Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Jigme Ugen: For Tibet

Name: Jigme Ugen

What is your job?
Vice-President of SEIU Healthcare - Minnesota (Service Employees International Union) representing over 17,000 healthcare workers in the state, part of the largest and strongest labor union in North America with over 2.2 million members.

What causes are most important to you – and why?
I participate and stay involved in any and all causes and fights that emphasize the disparity on racial, social and economic justice, anywhere in the world. But my most important fight of course is for my country Tibet’s independence.

Since China illegally invaded Tibet in 1949, over 1.2 million Tibetans have been killed, more than 6000 ancient monasteries destroyed; there are countless political prisoners, forced labor camps, systemic torture, corrosive colonization, cultural genocide forced settlements of nomads, coercive birth control, population transfer, environmental destruction, and the list goes on. Innocent Tibetans peacefully rallying on the streets of Tibet are mercilessly shot with automatic weapons, ruthlessly beaten with spiked batons or were later arbitrarily sent to prison to be tortured or killed.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Juliana Um's Maiden Nation

Name: Juliana Um

What is your job? Co-founder and Creative Director of Maiden Nation

What social causes are most important to you?
Economic empowerment, especially for women.

What charities do you support – and how?

 I’m all about short term and long term support for communities.