East Timor & Indonesia Action Network Speaker Roster
Each of the individuals listed below can be contacted to speak at
public events, schools, universities, meetings and to peace and justice
groups or other interested organizations. Honorarium and compensation for
travel expenses should be arranged with each speaker individually.
Please let us know about any speaking events you set up so that we can
keep track of East Timor-related activity around the country and help
publicize the event to other interested people in your region. It's also
helpful if you can inform us when you've issued invitations to speakers
from outside your local area.
We can be reached at 718-596-7668, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org..
Please don't hesitate to contact us with questions, problems, or requests
for more information!
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Watsonville, CA 831-724-8051 email@example.com
Pam is a public school teacher who studied and taught in Yogyakarta,
Indonesia in the early 90s, and has been active with ETAN since then,
including as an executive committee member. During 1999 she made three trips
to East Timor first with an exploratory team for Peace Brigades
International, then as an election observer with IFET-OP
during the UN-organized referendum on
independence, and later to assess grassroots needs in the wake of the
extreme post-election violence. From 2000-2002, Pam lived and worked in
Timor-Leste, where she helped to establish La'o Hamutuk (The East
Timor Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis) as one of its
first staff members. Pam spent most of 2009 in Timor-Leste, working with the
Ministry of Social Solidarity on a peacebuilding "Dialogue Project" and with
Fokupers, a national women's organization. Pam has also spent time in both
West Papua and Aceh.
Ben Terrall San Francisco, CA 510-647-3702, firstname.lastname@example.org
In early September 1999, Ben returned from his second trip to East Timor,
where he was part of the IFET Observer Project. Two years earlier, Ben
founded the East Timor Relief Fund, which distributes U.S. contributions
to East Timorese individuals and organizations. His articles on East Timor
and Indonesia have appeared in Indonesia Alert!,
Counterpunch, In These Times, The Progressive, and the
Christian Science Monitor; since 1996 he has been co-editor of ETAN's
newsletter Estafeta. Ben coordinated
a major book drive for the People's Library of East Timor and the
University of East Timor, and is continuing to support educational
initiatives in East Timor. He coordinates ETAN/SF.
Los Angeles, CA
Lisa has been a member of the ETAN/LA chapter since 1998. In 1999
she went to East Timor
as part of the IFET Observer Project, to monitor the referendum.
Mark Rhomberg Los Angeles, CA 310-207-5600,
Mark, an ETAN activist since 1993, is a high school social studies
teacher. He first visited East Timor in Nov./Dec. 1998, and then
returned in June/July 1999 as a logistics coordinator for IFET-OP.
He returned to East Timor in July 2002 to monitor its progress. In
2007 he was a SOMET election observer for the Parliamentary
election. He has compiled an outstanding slide show of his travels
throughout East Timor.
Primary New York Contact (please inform John
of all New York events
so he can help publicize & coordinate):
John M. Miller Brooklyn, NY 718-596-7668, email@example.com
John M. Miller co-founded ETAN in 1991. He is ETAN's
National Coordinator and
has been on staff since late 1996.
He co-coordinates ETAN's New York chapter.
He, along with ETAN, received the John Rumbiak Human Rights
Defenders Award for 2009.
He oversees the east-timor listserv
of english-language news. He is Treasurer of the War Resisters League, author of numerous articles and
pamphlets, and editor and/or publisher for several newsletters and
magazines. He served as staff for a Parliamentarians for East Timor
observer mission to the 1999 referendum in East Timor and most recently
visited East Timor and Indonesia in
August-September 2009. John has appeared
on CNN, CNBC, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting, Pacifica's Democracy Now! and a
numerous other local radio programs. He has written for
Foreign Policy in Focus, Inside Indonesia, Peacework, WIN Magazine and
Amy Goodman (contact John
M. Miller, 718-596-7668)
Amy Goodman is a radio journalist and host of the nationally broadcast
Pacifica Radio program "Democracy
Now!" A survivor of the 1991 Santa Cruz massacre in East Timor,
she was deported from Indonesia in 1999 while attempting to cover the
United Nations-run consultation in East Timor. She
describes her experiences in East Timor in her book
Exception to the Rulers.
Craig Hughes, Washington, DC,
Craig Hughes is a former ETAN intern and a
current member of the ETAN Executive Committee. He
was a participant in the 2007 Solidarity Observer Mission for East Timor (SOMET) in Dili, Timor-Leste and often organizes ETAN
events in New York City and elsewhere. In addition to work with ETAN,
Craig has been involved with anti-neoliberal,
youth, international solidarity, and homeless
organizing efforts over past decade.
Joseph Nevins Poughkeepsie,
Joe is an associate professor of geography at
Vassar College. He
is the author of
Horror: Mass Violence in
from Cornell University Press
(2005). Under the pen name Matthew
Jardine, he also wrote
Genocide in Paradise (Odonian
Press and Common Courage Press, 1999, 2nd edition) and co-authored (with
Unfinished Struggle: Inside the Timorese Resistance (South
End Press, 1997). During 1999, he served as a United
observer for the referendum in the Indonesian-occupied territory.
In 2000, he helped to found La'o Hamutuk, the
Dili-based East Timor
Institute for Reconstruction Monitoring and Analysis. Joe has made seven
trips to East Timor since 1992.
Will Seaman Portland, OR 360-212-4029 (o) 503-235-4986 (h)
Will is a long time human rights activist who has been working on the
issue of East Timor since the early 1980's. He is the coordinator of the
East Timor Action Network Oregon, and spent 7 weeks in East
Timor as logistics coordinator of the IFET observer project. He is
available to speak within driving distance of Portland on weekdays and
is able to travel farther for weekend speaking events.
Karen Orenstein, Washington, DC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Orenstein is a former National
Coordinator of ETAN and was on staff
from July 1999 to July 2006. Through ETAN's
grassroots network and direct lobbying, Karen worked to effect change in US
foreign policy as it relates to East Timor, Indonesia, and human rights in
general. In April 2000, she co-led a congressional
delegation to investigate the conditions of East Timorese refugees in
Indonesian West Timor. Prior to ETAN, Karen worked on a number of
international human rights issues. She is currently on
the staff of Friends of the Earth working on international issues.
Diane Farsetta Madison, WI 608-255-4598 (h),
Diane has been the coordinator of the ETAN/Madison chapter since 1997,
and led the effort to join Madison and Ainaro in the first U.S.-East
Timor sister-city relationship, which was approved in 2001. Diane has
visited East Timor several times, including as a United
Nations-accredited observer of the 1999 referendum with IFET, and as
part of sister-city delegations. She also served as ETAN's national
field organizer from 2000 to 2003. Currently, Diane does research and
reporting for the Center for Media and Democracy (www.prwatch.org),
a media watchdog group, and volunteers at WORT 89.9 fm, a Pacifica.
Eric Piotrowski Madison, WI (608)
Eric Piotroswki has been a member of the East Timor Action Network
since 1996. In 1998 he helped start ETAN/Florida. A secondary
school English teacher by day, In 1999 he served as Assistant U.S. Coordinator for the IFET
Observer Project. He designed the websites of IFET and La'o Hamutuk.
Eric traveled to East Timor in 2005 with the
Madison-Ainaro Sister City Alliance (MASA). In his spare time, Eric works with Amnesty International, the Labor
Party, and various independent music and literature organizations.
Local Chapters and Contacts
There may be one in your area.
East Timor/Worldwide Support