Update #3 ·

Update on October 04, 2012

Dear Supporters of Burma,

Aung San Suu Kyi gave her final public address on Tuesday in my hometown, Los Angeles California. During her speech, she stated:

"We all have to learn the art of negotiated compromise if we want to build up a genuine democratic society, because that art will remain valid even after we become a democracy. Those who are familiar with American politics understand the need for negotiated compromise!"

Her words were like water hitting parched earth for me, and my determination to contribute to building schools in Burma was renewed.

Thank you to all of you who pledged your names and encouraged your friends to do the same, in celebration of Aung San Suu Kyi's visit. I passed on all of your names, as well as a congratulatory message written on behalf of all signatories (see below).

I believe the real work in supporting Aung San Suu Kyi begins now. I hope you will all continue, in your respective capacities, to contribute to democracy in Burma, as well as where you live. In our modern age, where it is far to easy to become disappointed by public figures, Aung San Suu Kyi is a shining example for all of us to emulate in our lives.

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Dear Daw Aung San Suu Kyi,

On behalf of the 600 individuals below who pledge their solidarity with you and the people of Burma, I wish to congratulate you on your successful trip throughout the United States.

Your visit symbolizes the victory of nonviolence over the forces of hatred and fear. How fitting that your final public event in the United States coincides with the International Day of Nonviolence, declared by the United Nations to celebrate Gandhi's birthday on October 2, 1869.

Throughout your speaking engagements here in the United States, you repeatedly called on all of us to become good friends of the people of Burma. A good friend, as you stated, seeks to understand and honor the needs and aspirations of others. Only then can such a friend become capable at supporting the best interests of others. We understand that it is up to the people of Burma alone to build their road for democracy. But each of us who have pledged our names can support by becoming a friend to the people of Burma, and provide our respective resources to ensure the path to democracy is not obstructed.

Just as the dawn of democracy has begun to rise for the people of Burma, so too, has a meaningful effort among concerned people throughout the world to engage your country based on mutual understanding, mutual respect, and mutual friendship. Now that your mission abroad has ended, our work to implement your vision truly begins.

Sincerely,

Gordon Welty
Executive Director
Burma Community Builders

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