The following is from the Jason Gatties For Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees campaign website. Please note that Jason has not asked for this to be posted; quite the contrary, he suggested the information only be passed along to five friends via email, because he is not doing this for campaign attention. However, since it is indeed a good cause, I took it upon myself to post it here where it will be seen by thousands, rather than just a few. I personally think it’s wonderful that Jason makes sacrifices of this nature during an active campaign, so I also think he should be recognized for his humanitarian charitable activities.
From August 8th-August 24th, the attention of world will be focused on China, as they host the 2008 Olympic Games. The Olympic spirit calls for “goodwill” between all nations of the world. However, thanks to the Chinese Government & the Myanmar Junta, two countries & their citizens feel only suffering.
Human rights conditions in Tibet & Myanmar (Burma) remain dismal. Under the Chinese occupation, the Tibetan people are denied most rights guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights including the rights to self-determination, freedom of speech, assembly, movement, expression and travel.
The people of Burma are continually calling for a protection of freedom and human rights and an end to attacks against ethnic minorities. China however continues to send weapons and funds to the Burmese dictatorship, allowing attacks against civilians to continue.
To help draw local attention to what I see as major global issue, I will not accept campaign donations for the duration of the Olympic Games. Instead, I encourage you to join me in support of the citizens of Tibet & Burma. With your support, we can not only help the people of Tibet & Burma, but also send a message to the Chinese Government.
Don’t Take Freedom For Granted. Please Donate To One Of The Following Charity Organizations: