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JOHN M. MILLER
East Timor and Indonesia Action Network
 
PO Box 1663
New York, NY 10035-1663 USA
December 2017
Dear friend of ETAN,


I’m writing to ask you to support our work at the East Timor and IndonesiaAction Network for the coming year. As you may know, ETAN has worked since 1991 to advance self-determination, democracy, and human rights for the peoples of Timor-Leste (East Timor), Indonesia and West Papua.


"ETAN’s work remains essential, but it can only do its work with the active and generous support of people like you, who believe in human rights and in the right to self-determination, justice and accountability, and in social and economic justice for the people of East Timor and Indonesia." 
- Noam Chomsky

Although Timor-Leste has been free of Indonesian military occupation since 1999, its people still struggle to achieve economic, social, and political justice within their sovereign nation and to overcome pressure from outside, especially from their large neighbors Indonesia and Australia.

Every day, ETAN compiles and distributes information about developments in Timor to a growing list of more than 5,700 people across the globe. We continue to work in solidarity with Timor-Leste civil society groups, and to help people in the United States and elsewhere strengthen their awareness and activism.

Will you be one of 120 donors we need to contribute a total of $12,000 to help ETAN begin 2018 on a strong financial footing? Will you join others in investing in ETAN's pursuit of justice and in the defense of democracy and human rights?

Say yes -- please donate today!

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ETAN's actions and campaigns have always been based on the interests of the people, developed after consulting our civil society. Although ETAN’s annual budget is smaller than virtually every other international organization involved with our country, the work that they do is invaluable."
- José Ramos-Horta Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

People in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, West Papua, and elsewhere tell us that ETAN's work remains as important as ever. Recently, ETAN's board began a long-term planning process. We are discussing how to make our strategies and tactics more effective and appropriate. We have received valuable suggestions from many people and welcome your input and words of support. With your help, we can intensify our pursuit of justice for the victims of crimes committed by Indonesia's police and military: from the bloody coup in 1965 that initiated decades of Suharto dictatorship, through the illegal invasion and occupation of Timor-Leste, to the ongoing human rights violations against West Papuans, LGBTQ Indonesians and Timorese, and too many others.  With your help, ETAN will pressure the U.S. government and the international community to acknowledge their role in arming and training the perpetrators of many of these crimes.

Your help is crucial to ETAN's support for the rights of the people of West Papua, including their struggle for self-determination. We will focus on public education in the U.S. and support West Papuan lobbying at the United Nations.

With your support, ETAN continues to inform, educate, advocate. and organize in support of the Timorese people’s rights – to democratic governance, permanent maritime boundaries, adequate nutrition, effective education and decent health care. We amplify their concerns and voices for a worldwide audience, while respecting their national sovereignty. Last month, to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Timor-Leste’s declaration of independence (which coincided with Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.), we wrote:

“ETAN gives thanks for the sovereignty, democracy, and peace that currently prevails in Timor-Leste, but we do not forget the shameful colonization and occupation which foreign invaders, some supported by the United States government, inflicted on your people. We recommit ourselves to improve democratic practices in the United States and to work for policies that secure human rights, end impunity, and achieve social and economic justice for both our peoples. Timor-Leste has made more progress in 42 years than the United States has in 241, but both nations have a long way to go, and ETAN looks forward to the continuing journey.”

We that hope you will join us on that journey.

A luta continua,

John M. Miller
National Coordinator, ETAN
New York, NY

Donations of any size for ETAN's political and advocacy work should be made out to ETAN and are not tax-deductible. U.S. tax-deductible checks for more than $50 can also be made out to "AJ Muste Memorial Institute/ETAN" and will only be used to support our educational work.


Please mail your donation to: ETAN, PO Box 1663, New York, NY 10035-1663 USA