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CA, US: Tibet Since 2008: A New Era of Resistance

April 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The 2008 Beijing Olympics saw unprecedented demonstrations around the world in support of Tibetan people’s struggle for freedom and Independence. A number of Bay Area residents, through Students for a Free Tibet, were involved in this campaign, including being a part of direct actions on the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, the Great Wall of China, the Olympic Torch Relay through San Francisco and on the ground in Beijing during the 2008 Olympics. The 2008 uprising was a critical moment in Tibet’s history of resistance, reawakening a new generation of activists both inside and outside Tibet. Ten years on, it is time to reflect on the uprising, consolidate our strengths, and discuss new strategies for advancing the struggle.

Join us at Eric Quezada Center, 518 Valencia St., SF on the evening of April 24 to share stories from the 2008 uprising as experienced in Tibet, China, and around the world.

Special Guest:

Dhondup Wangchen is a self-taught Tibetan documentary filmmaker who conceived and shot the film “Leaving Fear Behind” to portray life in Tibet in advance of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Shortly after his footage was smuggled overseas, Wangchen disappeared into Chinese detention. In March 2008, the same month that Wangchen was detained, peaceful Tibetan uprising spread across the Tibet. Dhondup faced six years of harsh imprisonment in the Chinese prison. On 25 December 2017, Dhondup arrives in safety in USA after an arduous and risky escape from Tibet. For more information: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/29/tibetan-filmmaker-welcomed-in-us-after-risky-escape-from-china

Other speakers:

Laurel Sutherlin is a dedicated Tibetan freedom fighter and was a key actions team member during the 2008 Olympics Campaign, launching the campaign in Tibet with the Mt. Everest Action and participating in the Golden Gate Bridge Action. He is a naturalist and environmental educator with an endless love for birds, forests and wild places. He is also a lifelong environmental and human rights activist with decades of experience using bold and creative tactics to nonviolently stand up to some of the most powerful forces on the planet that are destroying nature or oppressing people. Laurel is the Senior Communication Strategist at Rainforest Action Network.

Ginger Cassady is a former Board Member of Students for a Free Tibet International. She played a pivotal role as a roving spokesperson on the ground in Beijing for a cascading series of direct actions during the 2008 Olympics. Ginger has 20 years of experience campaigning on national and international human rights and environmental issues and is the Program Director for Rainforest Action Network’s Forests Program. In her previous role as Director of RAN’s Change Chevron campaign, she worked with indigenous communities in the Amazon seeking to enforce one of the largest environmental lawsuits ever won against an oil company. Ginger has held senior campaign positions at Forest Ethics and Greenpeace.

Dorjee is the Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet International. Dorjee was born in a Tibetan refugee settlement in India. He joined Students for a Free Tibet in 2010 and served as SFT India’s National Director for four years before joining SFT international team. A keen strategist and media spokesperson, Dorjee has trained hundreds of Tibetan and Indian students through SFT’s Youth Leadership Training program. Dorjee is also the steering committee member of International Tibet Network. In 2016, Dorjee was elected as a Member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile.

Moderator: Antonia Juhasz – Antonia is a leading energy analyst, author, and investigative journalist specializing in oil. An award-winning writer, her articles appear in Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic, CNN.com, The Nation, Ms., The Advocate, and many more. Antonia is the author of three books: Black Tide (2011), The Tyranny of Oil (2008), and The Bush Agenda (2006).

Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Date: April 24, Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Venue: Eric Quezada Center, 518 Valencia St., SF (near 16th St. and Valencia St. – 16th Street Mission BART)


April 24
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Students for a Free Tibet
(212) 358-0071


Eric Quezada Center
518 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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