[ETAN-key] Monitor coming E Timor elections with ETAN
John M Miller
fbp at igc.org
Fri Dec 8 13:28:29 PST 2006
Monitor elections in Timor-Leste with ETAN!
In spring 2007, Timor-Leste will hold its first
national elections as an independent nation. Join
ETAN in supporting free, fair election in Timor-Leste!
Voters across the country will choose their
parliament and president. Given the tensions and
violence that have plagued Timor-Leste this year,
many worry that the election may not be free or
fair. As we did for the crucial referendum in
1999, the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network
(ETAN) will send nonpartisan, international observers and we need you!
Please consider volunteering with ETANs Observer
Project (ETAN-OP). We especially need you if you
have election monitoring experience; are familiar
with Timorese history and culture; or speak
Tetum, Indonesian or Portuguese. ETAN will
provide training, so please apply even if you dont have experience.
Most ETAN-OP observers will go for a few weeks,
but ETAN-OP plans to be there from February
through July 2007, observing the entire process.
Observers who commit to two months or more may
receive a stipend and travel assistance. We
encourage all observers and supporters to do
fundraising and outreach, both for their
participation and for the overall project. ETAN can help with these activities.
ETAN-OP will partner with nonpartisan Timorese
and international observers, reporting on the
election process -- paying special attention to
civic education, vote casting and counting, and reactions to the results.
ETAN-OP seeks to deepen international solidarity
and organizing in the U.S. in support of the
people of Timor-Leste. On the ground and
person-to-person experiences are critical to
strengthening solidarity. Observers will develop
grassroots networks at home to support their
monitoring and to increase solidarity between the
peoples of the United States and Timor-Leste.
How you can support free, fair and peaceful elections in Timor-Leste:
* Become an ETAN-OP volunteer observer
* Become a U.S.-based volunteer with ETAN-OP
* Hold a fundraiser to support ETAN and the observer project
* Support an observer from your community
* Educate your community about Timor-Leste by
organizing a speaking event, film showing or other event
* Contact your members of Congress to express concern about the elections
* Contact the media: write letters to the editor or call talk radio
* Stay involved in supporting grassroots democracy and justice for Timor-Leste
For more information, see http://etan.org/etan/obproject/
If you are interested in becoming an ETAN-OP
volunteer observer, please contact ETAN at etan-op at etan.org or 718-596-7668.
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