Burmese (School) Days

“Please use your liberty to promote ours.”

-Burmese democracy movement leader Aung San Suu Kyi

It doesn’t get more eloquent than that on the question of solidarity, and it doesn’t get more repressive than the junta that currently rules Burma. Political and economic oppression has caused hundreds of thousands of Burmese to take refuge in Thailand and Malaysia, where they struggle to make ends meet and their voices heard. The Books for Burma project brings educational resources to exiled activists and other refugees without access to proper schooling. From November 1st through December 1st Books for Burma will be collecting books, multimedia resources such as CD-Roms and financial contributions, which will then be donated to a network of Burmese exile organizations who fight to expose the junta’s abuses and provide for refugees.

Walking the streets of Brooklyn, I often see discarded tomes piled on the sidewalk – usually a mix of existentialist literature and esoteric cook books. It would seem that there’s now a better destination for such cast-offs than the pavement. Click here to see what you can do.

(chapeau-tip: Andrew Sullivan)

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