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Burma's Struggle continues: An Evening with Burmese Monk leader and former monk political prisoner + Video
Masoeyein Sayadaw is the head of the International Burmese Monks Organization ((Sassana Moli) ) founded after recent protests in Burma to help the monks and nuns of Burma as well as to save the Buddhism from the destructive Burma’s Junta. He is a well-known Buddhist teacher and author of 50 years in Burma. He was derobed and imprisoned in Burma for three years in 1990 for his monastery participating in the Monk’s boycott of the military. He has been actively advocating against the atrocities and destructions of monks, nuns and Buddhist institutions in Burma.

Come join Masoyein Sayadaw and an excellent Burma Video "Burma: State of Fear" by Frontline/WORLD, 25 MINS, COLOR with introduction and Q&A by the Frontline/WORLD Series Editor Stephen Talbot.

Monday Dec 17, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian-Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar Street (@Bonita), Berkeley, CA 94709 
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The People of Burma have been forced to live under the brutal dictatorship since 1962, and have been violently crushed repeatedly every time they rose up against the successive dictatorial regimes.

Recently, led by Buddhist monks, hundreds of thousands of peaceful people are taking to the streets to cry out for an end to the long-standing military dictatorship in Burma yet again. However, holding Buddhist Sassana flags and reciting prayers of love on the street is now a crime punishable by beating and death. Many monks have been disrobed, beaten, humiliated, tortured, and killed, and there are reports of a massacre in the jungle. The military junta is raiding monasteries and private homes in the middle of the night and dragging away those they suspect of involvement. Over 4,000 Buddhist monks and protesters have been arrested and the Burmese population is living in fear.
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Outraged? Let's not forget Burma, but help keep the Burma issue alive and well
Join Dec. 9th Burma Peace Rally in SF

COME mark the the International Human Rights Day with a rally FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM in Burma 
Sunday Dec. 9th,  2:00 – 3:30 pm
Civic Center Plaza
Polk St & McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Wear Maroon red to honor Buddhist monks. The People of Burma have been forced to live under the brutal dictatorship since 1962, and have been violently crushed repeatedly every time they rose up against the successive dictatorial regimes.

Recently, led by Buddhist monks, hundreds of thousands of peaceful people are taking to the streets to cry out for an end to the long-standing military dictatorship in Burma yet again. However, holding Buddhist Sassana flags and reciting prayers of love on the street is now a crime punishable by beating and death. Many monks have been disrobed, beaten, humiliated, tortured, and killed, and there are reports of a massacre in the jungle. The military junta is raiding monasteries and private homes in the middle of the night and dragging away those they suspect of involvement. Over 4,000 Buddhist monks and protesters have been arrested and the Burmese population is living in fear. Flyer MS Word  PDF  More here

California, Call Call Call *NOW* and  get your representatives to Co-Sponsor H.R. 3890: Block Burmese JADE Act of 2007 More here

No Fuel for Burmese JUNTA,
Join AVAAZ's consumer boycott of Chevron and Total: We, the undersigned, pledge not to buy fuel from any gas station owned by Total Oil, Chevron, or any of their subsidiaries. The boycott will continue until the Burmese junta begins a genuine democratic transition and frees all political prisoners-- including Aung San Suu Kyi--or until the companies leave Burma entirely. More here

Burma: Targeted Sanctions Needed on Petroleum Industry
(New York, November 19, 2007) � The United Nations Security Council should act to prohibit any new investment in Burma's oil and gas fields and block company payments that help sustain Burma's brutal military rule, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch said that until the Security Council imposes sanctions, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), China, India, the European Union, the United States and other countries that have economic ties to Burma should act to suspend any further development of Burma's oil and gas sector. To encourage an end to ongoing repression, Human Rights Watch also called for targeted financial sanctions on companies owned and controlled by the Burmese military or whose revenues substantially benefit the military.   Ware Maroon red to honor Buddhist monks Read More
Join SF Singapore Protest This Tuesday
Singapore, come clean and say No to Burma's Dictatorship!
Last Friday, amid the looming ASEAN summit in Singapore, US Senate unanimously voted and urged ASEAN to suspend Myanmar. But, in response, Singapore will not even allow opposition to protest against Myanmar at the summit, let alone allowing Burmese there. [Read the news here] We will protest here for all of them on Tuesday Nov 20, 12-1 pm in San Francisco. Please join in!!!!

Date:   Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Time:  12 pm to 1 pm in San Francisco
11:50 - 12:00  Gather at the Ferry Building (1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111)
12:00 - 12:20  Meditation walk to the Singapore Consulate (595, Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105)
12:20 - 1:00    Meditation protest/rally at the Singapore Consulate

Burma freedom supporters, organizations and groups working towards a speedy democratic development in Burma. And YOU. The Berkeley Buddhist Peace Fellowship (bpf.org) and Buddhist Community, The Burmese American Democratic Alliance (BADA, badasf.org) and Burmese Community. To do a walking meditation protest, rally against the Singapore Government at the San Francisco Singapore Consulate during the 13th ASEAN Summit in Singapore. Read more

Pelosi, Burma needs you now!
(It was successful!!! And we were informed that she is already working on the Burma bill and the flow vote will come within two weeks)
Join Burma Vigil at the Pelosi office to ask her support for Sanctions on Burma's ruling thugs on Nov 14, 4:30 - 5:30 pm at San Francisco Federal Building.
Burma freedom supporters and the district constituents to show their appreciation to Congresswoman Pelosi for her past work on Burma and her continual support for Burma. In particular, we would like to ask for her much needed leadership and support to the Burma bill introduced in the House by the Congressman Lantos. This is a powerful legislation that will really hurt the SPDC hard. But it has gotten only 27 co-sponsors so far and needs to go through the way and means committee soon.  Read more

Burma democracy leader invites SPDC to join her to pursue the path of dialogue constructively
Note: Her statement reveals that the SPDC is not willing and only wasting time; we need to pressure them more! Read More
  California, PLEASE ACT *NOW* and  get your representatives to Co-Sponsor H.R. 3890: Block Burmese JADE Act of 2007
Goal: To amend the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003 to waive the requirement for annual renewal resolutions relating to import sanctions, impose import sanctions on Burmese gemstones, expand the number of individuals against whom the visa ban is applicable, expand the blocking of assets and other prohibited activities, and for other purposes. Read More

Protest against Chevron was a success
Free Burma Supporters joined in with more then 150 others marching [in the rain] to protest against Chevron Expansion of Refinery to raise awareness about Burma as well as making connections.
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Charles Petrie,
top UN officer in Myanmar Country Team, Kicked out for a truthful Statement
The truth told by the UN Myanmar Country Team: The UN system in Myanmar nevertheless sees every day that in this potentially prosperous country basic human needs are not being met. Today, Myanmar’s estimated per capita GDP is less than half of that of Cambodia or Bangladesh. The average household is forced to spend almost three quarters of its budget on food. One in three children under five are suffering from malnutrition, and less than 50% of children are able to complete their primary education.  It is estimated that close to seven hundred thousand people each year suffer from malaria and one hundred and thirty thousand from tuberculosis. Among those infected with HIV, an estimated sixty thousand people needing anti-retrovirals do not yet have access to this life-saving treatment. 

The United Nations agencies working in Myanmar repeat their strong determination to help the country address poverty and suffering, and their underlying causes.

The concerns of the people have been clearly expressed through the recent peaceful demonstrations, and it is beholden on all to listen.
Full Statement  UN Oct 22nd Report on Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar UNIC YANGON Web Site

The plain old lies from Myanmar SPDC:
The Statement, which is found to be very negative, deliberately ignores the successful conclusion of the National Convention which as adopted basic principles for a new constitution as well as the economic development and the gains made in various sectors, such as education, health, transportation, etc. The Country Team should realize that there could be much better gains without the sanctions imposed upon Myanmar by some countries. Read Full Lies

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UN Day Burma Freedom March successfully held
We marched for peace and freedom. We called UN to act! Sing the petition NOW!
Despite the UN resolution, nothing has changed in Burma; brutal crackdowns and killings continue.
To help stop the killings, join San Francisco UNITED DAY OF ACTIONS
Wednesday October 24, 2007; 4pm - 8pm
Why Oct 24? It is the United Nations Day and SF was the birthplace of UN; Global Day of Action - Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Day (organized by the 400,000+ member FaceBook 'Support the Monks' protest in Burma' group); and one month anniversary of Saffron Revolution (The general protest started on Sept 24 with 100000+ taking to the streets as called for by the All Burma Monk's Alliance)

4:00 – 5:00
Rally & meditation at Chinese Consulate, 1450 Laguna (@ Geary), San Francisco
5:00 – 5:40 Peace March to United Nations Plaza, Market St (between 7th & 8th )
6:00 – 8:00 Multi-faith Prayer Service at United Nations Plaza

MS Word  PDF online invitation  Parade Route Press Release
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A thousand Joined Peace for Burma Protest, March and Prayer vigil!
IT WAS A SUCCESS,  A Thousand Participated: Video Photo show 1  2  Media Coverage
Peace and freedom loving people from San Francisco Bay Area (around a thousand) participated in the Peace for Burma Actions held on Friday, Oct 5, 2007. The actions included the really and meditation protest in Front of Chinese consulate from 2 pm to 5 m; a peace march from Chinese consulate to United Nations Plaza (5 pm - 5:40 pm); and multi religion prayer vigil (6 to 8 pm) at the United Nations Plaza.

In front of the consulate, the Buddhist monks and lay people meditated while activists rallied; and speeches were delivered by representatives from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi office and other community organizations. The rally and the big crowd caused the Chinese embassy to close down early.

The peace march is the recreation of recent peaceful marches in Burma, in which thousands of people led by Buddhist monks marched holding sassana flags and reciting metta sutta. Monks and a nun from Burmese, Japan and Chinese monasteries, Buddhist Peace Fellowship and Buddhist Churches of America, Buddhist Churches of San Francisco, San Francisco Zen Center led the march holding the Sassana flags and reciting Meetta sutta. Read More

Friday Protest at the Chinese Consulate Was a success
Media Coverage  Video
Try to wear red (in solidarity with the maroon-robed monks), make signs
When:   Friday September 28, 2007; 10:30 am to 1:30 pm (Stand up protests and meditation protests)
Where: Consulate General-China; 1450 Laguna St; San Francisco, CA 94115; (415)
674-2900; Get directions
How: Activists to protest with Microphone, banners and sings while Buddhist monks and lay persons do a sitting Vipassana meditation. Ware red color clothes. Contact: Nyunt Than (510 220 1323); Ashin Nanika (510 795 0405)

Wednesday's China Protest successfully held
Thanks for joining the protest at Chinese Consulate in SF with such a short notice. But very many of you came and protested for monks and the people of Burma. We had about 80 people and representatives from Mr. Lantos also joined us and delivered speech on his effort and the committee that he chaired, House Committee for Foreign Relations. Invitation

 19TH Anniversary of Dictator's power siege in Burma
Join San Francisco Burma Freedom Protests on Monday Sept. 17
Marking the 19th anniversary of brutal crackdowns and power seize by Burma's dictators on Sept. 18 1988 against the people's pro-democracy uprising, you are invited to join the protests against the China, India and Russia Governments and demand "STOP SUPPORTING BURMA'S DICTATORS" on Monday September 17, 2007 (Sept. 18 in Burma) in San Francisco.

Since the Junta's power siege 19 years ago, the Military dictators have been imposing brutal rule on the 50 millions people of Burma and trying to erase the people's will registered in the historic 1990 election overwhelmingly choosing National League for Democracy led By Aung San Suu Kyi to rule the country.

Unfortunately, economic and military super powers: China, Russia and India have greatly assisted the thuggish regime of Burma economically, militarily and politically including China and Russia vetoing a resolution in the UN Security Council on Burma. Their reckless and irresponsible policies have enabled the world's most brutal dictators terrorize the entire population of Burma.

Unavoidably, people of Burma are taking to the streets yet again due to unbearably conditions caused by prolong dictatorship, lack of livelihood, economic hardship and brutal repression, but only to be met with violent and brutal crackdowns --- as usual. Read More

Monday September 17, 2007 (Three protests in one day)

8:30 am to 11:00 am at
Consulate General-China
1450 Laguna St
San Francisco, CA 94115
Get directions
11:30 am to 1:30 pm at
Consulate General of India

540 Arguello Boulevard

San Francisco , CA 94118 USA
Get direction
2:30 pm to 5 pm at
Russian Federation-Consulate General
2790 Green St
San Francisco, CA 94123
Get directions

BADA Participated in Solano Stroll PARADE and raised awareness(YouTube Video)
To show our solidarity and support, concerned people of San Francisco Bay Area took to the street again on Sunday, September 9, 2007. But this time, marching in front of hundreds of thousands people at the Solano Stroll fair, the largest of this kind in California. We dedicated this march to those are being arrested in Burma during ongoing peaceful walking demonstrations. And our message to the United Nations and international community is to take swift and effective measures to stop the violent crackdowns by thuggish regime on peaceful protesters due to repression and hardship. This is our fourth action in a row since the beginning of peaceful walks and the arrest of student’s leader three weeks ago. Read More; You Tube Video; Photo Gallery; Fair Official Website

Sign BADA petition in support of  92 elected MPs' proposal to UNSG Ban ki-moon
In light of SPDC concluding its sham National Convention in Burma as part of their plan to formally erase the historic 1990 election's results and legitimize the forever-military rule on Burma, 92-Elected MPs from Burma send a proposal to UNSG Ban Ki-moon that has mounted a significant challenge to SPDC's one-sided plans. Their actions has been welcome and supported by many exiles groups including leading Burmese democratic institutions: NCUB, MPU, NCGUB and UNLD-LA.

To support this important political steps, BADA is colleting signatures for a petition to the congressional representatives. Click here to read BADA Petition. Please  sign on the petition by simply send an email to badaonline@gmail.com with your name and address. 

92-MPs' letter to UNSG Actions call by NCUB BADA Appeal Letter and Petition

Urgent Action Call: Burma Freedom Protest was a success
Say no to violent acts by Burma's dictators; Release all arrested!!

Tuesday August 28, 2007; 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Federal Building;
450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco (Map/direction)

Concerned Burma freedom activists to rally outside of Federal Building/Office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco
demanding US Congress and US Government to help stop the Burma’s military regime, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), from committing more violent crackdowns and arbitrary arrests over peaceful demonstrations. Read More  Flyer  Map/direction Protest Image Gallery

BADA Condemns SPDC for crackdown and arrests over peaceful demonstrations
On August 21, 2007, putting their lives on the line, 88 generation student leaders and concerned residents held peaceful marches in Rangoon. More marches were followed in next few days. Their goal was to symbolize the current dreadful situation of ordinary people in Burma because whole majority people have to take “walk” as their best affordable means of transportation for daily survival at this hike of fuel prices while the military elites and their acquaintances possess automobiles which prices range between 75,000 – 250,000 US Dollar. These prices are quick shocking while we all are well aware of the dire situation of the people of Burma as refugees, IDPs, migrant laborers, etc.

Students leaders and protesters were arrested. Names of these eleven student leaders are revealed in the newspapers. They are: Min Ko Naing, Min Zeya, Ko Ko Gyi, Kyaw Min Yu (a) Jimmy, Mya Aye, Htay Win Aung (a) Pyone Cho, Ant Bwe Kyaw,. Zeya, Kyaw Kyaw Htwe (a) Markee, Pandate Tun, Thet Zaw, Zaw Zaw Min, and Nyan Lin Tun.
Many demonstrations follows and were met with violent crackdowns (Please see daily updates and news at the top). Read BADA Statement

BADA Participates at San Francisco Street Fairs; SF Mayor Signed BADA petitions
To increase awareness about increasingly grave situation in Burma, BADA has participated various street fairs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

At the 3rd annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration held on Saturday, 19 2007, BADA has for the first time participated.  San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newson visited our booth, chatted with BADA officers and also signed a petition seeking the relese of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Next year celebration will be held on Saturday May 17 2008 and join us again for the updates on Burma saturation and to continue to support our Children Education efforts.

Here are a few photos from Asian Heritage...

At Nihonmachi street fair, our booth looked great and we had quite a few good conversations with folks - some of whom barely new where Burma is and some who knew much about the situation there. Non-profits are relegated off of the main drag at this street fair and so we didn't have the numbers we had hoped for - so it was more quality than quantity. Direct results included inspiring a writer to publish a piece on DASSK in an upcoming issue of an online magazine and taking in donations.

Key aspects of our booth that were very successful in drawing people in included: 1) Rick's pat waing; 2) Our great and growing collection of banners; 3) Photo boards; 4) Photos of DASSK in particular; 5) Volunteers being attentive to visitors and initiating conversations.

Here are some photos (sorry that I didn't get all of our volunteers).

2007 Burma Freedom Rally in San Francisco was a success
Annual Burma Freedom Rally was held on Friday, May 25, 2007, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm in front of Federal Building/Nancy Pelosi office (450 Golden Gate Avenue) in San Francisco. More than 40 activists join the rally that was was to celebrate the 17th anniversary of NLD's victory in the Burma's historic 1990 election and also to urge the U.S. Congress and the Administration to seek an effective and immediate actions by the U.N. Security Council on Burma due to ongoing ethnic cleansing, arbitrary arrest, torture, mob attacks, killings and crackdowns in the country. We call upon the United Nations and the international community to do their utmost to take swift and effective measures to secure the safety and release of all political prisoners in Burma immediately.

Chevron Headquarters' Annual  Shareholder's Meeting Protest Held (Photo Gallery)
The Chevron Out of Burma Protest was held that was joined in by about 30 activists (miti-ethnics and groups such as BADA, BAWA, students, American supporters and others) in front of Chevron Headquarter in San Ramon at their Annual Shareholder's meeting on Wednesday, Apr 25. With all groups joining together all together there were about 80 people. We have transformed the large Unocal Protest Banners (Thanks to Heidi) into Chevron Banners. And the Burmese drums (Thanks to Dr. Kyaw Tint and Daw Htay Htay Kyi) make our protest more lively and outstanding. The road was full with cars all morning and it was effective to be shouting slogans. Thank you all for participating; and many others who could not be there with us personally due to busy schedule.

A photo of our protest and brief description
was published in West County Times, a local paper. Moreover, BBC and VOA (Burmese news) interviewed us about the protest (Dr. Salai Tun Than, Daw Khin Tint Tint, U Maung Maung Latt and myself). Along with Amazon Watch Executive Director and other speakers, Dr. Salai Tun Than and BADA President spoke at the protest.  Thanks you all again for participation and support. Again, corporate greed and irresponsibility should not go unnoticed especially when it supports prolong the brutal dictatorship in Burma. View Invitation PHOTO GALLERY

7th Annual 2007 Burma Human Rights Day Successfully held (Photo Gallery)
Each year, the people from Burma around the world commemorate March 13 as the Burma Human Rights Day -- the day that the Engineering student Ko Phone Maw was murdered by the Burmese military, and therefore set off the 1988 nation-wide pro-democracy uprising in Burma. To continue to raise the awareness about more than four-decade-long dictatorship in Burma, this year again, BADA held its seventh annual 2007 Burma Human Rights Day event on Saturday March 10, 2007 at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists hall from 6 pm to 10 pm. More than 200 BADA Members and supporters packed the hall to listen to the dynamic speakers and a documentary on Burma. The event lasted nearly until 11 pm.  
FILM SCREENING: Burma - Inside the Secret City                  

  • DR. SALAI TUN THAN:  "My continued effort against Military Rule in Burma"
  • DR. THEIN LWIN:  "The Plight of Burmese Children under the Military's Education, Public Health, and Economic Policies"; Visit: www.educationburma.net
  • JEREMY WOODRUM:  "Campaigning for Burma’s Freedom in the US”; Visit: www.uscampaignforburma.org
  • SAW MYAT PYI SONE HTUN: Presentation, “Schools in Dumpster”

More Information: Invitation/Program/Direction  Download Flyer  Media Release Photo Gallery

National Poet U Tin Moe's Funeral Held in Los Angeles (Photo Gallery)
Jan 28, 2007: The funeral services of the National Poet Saya Gyi U Tin Moe were held on Sunday, January 28th  evening in Los Angeles, California, his resident city. It was the last of the several public services held over two days in Los Angeles. Hundreds of admirers all over the United States attended the services. NCGUB Prime Minister Dr. Sein Win, Poet and Writer Saya Maung Swan Ye, Writer Saya U Win Pe, Journalist U Tin Maung Than spoke at the Sunday's Funeral service. Representatives from various organizations -- including those of BADA and BAWA: former president of BADA Dr. Kyaw Tint and President of BAWA Daw Khin Tint Tint respectively, also spoke at the Saturday Evening viewing and memorial service. Members of BADA, BAWA and many San Francisco Bay Area residents attended the funeral and the viewing services. His body will be cremated early Monday January 29 by family members. BADA Condolences  Photo Gallery

2007 BADA Annual General Meeting and Election Held
Each year in late January, BADA members convene for an annual meeting to review their past year's activities as well as to plan for the new year to better serve its community and the people of Burma. Every two year, according to its bylaw, BADA members elect its leadership bodies, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. BADA successfully held its 2007 Annual General Meeting and Election on Saturday Jan 27, 2007 at the Union City Library, 34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd. Union City, CA 94587 from 11 am to 4 pm. New members of  the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the 2007/2008 term were elected. Officers election will be held this coming Sunday at the same location among the elected members.  Invitation & Program Download FlyerDownload Nomination Form Logo Selection Vote

Recent photos from Burma
Thanks to a BADA board member who went to Burma and took these images. The photos literally remind us of life under brutal dictatorship. Even under such repression and hardship, as always, people of Burma still manage to put up smiles in their faces. The photos are mainly from lower Burma -- Pha-An, Moulmein, Dala and Rangoon. There are two sets of galleries posted here. Click on each image or the following links to view the galleries. Gallery One   Gallery Two

7th Annual Burmese Literary Talk held in

BADA continued its cultural preservation effort and hold the 7th annual Burmese Literary Talk on Saturday, September 23, 2006 in Los Cerritos Community Center in Fremont. More than 100 attended the annual event. The speakers were: Writer Maung Swan Yi - My revered noble person [My Idol]; Writer Nyan Oo Maung - Beauty [elegance] of words, Beauty [elegance] of dhamma, Rasa [taste, essence in respect of ultimate realities] from Dhammapada

2006 Burma Human Rights Day was a Success: Watch 2006 BADA Human Rights Day Video

 The Burmese American Democratic Alliance (BADA) seeks endorsements for its nomination of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for the position of the U.N. Secretary General. On March 11, 2006, at the 2006 Human Rights Day Benefit, BADA announced its nomination of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for United Nations Secretary General and launched the "Draft the Lady" campaign encouraging U.N. member-governments to support Daw Aung San Suu Kyi 's candidacy. BADA's statement asserts that "no other Asian candidate for this leadership position has the universal prestige and recognition of this Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is an easily identified international icon for democratic values and human rights norms. Her election would bring new vitality, respect, and legitimacy to the United Nations."

San Francisco Burma Freedom Rally Held
Marking the 16th anniversary of Burma’s General Election (May 27th)and the 3rd anniversary of Depeyin Massacre (May 30th)
, more than 40 people joined in the Burma Freedom Rally in front of Federal Building/Nancy Pelosi office (450 Golden Gate Avenue) in San Francisco -- amid busy working day and just ahead of long memorial day weekend. The purpose of the rally was to celebrate the 16th anniversary of NLD's victory in the Burma's historic 1990 election and also to urge the U.S. Congress and the Administration to seek an effective and immediate actions by the U.N. Security Council on Burma due to ongoing killings and crackdowns in the country. Read More

What's coming

  • BADA Annual Meeting and Election on Saturday Jan 27, 2007 (Completed)
  • Burma Human Rights Day Event on Saturday March 10, 2007 (Completed)
  • Chevron Shareholder's meeting Protest on April 25, 2007 (Completed)
  • Executive Committee Meeting on May 13, 2007
  • Burma Freedom Rally on May 25, 2007
  • BADA Board meeting on May 27, 2007

Past activities

BADA Keeps its Annual Burma Human Rights Day Marathon
Each year, around March 13, BADA commemorates Burma Human Rights Day  to highlight the peoples' struggle for democracy and freedom in Burma. Yet again, 2006 Burma Human Rights Day was a success. Below are some of the highlights:

2006 Event:
Watch 2006 BADA Human Rights Day Video

2004 Event: Action Statement  Down Load Flyer  Public Service Announcement
Related Sites: Women League of Burma  EarthRights International  Irrawaddy Online

2003 Event:
Amid looming war and peace marches, freedom lovers from San Francisco Bay Area have overwhelmingly supported Burma Human Rights Day event. More then one hundred and fifty people attended it.
Audios (English):
Ko Ye, 10 min  Paw Hset Hser,  15 min  Khin Ohmar, 24 min Other Resources: What Truly Means To Be Free. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi  Young Birds Out Side Cages. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi 

Year 2002 Event: Below are the materials from 2002 event that focused on trafficking of Human and Children from Burma into Thailand. The benefit was donated to SWAN (Shan Women Action Network) in Thailand-Burma border that is helping trafficking victims. The group has produced the report on six hundreds over sexual violence against women by Burmese Army. 
Ko Min Zin Paw Set Hser, Chela Blitt, Ellen Bruno Others: Photo Gallery Burma's Dictatorship Fuels Child Trafficking 

BADA Annual Meeting and Board of Director Election held
BADA annual meeting and board of director election was held on Jan 24, 2004;  Saturday in Alvarado Resource in Union City,  California. Executive committee has presented the annual report. Eleven members were elected to the BADA's Board for 2004. Read More Download MS Word Invitation

BADA reiterates its call for the removal of Burma's Illegal Regime
Burmese American Democratic Alliance (BADA), one of the 33 organizations signed on to the resolution of the Fort Wayne Conference, remains firmly committed to implementing the conference's resolution. BADA is also re-releasing the following statement, which was initially released on September 1, 2003; to reiterate its call for international community to remove the Burma's illegal military regime from power. Read More

15th Anniversary of National League For Democracy (NLD)
BADA) held a ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of founding of the National League for Democracy (NLD) on Sept 27th, 2003 in Union City, San Francisco Bay Area. U Aung Saw Oo (NLD/NLD(L.A) and NCUB), U Than Htut (NLD, NLD (L.A.) and NCUB) and U Yan Aung (NLD, NLD (L.A) and BADA) spoke about various aspects of NLD and the Burmese Struggle for democracy for 3 hours. VOA interview Flyer

September 20, 2003 Burmese Literary Talks
Novelist Maung Thar Ya, Famous Poet Tin Moe and Poet and Literary Citric Maung Swan Yi visiting San Francisco on Sept. 20 and Los Angeles  on Sept.  21, 2003. 
Yet another annual event with prominent trio from current Burmese Literary for those who love to hear about Literacy, Culture, People and Current Affairs of Burma. A great get away evening with fun, insightful and inspiring talks coupled with music and food that would make you feel like you were in Burma. You can't effort to miss this!!!!
Read More:  San Francisco (English)  San Francisco (Burmese) Los Angeles (English)  Down Load Flyers: San Francisco Flyer Los Angeles Flyer Sponsors: San Francisco Event Sponsors

Chinese Policy, Burmese Misery: Sept. 18, 2003 Protest  and Action Called
Groups demand China to stop supporting Burma's junta, protests planned
Burma pro-democracy activists throughout California plan to protest in front of Chinese consulates in Los Angeles and San Francisco to voice their concern over Chinese support for military regime in Burma. The Burma Freedom Petition singed by more than 14 hundred people that calls for Chinese government to help restore democracy in Burma will be delivered to the Consulate Generals.  
Read More  Action called to pressure China  Protest Flyer

San Francisco Burma Freedom Rally
On June 19, 2003; concerned Burma freedom supporters rally outside of San Francisco Federal Building calling for US take immediate and effective actions in response to ongoing crackdown on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her party National League for Democracy (NLD) while representatives from various organizations will go inside and submit a petition,  "California Burma Freedom Petition" to House Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi office to thank you and also urging her to continue to support Free Burma Cause.  Read More  Photo Gallery

BADA received a special congressional recognition
On june 19, during the San Francisco Burma Freedom Rally, Burmese American Democratic Alliance (BADA) was awarded a Special Congressional Recognition by San Francisco Congress Women Nancy Pelosi. Mis Pelosi is also the powerful leader Democratic Party at US House of Representatives. Deputy district directory, Mr. Jim Barneld has presented the award to BADA president U Victor Win. Please view the award here.

On May 19, 2003; Free Burma, women’s rights and human rights groups will protest outside of California-based UNOL’s annual shareholders meeting while concerned shareholders confront UNOCAL board members and officers inside about the company’s business partnership with  Burma’s brutal and repressive military regime. The junta which rules Burma has been condemned for its human rights violations by the U.S. Congress, U.S. State Department, AFL-CIO, European Union, United Nations, and Amnesty International.  Read More    Photo Gallery

BADA Annual Meeting Held, 15 new ECs elected
BADA 3rd Annual Meeting and Election was held on December 14th 2002. Nearly fifty BADA members and supporters attended the meeting. Fifteen new ECs were elected to lead our group for next two years. Recently, BADA has received a Federal 503 c (1)  status from INS and has become a formal non profit organization in United States. With your support and donations, we look forward to working hard to help bring democracy and freedom to the people of Burma. 

2002 Burmese Literary Talk held on Sept. 28
San Francisco Bay Area, year 2002 Burmese Literary Talk was held on September 28, 2002 at Warm Spring Community Center   in  Fremont near San Francisco. More than 100 Literary Lovers attended the event. Speakers were Radio Free Asia U Zaw Wait (a) Win Pe, Former Thint-Bawa Megazine Editor Tin Maung Than and Irrawaddy Magazine Journalist Maung Maung Oo. Other resources: Flyer (Burmese)  Flyer (English)  Direction (Yahoo Map)  Direction(MapQuest)
Last year Talk Audio:
U Thaung 1 (60 m) U Thaung 2 (57 m)  Tin Moe (49 minutes)  Min Zin (40 m)  The Flyer   Photo Gallery

 San Francisco Burmese Ambassador Demonstration
Burmese American Democratic Alliance has demonstrated against the visit of Burmese Ambassador Mr. Lin Myaing to San Francisco Bay Area on March 10, 2002 in front of Irish Resource Center in San Francisco. Free-Burma groups from San Francisco bay Area and Los Angeles, and many individuals has  participated this great show of solidarity and outraged. Photo Gallery

 San Francisco Free Aung San Suu Kyi Demonstration

San Francisco Free Burma Activists and Burmese American Democratic Alliance held a "Free Aung San Suu Kyi" demonstration in San Francisco on December 8, 2001. The demonstration was in support of  the World Wide Nobel Peace Laureate Campaign for Aung San Suu Kyi and the People of Burma. December, 2001 marks the 10th Anniversary of  Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel Peace Prize. The event was successful, and yet effective.  Read More  Other resources:  Photo Gallery All in one image The Flier The invitation

Candle Light Vigil, Interfaith Service, September 30, 2001
Burmese Community has been deeply touched by unfathomable tragedy that has happened in the United States of America.  On September 30th, 2001, we are holding a Candle Light Vigil, Interfaith Service and Fund Raising event by Bay Area Burmese Community at the UN Plaza in San Francisco.  Full Story
BBC Interviewed us on Terrorist Attacks (17 minutes, Burmese)
BBC Interviewed us on Air Strikes (41/2 minutes, Burmese)
BBC Interviewed after a week of Air Strikes (15 minutes, Burmese)

Unocal Share Holder Meeting Demo, May 21st, 2001
We participated in demonstration at Unocal company annual shareholders meeting in Brea, California which is 400 miles away. We were also interviewed by Daw Nyein Shwe from Radio Free Asia Burmese Service (www.rfa.org). L.A. times reported the event the next day. We also proceeded to San Diego and demonstrated in front of Aung San Oo's house for his action against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Complete posting with many photos is here.

View Photos
RFA Coverage of the Event  (7 minutes, Burmese) 
Los Angeles Times Coverage of the Event
Statement in Support of Shareholder Resolution # 5 

Burma Human Rights Day, March 17, 2001
A commemorative ceremony remembering March 13th - Burma’s Human Rights Day was observed by the Burmese American Democratic Alliance (BADA) at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalist Church on March 17th, 2001 from 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM. KPFA, Berkeley and RFA (Radio Free Asia) has covered the event. Please find complete posting here.
View Photo  Interviews with KPFA (17 minutes, English)  Key notes ( 24 minutes, English) 
RFA coverage of the event (1 1/2 minutes, Burmese)

A Heart for Unocal Board of Director, February 14th, 2001
Frank C. Harringer, Chairman of Transamerica Corp is also a board member of Unocal. On Valentine, We had a loud and colorful protest with very creative chants, banners and "valentines" for the public. At the end of our Valentine's Day demo, we delivered a large oversized Valentine's Day Card (in the shape of a heart) to Herringer's  representative. Local radio KPFA covered the demo. Please find complete posting here. View Photo  KPFA coverage of the event (5 minutes, English)   A Heart to fax to Herringer at this number (415) 983-4400

Aung San Oo's House Demo, December 3rd, 2000
We drove nearly 600 miles to San Diago for a demonstration in front of U Aung San Oo house. They called the police during the demo. The interesting event was covered by Ko Khin Maung Soe from RFA (Radio Free Asia) View Photo
RFA coverage of the event (61/2 minutes, Burmese)

Aeroground Travel Group pulled out of Burma, October 2000
The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism of Burma has officially appointed an agent, North American group Aeroground Group Services, to promote Myanmar as a tourist destination. After our protest in front of Company head quarter, a follow up letter and a secret meeting with Mr. Gil Whelan, the company has pulled out of Burma. View Photo  Myanmar times news about the appointment The letter that we send to Mr. Gil Whelen  The letter that we received from Mr Gil Whelen


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