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Hello Ruckus Family,

I write right now with the utmost pride. Right now three activists, including one of our beloved Ruckutistas, are climbing up the suspension cables of the Golden Gate Bridge in an action to support Tibetan independence.
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


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Heroic & Important 08.Apr.2008 08:27

Den Mark, Vancouver

This action is heroic & important. I support all actions against all imperial powers on this planet, including china. imperialists are disgusting. And the olympics are bogus anyway.

The long and sordid history of US imperialism.... 08.Apr.2008 10:56

in China and in Asia.

The USA has a long history of imperialist intervention in China, a history that informs current events and undermines American-sourced criticism of Chinese government actions or policies. See for example:

Some are talking boycotts. Oh irony! Last time the US boycotted the Olympics, it was to protest an invasion of Afghanistan:

Also, there is a larger context in which your actions operate to support Bush Administration goals. That may be worth (re-)thinking about:

Heroic 08.Apr.2008 14:58

Bess Toffer

I echo Den Mark on this one. Seeing those banners fly on the Golden Gate Bridge gave my heart a huge lift. A wonderful action.....

Well... 08.Apr.2008 15:16

as long as your heart is satisfied.

That's what matters, after all, isn't it? Americans feeling good about it.

what does it take to get more coverage of Iraq? 08.Apr.2008 15:47

Frank I. Vancy

Odd how the mainstream media gives such coverage to these small anti-China protests, but virtually none to the millions of people who protest the war in Iraq.

Very odd indeed!

China and the U.S. -- the yin and yang of oppression 08.Apr.2008 16:59

Jody Paulson

There was nothing small about the rally and march from U.N. square to the San Francisco's Chinese embassy (and back) today. We also made a stop at City Hall, where Gavin Newsome himself came out on the balcony. Appearently there's a huge Tibetan community in San Francisco, and they made up the vast majority of marchers (it looked like every other person had a huge Tibetan flag), but the support in the general community was obvious. There was terrific positive energy at the rally & march. In fact it's still going on but I thought I'd better stop at the nearby library and check my email.

It's time we all unite and denounce torture and mass killings wherever they are. Falun Gong practioners routinely hand out flyers depicting unspeakable acts of torture and the traffic of human organs. The Chinese government has a big hand in the genocide in Darfur and the slaughter of Burmese monks. They've also been the ones propping up BushCo's bloody occupation of Iraq by letting us get so far in debt to them they practically own us.

Banner drop photos:  http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/04/08/18491239.php

In front of San Francisco's City Hall
In front of San Francisco's City Hall