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, genocide , 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.