Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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We are writing to urge you to support the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN). As the Obama administration considers lifting all limits on military assistance to Indonesia, including the deadly Kopassus, we need to keep up the pressure. ETAN's strong and clear voice for justice and accountability is as crucial as ever.

We count on your financial support so we can bring out the facts, keep up the pressure and continue the fight for justice and democracy in East Timor and Indonesia.

Noam Chomsky recently wrote, "I have long admired the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN), a clear, effective, and very much needed voice in support of justice, human rights, and accountability. ETAN is the only U.S. group to focus solely on both East Timor and Indonesia...."

Independent journalist Allan Nairn, speaking on Amy Goodman's Democracy Now! last month described how after the 1991 Santa Cruz massacre which they survived, "a grassroots movement grew up in the United States, including the East Timor Action Network, and we were all able to pressure the US Congress to cut off a lot of the military aid to Indonesia. That was under the dictatorship of General Suharto. And that cutoff had a huge effect within Indonesia."

ETAN won't rest on past victories; we will be working on the following in the coming months:

* providing an alternative perspectives when President Obama makes his delayed visit to Indonesia in June. We are preparing op-eds, fact sheets and other backgrounders. We are working with groups in Indonesia to raise important human rights issues and to oppose U.S. assistance to Indonesia's largely un-reformed military.

* working with groups in Timor-Leste (East Timor) and elsewhere to strengthen international support and expand activism for justice and accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity during Indonesia's U.S.-backed occupation of Timor.

* actively opposing any U.S. plans to train Indonesia's deadly Kopassus special forces. Kopassus which stands accused of some of the worst human rights violations in East Timor, West Papua and elsewhere. Many of you signed ETAN's online petition petition expressing your opposition to this dangerous and illegal proposal.l.

* analyzing the impact of U.S. aid to Timor-Leste looking at the projects and their impact.

And look for us in late June in Detroit at the US Social Forum. ETAN is planning a workshop and will be tabling. If you are planning to attend, let us know and look for us there.

ETAN remains an important source of information and analysis to journalists, decision-makers and activists. We maintain an active presence online through our website, a blog, Facebook, e-mail lists, and Twitter. We actively monitor ongoing threats to human rights in both countries, applying pressure in defense of activists and others.

You can donate safely through ETAN's website here. Or you can mail your donation. To support ETAN’s political advocacy work, write a check made out to “East Timor Action Network.” For ETAN’s educational efforts, tax-deductible donations of over $50 can be made out to “A.J. Muste Memorial Institute/ETAN.” Please mail your donations to: ETAN, PO Box 21873, Brooklyn, NY 11202-1873.

Thank you.

A luta continua,

John M. Miller
National Coordinator

P.S. Help put ETAN's finances on a firmer footing. Please consider making a recurring pledge of support via credit card to ETAN. You can choose the amount and frequency of the donation and it is automatically deducted from your credit card..

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