#FreeOmot

Three Ethiopian land, food, and indigenous rights activists—Omot Agwa, Ashinie Astin, and Jamal Oumar Hojele—are facing trial after trying to attend a workshop on food security. The move is part of the Ethiopian government’s effort to silence voices critical of its land grabbing agenda and repression of indigenous peoples.

CLICK HERE to download the Campaign Fact Sheet and Action Guide

Here are some ways you can help:

DONATE in support of the detainees and their families—and encourage your friends, family, and coworkers to do the same—at: www.anywaasurvival.org/donate/ Contributions in any amount are welcome and contribute to the detainees’ legal fund and their families’ expenses during this time of hardship.

SHARE the campaign link with your social media networks, using the hashtag #FreeOmot and follow Anywaa Survival Organisation on Facebook and Twitter: @AnywaaSurvival

Suggested tweets:

Plz help support 3 Ethiopian food & #landrights activists jailed on trumped up charges! #FreeOmot www.anywaasurvival.org/donate/

Supporting the right to #food & #land is not terrorism! Plz help 3 detained activists in #Ethiopia, #FreeOmot www.anywaasurvival.org/donate/

Three food & #landrights activists falsely accused of terrorism need your help! #FreeOmot #foodsovereignty www.anywaasurvival.org/donate/

SIGN and share the petition denouncing the arrest of ethiopian food
and land activists and demanding their release: tinyurl.com/petition-ethiopia-landrights

PRINT out the Campaign Fact Sheet and distribute it at your local community event, book club, church gathering, student group meeting, classroom, etc. Ask local businesses if you can leave copies for their patrons or post it to their community bulletin board.

ORGANIZE an event in your community to educate people about the issues and the campaign. Hold the event at a local business, community center, or in your home. Make sure refreshments are provided or make it a potluck! Inform people about the case and hand out the Campaign Fact Sheet. You could also screen a relevant video and/or host a campaign representative to give a presentation to your group, either in person or via teleconference. Collect donations for the detainees’ legal expenses and their families. Please contact us if you would like more ideas or help putting together an event: ethiopia.landrights@gmail.com

WRITE a blog post about the case for a blog you know or write an Op Ed piece for your local newspaper. For tips on how to write a strong Op Ed, see: http://newsoffice.duke.edu/duke_resources/oped If you get published, send us the link! ethiopia.landrights@gmail.com

CALL, email, or write to your political representatives to inform them about this case and tell them that it matters to you. Tell them you do not want your tax dollars being used for foreign aid or any other form of support for an Ethiopian government that promotes land grabbing, human rights violations, and the criminalization of dissent.

Find your representative in the US: https://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup

Find your representative in the UK: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/

Find your representative in the European Union: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/map.html

Find your representative in Canada: http://www.parl.gc.ca/ParlInfo/Unavailable.aspx?page=/parlinfo/compilations/houseofcommons/memberbypostalcode.aspx?Menu=HOC

CLICK HERE to download the Campaign Fact Sheet and Action Guide

Have other ideas about how to support the campaign? Please let us know! For suggestions, comments, or questions, contact the campaign team at: ethiopia.landrights@gmail.com

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