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Thank you Congressman Keith Ellison for this powerful letter to the US State Department on the denial of visa to the #TibetanWomensSoccer team founded by CassieChilders in India.
The visas were flatly denied without any proper explanation or process (thousands of dollars were spent on applications and the team feverishly practicing for a year)
This is not fair and unacceptable - while SOS Rex Tillerson is shaking hands with Xi Jinping, he needs to clarify why these visas were denied. Or did Tibetan get added to the Trump's travel ban too?

Zenden’s grandfather is Anen Dawala – he was the youngest personal bodyguard of His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the escape from Tibet in 1959, and is the only one alive today. We call him Pala (father). Pala was duly honored in Dharmasala this week with a personal audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama (“He continuously tapped my head fondly for a long time” said Pala), and was able to offer long life prayers and gratitude Tenshug to His Holiness.
In 1955 when he was 15 years, Pala joined the personal army of His Holiness at Norbulingka in Tibet, following his older brother’s footstep who was also a personal bodyguard. For the next 4 years, Pala escorted His Holiness on his schooling in Sera, Drepung and Gaden monasteries.

Then on the night of 17 March 1959, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, aged 23, slipped out of Norbulingka (since his life was in danger from the Chinese) and began his escape to India, crossing some of Tibet’s most treacherous and rugged terrains on foot. Pala was one of the seven personal bodyguards along with the brave Chushi-Gangdruk volunteers on escort. Knowing His Holiness was finally safe in India on March 31, everyone decided to return back to Tibet to fight the invading Chinese army – but His Holiness picked Pala and another bodyguard to accompany him into India. Once they reached Mussoorie, His Holiness asked Pala to stay there and complete his education – which he faithfully did till he migrated to Minnesota. (In between, Pala did go to Boston for a coveted CIA training – which is a detail for later)
Pala is one of the most down-to earth and humble person I know. He leads a very simple life, and holds his role in the Tibetan movement extremely sacred and personal – of courage, patriotism, sacrifices, honor and loyalty. I've been extremely fortunate and blessed to have spent years listening to his stories and adventures from Tibet. He’s my father-in-law and my Pala. We remain forever indebted to elders like him for their contribution to Tibet – its history and its people.

Pala's interview on Voice of Tibet (16:30): his voice cracks explaining that he's the last one and how he had hoped to meet and reunite with the others.

And on behalf of the Tibetan community, I offered Congressman Keith Ellison a khatak and Tibet's flag to congratulate him on his new role as the Deputy Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He is a true champion and a friend for the Tibetan movement.

Today is the 58th Tibetan Women's Uprising Day:
I share this powerful page by @theijeoma from 'Questions for Ada' . It helps fill souls and nurture spirits with movement of women's movements to overthrow oppressors & colonizers.

Salute to our mothers and sisters who selflessly and fearlessly fought and sacrificed their lives for our country's independence. They are at the forefront of our resistance. May we always be blessed with their courage and rooted in their strengths.

Minneapolis City Council "unanimously& #34; passed a historic and the first ever resolution to commemorate the Tibetan Uprising Day to declare: #TibetDay
Even after the Counsel General of the Chicago Chinese Consulate send threatening retaliatory letters. Link: "Tibet Day" proclamations were issued from the cities of Minneapolis, St Paul, Columbia Heights and Richfield.
Thank you Minneapolis Council member Alondra for your fearless leadership sponsoring & guiding this. And for the support from Council-members Kevin Reich, Cam Gordon, Jacob Frey, Barb Johnson, Blong Yang, Abdi Warsame, Lisa Goodman, Elizabeth Glidden, Lisa Bender, John Quincy, Andrew Johnson, Linea Palmisano.
And to our amazing Mayors: Mayor Betsy Hodges, Mayor Chris Coleman, Mayor Donna Schmitt, then-Mayor Michael Howard for their proclamations.
And Aisha Gomez for the support.
Congrats to Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota and our amazing community. Bhod Gyalo! "The state cannot preempt the city.
The federal government cannot dictate what the city does.
So the government of China sure as hell can never tell this city or this country how to govern.
Minneapolis did pass the Tibet resolution 13-0 so that we send a strong message to Beijing about Tibet"

(Collage by Zen)

On the first day of Losar, it was an ultimate honor to speak of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and, our sisters and brothers suffering in Tibet - to the Mayor, Council members and residents of Columbia Heights in Minnesota.
They proclaimed March 10, 2017 - the 58th Tibetan Uprising Day- as "Tibet Day" . Tomorrow, the city of Richfield will pass a similar Tibet Day proclamation, the first for this city. Bravo Mayor Michael Howard!
On March 10 in the city of Minneapolis, a historic & unprecedented resolution on Tibet will be introduced by Council-member Alondra Cano - voted by 13 council members. (Mayor Hodges of Minneapolis is also signing a separate proclamation as Tibet Day)

#Tibetan #Losar #TashiDelek ! 🔥🐔
Kipo Tang! 😂
བྱ་བ་ལམ་འགྲོ་ཡོང་བའི་སྨོན་འདུན་ཞུ། #TsaBae #MamBae

གནམ་ལོ་གསར་ཚེ་ལ་བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས། བྱ་བ་ལམ་འགྲོ་ཡོང་བའི་སྨོན་འདུན་ཞུ། On this auspicious new year 2144 of the Fire-Rooster, I wish you another radical year filled with extraordinary results in our continued struggle for justice and liberation.

For 58 years, we, the exploited, oppressed, and abandoned of the world continue to achieve incredibly meaningful and measurable critical mass by fighting back. It is undeniable that our struggle for our nation's freedom continues. Let's keep our spirits and determination resolute, and we will soon prevail. We will prevail because truth is on our side. We will prevail because we believe there is justice in this world. We will prevail because we must.
On this Losar, let’s reaffirm our birthright to our land and dignity, our rights and our culture in its historical legacy, and universal human rights to secure a sustainable future in our own land, free from oppression from a foreign colonial power.
To all our selfless martyrs, we remain eternally obliged and evermore inspired.
To all our sisters and brothers suffering inside occupied Tibet, we look forward to reuniting with you and spending our days happily together in an independent nation, under the leadership and guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the beacon of undying hope and strength for all Tibetans.
Long Live His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Bhod Rangzen Gyalo! And Losar Tashi Delek.
#Losar2144 #firerooster

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