Free Burma; Free
Human Rights Day Benefit
(A public outreach and
awareness activity in
support of Burma's people since 2001)
Saturday, March 12, 2011; 6:00pm-10:00pm
Berkeley Fellowship of
Unitarian Universalists Hall,
Cedar (at Bonita), Berkeley, CA
are for HIV/AIDS shelters in Burma run By Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's party, NLD
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Visiting HIV/AIDS shelters after the release
DINNER * SPEAKERS * FILM
Burma's Elected MP and former political prisoner in Exile
My life as a freedom fighter
A freelance journalist and student activist
Election Challenges in Burma
Midnight, Raising Awareness about the Human Rights Crisis in Eastern Burma
(Award wining, 29 mins, Color)
$15 Suggested Donation (dinner included)
to HIV/AIDS shelters in Burma
(6-7 pm), Speakers (7-9 pm), Film (9:00-9:30), Q&A (9:30-10:00)
is vegetarian friendly; Talks will be in English; Contents are OK for children
Burmese American Democratic Alliance (BADA).
Co-sponsored by Berkeley Fellowship of
Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee,
Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF),
Women's Alliance (BAWA),
Clear View Project,
Ginetta Sagan Fund Organization and
Jen Low (415
772 2907); Anil Verma:
510 485 3751
Last year Burma Human Rights Day event
The event will feature a Burmese style dinner and a Burma documentary film along with
Speakers on Burma
year, the people from Burma around the world commemorate March 13 as the
Burma Human Rights Day to make the death of the engineering student Ko
Phone Maw as he was murdered by the Burma's military in his school
campus. The killing set off the historic 1988 nation-wide pro-democracy
uprising in Burma after 26 years of oppression. However, the regime
brutally cracked down the peaceful protests and continued hold on to
power for decades.
In September, 2007, yet another historic and massive, but peaceful
protests for democracy led by the students and monks took place; but, as
always, the regime brutally murdered the innocent protesters and monks.
The Peoples' endless and painful struggle for freedom, for over four
decades, continues to this day.
The world has yet again witnessed
the brutality of the regime when the Cyclone Nargis devastated the lower delta
region of Burma on May 2nd, 2008. Hundreds of thousands left for dead by
starvations denying much needed urgent help despite international appeals and
To continue to raise the awareness
about the brutal dictatorship and the people's suffering in Burma, and to
discuss planning actions, this year again, BADA will hold its ninth Annual
Burma Human Rights Day event on Saturday March 12, 2011 at the Berkeley
Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists hall, 1924 Cedar (@Bonita) in Berkeley
from 6 pm to 10 pm.
The military regime in Burma hold its sham election this year to
formally erase the results of 1990 election in which People of Burma
overwhelming voted for the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Daw Aung
San Suu Kyi. Furthermore, the constitution that was illegal crafted by the
military and forcibly gotten the approval during the Nagis disaster is designed
to formalize the military rule in Burma. Therefore, 2011 is the most important
year yet for the people of Burma and their beloved leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
and all prodemocracy forces in Burma. Our speakers will discuss the current
political situation in Burma as well as human rights issues and, most
importantly, how you can help.
Therefore, please join us for a
dinner, film and outstanding speakers on Burma and human rights issues.
Burma's Elected MP, Member of Burma Lawyers' Council, and former
political prisoner in exile
Win Hlaing is an exiled
Member of Parliament and a member of the Burma Lawyers’ Council. During
the 1988 uprising in Burma, he was a youth leader of the NLD - Daw Aung
San Suu Kyi’s party - and later won a seat representing the NLD in the
1990 historic election. He was then imprisoned for 10 years due to a
military crack down on the NLD and its elected representatives. He fled
Burma in 2007 and continues his work for Burma's Freedom in the US.
Min Zin - A freelance
journalist and student activist in exile
Min Zin is a freelance
journalist who has written for the Far Eastern Economic Review, The
Bangkok Post, The Irrawaddy and other publications while pursuing a PhD
in Political Science at UC Berkeley. He became involved in student
activism in the 1988 uprising as a 14-year-old high school student. He
went into hiding in 1989, and his underground activist/writer life
lasted for nine years until he fled across the Thai-Burma border in
August 1997. Min Zin then worked for the Thailand-based Irrawaddy
magazine and the Washington-based Radio Free Asia (Burmese Service). He
holds a MA degree in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley.
Crossing Midnight - Raising Awareness about the Human Rights
Crisis in Eastern Burma (Award wining, 29 mins, Color)
Set on the border of Thailand and
Eastern Burma, Crossing Midnight tells the story of a remarkable community of
refugees from Burma working against incredible odds to help their own. Today,
one million internally displaced persons are living in the jungles of Eastern
Burma in the midst of on-going armed conflict. There, they live on the run,
risking injury and death to forage for food to sustain their families. Over two
million more have fled to the border of neighboring Thailand after enduring
decades of oppression by a brutal military dictatorship.
Online map and directions are available from
By car: there is plenty of on-street parking
near the Fellowship. (Please do be courteous to our neighbors and your
From I-80 take the University Ave. exit.
Go east (toward the hills) on University.
Turn left on Martin Luther King (MLK).
2 traffic lights to Cedar. Turn right on Cedar.
1 block east of MLK, at Bonita.
On foot: We are located within a few minutes
walk of the Downtown Berkeley and North Berkeley BART stations.
From the North Berkeley BART:
Walk north on Sacramento. Pass Virginia and Lincoln streets. Turn
right on Cedar street.
Heading east on Cedar, cross California, Magee, Edith, Josephine, and
Martin Luther King streets. There is a traffic light at Martin Luther
BFUU is one block east of Martin Luther King, at the corner of Cedar
From the Downtown Berkeley BART:
Walk north on Shattuck. Cross Center, Addison, and University.
(University is a major street with a traffic light.) Continue north on
Shattuck. Cross or pass Berkeley, Hearst, Delaware, Francisco,
Virginia, Lincoln. Turn left on Cedar, at the Andronico's.
Heading west on Cedar, pass Henry and cross Milvia street.
BFUU is three blocks west of Shattuck on Cedar, at the corner of Cedar