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Activist Places Herself Under House Arrest

People Nationwide Stand Up for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma On June 19th, 2004 Riverwest Activist, Kimberly Jacobson, will arrest herself at her home (2750 N. Bremen St., Milwaukee, WI, 53212). Nationwide, dozens of activist will be holding similar “house arrest” events. The goal of this event is to draw attention to and help raise money for the international struggle for freedom in Burma. On June 19th, Kim Jacobson will not leave her house to symbolize the year long detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the elected president of Burma. During this “house arrest” Kimberly Jacobson will have informational materials available to anyone who would like to come and learn more about the atrocities occurring in Burma, renamed Myanmar by the brutal dictatorship that currently runs the country. During the day and evening hours there will be opportunities to view human rights videos concerning the situation in Burma. In addition there will be a garage sale to raise money to be donated to United States Campaign for Burma, an action group that advocates for the people of Burma including political prisoners, people in exile, and refugees all over the world. As you may know, Burma is ruled by a military Junta that participates in ethnic cleansing, mass relocation, forced labor, slave labor, forced internment, rape as a means of oppression, conscription of child soldiers and imprisonment of political prisoners. The local chapter participating in this event is the Burma Refugee Relief Coalition at UW-Milwaukee. Kimberly Jacobson has been the president of this group for four years, which has raised over $10,000 for refugees, and successfully lobbied for the release of Wisconsin graduate, and political prisoner, Dr. Salai Tun Than. In addition, Kimberly Jacobson has taken three trips to Thailand to provide direct humanitarian aid to refugees living on the Thai-Burma border. On this day of action the BRRC, in conjunction with USCB hopes to raise money to be used to continue to fight for the rights of the oppressed people of Burma. Go to www.uwm.edu/StudentOrg/brrc to help refugees! Thanks! Note: The text above is a submitted press release.