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Left: On February 1, 2008, ETAN demonstrates at the Indonesian Consulate in New York to call for justice for Suharto's many victims. Center: One of many ETAN protests calling for prosecution of Henry Kissinger. Right: ETAN's John M. Miller (with bullhorn), calls for the safe return of East Timorese refugees, January 2000 at the Indonesian Consulate in New York. Protests also took place in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston and Washington, DC.

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ETAN and other East Timor/Indonesia Support Events Calendar
(Don't see an event in your area - help organize one! See below.) If you would like your event listed send the details to john@etan.org.


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California

Benny Wenda is a West Papua human rights leader living in political exile in England. He is spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), the broad coalition seeking self-determination for the territory. In February, Benny met with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa, who has urged the United Nations to review the discredited 1969 "referendum" in which the former Dutch colony of Papua was incorporated into Indonesia, and compared the oppression and ongoing human rights abuses with the apartheid of South Africa.

This is Wenda's first visit to the West Coast and he will be speaking to several diverse communities in California and Hawaii, delivering an intimate account about the conditions of West Papua. Information has been difficult to attain due to the ongoing restrictions imposed by Indonesian authorities banning foreign journalists and human rights groups from traveling into the region.

Here's the current breakdown of Benny Wenda's 2015 schedule in California

---IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA--

THURSDAY MAY 14

4:00-5:30: Eastside Cafe presentation with Urban Zapatista
5469 Huntington Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90032
http://eastsidecafe.org/

7:00pm-9:00pm: UCLA, Campbell Hall Details TBD

FRIDAY MAY 15

9:00am: Uprising Radio 9:00

2:00pm-4:00pm: Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum
695 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
http://www.pieam.org/

8:00pm-11:00pm: The Mint
Blue King Brown/Big Mountain/ AK Rockefeller
6010 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
http://themintla.com/

SATURDAY MAY 16

11:00am-12:00pm KPFK- Freedom Now

1:00pm-2:00pm: Heritage of Aloha Festival
Heritage Park, 12100 Mora Drive in Santa Fe Springs
http://www.hooilinafoundation.com/heritage-of-aloha-fest

4:00pm-7:00pm: Oceanian Indigenous Communities of Southern California
Grace Methodist Church
2325 East 3rd St. Long Beach, CA 90814

SUNDAY MAY 17

3:00pm-5:00pm Drum Circle Leimert Park

6:00pm-9:00pm KRST Unity Center of Afrakan Spiritual Science
7825 S. Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90047
http://www.krstunitycenter.org/

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TUESDAY MAY 19

6:00pm-9:00pm City College of San Francisco
Benny Wenda addresses Critical Pacific Island Studies Program
Public event, TBA
50 Phelan Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

WEDNESDAY MAY 20

6:30pm-9:00pm Oceania Coalition of Northern California
Teach-In Free West Papua InterTribal Friendship House
523 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94606

THURSDAY MAY 21

6:00pm-8:30pm Center for Political Education
522 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Note: All events are subject to change.

For updated see https://www.facebook.com/BennyWenda2015CA
Twitter: @imiponoprojects
call (808) 218-4367


New York

Protest Kissinger - May 13, NYC

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
6 pm - 8 pm

He's Back! Protest Henry Kissinger!
36 Battery Pl., New York, NY 10280

Kissinger will be speaking at the Museum of Jewish Heritage to "mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WW II in Europe." Apparently without irony, the Museum is hosting a "Commemoration of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide" the following day.

Join ETAN and other organizations in protesting Kissinger's appearance to demand justice for his many victims.

Come and protest Kissinger's sordid history concerning Timor-Leste (East Timor), West Papua, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Chile, Cyprus, Bangladesh, Angola and elsewhere.

On December 6, 1975, then Secretary of State Kissinger and President Gerald Ford visited Jakarta. At their meeting, Ford gave Indonesia's dictator Suharto an explicit go ahead for the invasion of East Timor and Indonesia invaded the next day. According to East Timor's Commission on Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR) up to 180,000 died as a direct result of the illegal invasion and occupation. Declassified and leaked documents show that Kissinger understood that Suharto was balking at invading, concerned that the U.S. would cut off its supply of weapons and military training. Kissinger guaranteed continuation of weapons shipments. According to Timor-Leste's Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation as many as 180,000 people died as a result. For more on Kissinger's role in East Timor (Timor-Leste) and West Papua, see here: http://www.etan.org/news/kissinger/default.htm

In addition to ETAN, initial sponsors of the protest include War Criminals Watch and NYC War Resisters League. Let us know if your organization would like to sponsor.

Contact ETAN -917-690-4391 for more information or to help out.

Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/101206360215067/

more on Kissinger here

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 Los Angeles


more on Kissinger here


Free Papua Political Prisoners
Support the Appeal of Filep Karma's Daughter
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Papua Political Prisioner Filep Karma with his daughter Audryne


Allan Nairn

Allan Nairn on ETAN, Occupy Wall Street and more

In January 2012, Nairn spoke about the successful movement to support East Timor's self-determination and restrict U.S. military assistance to Indonesia and its significance for Occupy Wall Street and today's global movements for justice.

Watch the video here

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Want to help organize an event contact etan@etan.org


Madison, WI

Tour de Timor MadisonDue to the storms forecast for this afternoon, our sister-city bike ride is rescheduled for Sunday, June 7.

For more information, please contact us via madison@etan.org, 608-241-2473 or visit www.aideasttimor.org.

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The 16th annual "Tour de Timor" sister-city bike ride will roll on Sunday, June 7, starting at 1:00 pm at Law Park (between Monona Terrace and Machinery Row Bicycles) in Madison.

Tour de Timor participants will ride around Lake Monona to raise funds for community projects in Ainaro, Madison's official sister-city in the Southeast Asian island nation of East Timor.

For a $25 registration fee, Tour de Timor participants will receive an organic, union-made T-shirt.  Participants are also encouraged to collect pledges. More information and pledge sheets can be found at www.aideasttimor.org.

The highest pledge-raisers will receive prizes from Tour de Timor co-sponsors, including Family Farm Defenders, Revolution Cycles, Machinery Row Bicycles, Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, Rainbow Bookstore, People's Bakery, Planet Zebulon, Bandung restaurant, Just Coffee, and Lakeside Press. Madison's community radio station, WORT 89.9 fm, is welcoming the event.

The first Tour de Timor ride was held in August 1999, as the people of East Timor prepared to vote in a United Nations-organized referendum on their future.  They overwhelmingly voted for independence, bringing an end to a brutal, quarter-century-long Indonesian military occupation.  As the Indonesian military left East Timor, they destroyed an estimated 70 percent of its infrastructure.  The Madison chapter of the East Timor Action Network (ETAN-Madison) established a sister-city relationship with Ainaro, to help the rural community rebuild.  That work continues today.

Madison has a long history of solidarity with East Timor.  In 2001, Madison and Ainaro formed the first official sister-city relationship between U.S. and East Timorese communities.  Previous Tour de Timor bike rides have raised thousands of dollars for maternal and child health programs in Ainaro, for the Madison visit of two Ainaro community leaders  and sustainable agriculture groups.

The East Timor Action Network/Madison meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 1st Thursday of each month at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse (1101 Williamson St. This is right on the corner of Ingersoll and Williamson)

For more information, please contact madison@etan.org, 608-241-2473 or
visit: www.aideasttimor.org.

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PO Box 21873, Brooklyn, NY 11202-1873,
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email: etan@etan.org


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If you want to host a speaker or organize an event contact: John M. Miller (718-596-7668, etan@etan.org).

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