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Posted in music, tibet March 20th, 2008 by piablog

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Wow. Well, I’m back. It’s been an emotional 48 hours, alot of unrest, alot of emails exchanged. I am so so wrapped by your comments, you all made me cry good tears, thank you. and there are some beauties in that comment box, so if you haven’t made the time to read the comments on the previous post please do. Before I can carry on with the good stuff of life here in the (blog)house, I need to put out an urgent appeal with links to petitions you can sign, from wherever you are in the world. Here is a little musical treat, a very cool Tibetan inspired dance mix I found, it is sure to get your fingers clicking to take positive action in this emergency world crisis…


The horns and bells you hear in the beginning are traditional Tibetan instruments which I just love.

  • Australia’s incredible Get Up organisation, which I have been a member of since it started, has put a petition together, click here to sign.
  • Get Up is also responsible for helping to get the Australian government to say sorry to the Indigenous Australians which I wrote about here.

  • And as I mentioned in the comment box, Avaaz, which means “Voice”, is a new global web movement with a simple democratic mission: “to close the gap between the world we have, and the world most people everywhere want.” They have put together a petition for the Dalai Lama who has called for restraint and dialogue: he needs the world’s people to support him. That’s us. Click here to read and sign.
  • They are calling for 1 million signatures, so please spread the word.

  • And some other great links so that you can learn what is happening and why this is so important that we act now. This one is from Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald. You will see in this article on the right there are two little mulitmedia links, click on them to listen and see a slide show of reporters reporting in Lhasa, Tibet and Dharamsala, India.

    And if I can ask for your help to keep Tibet in the media spotlight – this is a vital time for them, they need us right now and the moment the media attention drops off, well, I can’t tell you what that means for the Tibetans inside Tibet. And as the Dalai Lama has just stated,

    “Mankind is crying out for help. Ours is a desperate time. Those who have something to offer should come forward. Now is the time.”

    So if you can post about it, you will be helping to ensure that the people of this part of our world do not become extinct, for they are already endangered. And you may not yet realise how important this is for our own future. Thank you to those who have already posted, I appreciate your efforts immensely.

    If you feel unsure about supporting Tibet, if you are scared or you are worried about whether it is right or wrong according to different media reports, to put it simply, what has happened in Tibet over the last 50 years is an act of bullying and your fear is a reaction to that act. I for one have put a stop to bullying in my own personal life, and the Tibetans are trying to do the same. They have been bullied – pushed and shoved, lied about, and beaten down. And I know a little of what that feels like, perhaps you do too. So if you have any questions about this situation, and about why it is so so very important to act now, please do not hesitate to email me.

    Next Up: we are going to have a little sneak peak at some recent my heart wanders submissions, and also answer one of my first reader requests, with help from my guest, which is rather exciting! Plus we will kick off our “Tibet in the Spotlight” design inspiration posts very soon. In the meantime, let’s rock this blogosphere because Tibet, we love you!

    Update: Another great report on Channel 9’s Sunday programme this morning (March 23) with Tenpa, in case you missed it click here to view.


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    6 Comments

    1. sofia says

      I’ve posted yesterday, I linked to your post and blog (because your words are strong and touching) and to the petition. I’m going to look at all the links (and sign the petitions) you posted. Once again thanks Pia.

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    2. Pia says

      oh thank you sofia! im so glad you’ve posted, it means so much to me. If I am most passionate about anything, it is this topic. Ethnic influences in all our work is so apparent – if we lose a country and people like the Tibetans, we lose our inspiration, and hence our individual flare. I will talk more about this soon. I have some fabulous posts coming up!

      March 20th, 2008 | #

    3. tempestdelfuego says

      Pia, thanks for the links and the touching posts. I am linking to you on my blog to keep this alive.

      March 20th, 2008 | #

    4. itsasne says

      I was left speachless by your post. I didn’t know what to comment, in fact I still don’t. I’ve been signing petitions sent by friends (and then the one you posted), while deep down feeling like what I was doing was so insignificant, so futile. Considering what is happening in Tibet, how could I feel that signing a petition was a good enough response/action? Until I read the fantastic quote in Tempa’s blog: ‘Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it’s important that you do it’ Gandhi. With that new perspective in mind, I kept on sending e-mails and forwarding information. It was a nice reminder of the fact that we are not alone in this, and that however small our steps may seem, they are taking us somewhere.
      Thanks for your moving post, for all the information on Tibet, for introducing us to Tenpa…

      March 20th, 2008 | #

    5. Pia says

      thank you itsasne. thank you tempest del fuego. i can’t tell you both what it means to me that you have taken a moment to comment on this sensitive topic. please continue to spread the word, this moment is so very very crucial to the survival of tibetans. so crucial. i urge everyone not to underestimate your usefulness by signing the petition. As my friend said to me, just ask yourself if you think it is more useful NOT to sign petitions: one way has a chance of a positive effect, the other has none.

      March 21st, 2008 | #

    6. Helen says

      Thank you so much for highlighting this Pia. I’ve added a link to the petition on my blog too. There is also another petition at http://www.freetibet.org calling for journalists to be allowed back into Tibet. I spent two years living in Dharamsala so I know from first hand experience how much the Tibetans need our support to keep their wonderful culture alive. We need to do everything we can to keep this in the media spotlight.

      March 28th, 2008 | #


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