The vague disappointment I first felt when combing indymedia for events boycotting the 2008 Olympics has grown into shock and dismay. In an area as outspoken as Portland (once dubbed "little Beirut" by Bush sr. due to our protests) I am apalled by the lack of interest and effort toward the human rights situation in China. China is a massive world superpower growing ever stronger with America's support and to not dissent, to not say anything is wrong! The human rights violations committed in China are horrendous and as dictated by U.N. charter, entirely unacceptable. We can not remain silent when there are poeple being tortured and murdered by the Chinese government, people that are only asking for the same basic rights we take for granted in our country, people who can not speak up for fear of severe consequence. Do we not have an obligation to speak on their behalf? Do we not have good cause to tell our own government that we do not want our American dollars invested in a country responsible for the oppression of billions? China's disregard for human rights extends beyond the current situation in China and Tibet. It also affects the situations in Darfur and Burma and has a deep impact on the world community as a whole. Our apathy and non-action is a silent endorsement of these atrocities. I have lived here long enough to know Portland has a conscience and I am pleading with it now. Please don't let the opportunity pass, say something! Tell the world the citizens of Portland do not accept the treatment of the people suffering at the hands of China.
Join the movement today: