CALLS-TO-ACTION

MAY  WE  GATHER

National Buddhist Memorial Ceremony

for Asian American Ancestors

   Tuesday, May 4th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm   

This national memorial ceremony offers an opportunity for Asian American and other Buddhist communities to come together in mourning, mending, and renewal. We find support in the Dharma’s enduring wisdom. We take refuge under the compassionate gaze of buddhas and bodhisattvas. We counter violence with equanimity, ignorance with wisdom, hatred with kindness, and suffering with healing.

We welcome Asian American Buddhist temples and organizations, ally sanghas, and individuals of all backgrounds to participate in this ceremony by watching the livestream of the national Buddhist memorial on May 4th, and by endorsing this gathering.

ROHINGYA  RELIEF

FIRE  AT  REFUGEE  CAMP

Request from Hozan Alan Senauke & Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

A massive fire in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh on the Myanmar border has forced tens of thousands to flee their makeshift homes.  They have escaped from the fires of genocidal attacks in their homeland and now face the devastation of their shelters, the loss of their meager belongings and the death of their people.

Click on this link to to find the latest emergency efforts and appeals launched to provide desperately needed shelter, food, sanitation and medical help for the victims of the fire:

The fire burned through several health clinics, food distribution centers, and a market.  The largest health clinic in the camp was “completely destroyed.”  The World Food Programme said two of its nutrition centers and a food distribution site were “burnt to the ground.”

CIVIL  DISOBEDIENCE MOVEMENT  IN  MYANMAR

Request from Hozan Alan Senauke & Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

Military repression of the pro-democracy Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) has escalated in the past week with the death toll over 500; including children killed by direct fire in the protests.

Click on this link to support the the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar:

Clear View Project transfers funds to friends in Thailand

who are effective in getting aid into Myanmar.

Clear View Project has worked in Myanmar for many years, supporting political reforms and community development... with strong connections with western Buddhist centers, Burmese communities in exile in the U.S., and Burma activist organizations.

COLUMBIA COUNTY SANCTUARY MOVEMENT

EXCLUDED  WORKERS  RECEIVE ACCESS  TO  FUNDS

The pandemic has made clear that the well-being of our communities is interconnected and the exclusion of some people hurts us all.  It has also laid bare racist exclusions in our social safety net that keep some workers from basic support that’s essential to survival.  We hope that people across the country will be inspired by the bravery of workers in New York to end this unjust system once and for all.

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