Will Ferrell on Burma
This is video 1 in a series of 30 (one hitting the web each day for 30 days). I got this from an e-mail sent by the US Campaign For Burma…
We are thrilled to announce that today, a video by actor Will Ferrell is kicking off a 30-day campaign to help the US Campaign for Burma build one million voices of support for human rights and democracy in Burma.
Every day for 30 days you will be able to tune into our website www.uscampaignforburma.org or www.burmaitcantwait.org (or YouTube, Myspace, and many more sites) to watch a new celebrity video about Burma. Instead of watching one single video with limited information, viewers will be able to learn a great deal about the people of Burma’s courageous struggle for human rights and democracy. Each video is different — some are deadly serious while others have a light touch. Most of these are meant to be different than a typical public service announcement — more like a short movie or skit.
The videos include many of the top actors in Hollywood and others in music, such as Jennifer Aniston, Woody Harrelson, Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Eric Szmanda, Anjelica Huston, Ellen Page, Sheryl Crow, and more. Make sure you come back each day to find out who are all the celebrities helping us.
Since you already know about Burma, can you tell as many people as possible to watch the videos and join our effort? They are a fantastic tool to educate people and spur them to take action.
Every single video closes by encouraging viewers to join the US Campaign for Burma’s one-million person effort for Burma.
Why do we want one million people to sign up? Here is why: we are facing a military regime that has locked up the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi, brutally cracked down against hundreds of thousands of peaceful monks and civilians, recruited more child soldiers than any other country in the world, and destroyed 3,200 ethnic villages — bordering on genocide. Yet, too few people have taken action to stop these abuses, and not enough have basic knowledge about Burma.
We have seen in history what happens when not enough people take action. Nelson Mandela was locked up in near-obscurity for nearly two decades before millions of people rallied to the cause of freedom for South Africa. We shouldn’t wait that long to build a strong effort for Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi has called on us to help, saying “Please, use your liberty to promote ours.” Just as millions of people — including celebrities — came together to help free Nelson Mandela and South Africa in the 1980s — we are asking for your help now.
Tell your friends about these videos, watch them on one of dozens of sites on the internet, including our website www.uscampaignforburma.org or at www.burmaitcantwait.org. Then, encourage them to sign up to be one of the million. After they sign up, they will receive timely alerts from us asking them to email people in the US Congress or United Nations, host film screenings, and consider organizing events for human rights in Burma. Working together, we can be a powerful force for change.
As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Supporting human rights does matter, and together we will do our part to help Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma. It can’t wait.
Aung Din, Jeremy Woodrum, Jennifer Quigley, Thelma Young