Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Please consider adding your voice to these two actions:

One Million Reasons to Stop the War in Iraq (the reasons will be delivered to the White House on September 26th.)

Protest the upcoming trial of Turkish author Orhan Pamuk.

Here is the email I just sent, using talking points from International PEN. Feel free to use the email as a template for your own letter:

To: contact@turkishembassy.org, turkish.emb@btclick.com, turkishottawa@mfa.gov.tr

Subject: Orhan Pamuk

Dear Ambassadors:

I am dismayed by the fact that Turkish author Orhan Pamuk is going to be tried for a statement made in an interview for an overseas publication. This is in direct contravention of the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the European Convention on Human Rights, to which the Turkish government is a signatory. The decision to bring Orhan Pamuk to trial is a travesty. Pamuk is a brilliant writer and a gift to the world, and should not be forced to stand trial for his words. Please reconsider the actions of the Turkish government.

Thank you.

Gayle Brandeis
You can also contact

Prime Minister Racep Tayyip Erdogan
TC Easbaskanlik
Fax: +90 312 417 0476

Cemil Cicek
Minister of Justice
TC Adalet Bakanligi
Fax: + 90 312 417 3954


Adam Clair Stremler said...

Nice blog, keep up the good work!
Your blog is creative.

gayle said...
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gayle said...

Thanks so much, Andy!

Rachel said...

I have added my reason to OneMillionReasons.org at last. And I will join you and many others in Washington, DC for the protests (but then, you already knew that).

The Turkish author case is appalling, and I will take action as well. It is a case in point that the United States is happy to make alliances with less-than-ideal nations for convenience - including Saddam Hussein's Iraq in the past, and Saudi Arabia even now.

And looking back to your The Book of Dead Birds, Helen's South Korea (late 1960s) was one of those less-than-ideal allies. South Korea's military dictatorships ruled much like Reagan and W - the wealth that corporations created then are only starting to trickle down now under a different regime. Unfortunately, the Korean-American community is nostalgic for those days - and supporting the same kind of rule by W right here in America. Lately I've been venting about this at a number of blogs, including my own.

Please keep up the good work updating everyone about calls to action like this!

gayle said...

Hi Rachel!

Thanks for sharing your insights. I'm grateful for the window into your perspective on Korea. I look forward to seeing you in DC!