Goal: We need your help by March 10

Dear Facebook Friends, We need your help. March 10 is the 50th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising when the Dalai Lama fled Tibet, and the first anniversary of the demonstrations that swept across the Tibetan plateau last spring. March 10 is a day to honor all those who have given their freedom—and lives—in the struggle for basic human rights and self-determination. It is also a day to honor those inside Tibet and in exile who have done so much to keep the spirit of Tibet alive. Imagine living in constant fear of the authorities finding out about your religious and political views—and possibly being detained and tortured because of them. Now multiply that by the cold, harsh facts over the past 50 years: • Tens of thousands killed • Hundreds of thousands imprisoned • Over 6,000 monasteries, nunneries and temples, pillaged and destroyed Last year alone, hundreds more Tibetans disappeared or were imprisoned, and more destruction was directed against monasteries and precious religious objects. To mark this extraordinary time, Tibetan Associations in the United States, the International Tibet Support Network, and the International Campaign for Tibet are organizing a Tibet Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. Already Tibetans and friends of Tibet from 21 states and the District of Columbia are scheduled to meet with members of the House and Senate on March 9 and 10 in a focused effort to commend and expand congressional support for human rights and fundamental freedoms for Tibetans. On her first visit to China, Secretary of State Clinton did not produce what we need from America’s chief diplomat. But with your help, we can influence and guide the Obama Administration and call on Secretary of State Clinton to work for real progress on Tibet. Please help us make this effort a success and honor all those who have given their lives and freedom in the struggle for basic human rights, religious freedom and self-determination


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