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Save Irrawaddy Community Forum / Event
 

Please join us at the Save Irrawaddy Community Forum at Centerville Community Center on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 2pm.

In collaboration with Chinese government, the Burmese government has started the construction of a massive dam and hydroelectricity project, the size of greater New York City, in northern Burma at the upstream Myitsone area in Kachin State. This project will affect not only the millions of people whose livelihood depends on the Irrawaddy River, it will also have an unimaginable devastating effect on flora and fauna that thrives along the Irrawaddy River as well as Burmaís ecosystem, itís invaluable rain forest and wild life. The environmentalists and the concerned people of Burma are now voicing their grievances and discontentment regarding this project.

Due to the widespread concern and protests, on September 30, 2011, the President of Burmese government U Thein Sein announced the suspension of the Myisone Dam project. However, his announcement will suspend this project only temporarily until the end of his current term at the end of 2015. We are therefore, hereby, demand the President of Burma to announce the permanent cancellation of the entire Myitsone Dam Project immediately. The campaign shall go on until the project is completely cancelled.

Event Details:
Venue: Centerville Community Center
3355 Country Drive, Fremont, CA 94536
Date & Time: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 2pm Ė 5pm

Speakers:
- Grace Mang, China Global Program Coordinator, International Rivers
- Ko Aung Din (USCB, Washington DC)
- Ko Min Zin (UC Berkeley)
- L Naw San is the member of the Kachin community in the Bay Area. 

Note: Contents will be in Burmese, some in English.

For more information: contact Ko Kyaw Thu Ya at 415-420-1504, Ma Khin Thirinandar Soe at khinthirinandarsoe@yahoo.com, Ko Nyi Nyi Than at 510-552-9767, Ko Moe Kyaw at 650-834-0184 and Ko Kyaw Win at babymoekyaw@yahoo.com.

The event is organized and sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area Burmese Community. 

   
Save Irrawaddy SF Campaign Committee
 
http://saveirrawaddysf.blogspot.com/

Statement from San Francisco Bay Area Save Irrawaddy Campaign Committee
Nov 14, 2011

On behalf of the San Francisco Bay Area Burmese community and American friends who cherish peace and nature, we the volunteers of Save Irrawaddy Campaign Committee members have issued the following statement.

In collaboration with Chinese government, the Burmese government has started the construction of a massive dam and hydroelectricity project, the size of greater New York City, in northern Burma at the upstream Myitsone area in Kachin State. This project will affect not only the millions of people whose livelihood depends on the Irrawaddy River, it will also have an unimaginable devastating effect on flora and fauna that thrives along the Irrawaddy River as well as Burmaís ecosystem, itís invaluable rain forest and wild life. The environmentalists and the concerned people of Burma are now voicing their grievances and discontentment regarding this project.

On September 30, 2011, the President of Burmese government U Thein Sein announced the suspension of the Myisone Dam project.  However, his announcement will suspend this project only temporarily until the end of his current term at the end of 2015. We are therefore, hereby, demand the President of Burma to announce the permanent cancellation of the entire Myitsone Dam Project immediately.

We, who love the Irrawaddy and Burma, support Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the citizens inside Burma as well as academics, experts, scientists, artists, volunteers, activists and organizations who are the defenders of the Irrawaddy.  We do hereby announce that we will stand by hand-in-hand with all the above-mentioned people of Burma until this project is permanently annulled.

We will strive to maintain the sustainability of the environment in the entire Southeast Asia region by living in peace and harmony among our neighbors.  We will also fight to regain the human rights and dignity and to stop the atrocities inflicted upon our Kachin brothers and sisters who were forcefully displaced by this project. 

We urge all the people who love the Irrawaddy, peace and the environment to join our efforts in fighting to save the Irrawaddy and our motherland.