Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Get on the Bus goes national

Get on the Bus has been a regional phenomenon for a number of years - last year we had participants from more than 10 states come to New York. But this year, we have groups in other US cities organizing their own "solidarity" events in conjunction with Get on the Bus.

Two members of Group 133 who moved to the Bay area are organizing "Get on the Bus West" in San Francisco with Group 30. They are holding a demonstration at the Guatemalan consulate to protest the failure of the Guatemalan authorities to investigate the murders of hundreds of young women in Guatemala.

In Washington state, the Foundation for a Democratic China and Amnesty Group 4 are planning a demonstration on internet censorship in China on Tuesday, April 18 to coincide with Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Seattle next week, which will include a stop at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond and a visit to Bill Gates' house.

In Houston, Texas, local group 23 is tabling at the Houston International Festival, featuring the Get on the Bus actions on Guatemala.

It's easy to hold your own solidarity action - it can be as simple as a tabling event, a group meeting where members do the downloadable actions that will be posted on the Get on the Bus web site, or staging your own demonstration at a Chinese or Guatemalan consulate in your city.
Is your group planning a solidarity action? Tell us about it!

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