Australia Tibet Council

Enabling everyone in Australia to be part of change in Tibet

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Becoming a story-teller to advocate for Tibet

Published in Blog ,
Written by Thursday, 24 January 2013

youthThis week I had the great opportunity to talk about political lobbying to young Tibetans in Australia at a workshop organised by Tibet Information Office.

As I was preparing my presentation on Politics & Democracy 101, I couldn’t help but find something terribly lacking in my approach. I struck a line through my notes, closed my notebook and went out for a short walk. The problem then became clear to me: As Tibetans living in the free world, we feel a natural responsibility to speak out for the Tibetans inside Tibet. That’s all very good. But this enormous responsibility placed upon us has made us talk about the hard facts around the Tibet issue before we even allow ourselves to share our individual stories of hardships, choices and hopes for the future.

To be a good advocate for a cause is to first become a good story-teller of our own lives. Only when we can confidently tell our personal stories, what we stand for and what our dreams are, can we tell the story of Tibet. Once I had established this concept as the foundation of my talk, the rest was easy.

Every Tibetan has a powerful story to share. Each one of us has faced challenges - personal or collective. Accordingly, we have made choices to overcome these challenges. And we are all seeing the outcome, or at least have a clear idea of what we want to see. It is the personal stories and not the hard facts and figures alone that engage people and inspire them to take action. Some may wish to argue that talking about oneself is not part of the Tibetan value - humility. To me, sharing one’s personal story is neither indulgent nor selfish. It is a way to remind ourselves of our life’s journey, reconnect with our values and motivate ourselves to act. By sharing our personal stories – inevitably  filled with hopes and regrets, we connect more easily with other human beings. 

Happy New Year from ATC

Published in Blog ,
Written by Wednesday, 09 January 2013

jill tibetflag camping ny2013As a Tibetan, I am always uplifted by the sight of a Tibetan flag flying high under a clear blue sky. Immediately, I long for the day the Tibetan flag will stand tall on the majestic Potala Palace in Lhasa.

I was struck by a picture of our member Jill Allaway on Facebook the other day, and wanted to share it with you. Jill and her family rang in the New Year with what they called a “Free Tibet” ceremony by hoisting a Tibetan flag at their camping spot in country Victoria.

On this note, here’s wishing you a Happy New Year from all of us at ATC.

Thank you for your generous donations to our End of Year appeal, which has generated over $9,000. We will ensure that every dollar is spent in building a positive future for Tibet. If you’d like to make a contribution, we will be grateful for that.

As the crisis in Tibet continues to grow, so does the scale of our work.

We have an ambitious work plan for the year ahead to build stronger support for Tibet, both at the political and grassroots levels.

Remember Tibet this holiday season

Published in Blog
Tuesday, 11 December 2012

At this time of the year, when we are thinking of the holiday season and spending time with friends and family, Australia Tibet Council urges you to remember Tibet and make a donation to our End of Year Appeal. Whether you give $20, $30 or more, every dollar will be invested in bringing freedom in Tibet.

Here are just five good reasons to support Australia Tibet Council.

1. We take the voices of Tibetans to where it matters

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Australia is home to many former Tibetan political prisoners. It is also home to a new generation of Tibetans born and raised here.

This year we took their voices to where it matters – the federal parliament in Canberra. In March, Tibetan-Australians met for the first time with political leaders in Canberra to advocate for Tibet. Planning is already underway for our Tibet Advocacy Project in 2013.

2. We mobilise the Australian public on Tibet

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We mobilise the voices of Australians to build political support for Tibet. From email actions to signing petitions, our campaigns are driven by supporters like you from across the country.

Last month, we won the support of over 7,000 Australians who signed our petition - Australia: Stand up for Tibet. The petition was sent to Foreign Minister Bob Carr.

Throughout the year, we take part in rallies, public forums and festivals and speak to the Australian, international and Tibetan media. We promote understanding of the many aspects of Tibetan life at our Tibet Talks series in cities around the country.

Australians stand up for Tibet

Published in Blog ,
Written by Friday, 30 November 2012

canberra5I know that Australians care deeply about the tragic situation in Tibet. It is brought home to me whenever I talk to people about Tibet. And they want the Australian government to do something to help. Publicly acknowledging the reality of what's happening in Tibet would be a good first step.

Yesterday we delivered our petition - Australia: Stand up for Tibet – to Foreign Minister Bob Carr to convey this clear message.

Over the past two weeks more than 7,000 Australians have raised their voice for Tibet by signing our petition, in what has become a powerful boost to our campaign calling on the Australian government to help end the crisis in Tibet.

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