February 5, 2009 § 1 Comment
We know many of you have thrown your heart and energy over the past few weeks to bring awareness to what is going on back home and to try to end the pain and suffering of our brothers, sisters, friends and family.
If you read the transcripts of what was discussed in parliament today, as posted on the blog, you will see that your ‘Fast Unto Action’ campaign last week, has not been unnoticed by the Australian Government. Importantly it has also brought the Tamil community together. Yesterday more than 5000 Tamils gathered at Martin Place. This is the first time in a very long time, Tamils have shown such solidarity.
Many of you have not had a proper nights sleep for days. Your compassion, commitment and drive is very admirable.
Thank you for being our voice and strength.
As Tamils we have much to be proud of – our land, our culture, our struggle for self-determination and our youth.
You guys know who you are – thank you.
February 1, 2009 Comments Off on SPEAK UP FOR THE SILENCED IN SRI LANKA campaign
SPEAK UP FOR THE SILENCED IN SRI LANKA
The human rights and humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka is fast deteriorating since Sri Lanka abandoned a six year ceasefire in 2008.
The 30 year civil war has claimed more than 70,000 lives, left 500,000 mostly Tamils homeless and forced 1 million Tamils to flee the island.
We need your help to make sure this stops. Palmera Youth will be distributing postcards at major points in Sydney and Melbourne CBD. These postcards will serve as petitions, individually signed and sent to key NGOs. Palmera will also be selling t-shirts for $15 with a similar message please see image attached, please contact us if you want to purchase one. We need as many volunteers as possible to help with distribution, please let us know asap if you can help. If you cannot make it then please feel free to take postcards with you to work/uni/school etc and distribute them there.
With your help WE CAN DO IT.
We urge you all to attend a briefing this Sunday (1/2/09) at Homebush Boys from 4 to 5:30pm. At the briefing you will;
– Learn about the extent of the humanitarian crisis in the North East of Sri Lanka
– Hear personal stories from those who have been on the ground; and
– Learn about the campaign, its aims and your role in making it a success
Please email me as soon as possible to register your interest for the briefing as numbers are limited. We will be providing snacks and beverages for all volunteers.
Date: 4th to 6th Feb
Place: Sydney CBD
Times: 7:30am-9:30am, 12pm – 2pm and 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Shaminie: 0422 836 445