provide consistent presence in
Washington and help to build necessary grassroots pressure.
shoestring budget, ETAN remains tenacious in its pursuit of justice and
accountability. Nearly all of ETAN’s funds support its advocacy and
educational work. ETAN spends little on fundraising and administration
and there is little that can be cut without affecting ETAN’s crucial
work. ETAN counts on your generous response to this annual appeal to
continue its work. This is necessary work that few others in the U.S.
are doing. By giving generously, you can help strengthen ETAN to meet
the challenges of the coming year.
Thank you for
joining me in supporting ETAN’s invaluable work.
P.S. You can
contribute safely through ETAN's website below.
Or you can mail your donation. To support ETAN’s political advocacy
work, write a check made out to “East Timor
Action Network.” For ETAN’s educational efforts,
tax-deductible donations of over $50 can be made out to “A.J. Muste
your donations to: East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN), PO
Box 21873, Brooklyn, NY 11202-1873.
to Donate to ETAN
To support ETAN’s advocacy work, please make your check out to
Action Network” and send it to
ETAN, PO Box 21873, Brooklyn, NY
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Donations of any size for ETAN's political and advocacy work should
be made out to ETAN and are not tax-deductible.
for over $50 can also be made out to "AJ Muste Memorial Institute/ETAN"
be used to support our educational work.
Please mail your donation to:
Timor and Indonesia Action
PO Box 21873
you for your support.