Hello Restless Beings!
Firstly, thank you very very much for standing in solidarity with the Rohingya community by signing the petition and showing your support. We need your continued activism to ensure that the torture and unfair treatment the Rohingya are facing by the Burmese Government stops via international pressure.
To make it easy, we’ve created a Restless Beings ROHINGYA ACTION PACK for you below, with a list of 7 simple but effective ways to get our message out to the masses ASAP. These will take no more then a few minutes to do and collectively can have a huge impact on an international level.
1. Social Media Profile Pictures
Get a piece of paper, write ‘Remember Rohingya’ and take a picture of your self holding it, and then upload this on your social media account (Facebook / Twitter) and add this url > http://www.restlessbeings.org/projects/rohingya
Be as creative as you like, you can take this picture with friends, or you just by yourself … but please ensure you add the link, so when people look at the picture they can also click on the link and find out more and have up-to-date info.
2. Media Statement
We have prepared a media statement on behalf of community organisations and businesses to ask news corporations to end the media blackout from Burma on this issue and to report according to international standards and without bias. If you know or run any organisation/business/network you can show support by emailing us their logo to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on this and to see who has shown their support, click here > http://www.restlessbeings.org/projects/rohingya/media-statement
3. Special Event focussing on Human Stories of Rohingya (Press Conference)
A special event for press and limited guests
This event will look at the human stories behind recent clashes and the ensuing state-led campaign against the Rohingya in Burma.
Monday 23 July 2012, 6.30pm – 8pm
Brady Arts and Community Centre
192-196 Hanbury Street
London E1 5HU.
Space is limited, for more information and to register for this free event click here.
4. Tweet Up
On Monday, 23 July 2012 (same day as the press conference), we will have an international tweet up on Twitter. Look us up @RestlessBeings.
The tweet up will go on from 6 – 11pm UK time – the more people we have tweeting, the more chance we have of getting the topic trending to grab media attention.
5. Social Media Promotion: Facebook & Twitter
Social Media is a great way to raise awareness. See below for a few examples of statuses you can use on either Facebook or Twitter:
Described by the UN as the most persecuted community in the world yet their struggle is largely unknown. #Rohingya #Burma #Arakan http://www.restlessbeings.org
Help give a voice to one of the most marginalised communities in the world #SOSRohingya
Ethnic cleansing campaign of the #Rohingya in #Burma needs mainstream coverage #humanrights please spread the word, this community is being killed http://www.restlessbeings.org
6. Forwarding e-mail
You may have a lot of email contacts and need a simple email to forward and let your friends, colleagues and family know about this community. See below, an email ready for you to forward and share:
Hey! I just wanted to let you know about a community I am supporting. Not sure if you have heard about them, they are described by the UN as the most marginalised community in the world. They are the Rohingya people in Arakan (Burma), who are being ethnic cleansed as we speak. They have no right to citizenship, have been denied this for years, they cannot even get married or have children without state permission, which is a lengthy process and can take 4-10 years and often leads to a rejection. They have no freedom of movement in their own country, they are now being raped, totured, killed and the whole community slowly wiped out or rejected out of Burma. It is a serious issue and I am really keen to raise awareness for this community as much as possible. To find out more, see links below, and please please forward this on to your contacts. It is so important for us to ensure the struggles of our global family do not get swept under the carpet. Thank you
Rohingya info > http://www.restlessbeings.org/projects/rohingya
Rohingya Press Conference > http://www.restlessbeings.org/events/rohingya-the-human-story
7. Contact your local MP
It’s necassary to get in touch with our MP’s/Senators and ask them to work on our behalf at a time of humanitarian crisis which is not only an Asian/Burmese issue, but an international issue.
Petition your MP/ Senator. It is their duty to represent your desire for human rights, equality for all and to ask our Governments to urge for humanitarian aid and relief for the Rohingya.
In the UK http://www.writetothem.com
In the US http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
Also sign the Restless Beings Petition
Hopefully these 7 steps are other little things you can do to continue to show your support and work with us to ensure we do not stop supporting this community and will do anything and everything we can to get it in the hearts and minds of the masses.
Love, Light & Lollipops
The Restless Beings team
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