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CTC Victoria's Annual General Meeting

Sunday, January 10th, 2010, 1:00 PM

Please join us for CTC Victoria's Annual General Meeting on January 10th.
 
This year's guest speaker is Lhadon Tethong, former Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet International. Lhadon will speak about the impact of the March 2008 protests in Tibet on the Tibetan struggle for freedom and about future opportunities and challenges for the movement.
 
When: Sunday, January 10th, 2010
Where: James Bay New Horizons (Seniors Activity Centre) 234 Menzies St, Victoria, BC, V8V 2G7
 
Program:
 
1:00pm Meeting will begin.
2:00pm Refreshments will be served.
2:30pm Guest lecture will begin.
 
Background on Lhadon Tethong
 
A 33-year old Tibetan woman born and raised in Victoria, Lhadon Tethong is one of the most recognizable faces in the Tibet movement. She has traveled the world and built a powerful youth movement for Tibet, training and inspiring young people to become committed activists for human rights and social justice.
 
Lhadon first became involved with Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) in 1996, when she founded a chapter at University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Upon her graduation from King's she moved to New York City to work full-time for SFT and was a leading force in scoring an unprecedented campaign victory in 2000, when a coalition of
Tibet supporters and environmental and human rights activists prevented a World Bank project that would have underwritten the resettlement of tens of thousands of Chinese settlers in Tibet.
 
In August 2007, in the week preceding the one-year countdown to the Beijing Olympics, Lhadon traveled to Beijing where she launched BeijingWideOpen.org to report on the Olympic preparations and China’s political usage of the Games to legitimize the occupation of Tibet.
 
Her reporting received instant worldwide attention as she openly traveled around the capital, speaking to journalists, calling the International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge from Tiananmen Square, and representing SFT activists who hung a protest banner on the Great Wall of China on the eve of the one-year countdown. She was detained after nearly one week and deported from China.
 
Lhadon recently stepped down from her position as the Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet and is currently working on a new project for SFT called the Tibet Action Institute. This exciting initiative that will bring together strategic campaign and direct action leaders with progressive technology advocates from around the world to work for non-violent change in Tibet.




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