Summer 1998
A New Era in East Timor

Senate For Referendum

Timor Autonomy?

Selective Purchasing Law

New Report

Upcoming Speaking Tours

ETAN Chapters Active

Constâncio Pinto, Simon Doolittle

Attacks on Ethnic Chinese Indonesians

Timorese National Convention in the Diaspora

Relief Fund

Canadian Movement Reorganizes

ETAN/US Web Site


Upcoming Strategy Conference

Boston Concert

Estafeta -
Spring 1998
Spring 1997

ETAN San Francisco to Host Activist Training

From October 22 to October 25 the San Francisco chapter of the East Timor Action Network will host a regional training conference for all activists interested in learning about and working for human rights in East Timor and Indonesia. We will discuss the current situation in Indonesia and East Timor as well as the political scene in the U.S., sharpen our skills as organizers and human rights activists and discuss future West Coast activism and ways of improving regional coordination.

Skills workshops will focus on giving a presentation on East Timor/lobbying; planning a demonstration/CD/action; getting the message out through media work; and ways to strengthen and more effectively utilize local ETAN chapters.

$15 registration covers housing for out-of-towners and most meals; some travel subsidies will also be available for ETAN activists. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Send payment to P.O. Box 420832 San Francisco, CA 94142, and direct any questions to Ben Terrall at 415-626-3723 or

ETAN will be organizing similar meetings in the Northeast and Southeast, and has already held one in Chicago. If you are interested in helping make these happen, contact us.

Bella, Fernando and Allan, as well as other East Timorese and U.S. activists and analysts, will also participate in ETAN’s National Strategy Conference the following weekend (see page 12).

Scheduled to Speak

· Bella Galhos: East Timorese activist who defected to Canada in 1994.

· Fernando de Araujo: East Timorese organizer just released after seven years in a Jakarta prison.

· Allan Nairn: Award winning journalist who survived the 1991 Dili massacre in East Timor.

· Peter Dale Scott: Author and Professor of English Emeritus at UC Berkeley, has written about Indonesia for over two decades.

· Medea Benjamin: Co-director of Global Exchange, a San Francisco-based human rights organization..

· Rev. John Chamberlin: The National Coordinator of East Timor Religious Outreach.