ETAN is "A voice of reason,
criticizing the administration's
reluctance to address ongoing
human rights violations
and escalating oppression in
West Papua and against religious
ETAN and other East Timor/Indonesia Support Events Calendar
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New York, NY
May 23, 2013. 5:30 pm
Protest When Kissinger Gets
Intrepid Freedom Award
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86, 12 Ave. & 46 Street
New York City
Join ETAN and
other organizations in protesting Henry Kissinger's appearance at the
Intrepid Air and Space Museum. Kissinger - whose government career
involved denying people their freedom and democratic rights - is slated
to receive the Intrepid Freedom Award for - we kid you not - "his distinguished career
defending the values of freedom and democracy." The ceremony also will
honor David Koch, executive vice president of Kansas-based Koch
include: ETAN, Big Apple Coffee Party, Campaign for Peace and
Democracy, Chelsea Neighbors United
to End the War, War Resisters League/NYC,
Veterans for Peace Chapter 34,
War Criminals Watch/World Can't Wait.
RSVP and updates
about Henry Kissinger's sordid history concerning East Timor, West
Papua, Vietnam, Cambodia, Chile, Cyprus, Bangladesh, Angola and
On December 6, 1975, then Secretary of State Kissinger and
President Gerald Ford visited Jakarta. At their meeting, Ford gave
Indonesia's dictator Suharto an explicit go ahead for the invasion of
East Timor and Indonesia invaded the next day. According to East Timor's
Commission on Reception,
Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR) up to 180,000 died as a direct
result of the illegal invasion and occupation. Declassified and leaked
documents show that Kissinger understood that Suharto was balking at
invading, concerned that the U.S. would cut off its supply of weapons
and military training.
Kissinger guaranteed continuation of weapons shipments.
According to Timor-Leste's
Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation as many as
180,000 people died as a result. For more on Kissinger's role in East
Timor click here.
Indonesia invaded West Papua, then Netherlands New
Guinea, in 1961. Henry Kissinger, in his capacity as the Secretary of
State, played a personal role in insuring that West Papuans were not
given the opportunity to have a genuine independence referendum in 1969.
The sham "consultation" that took place instead, the so-called
"Act of Free Choice," condemned the West Papuan people to decades of
terror under an Indonesian military occupation, which continues today.
Kissinger later served on the Board of Directors of Freeport McMoRan,
the U.S. company which controls one of the world’s largest copper and
gold mine in West Papua. Kissinger defended the company’s interests in
Hold Kissinger Accountable leaflet:
Educate about Kissinger's role in Indonesia's illegal and brutal invasion of East Timor and Indonesia's annexation of West Papua Print out and distribute at future demonstrations (PDF)
Contact ETAN - 718-596-7668 for more
information or to help out.
Interested in helping to organize or
host an event in the New York Area, contact
Allan Nairn on ETAN, Occupy Wall Street and more
In January 2012, Nairn spoke about the successful movement to
support East Timor's self-determination and restrict U.S. military
assistance to Indonesia and its significance for Occupy Wall Street
and today's global movements for justice.
Watch the video here
With your help, we can put ETAN on a firmer footing for the
Please give generously in this anniversary year. In doing so,
you can help strengthen
ETAN to meet the challenges of the coming years.
Read Noam Chomsky on 20 years of ETAN
Want to help organize an event contact
MOANA NUI 2013
[Moana Nui is Polynesian for “Great Ocean”]
Peoples of the Pacific---Confronting Militarization,
Resource Theft, Globalization & America’s “Pacific Pivot”
Forum on Globalization (IFG)
and Pua Mohala I Ka Po, in cooperation with Oceanic Coalition of Northern
California (OCNC) presents:
45 Speakers/ 20 nations:
May 31 – June 2
31 “Open Space” gathering, location tbd
1-2, PUBLIC TEACH-IN
Martin Luther King Auditorium, 1781 Rose St. Berkeley, CA.
tickets for June 1 and 2 available from brownpapertickets.com
ETAN's John M. Miller and Rosa from the West Papua Advocacy Team and
ETAN , and many others, will be speaking.
As militarization and corporate globalization rapidly
advance in the Pacific, we urgently need deep collaboration and dialog with,
and among, Pacific peoples. They are being directly confronted by the
expansionist drives of the world’s most dominant powers (U.S., China,
Russia, as well as Indonesia and Japan) all seeking economic and political
control of Pacific territories. Resource battles, giant trade agreements,
and rapidly accelerating preparations for wars across the region, are
threatening the lands, environment, rights, cultures and sovereignties of
all Pacific nations and Indigenous peoples. As the saying goes, “When
elephants battle, the ants are crushed.” New resistance is required.
Advance discount ticket information at Brown Paper Tickets, (800)
For further program & speaker details
see www.ifg.org or
Sunday, May 19
14th annual “Tour de Timor” sister-city bike ride will roll on
starting at 1:00 pm at the WORT Block Party, near the corner of
Bedford and Doty Streets in Madison.
Tour de Timor
participants will ride around Lake Monona to raise funds for
community projects in Ainaro, Madison’s official sister-city in
the Southeast Asian island nation of East Timor. Proceeds from
this year's ride will go towards the second year of scholarships
for two village students (a boy and a girl) to attend Ainaro's
well-regarded high school.
For a $25 registration
fee, Tour de Timor participants will receive an organic,
union-made T-shirt. Participants are also encouraged to collect
pledges. More information and pledge sheets can be found at
pledge-raisers will receive prizes from Tour de Timor
co-sponsors, including Family Farm Defenders, Yellow Jersey,
Revolution Cycles, Machinery Row Bicycles, Mother Fool’s
Coffeehouse, Rainbow Bookstore, People’s Bakery, Planet Zebulon,
Bandung restaurant, Just Coffee, Lakeside Press and the
Progressive magazine. Madison’s community radio station, WORT
89.9 fm, is welcoming the event, which will start and end at the
station’s annual Block Party.
The first Tour de Timor
ride was held in August 1999, as the people of East Timor
prepared to vote in a United Nations-organized referendum on
their future. They overwhelmingly voted for independence,
bringing an end to a brutal, quarter-century-long Indonesian
military occupation. As the Indonesian military left East Timor,
they destroyed an estimated 70 percent of its infrastructure.
The Madison chapter of the East Timor Action Network
(ETAN-Madison) established a sister-city relationship with
Ainaro, to help the rural community rebuild. That work continues
Madison has a long
history of solidarity with East Timor. In 2001, Madison and
Ainaro formed the first official sister-city relationship
between U.S. and East Timorese communities. Previous Tour de
Timor bike rides have raised thousands of dollars for Ainaro
battered women’s services; the Madison visit of two Ainaro
community leaders; and provided grants to women’s
income-generation projects, sustainable agriculture groups, a
local radio station, and other community-led projects in Ainaro,
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