Urgent Petition to Free Aung San Suu Kyi

Please consider taking the immediate action endorsed in this alert from the Buddhist Peace Fellowship to sign the Amnesty International petition to free Aung San Suu Kyi

Action Alert from Friends of BPF!

Buddhist Peace Fellowship endorses action in the interest of Aung San Suu Kyi, the missing monks and nuns, and the civilians who are living under the oppression of those who gain from the suffering of others. BPF is witnessing along with the world the crisis of the human condition today as demonstrated in Burma this very moment. Please read letter sent by Amnesty International. And peace to all living beings.
-- Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Executive Director of BPF.

Aung San Suu Kyi faces charges this week that could land her in jail for five years. The trial comes just days before she was set to be released from house arrest. Her life is on the line. Aung San Suu Kyi's health is at risk, and five years of torture and abuse at the infamous Insein prison could spell disaster.

Our rapid response to these developments started last week in Australia (a member of ASEAN) when the Amnesty section there mobilized and generated over 7,000 letters to ASEAN. Just a few hours ago, the chairman of ASEAN called on Myanmar (Burma) to release Aung San Suu Kyi.

With the international pressure snowballing, it's time to focus on General Than Shwe, leader of the military junta. Please write General Than Shwe and urge him to release Aung San Suu Kyi and then forward this email to your friends and networks.

We know influencing the general is an uphill battle, but you and I have faced these odds before. Last year, we sent tens of thousands of letters on behalf of Ma Khin Khin Leh, another prisoner of conscience in Myanmar. Today, she is free.

Now it's time for us to do the impossible again for Aung San Suu Kyi.

Will you forward this email to friends and to your networks, so we can reach at least 30,000 letters within the next 24 hours?

The stakes couldn't be higher: Aung San Suu Kyi's life is on the line.

Almost 20 years ago, Aung San Suu Kyi's party won over 80% of the vote, making her the rightful political leader of Myanmar. The military refused to hand over power, brutally oppressing any dissent, and imprisoning Suu Kyi for 13 of the last 19 years.
Since the elections in 1990, Aung San Suu Kyi's very existence has challenged the military's authority, and inspired the people of Myanmar to hope.

In her hour of need, will you do all you can?

Will you write General Than Shwe?

And then please forward this email widely to your friends and networks?

Aung San Suu Kyi has kept hope alive for the people of Myanmar, even when all hope was lost. Let's do the same now for Aung San Suu Kyi.

Thanks for standing with us,
Jim, Nancy, Anil, Laura, Steve and the rest of the rapid response team

P.S. We are gravely concerned about the health of 10 other political prisoners in Myanmar. Our ability to mobilize today for Aung San Suu Kyi could shift the direction for these lives on the brink.

Buddhist Peace Fellowship (www.bpf.org) | PO Box 3470 | Berkeley | CA | 94703

For more information about the plight of Aung San Suu Kyi, please also see bpf.org/html/home.html

Pan-Buddhist Climate Change Declaration 2009

In the run-up to the crucial U.N. Climate Treaty Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009 [1],  The Time to Act is Now: A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change [2] presents to the world's media a unique spiritual view of climate change and our urgent responsibility to address the solutions.

The Declaration was composed as a pan-Buddhist statement by Zen teacher Dr. David Tetsuun Loy and senior Theravadin teacher Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi with scientific input from Dr. John Stanley.
The Declaration emerged from the contributions of over 20 Buddhist teachers of all traditions to the book A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency. [3]

The Dalai Lama was the first to sign The Declaration. All concerned members of the international Buddhist community are invited to consider studying The Declaration and adding your voice by co-signing it at the end of the document [2].

For more information and opportunities to mindfully engage climate change, see also the Buddhist Climate Project [4].

(Links fixed Nov 11, 2009)
[1] U.N. Climate Treaty Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009
[2] The Time to Act is Now: A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change
[3] Book: A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency
[4] Buddhist Climate Project