**URGENT ACTION ALERT***
Free Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and the Lithang Detainees!
10 Ways to Take Local Action
1. Write a letter to the President, Secretary of State, your members of Congress, UN Secretary-General, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and/or Chinese government officials.
2. Advanced letter-writing: use the extended contact list on www.ustibet.org to take your appeals onto the next level. Write to the World Bank or companies involved with China and use Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and the Lithang Detainees' case to demonstrate why they should not be involved in any government-sponsored projects inside Tibet. Many of these projects are intended to consolidate control over the region. You could also use these cases to show why these companies should pull out of all operations in China.
3. Circulate a petition in your community, and send it to any of the above mentioned targets. Give a brief description of the situation and ask that target to take action on behalf of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and the Lithang Detainees.
4. Write a letter to the editor or an op-ed for your local paper. The Op-Ed/Letters to the Editor page is among the most widely read part of a newspaper, and so is an excellent way to reach many readers. In addition, writing a Letter to the Editor can be an effective way to tell the news outlet its readers want a story to be covered.
5. Lead an event in your community, school, religious institution or office to teach people about Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and the Lithang Detaineesí cases:
6. Set up a table with postcards, posters, petitions and information about Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and Detainees at one of the above-mentioned events, or at local festivals, concerts, or other public events.
7. Have USTC's Tenzin Delek Rinpoche action postcards ready to distribute to your neighbors should they be interested in helping to free the detainees. The more cards Colin Powell receives, the more impact we will have as citizens of conscience!
8. Organize or participate in a vigil for the detainees, and invite your local media to participate.
9. Contact USTC to find out about demonstrations in your area, and contact family, friends, and members of your community and invite them to attend.
10. Sign up to be on USTC's email list to receive up-to-date news and urgent actions - recommend to friends and family that they join as well. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request and we will add you immediately. We are stronger together than we are apart!