JOHN M. MILLER
Timor and Indonesia Action
Dear friend of
ETAN is about to launch an exciting set of new projects and
campaigns (see below), but we find ourselves without enough money in
the bank to cover even our day-to-day expenses over the next few
months. I'm writing to you with an urgent appeal for funds. We need
to raise $3000 in the next few weeks and $8000 in the next 60 days
-- please donate today.
We're asking for your help because without it, we'll be unable to:
* Launch our planned program of presentations this fall in the
New York area on human rights and other important issues concerning
Indonesia, West Papua and Timor-Leste, featuring speakers like
journalist Allan Nairn, West Papuan leader Octo Mote, activist Jill
Sternberg, and ETAN co-founder Charles Scheiner. These talks will be
made available on the web to serve as inspiration and resources.
"ETAN's actions and campaigns
have always been based on the interests of the people,
developed after consulting our civil society. Although
ETAN’s annual budget is smaller than virtually every other
international organization involved with our country, the
work that they do is invaluable."
- José Ramos-Horta
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President, Democratic
Republic of Timor-Leste
* Publish the series of backgrounders we're preparing on key human
rights cases from Indonesia and West Papua, cases that President
Jokowi pledged to "resolve" during his term and on which no progress
has been made. These factsheets will be available to anyone pressing
for justice and accountability.
* Work to influence the
administration (after recovering from the shock of the Trump
presidency) and U.S. Congress to pressure Indonesia to end human
rights violations in West Papua and throughout the archipelago.
* And in October, whatever the outcome of the UN mediation to
establish a permanent maritime boundary between Australia and
Timor-Leste., we'll be consulting with friends and partners in both
countries about next steps to press for outcome that respects
Timor-Leste's sovereignty and current international law and
Will you support us?
This shortfall comes when we're in the midst of long-term
planning, discussing ways to energize our work in solidarity with
the peoples of Timor-Leste, Indonesia and West Papua. (Thank you to
all who filled out our survey offering feedback and suggestions for
We know how much you depend on ETAN for
information through our listservs, social media and website. These
services and much else we would like to do are at risk. But with
your help, ETAN has the opportunity to continue and expand our
activities for human rights, justice and democracy.
"ETAN’s work remains
essential, but it can only do its work with the active
and generous support of people like you, who believe in
human rights and in the right to self-determination,
justice and accountability, and in social and economic
justice for the people of East Timor and Indonesia."
- Noam Chomsky
We especially want to
thank those of you who have given during the past year. We deeply
appreciate your financial vote of confidence is us and our work. I
hope that you can make an additional donation to carry us through
the next few months.
The best way to assure ETAN can continue our important work is
to become a sustainer and make a monthly donation, best done by
credit card, but checks or automatic bank payments are also
As always, in addition to any financial
support, we welcome your words of encouragement, criticism and
A luta continua,
John M. Miller
National Coordinator ETAN