Burma Cyclone


Fundraising Concert for Orphans of Burma by karenzr

3hird Medium Band will host a concert in Queens on July 12 to raise money for children orphaned by Cyclone Nargis. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance.  Complimentary food and drinks will be available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Concert kicks off at 7 p.m at the Walter Crowley Intermediate School,  50-40 Jacobus Street in Elmhurst. For tickets contact Ko Ye Lin at 646-299-1683.

–Karen



8-8-08 calls for design submissions for cyclone t-shirt fundraiser by karenzr

8-8-08 for Burma invites artists to submit original artwork for a tee shirt that will benefit relief and advocacy efforts for the peoples of Burma. Artists are invited to view the photo galleries provided on the 8-8-08 for Burma website to inspire their work.

Submissions should be emailed to info@8808forburma.org as a PDF, by July 2, 2008.

–Karen



Breaking News: Burmese government arrests protestors, Extends house arrest for Aung San Suu Kyi by lamivo
May 28, 2008, 5:55 pm
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The Wall Street Journal reports today that the political opposition took to the streets to protest the military regime near democratic leader, Aung San Suu Kyi’s house. Suu Kyi’s house arrest was to expire this week but the junta extended it to as long as another year. An exiled spokesperson for Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, said that about 120 party members marched towards Suu Kyi’s house that day.

“This is the time to challenge the regime,” he said. He also said they were planning more protests.

Part of the article can be read here.

-Lam



Latest News: Burmese Monks Funnel Money into Myanmar by lamivo

As NGOs are having trouble getting into Myanmar, a group of Burmese monks in New York has raised more than $2 million, which will be sent directly to monasteries in disaster-stricken areas.

Avaaz.org is raising money for them (at the moment: $ 1,734,275). Visit their Web site to find out more about their support of the monks.

A video I shot over the weekend can be found here.

– Lam




Latest News: Ban Ki-Moon Puts Pressure on Burma by karenzr

Ban Ki-Moon’s recently addressed the United Nations Press Corps “to publicly press the repressive regime in Myanmar to allow a larger number of foreign aid workers to help with the humanitarian crisis created by cyclone Nargis,” wrote UN expert, Bhaskar Menon. See the full blog post here on “Undiplomatic Times” – a blog about international affairs. Also visit the UN News Center here.

–Karen



Photos: Pictures shed light on ground situation in Burma by carpediemdg

Here are links to three telling slideshows from the New York Times which illuminate the situation on the ground in Burma and the havoc wreaked by Cyclone ‘Nargis.’

Myanmar faces aid delays

Myanmar struggles in cyclone aftermath

Myanmar junta allowing little aid after cyclone

–Divya



Event: Candlelight Vigil for Burma Cyclone Victims by lamivo

The New York Burmese community will gather in Union Square tomorrow night.

Event: CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR BURMA CYCLONE VICTIMS
“LET THE AID REACH BURMA CYCLONE VICTIMS NOW!”
Host: NY Burma Roundtable, Coalition for Regime Change, Burma 88 Coalition
When: Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m.
Where: Union Square

-Lam