ETAN is an
incredible organization. It was an important part of our
struggle for self-determination, struggle for the permanent
Maritime Boundary with Australia, and during the last 19
years, it has been part of Timorese struggle to reconstruct
and to rebuild its country. At this critical juncture of
Timor's development, it is critical to walk together with
Timorese to achieve our dream for better life where every
citizen has the conditions to meet its basic rights,
including the economic and social rights to have a dignified
life. --Gute Neves
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East Timor and Indonesia Action Network
PO Box 1663,
New York, NY 10035-1663 USA
Dear friend of
We write to urge you to support the work of the East Timor
and Indonesia Action Network for the coming year. We
are an organization funded almost entirely by the
grassroots; we rely
on you - and others like you - for support.
ETAN has worked since 1991 to advance self-determination,
democracy, and human rights for the peoples of Timor-Leste
(East Timor), Indonesia and West Papua -- work that remains
Please help us continue
the struggle for justice by contributing to ETAN today
ETAN is the
only solidarity group which carries the
mantle of upholding the rights of the
people of Timor-Leste and Indonesia,
working persistently and fearlessly to
hold the world's governments, especially
the United States, to account for
complicity in rights violations. --
Mica Barreto Soares
There are exciting changes at ETAN: During this past year,
we welcomed an impressive group of activists to our board.
We are working with them to reinvigorate ETANís activism.
Three new board
members are Timorese who have studied in the U.S. and are
now back in Timor-Leste helping to build their nation. Berta
Antonieta interned in ETANís New York office in 2015. She is
active in Dili with Grupu Feminista iha Timor and working
for Laío Hamutuk. Policy analyst Gute Neves has worked as a
journalist, a researcher with civil society, and adviser to
the President of Timor-Leste.
Mica Barreto Soares was active as a young student with
RENETIL in opposing the Indonesian occupation. She is
currently completing her doctorate on
Relations. With these new members among our
leadership we look forward to
our collaboration with Timor-Leste civil society groups.
Our other new board members are scholars and seasoned
activists with long histories of engagement in the region.
Helen Hill has been involved in Timor activism since before
Indonesia's invasion. An early scholar of Timorese
nationalism, she moved to Timor-Leste after retiring from
Australia's Victoria University. She is currently an Adjunct
Professor of Community Development at Universidade Nacional
Timor Lorosa'e. David Webster was active with the East Timor
Alert Network (ETAN/Canada). He teaches history at Bishop's
University and serves as a member of the international
advisory council of Timor-Leste's Centro Nacional Chega! He
recently edited Flowers in the Wall: Truth and
Reconciliation in Timor-Leste, Indonesia and Melanesia.
Brad Simpson has been active with ETAN since the early
1990s. He teaches history at the University of Connecticut
and is Research Fellow and Director of the National Security
Archive's Indonesia and East Timor Documentation Project
working to declassify U.S. government documents.
valued ETAN's work and contribution as a
solidarity movement for Timor-Leste
self-determination. Currently, I am
working with La'o Hamutuk as economic
and gender researcher. I am also
interested in learning more about West
Papua's current situation and want ETAN
to help Timor-Leste and West Papua to
connect and share experiences.
Please join me in welcoming them to ETANís leadership* by
helping us meet an ambitious goal.
We need 120 donors to
contribute a total of $12,000 to help ETAN begin 2019 on
a strong financial footing.
Will you become one
of them, joining others in investing in ETANís pursuit of
justice and in the defense of democracy and human rights?
This August 30,
Timor-Leste, the UN, and ETAN will mark the 20th
anniversary of the historic vote for independence. As we
celebrate the Timorese peopleís decision to break free of
Indonesian occupation, we plan to remind the international
community of its many unfulfilled pledges of justice. With
your critical assistance, ETAN can continue its work
supporting Timorese efforts to ensure accountability for
Indonesiaís crimes as well as for the complicity of
Jakartaís partners-in-crime Ė such as the U.S. government.
The recent U.S. election offers opportunities to urge the
new Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, with its
many new members, to support human rights, accountability
and justice in Indonesia, Timor-Leste and West Papua.
Opportunities to do so have been severely limited under
President Trump and the previous conservative Congress.
During Indonesiaís April 2019 elections, we plan to evaluate
the leading candidatesí human rights promises and records.
And whoever wins, we will continue to support progressive
Indonesian voices calling for justice, tolerance, and
Indonesian army is not running Indonesia
any longer, but it is still powerful.
The architects of attempted genocide
still walk free. Timorese people's
struggle for fair and people-centered
development goes on. The Indonesian army
still carries out in West Papua some of
the tactics it pioneered in Timor-Leste.
Activism is still needed, solidarity is
still needed and it can still make a
difference to Timorese and Indonesian
struggles. No group has made this point
more persistently than ETAN, which needs
and merits support.
Your help is crucial to ETAN's support for the rights of the
people of West Papua, including their struggle for genuine
self-determination. Repression is increasing in the
territory, and we are working with Tapol and others to speak
out against human rights violations and support fundamental
solutions to this long-running conflict.
Every day, ETAN compiles and distributes information about
developments in Timor-Leste to an international list of more
than 6800 people (1200 more subscribers than this time last
year). Many of you are subscribers to this list and/or our
similar lists on Indonesia and West Papua.
Please donate to
support this valuable service.
With your support, ETAN continues to inform, educate,
advocate, and organize in support of the Timorese, Indonesia
and West Papuan peoplesí fundamental rights, including
democratic governance, adequate nutrition and decent health
care, and freedom of expression. We amplify their concerns
and voices for a global. audience.
A luta continua,
John M. Miller
National Coordinator, ETAN
* The continuing members of ETANís board are
Craig Hughes (NY), the Rev. Elice Higginbotham (AZ),
Chris Lundry (Mexico City), Karen Orenstein (DC), Charles
Scheiner (NY), Pamela Sexton (Dili), Andrew Teixeira de
Sousa (Jakarta), and Jeffrey Yoder
How to Donate to ETAN
by credit card
below, or mail your donation
to us. To support ETAN's political advocacy work, write a check
made out to ETAN. For ETAN's educational efforts, U.S. tax-deductible
donations of over $50 can be made out to A.J. Muste Memorial
Institute/ETAN. Please mail contributions to:
PO Box 1663
New York, NY 10035-1663
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your checks to:
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- make checks
payable to East Timor Action Network, Inc.;
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donations of $50 or more,
your check payable
to AJ Muste Memorial Institute,
put ETAN in memo field
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New York residents may obtain a copy of ETAN's Annual
Report by writing to the Department of Law Charities Bureau Registration
Section, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.