San Francisco is the only city hosting the torch in the United States, and Students for a Free Tibet are responding. The message is clear and visionary: FREE TIBET!!!
Actions in Paris and London have already shown one of the ugly truths of standing up against injustuce - the bravery of nonviolence is met with the cowardice of violence. This is true in Tibet, where 180 people have been slaughtered since March in their attempts to send a message to the world through the layers of repression of Chinese rule.
As the climbers pull themselves higher and higher, I meditate on what this struggle is about. It is as fundamentally a fight against inequality and tyranny as the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa...it is the old world of imperialism and inequality against a new world of sovereignty and spiritual wealth.
As the banners scoot across ropes strung between the three climbers, the news media gathers four helicopters, two vans, eight photographers. The news pours in: "traffic is stopped", "five people detained on the bridge", "two diversion teams". The story is running live on CNN, CBS, NBC, and ABC. The cameraman next to me finally says it: "They've brought the city to a stop. Its amazing!"
And then the banner unfurls, white and black against the iconic red Golden Gate Bridge, and its gorgeous. "One World, One Dream: Free Tibet"
This is a huge, beautiful and strategic action; the people of Tibet have this brief window, when the whole world is watching China, the whole world is speaking of 'One Dream', the whole world is waiting for the Olympics.
The Tibetan dream of independence is our common dream, and we're asking you to do one thing if you are moved by the strength and perseverance of the Tibetan people and Tibetan-led Students for a Free Tibet: donate to support today's action and the actions to come. http://www.studentsforafreetibet.org/article.php?id=5.
AND Check out these two links for a couple of visuals on the banner hang:
link to www.sfgate.com
link to blog.studentsforafreetibet.org
In love, in struggle, FREE TIBET!!
The Ruckus Fam