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Regional Tibetan Youth Congress Wisconsin newly formed

October 17, 2010

Tenzin Wangzor
Phayul
October 14, 2010

Madison, WI - On October 9, 2010, Regional
Tibetan Youth Congress of Wisconsin celebrated
the 41st Anniversary of the Tibetan Youth
Congress Founding Day in association with RTYC-MN
with a live band performance from Melong.

The event began with speeches from the Presidents
of RTYC-WI, RTYC-MN, and Wisconsin's Tibetan
Association Secretary. Wisconsin's seven
executive board members took a pledge to follow
and uphold the Tibetan Youth Congress mission and
bylaws in front of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's
portrait. Over 150 Tibetans from the community
came to support the newly formed RTYC chapter.

The Founding event was successful. The support
RTYC-WI received from the Tibetan community,
RTYC-MN board members, and the inspirational
songs from the band Melong reminded Tibetan youth
just how far they have come since the inception
of the Tibetan Youth Congress, inspiring board
members to keep the Rangzen flame lit.

The RTYC board members are a diverse group of
young residents around Madison, brought together
by Rangzen goals. There are a number of reasons
they felt the need to start an RTYC-WI chapter.

First, there are growing numbers of Tibetan
families in Madison, with younger generations
showing considerable interest in the Tibetan
movement. Having an organization to turn to is an
important source to spark and nurture their interest.

Second, the Tibetan community in Madison is
highly respected by both the local communities as
well as elected officials because of the strong
ties between the H.H. Dalai Lama and the
University of Wisconsin - Madison. This
relationship will be further built upon in order
to gain more support in the struggle for Tibet,
as well as help make Tibet a global issue.

Finally, the Midwest Chinese consulate in Chicago
has been previously known to put pressure on
neighboring officials to change their policies
regarding Tibet issues. Therefore, it is
strategically important to have a chapter in Madison.

With the support from the Tibetan community in
Wisconsin, RTYC wants to expose China's gross
human rights violations and their illegal
occupation of Tibet. Supporters can further
educate Wisconsin by taking part in campaigns and
protests. More importantly, RTYC can lay the
foundation for future generations of Tibetans in
the fight for complete independence of Tibet.
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