Events in northern
the last week of August, friends in Timor-Leste
(East Timor) will be having various events to
commemorate the 20th anniversary of the historic
referendum on independence, and to reflect on what
we've all learned from East Timor about activism,
solidarity, and justice. Here locally, my Timorese
friend, Janicia Maria de Jesus, will be visiting us
and we'll be having two events to mark this
important commemoration. We hope that you can join
us for one of them. Attached are fliers to both
events, in case you want to print and share. The key
details are also below. Please let me know if you
have any questions. For peace and justice,
August 29 and 30
Timor-Leste (East Timor): From Genocide to
Lessons on U.S.
foreign policy, international solidarity and
A talk by Janicia
Maria de Jesus, Pamela Sexton and Curt
Pam; 831-254-0451, firstname.lastname@example.org
(East Timor): From Genocide to Democracy
Lessons on U.S. foreign policy, international
solidarity and impunity
A talk by
Janicia Maria de Jesus, Pamela Sexton and Curt
Thursday, August 29
Monterey Peace and Justice
1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside
Flyer for this event
Friday, August 30
7:00- 9:00 pm
Resource Center for Nonviolence
612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz
Flyer for this event
admission for both events.
About the Events:
The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste gained
independence in May 2002, following centuries of
Portuguese colonialism and a 25-year illegal
Indonesian military occupation. While the U.S.
government gave the green light and key military and
diplomatic support to Indonesia’s invasion and
genocidal occupation, a small group of U.S.
activists challenged these policies. Led by the
incredible courage, determination and actions of the
Timorese people, international solidarity for
Timor-Leste grew and honed its strategies.
years ago, on August 30, 1999, despite widespread
Indonesian military intimidation and violence, the
East Timorese people declared their sovereignty to
the world in a U.N.-sponsored referendum on
independence. The Indonesian military responded by
unleashing a scorched earth campaign which left
thousands dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.
Much has happened during the past 20 years,
including a national truth and justice commission
report, Chega!, calling for justice for crimes
against humanity committed from 1975 to 1999.
While efforts to end impunity for past crimes
have been unsuccessful thus far, there is still much
to celebrate today. Timor-Leste stands as an example
of democracy and tolerance to many of its
neighboring nations. Timor-Leste is one of the most
oil-dependent nations in the world, but local
organizations are demanding a sustainable,
diversified economic future. Timorese feminist and
LGBTQ movements continue to grow, with support from
national leaders, and Timor-Leste leads the world in
its inclusion of permaculture school gardens in the
national school curriculum.
About the Speakers
Janicia Maria de Jesus was born in Maliana,
Timor-Leste and has studied in the U.S. for the past
four years. She studied architecture at the
California College of the Arts, and is currently
studying electronic music production in Pyramind,
San Francisco. She will return to Timor-Leste to
help preserve and develop Timorese culture through
art, design, and music, to gain recognition of the
Timorese identity around the globe.
Sexton is a local educator who has worked for 25
years with ETAN, and lived for 10 years with her
family in Timor-Leste. In 1999, Pam was an election
observer in Timor-Leste and U.S. Coordinator for an
international solidarity observer project.
Curt Gabrielson has been a science educator for more
than 20 years, with positions in California public
schools, the National University of East Timor,
UNESCO and San Francisco's Exploratorium Teacher
East Timor and Indonesia Action Network
(ETAN) is a U.S.-based grassroots organization
working in solidarity with the peoples of
Timor-Leste (East Timor), West Papua and Indonesia.
ETAN provides information about, and ways to help,
Timor-Leste, which was invaded and subjugated by
U.S. ally Indonesia in 1975, and which finally
attained independence on May 20, 2002. ETAN
educates, organizes and advocates for justice for
historic and ongoing crimes against humanity; for
human rights and democratic development.
Monterey Peace and Justice Center's mission is to
inspire and mobilize the people of Monterey County
to cultivate peace, social justice, nonviolence,
democracy, and environmental sustainability in our
community and the world through education and
Peace Coalition of Monterey County
(PCMC) was founded in 1991 to promote nonviolent
resolutions in world conflicts and advocate for
policies that will create a more peaceful world.
Veterans For Peace (VFP), Chapter 46 is the
Monterey County chapter of a global organization of
Military Veterans and allies whose collective
efforts focus on building a culture of peace by
using their experiences and voices to expose the
true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars,
with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars.
The Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa
Cruz, California is a peace and justice organization
promoting the practice of nonviolent social change.
Women's International League for Peace and
Freedom (WILPF) was founded in 1915 during World War
I with Jane Addams as its first president. WILPF
works to achieve through peaceful means world
disarmament; full rights for women; racial and
economic justice; an end to all forms of violence;
and to establish those political, social, and
psychological conditions which can assure peace,
freedom, and justice for all.
IF is a
nonprofit humanitarian, educational and social
change organization located in the Santa Cruz, CA,
area. IF is a community of friends seeking hopeful
alternatives to the violence, greed and
destructiveness of our world. In 2010 and 2012, IF
supported Pam and Curt's work in East Timor.