Connecting the Disconnected: Using Your Sweet Social Media Skillz to Free Burma
Connecting the Disconnected: Use Your
Sweet Social Media Skillz to Help the
Oppressed Burmese People
All of these people live right here in Austin. They came
here after running through the Burmese jungle into
Thailand, where they stayed at a refugee camp. They
were assigned to live here in Austin and came here with
no possessions whatsoever.
*Note: There are no adults in these photos
because showing their faces publicly could
endanger both their lives and the lives of
Today, you will ﬁnd out:
• What is going on in Burma
• What is about to happen there
• Steps you can take to help the people who
will be able help them
Who are these people?
• men, women and children
• Christians, Muslims and Buddhists
This is how the government
silenced their voices
In May 2008, Burma will vote on a new
constitution. Here are the people who
cannot vote on this issue:
• political prisoners currently in jail
• 400,000 monks currently living in Burma
• Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung Sang Suu
In 2010, Burma will
elect a new parliament.
2/3 of the vote will come from the
people. 1/3 will come from the military.
Remember though, political dissidents cannot
What help can we provide to Burmese dissidents
living here in Austin?
• offering jobs that provide a
sustainable living wage
• shoes, including athletic and
sturdy work shoes
• rice cookers
• non-perishable food
• computers and calculators
So how can we use social media
• Get on Elaine’s mailing list for updates on
refugees here by emailing
• Sign the petition to end atrocities in Burma
at the Democracy for Burma website and
encourage others to do the same.
pictures courtesy of Jerry