Wednesday, May 7, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Weekend of Support Events for Tibet

LANCASTER, PA - On the weekend of May 10th community members of Lancaster will gather to support and learn of the plight of the Tibetan people. China's domination of the state of Tibet is at the forefront of the international media cycle as the summer Olympics approach. The world is listening to their cries for justice. Local community members will join for a weekend of peaceful protest, music and fun as they join together to raise our voices as one against the Chinese occupation of the peaceful and autonomous nation of Tibet.

On Saturday May 10th, there will be a fund raising event for Students for a Free Tibet at Simple Gifts Farms in Washington Boro. Tibet Scholar Thomas C. Laird, author of "The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama", will speak about the current situation in Tibet and show his slides from his years of living in the Himalayas. There will be music by many local artists including The Cultivators, Root and Wing, and local sitar player, John Protopapas. There will also be a Silent Auction with contributions from many local businesses.

On Sunday May 11th at 1pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster (538 W Chestnut), Thomas C. Laird will speak about the historical events leading up to the current situation in Tibet as well as frankly discuss his experience writing a book with the Dalai Lama

The people of Tibet have long been oppressed and they never have had a more promising moment in the global spotlight. The world is watching and listening. European leaders are threatening to boycott the opening ceremonies. Members of our community are pressuring our president and our elected officials to take a stand. For more information visit