The plan is to bring together a huge gathering of people for the cause of a free Tibet in San Francisco, US — to tell the world that Tibet is not forgotten.
Venue and Time: Lake Meritt, Oakland, near Fairyland Children's Park, 6pm, Friday, 11.11.11.
At the peak of the gathering, around 6 p.m., everybody will sing the theme song, We are the world by Michael Jackson.
It will be a peaceful gathering, with each supporter coming with an item that has to do with Tibet, or such as we have created on our merchandise page for the event — a T-shirt, a poster, a cap, etc.
The proceeds from the sale of the merchandise will be used in administrative works. Excess in funds will be used for other similar campaigns in the future.
The director of the event, Lobsang Wangyal, is an experienced producer of events. He has been producing different events since 2000, most of which were produced without outside funding. (His pockets have gotten flat over the years.)
The Director :)
Get the lyrics:
from the director
Hello warriors, I hope the event goes well. It may not be a big one like we wish, as we are only in the second year of the event. So the event will be small but it surely will be a meaningful one. Keep the people of Tibet in mind, believe in what you are doing and then sing and you will feel the meaning of it. Tibetans in Tibet need our support and attention, and we have to tell the world in every way we could about the hellish life they are living. All the peace- and freedom-loving people must tell China to resolve the Tibetan issue and give to Tibetans what is rightfully theirs.
I wish I was there to personally organise and lead the event, but due to logistical reasons I was not able to travel. The American embassy in Delhi wouldn't give me a visa anyway! They have been unnecessarily very strict to issue visas to Tibetans lately.
I am so thankful to Tashi Wangchuk for accepting to lead the event there. He is helped by Tsultrim Dorjee. Jhola Techung has been of tremendous help. I also thank all the others for taking the time to participate in the event.
I have decided to do the next Sing for Tibet in McLeod Ganj, India, on 12.12.12.
Written and composed by Michael Jackson
San Francisco, 11.11.11
Tibetans in Tibet are living in a hellish situation. There are police everywhere, putting restrictions on people's movement, and all communications have been cut off or are scrutinised. Chinese authorities put restrictions on the practice of religion and culture by Tibetans. People land in prison for just displaying a portrait of the Dalai Lama. Monks are forcibly given so called "patriotic re-education" (attempts to indoctrinate them with communist ideology), and are forced to denounce the Dalai Lama. Those who resist land in prison. Once there, torture is continually the order of the day for them.
Due to these unbearable conditions, eleven Tibetans, all monks and nuns, have set themselves on fire since March this year in an unprecedented series of demonstrations in Amdo and Kham provinces of Tibet, which are in today's Sichuan province in south-west China. Six of them, four monks and two nuns, have died due to burn injuries.
There were two cases of exile Tibetans setting themselves on fire as well. One occurred on 4 November in the Indian capital of New Delhi, when a 25-year-old Tibetan youth burned himself in front of the Chinese embassy there. Police doused the fire, and he only sustained injury on his feet.
The second case of an exile Tibetan burning was that of a monk just yesterday in Kathmandu, Nepal. His hands are said to be badly burned. He is now in hiding as Nepal police are hunting for him.
All of these people are asking only for greater freedom and to allow the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet.
Exile Tibetans are asking "How many more?" before China comes to terms with its violent actions in Tibet, or the world exerts pressure on China to act.
If we truly believe in peace, freedom and justice, we all have the responsibility to keep the pressure on to achieve for Tibetans those things that are rightfully deserved by all human beings.