Rohingya Advocacy Day in Washington DC, Feb. 28
By Tara Brach | Feb 14 2018
So many of us have been horrified by the suffering of the Rohingya in Myanmar, and below is an action that has the possibility of helping. I have registered to participate and hope you will join me and spread the word.
With love and prayer,
Dear friends and colleagues:
Greetings of peace.
The Buddhist community in the United States has a crucial role to play in addressing the humanitarian disaster impacting the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar. Arising in part from exclusion and hatred promoted by the Ma Ba Tha movement, Burmese military attacks have led to over 688,000 Rohingya men and women fleeing mass atrocities in Northern Rakhne State. Unfortunately much of this persecution is perpetrated in the name of explicitly Buddhist nationalism.
For there to be peaceful coexistence there needs to be effort to bring Buddhist and Muslim together. This is why I am reaching out to request your presence on Wednesday, February 28 for Rohingya Advocacy Day in Washington DC. All are welcome. Details for Registration can be found here: https://www.burmataskforce.org/RegisterFeb28
This is an important opportunity to meet your representatives and others, and to encourage their support for sanctions bills to pressure the Myanmar government into restoring Rohingya homes and human, civil rights. If you (or your DC-area colleagues) are able to join bipartisan meetings with Senate and House, please let me know and I can ask that you are included in meetings that you prefer. We hope to have 15-25 teams and that each "team" will meet at least 4 elected officials and staff. The more Buddhists we have with us, the deeper we go! Since we will have many Muslim American colleagues among us, as well as Rabbis and Jewish friends, we want to show lawmakers that we are serious about full inclusion as we seek peace and understanding.
Of course this sort of activism isn't for everyone. But we hope it is for you, as it is for many Buddhist leaders. https://www.burmataskforce.org/buddhist
Other materials related to this-- and sample letters and scripts to share to encourage community members to take action-- can be found here: https://www.burmataskforce.org/congressional-campaign.
Please let us know if you may be interested, and I can send our meeting point and other useful details.
P. Adem Carroll
NY & UN Programs Director
Burma Task Force