On Memorial Day, please remember Mildred Fish Harnack, Milwaukee native and MPS product, the only American Woman Executed by the Nazis for being part of the German Resistance

Below is an invitation to a program this coming Sunday, June 6th at 4pm at the UW-M Union, and a fuller biography is at the end & attached)
Sunday, June 6, 4pm PROGRAM/FILM ON MILDRED HARNACK, MILWAUKEEAN EXECUTED AS PART OF THE GERMAN RESISTANCE TO HITLER.

On Sunday, June 6, 2010, at 4pm, the director and producers of the upcoming film, NUMBER 228, narrated by famed actress Meryl Streep, will appear at the UWM Union Theatre Cinema, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. in Milwaukee. The film’s subject is Milwaukee native, Dr. Mildred Fish Harnack, the only American woman beheaded by Hitler’s direct order for her activity in one of Berlin’s first German resistance movements. Executive Producer/Director Jade Wu and Producers Adrian Schriel and Caitlin O’Connell will present a trailer screening for the film which is still in production and will be released for theatrical distribution and television broadcast in late 2011, combined with a discussion and presentation on the film’s educational outreach plan. The event at the UWM Union Cinema, beginning at 4pm, is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Art Heitzer, aheitzer@igc.org, 414–273–1040, ext. 12
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Mildred Fish Harnack: Milwaukee Native Beheaded by Hitler for Role in German Resistance Movement

What is the story of Milwaukee heroine Mildred Fish Harnack, whose birthday on September 16th is recognized by state law to be a Special Observance day in the public schools? This will try to answer that question, to make better known the example of the only American woman executed by the Gestapo for being part of the German resistance to Hitler’s regime.

Born on the west side of Milwaukee in 1902, Mildred Fish was neither German nor Jewish. Rather, her English roots, relative poverty, and academic and literary excellence laid the foundation for a progressive who pioneered in gaining recognition of American literature as a subject worthy of study here and abroad. A committed internationalist, Mildred also embraced the humanism of German culture. She ultimately gave her life trying to defeat its murderous antithesis, the Nazi regime, from within.

Mildred was an academic star, and a delightful baby sitter who inspired her wards to study Latin. She was a published poet in high school (West Division, now Milwaukee High School of the Arts), and later an editor of the Wisconsin Literary Magazine at the UW-Madison. She was recognized for her beauty, and wrote society news for the Madison newspapers.

Like many students at the UW, her life was broadened immensely by the people she met there. She was especially impressed by a lawyer/economist and Rockefeller fellow from one of Germany’s top intellectual families, Arvid Harnack. Harnack studied the “Wisconsin Idea” under John R. Commons, and hoped to apply the best ideas of U.S. reforms and the planned economic experiments from Soviet Russia to help lead Germany on a progressive path. He wrote his dissertation on “The Pre-Marxist Labor Movement in the U.S.”

The couple married in 1926 on a Wisconsin farm near Evansville, and moved to Germany three years later. Those were contentious times, leading to Hitler’s takeover in 1932. Already high in the German Government’s Economics Ministry, Arvid and others then formed a clandestine group which the Gestapo later nicknamed the “Red Orchestra.” Scholars call it the Harnack Schulze-Boysen organization. A number of its members were in government and military positions, and it was noted for its egalitarianism and the leading roles held by women.

Mildred, who won her doctorate from Giessen, translated leading U.S. novels into German, and lectured on American literature, at the U.S. Embassy and various universities. She also taught English to the German military.

At night and in secret, hundred of intellectuals, military officers, and workers, including former communists, formed study groups on the world situation. They stamped anti-Nazi propaganda on sidewalks, and gathered military intelligence on the Nazi war preparations, especially its invasion plans to the East. They also worked to encourage resistance by forced laborers brought in from many occupied nations to work in German munitions plants.

Mildred’s contacts, her ability to travel, and her language skills, played an invaluable role. The organization issued publications in French, Polish, Russian, and Czech to laborers in the heart of Germany with her help.

Mildred and others in the group did help some Jews and others escape, but their primary goal was to undermine the Nazi regime. When ammunition proved unreliable, and the Allies received valuable information from inside Germany, many Germans viewed them as traitors. Some still do.

For Mildred, one of the hardest things was having to keep silent on her trips to the United States, among friends who denounced Nazism, but she could not afford to do so. What must they have thought of her silence? Perhaps her most courageous decision was to return to the struggle in Berlin, as she steadfastly refused to flee this most dangerous battleground.

Much like the heroine of the movie “Julia,” Mildred gave her life after most of the group’s members were discovered and arrested in late 1942.

Mildred was abused in prison, but she spiritually survived by translating Goethe’s poems into English. Although she was originally sentenced to prison, Hitler directed that she be re-sentenced, and she was beheaded in February 1943.

Recognition of this heroine has been sporadic. After news of her example surfaced here in 1947, the University of Wisconsin appointed a commission headed by Helen C. White to decide what memorial would be appropriate. The UW archives reveal that after deciding she was clearly deserving of this honor, the commission quietly shelved the project. They noted that the possibility of communist affiliation could not be ruled out, at a time when Senator Joseph McCarthy’s star was on the rise and he was looking for targets.

During the Cold War era, Mildred was hailed the East almost unknown in the West. Then a few U.S. people found information about her, believed that her story had to be told, and worked to preserve her papers.

The Mildred Harnack Memorial Fund was set up by the Wisconsin Community Fund in 1996 to carry on Mildred’s name. Starting in 1998, a $1,000 annual scholarship for an outstanding senior at Milwaukee High School the Arts was established in her name, and has been awarded ever since. Plaques in her honor are on display at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall, Peace Action Center and Milwaukee High School of the Arts.

Oxford University Press has published a full biography, Resisting Hitler: Mildred Harnack and the Red Orchestra (2000) by Shareen Blair Brysac. The German Resistance Museum in Berlin featured a display on her in recent years which is available to be brought here. Programs honoring her have been held in Milwaukee and at the UW Law School in Madison, as well as in Germany and other parts of Europe.

Anyone interested in more information or in assisting this work, financially or otherwise, may contact Art Heitzer, aheitzer@igc.org, (414) 273–1040, 633 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1410, Milwaukee, WI 53203 or WCF (608) 251–6834, 1202 Williamson St., Madison, WI 53703.

PROSECUTE - No Excuse for Torture (what YOU can do, below)

By Debbie Metke & Julie Enslow

In mid-April President Obama released Bush administration memos confirming its approval of torture by the CIA and the US military on terrorism suspects. Our tax dollars paid for body slamming, extremes of heat and cold, near drowning, confinement in small boxes with insects, and more - for years.

We know those responsible. The top members of the Bush administration have all acknowledged how they sought and authorized human rights abuses that violated at least four international treaties. Bush attorneys admitted it was their interpretation that gave the torture go-ahead. CIA officials George Tenet and John McLaughlin briefed White House and Cabinet officials – Bush, Cheney, Rice, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld and Powell – as well as Senate and House Intelligence Committee leaders Sen. Bob Graham (D), Sen. Richard Shelby (R), Rep. Porter Goss (R) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D), the so-called Gang of Four. None of these people objected or tried to stop the new torture policy. (See New York Times, 4/22/09.) They are all culpable.

Our new President doesn’t have to tarnish himself – he can have his Attorney General take the heat by investigating and prosecuting those responsible to ensure this will never happen again. But Obama said no, it’s time to “move forward,” not time for “retribution” – a statement every criminal in the world would love to hear. On April 19 his chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel said in a television interview that the president believed that “those who devised policy” should not be prosecuted. With growing outrage and pressure, a few days later Obama backtracked and left the door open to creating a bi-partisan commission to investigate the torture abuses and did not totally rule out action by the Justice Department.

To watch our brilliant new President hesitate as a moral leader on this issue is a bitter pill. Constitutional lawyer Jonathan Turley says, “It is just as bad to prevent the investigation and prosecution of a war crime as (the crime’s) commission because you bear part of it.” Worse yet, Obama is continuing Bush’s doctrine to keep state secrets, to detain prisoners without trial and he even states that courts cannot question the policy to spy on Americans.

Will we be thrown crumbs of torture-memo-truth before American Idol will distract us from the fact that no one will be prosecuted? If so, presidential abuse of power will happen again. Ordinary citizens have to answer to laws with teeth – not so the powerful. But the American public and the world are recognizing this hypocrisy. In order to move our country forward and restore credibility at home and abroad, we must reveal the truth and hold people accountable to make sure this never happens again.

Tell the Obama administration that you want investigation and prosecution of those responsible for torture and other war crimes.’‘’ Ask Attorney General Holder why he isn’t doing so if waterboarding is torture, the evidence is public (including open admission by the former Vice President), and the UN Convention Against Torture requires that we enforce our laws?

Contact Attorney General Eric Holder
Call: 202–514–2001. Email: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov Fax: 202–307–6777

Ask him to appoint an independent special prosecutor to investigate and prosecute all government officials who developed and/or approved of torture policies during the Bush administration.

Contact President Obama
http://www.whitehouse.gov/CONTACT/
Call White House Comment Line: 202–224–3121

Thank Senator Russ Feingold for requesting a Justice Department investigation. Thank Sen. Patrick Leahy and Cong. John Conyers for proposing an independent “truth commission.” DC Capitol Switchboard: 800–828–0498

Want to do More?

Contact the U.S. State Department Office of War Crimes Issues.
(202) 647–5072
U.S. Department of State
Office of War Crimes Issues 7419A
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

Petition the United Nations to set up an international tribunal.
http://www.petitiononline.com/5t4r3e2w/petition.html

Ask the International Criminal Court to Prosecute Bush and Cheney for War Crimes.
otp.informationdesk@icc-cpi.int

For more info: http://www.democrats.com/special-prosecutor-for-bush-war-crimes
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Organization for Inspiration

Organization for Inspiration is a collective activist-oriented arts organization that is not for profit, by and for artists, Film makers, Poets, Musicians, Storytellers, and people Like you in the Milwaukee area to organize to inspire. We organize activist-oriented multimedia gatherings in the Milwaukee area in which we pick a topic such as unity, and we ask people in the community to artistically share their vision.
One of our long-term goals is to build a space for local artists, film makers, musicians and others to use as a public arts resource center. The space will including studio space for visual art, music, photography, film and more. This location will also house a place for performances, theatrical, film and music, a cafe, an art gallery and more!
We hope after creating this space to inspire others to create similar spaces to encourage positive growth and community in the city of Milwaukee and elsewhere!

ART NOT APATHY!

Organization for Inspiration is starting their long term vision by organizing gatherings By and For Artists, Musicians, Poets, Thinkers, Storytellers, Speakers, and people like you, to promote awareness around issues that matter to all of us.
Art Not Apathy gatherings are multimedia events with poetry readings, musical performances, stories, speeches, film, Interactive Artwork and more. O4Is goal with these shows is to inspire and be inspired with the creative energy of the human spirit while promoting action around issues that are important to all of us.

Thus far we have had ANA Gatherings to promote Ecological Awareness and Unity. Future Art Not Apathy event topics will include Youth rights, Fighting Racism, LGBT rights, Womens rights, Reformation of Marijuana laws, and an event to celebrate Faiths of all countries.

Our first ANA Gathering was held at bucketworks on the 28th of February 2009.

Our next ANA Gathering will be held at The Art and Soul Gallery at 5708 W. Vliet Street on April 23rd 12:00 to 9:00pm and the 24th 12:00 to 4:00pm

Keep in touch to find out when future gatherings happen. Contact us if you would like to be contacted to perform at a future gathering, and contact us to let us know what you would like to see at Art Not Apathy in the future.

Jake

Check out our Website at http://www.artnotapathy.org

There is obviously a big link between sustainable development and human security.

See http://www.genevadeclaration.org/
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Steps the incoming president can take to build a peace-based economy.

The following is a memo to Barack Obama from Deepak Chopra.

You have been elected by the first anti-war constituency since 1952, when Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected after promising to end the Korean War. But ending a war isn’t the same as bringing peace. America has been on a war footing since the day after Pearl Harbor, 67 years ago. We spend more on our military than the next 16 countries combined. If you have a vision of change that goes to the heart of this country’s deep problems, ending our dependence on war is far more important than ending our dependency on foreign oil.

The most immediate changes are economic. Unless it can make as much money as war, peace doesn’t stand a chance. Since aerospace and military technologies remain the United States’ most destructive export, fostering wars around the world, what steps can we take to reverse that trend and build a peace-based economy?

  1. Scale out arms dealing and make it illegal by the year 2020.

  2. Write into every defense contract a requirement for a peacetime project.

  3. Subsidize conversion of military companies to peaceful uses with tax incentives and direct funding.

  4. Convert military bases to housing for the poor.

  5. Phase out all foreign military bases.

  6. Require military personnel to devote part of their time to rebuilding infrastructure.

  7. Call a moratorium on future weapons technologies.

  8. Reduce armaments like destroyers and submarines that have no use against terrorism and were intended to defend against a superpower enemy that no longer exists.

  9. Fully fund social services and take the balance out of the defense and homeland security budgets.

These are just the beginning. We don’t lack creativity in coping with change. Without a conversion of our present war economy to a peace economy, the high profits of the military-industrial complex ensures that it will never end.

Do these nine steps seem unrealistic or fanciful? In various ways, other countries have adopted similar measures. The former Soviet army is occupied with farming and other peaceful work, for example. But comparisons are rather pointless, since only the United States is burdened with such a massive reliance on defense spending. Ultimately, empire follows the dollar. As a society, we want peace, and we want to be seen as a nation that promotes peace. For either ideal to come true, you as president must back up your vision of change with economic reality. So far, that hasn’t happened under any of your predecessors. All hopes are pinned on you.
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School of the Americas protest by Debbie Metke

I just returned from a 20-hour bus ride (each way) down to Fort Benning military base in Georgia, where I joined 26,000 people in protest of the School of the Americas (“SOA”). We had 3 busses go from Wisconsin, and it was a great experience to meet the other concerned Wisconsinites on that long drive.

The School of the Americas is a US military training school for Latin American soldiers (see below how many). After our government trains them, they return to their home countries looking upon those who help the poor as enemies — religious workers, social workers, journalists, union organizers and liberal intellectuals.

In 1996 the Pentagon was forced to release training manuals that proved the SOA was training in torture, false imprisonment, extortion and execution. In El Salvador alone, over 75,000 people were killed. Over two thirds of officers responsible were trained at the SOA. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, “disappeared”, massacred, and forced into being refugees by those trained at Fort Benning.

This protest was attended by people of all ages and walks of life. Two-thirds of the protest crowd was students. Many were from churches, since their own have been killed in large numbers.

Sadly, our government and corporations support this oppression because it ensures that American businesses can continue to profit off the Latin American poor. We in America aren’t told of what goes on around the world in the name of business – one reason we are shocked when we find ourselves unpopular among other countries. (Last year I read a fascinating biography called “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” by John Perkins, who was one of the “bad guys” in this system before his conscience got to him.

The weekend event included lectures, workshops and films. There were speeches and music from the main stage (including speakers who had family members killed or tortured), while military helicopters flew overhead and dozens of police lined the fences. Every year people step over the line onto the base, which results in being given a 6 to 12 month prison sentence, but they feel it is worth it to impress their objection to the school upon the public. In spite of 3 new layers of barbed wire fence this year, we had 6 people go over the line. Hundreds have done it through the years. (At least 3 have been imprisoned from Milwaukee). As they say, “is it a crime to call attention to a crime?”

Sunday’s vigil was the main event of the weekend. We each carried white, wooden crosses with the name of someone who had been killed by a graduate of the School of the Americas. My cross was for a 60-year-old woman from El Salvador. Many were for babies and children. For two hours, names of innocent victims were read. After each name, we raised our cross and said “presente”. As we approached the gate to Fort Benning, we slid our cross into the wire. Many protesters lay “dead” in dark garments with blood on the sidewalk, simulating the massacres. Seeing the fence with THOUSANDS of crosses was what struck me the hardest, especially leaving my “victim” in the fence (or actually in her grave), while I got to travel back home. Many others were moved to tears at this part of the vigil.

This protest started with only 6 people 18 years ago and with the new Congress, may be the last, since the vote to close the school lost by only 6 votes last time. Several Latin American countries have pledged to no longer send their military to the SOA, such as Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, El Salvador and Chile has removed 2/3rds from the school.

Yes, there may be two sides to the story, so google “School of the Americas” or “Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation” (WHINSEC). (This second name is what they have renamed it because of its terrible reputation).

If you really want to help stop this atrocity to so many innocents, write your Congress member to vote for HR 1217 to close the school. Tell him/her this school and its policies are out of line with the core values of everyday Americans. It certainly isn’t what I grew up to believe about my country. Closing it would be an excellent start toward a national redirection and reclamation of US foreign policy.

P.S. Find out what General Smedley Butler had to say about his role in these ventures at this link: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=general+smedley+butler+and+war+is+a+racket&aq=f&oq=

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Countries and Their Numbers of Graduates (since 1946)

Argentina / 931
Bolivia / 4,049
Brazil / 355
Chile / 2,405
Colombia / 8,679
Costa Rica / 2,376
Dominican Republic / 2,330
Ecuador / 2,356
El Salvador / 6,776
Guatemala / 1,676
Honduras / 3,691
Nicaragua / 4,693
Panama / 4,235
Paraguay / 1,084
Peru / 3,997
Uruguay / 931
Venezuela / 3,250

The U.N. Truth Commission’s statistics reveal the extent of the School’s murderous role in El Salvador.

Some Assassinations and Ties to SOA Graduates:

Romero assassination 3 officers cited --- 2 were SOA graduates

Murder of US nuns 5 officers cited --- 3 were SOA graduates

Union leader murders 3 officers cited --- 3 were SOA graduates

El Junquillo massacre 3 officers cited --- 2 were SOA graduates

El Mazote massacre 12 officers cited --- 10 were SOA graduates

Dutch journalist murders 1 officer cited --- he was an SOA graduate

Las Hojas massacre 6 officers cited --- 3 were SOA graduates

San Sebastian massacre 7 officers cited --- 6 were SOA graduates

Jesuit massacre 26 officers cited --- 19 were SOA graduates

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Anarchy-Cursed Nation Looks to Bottom-Up Rule

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
Published: August 17, 2008

Does the international community have it all wrong on Somalia?

After 17 years, 14 transitional governments and more than $8 billion in foreign aid, the country is as violent and lawless — and many say hopeless — as ever.

Early this month, a man who had been running an orphanage for 18 years was fatally shot in the head. A few days before that, 20 women sweeping the streets were blown up by a bomb buried in a pile of garbage. No one is safe, and perhaps no place on earth more closely resembles Thomas Hobbes’s description of a state of nature in which life is “nasty, brutish and short.”

Nothing seems to be able to lift Somalia’s curse of anarchy. And part of the problem, a rising number of Western academics and Somali professionals argue, is that the bulk of outside efforts have concentrated on standing up a strong central government, which may be anathema in a country where authority tends to be diffuse and clan-based.

The United Nations and donor countries are plowing millions of dollars into the Transitional Federal Government, an entity essentially created by the United Nations, with the idea of bringing order to Somalia from the top down.

But the transitional government is essentially on life support. Its presence in Mogadishu, the capital, is limited to a few blocks that are constantly shelled. It is unpopular and, by extension, weak. Its leaders are consumed by yet another round of infighting.

President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, a former warlord, is enraged that Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein, a former Red Crescent official, had the gall to try to fire Mogadishu’s mayor, another ex-warlord — the “ex” being a term of art because the mayor is widely accused of running an extortion ring.

Ken Menkhaus, a professor at Davidson College in North Carolina who specializes in Somalia, likened the transitional government to an hourglass, with no professional class or civil service at its core. Instead, there are “a whole bunch of ministers at the top, a whole bunch of soldiers at the bottom and nothing in between.”

But there may be another answer: going local.

Many Somali intellectuals and Western academics are pushing an alternative form of government that might be better suited to Somalia’s fluid, fragmented and decentralized society. The new idea, which is actually an old idea that seems to be enjoying something of a renaissance because of the transitional government’s shortcomings, is to rebuild Somalia from the bottom up.

It is called the building block approach. The first blocks would be small governments at the lowest levels, in villages and towns. These would be stacked to form district and regional governments. The last step would be uniting the regional governments in a loose national federation that controlled, say, currency issues and the pirate-infested shoreline, but did not sideline local leaders.

“It’s the only way viable,” said Ali Doy, a Somali analyst who works closely with the United Nations. “Local government is where the actual governance is. It’s more realistic, it’s more sustainable and it’s more secure.”

Technically, the current transitional government is a federal system that is supposed to share power with various regions, but it is unclear, even to the people in the government, what exactly that means.

Somalia has always been a tricky place to rule. On the surface, it seems like one of the most homogeneous countries on the planet: almost all of its estimated seven million to eight million people share the same language, religion, culture and ethnicity. But, in fact, it is one of the most fragmented. In Somalia, it is all about clan.

The Italians and the British colonized separate parts, but their efforts to impose Western laws never really worked. Disputes tended to be resolved by clan elders. Deterrence was key. “Kill me and you will suffer the wrath of my entire clan” — that, to many people, was social order.

The places where the local ways were disturbed the least, like in British-ruled Somaliland, seem to have done better in the long run, with less fighting today than in areas where the Italian colonial administration supplanted the role of traditional elders.

Many Somalis have grown suspicious of a strong central government, especially after the dark years of Maj. Gen. Mohammed Siad Barre, the dictator who ruled from 1969 to 1991. “The state has never had any legitimacy,” said Tobias Hagmann, a Somalia scholar at the University of Zurich.

Clan-based warlords toppled General Siad Barre, then turned on one another. In some places, limited local governments sprouted to fill the authority vacuum. They called themselves “administrations” and provided some services, like resolving property disputes or trying theft suspects in courts based on Islamic and customary Somali law.

By the early 2000s, several of those local courts began to gain strength, and in 2006 they united under an Islamist banner to fight warlords being paid by the Central Intelligence Agency. The Islamic courts won and disarmed and pacified much of south-central Somalia, following their own version of the building block approach. But the United States and Ethiopia considered the Islamic courts a terrorist threat, so the United States helped Ethiopia invade Somalia.

The result today is an ascendant Islamist guerrilla force, a wounded and divided transitional government and an increasingly impatient Ethiopia. Stir in Somalia’s war profiteers, including gunrunners and importers of expired baby formula, and the country seems to be a recipe for long-term disaster.

Aid officials say Somalia may be headed toward another famine, with nearly three million people dependent on emergency food aid, 1.5 million displaced, and aid workers being killed. Despite all this, local government has not been stamped out. In one area, a group of Somali-Americans has used its own money to set up a police force and a rudimentary court system based on clan ties.

“You can’t start from the top down; that’s a waste of energy,” said Mohamed Aden, 36, a health care manager from Minnesota who risked his savings — and his life — to set up a local administration in central Somalia.

He explained: “You have to start from the grass roots. People don’t trust each other. You start small, and when people see that it’s working, they will want to join.”

But the building block approach has its challenges. The United Nations tried to encourage representative district councils in the early 1990s, but the warlords in Mogadishu felt threatened and torpedoed the effort.

There are “always going to be spoilers from the center,” said Hassan Sheik Mohamud, the dean of a small college in Mogadishu. “Ideally, bottom up is very good for Somalia. But the problem is the warlords. To make any government work, they have to be included, in some way.”

There are also bureaucratic realities. Western diplomats, foreign donors and the United Nations prefer to deal with one government, not 26.

“I don’t think the transitional government is so effective,” said Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the top United Nations envoy for Somalia. “But it’s what we have.”
Click here for original article at the New York Times.
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Human Rights Torch

http://cdbaby.com/cd/hrtorch
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Songs to Save the World

****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****

Contact: Lisa Sim
Phone: 414–379–6275
E-mail: lisa.hrtr@gmail.com

“SONGS TO SAVE THE WORLD”
Music of the Human Rights Torch Relay

AUG 5th, 2008- This amazing CD collection includes classical guitar, world beats, folk, indie, rock, reggae, and much more. The music on this special CD is as versatile as it is meaningful: “Songs to Save The World” is raising awareness about the ongoing human rights abuses in China as all eyes are on the country during the 2008 Olympics.

In the run up to the Beijing Olympics, the CCP has blocked free media and intensified the persecution of oppressed groups and individuals, including Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghurs, Christians, and those in North Korea, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, whose dictatorial governments are supported by the CCP.

“Songs to Save the World,” like the human rights campaign that inspired it, hopes to provide an unfettered voice for those who need to be heard. The international campaign, the Human Rights Torch Relay (HRTR), held events in 162 cities, on six continents and in over 40 countries, to bring awareness of China’s human rights crimes before the Olympics. Some of the CD’s contributing artists performed at HRTR events and all support the HRTR mission.

Musicians like Sterling Campbell (drummer for David Bowie and the B-52s), Jeff Saphin, Scott Berendt, Courtney Dowe, Light Club, Yellow Express, and others have contributed songs, forming a unique blend of musical styles with powerful, positive messages. Veteran and newer artists alike are using the power of music to illuminate the efforts of the many Chinese who are striving for a brighter future.

We hope this CD will inspire people around the world who seek a peaceful, open China, to speak out, and work for a country free from the chains of persecution. Now that is something to sing about!

Proceeds from the CD, which sells for $10, will go to benefit key human rights groups that have participated in the HRTR events, including advocates for Tibet, Sudan, Burma and Falun Gong.

To learn more about the artists and the Human Rights Torch Relay, and to purchase the CD, please go to the following site: http://www.humanrightstorch.org/news/music/

Thank-you for your support!!!
www.humanrightstorch.org
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Photos From Human Rights Torch Madison 2008

kt’s Universal Love Band contributed the song “Rising Sun” to Songs to Save the World. Here are some photos from the Madison Human Rights Torch Relay event:
http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/KtRusch/HumanRightsTorch-MadisonWI

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