“Resolutions”? have been adopted in Massachusetts House of Representatives – Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans in Massachusetts

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Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans in Massachusetts would like to announce that “Resolutions” have been adopted in Massachusetts House of Representatives (more…)

Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans in Massachusetts would like to announce that “Resolutions” have been adopted in Massachusetts House of Representatives MEMORIALIZING CONGRESS TO DEMAND THAT ETHIOPIA MEET ITS OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.

Our appreciation goes out to Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam, to everyone at “Coalition for HR2003″ and Kinijit Boston Lobbying Team who helped make this happen.

[Click here to read through copy of the resolution in English.]
[Click here to read through copy of the resolution in Amhairc.]

We encourage you all to take the initiatives of cloning these “Resolutions” in your local state. Please discuss below.

[Please Read Below Letter of Congratulation from Our Supporters]


Congratulations Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans in Massachusetts!

You have become the first Ethiopian group in the United States to get an Ethiopia human rights resolution passed in any state legislature. We are all mighty proud of your achievements.

As I contemplate your achievement today, I thought of the first English settlers who came to present day Massachusetts in 1620 aboard a ship called the Mayflower seeking religious freedom. Many of you came to Massachusetts in the 1970s from a city called New Flower (Addis Ababa) seeking education, and to escape socialist tyranny.

Today, the children of the Mayflower and the children of the New Flower have made history by passing the a human rights resolution in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, calling upon the President and Congress of the United States to demand observance of human rights conventions in Ethiopia. But in 1641, as you have done in 2007, in the Massachusetts Body of Liberties, the original settlers made similar demands and secured for themselves the fundamental liberties that all Americans enjoy today. So, what you have done in the Massachusetts House of Representatives today is truly historic.

Thank you for being a great example for all Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans from New York to California, from Minnesota to Texas and from sea to shining to hold hands in brotherhood and sisterhood with our American compatriots and march in the cause of freedom, democracy and human rights in Ethiopia.

You have indeed raised the bar, but we will surely strive to follow in your footsteps in every state legislature! We say: “IF YOU CAN DO IT, SO CAN WE ALL IN OUR RESPECTIVE STATES.”?

Congratulations and many thanks for your dedication and commitment to human rights in Ethiopia.

Al Mariam


On behalf of Coalition for H.R.2003 we would like to congratulate Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans in Massachusetts for their role in getting a resolution on human rights passed in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Your work in the Massachusetts legislature is exemplary and should be duplicated by all Ethiopian-Americans residing in the other 49 States.

Thank You.

Meron Ahadu
For Coalition for H.R.2003

Dear Sirs,

On behalf of Ethiopian community in Sweden and myself, I would like to congratulate Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans in Massachusetts for their role in getting a resolution on human rights passed in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Your work in the Massachusetts legislature will inspire many of us to try similar efforts in our states. Great job.

Thank you.

With best regards,

Getachew Wanna

Selam All,

On behalf of the Ethiopian-American Association of Portland, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations for a job well done. You have set a wonderful example that we should all emulate across the United States.

I also would like to use this opportunity to convey my admiration to “team abugida” for the great work you do week after week. I am proud of you all and wish you continued success.

Warm Regards,
Lulit Mesfin

  1. fish
    | #1

    Black immigrants: an invisible model minority
    By Clarence Page
    Posted to the web May 8, 2007


    Clarence Page (SIUC)
    WASHINGTON – Do African immigrants make the smartest Americans? The question may sound outlandish, but if you were judging by statistics alone, you could find plenty of evidence to back it up.
    In a side-by-side comparison of 2000 census data by sociologist John R. Logan at the Mumford Center, State University of New York at Albany, black immigrants from Africa average the highest educational attainment of any population group in the country, including whites and Asians.

    For example, 43.8 percent of African immigrants had achieved a college degree, compared to 42.5 of Asian Americans, 28.9 percent for immigrants from Europe, Russia and Canada, and 23.1 percent of the U.S. population as a whole.

    That defies the usual stereotypes of Asian Americans as the only “model minority.” Yet the traditional American narrative has rendered the high academic achievements of black immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean invisible, as if it were a taboo topic.

    Instead, we should take a closer look. That was my reaction in 2004 after black Harvard law professor Lani Guinier and Henry Louis Gates Jr., chairman of Harvard’s African-American studies department, stirred a black Harvard alumni reunion with questions about precisely where the university’s new black students were coming from.

    About 8 percent, or 530, of Harvard’s undergraduates were black, they said, but somewhere between one-half and two-thirds of black undergraduates were “West Indian and African immigrants or their children, or to a lesser extent, children of biracial couples.”

    If we take a closer look, I said at the time, I bet we’ll find that Harvard’s not alone. With all of the ink and airwaves that have been devoted to immigration these days, black immigrants remain remarkably invisible. Yet their success has long followed the patterns of other high-achieving immigrants.

    As one immigrant Jamaican friend once told me, “I’m too busy working two jobs to worry about the white man’s racism.”

    Now comes a new study that finds a consistent pattern of Ivy League and other elite colleges and universities boosting their black student populations by enrolling large numbers of immigrants from Africa, the West Indies and Latin America.

    Immigrants, who make up 13 percent of the nation’s college-age black population, account for more than a quarter of black students at Ivy League and other elite universities, according to the study of 28 selective colleges and universities. The authors of the study, published recently in the American Journal of Education, included Douglas S. Massey of Princeton University and Camille Z. Charles of the University of Pennsylvania. The proportion of immigrants was higher at private institutions, 28.8 percent, than at the public ones, where they comprised 23.1 percent of enrollment.

    Are elite schools padding their racial diversity numbers with black immigrants who do not have a history of American slavery in their families? This development immediately calls into question whether affirmative action admission policies are fulfilling their original intent.

    But as Walter Benn Michaels, a professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, writes in his book “The Trouble With Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality,” the original intent of affirmative action morphed back in the 1970s from reparations for slavery into the promotion of a broader virtue: “diversity.” Since then, it no longer seems to matter how many of your college’s black students had slavery in their families. It only matters that they are black.

    That said, I don’t begrudge black immigrants or any other high-achieving immigrants for their impressive achievements. I applaud them. I encourage more native-born American children, particularly my own child, to take similar advantage of this country’s hard-won opportunities.

    But I also think we need to revisit the meaning of “diversity.” Unlike our current system of feel-good game-playing, we need to focus on the deeper question of how education can be improved and opportunities opened up to those who were left behind by the civil rights revolution.

    We tend to look too often at every aspect of diversity except economic class. Yet, the dream of upward mobility is an essential part of how we Americans like to think of ourselves.

    It’s also why a lot more people are trying to get into this country than trying to get out.

    Page is a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist specializing in urban issues. He is based in Washington, D.C. E-mail: cptime@aol.com (C) 2007 Tribune Media Services

  2. shotolay
    | #2


    prof.Almayehu G.Mariam yemeye ETHIOPIA yekurte kene lege I am proud of you I have good respect for you our grandad and our dad, brothers they die for ETHIOPIA there sprit never die becouse yekuret kene lege look like prof.alemayehu yemeye lege i love you morthan any thing.
    one day we will make free ETHIOPIA from racist tribal polotician that day it,s not far OLF,EPLF,ONLF,EPRDF OR AGAME animals they gonna go hell.

  3. fish
  4. Dinka
    | #4

    Two things I would like to say.
    To fish who has suggested us to watch the you tube that is a very good idea.I applaud you.This is a kind of forum Abugida should be bring something that complements on the issues discussed;for eg.the issue mentioned above is about adobting H.R 2003 these issues are about human right and it expands our horizon of defending human right issue.some times some people make me feel sad they see an important issue in front of their face but they would like to comment on Abugida’s anchor woman and man dress hair…just to divert our attention now that is Woyanay’s tactic please be alert.The other thing I want to say Prof.Al Mariam thank you Sir thank God you were not part of many destructive political parties,Mengistu.EPRDF… for many of us who love peace our mother Ethiopia,(AFRICA)for many of us who do not have any hangups of sefishness,power for blood…You have made us fill good.JUST STAND BY THE TRUTH.I HOPE PROF.AL WILL INSPIRE MANY YOUNG PEOPLE TO BECOME PROFFESSIONAL LIKE HIM.

  5. loga
    | #5

    Akam jirta Mr.Dinka that was a very good advise,we need more people like you with high and classy moral value.Thank you Abugida very nice work .Please do not give up hope with your messages and let many of us pray these devils(Bush & Woyanay) are not above the creator.Let us exercise the magic of prayer.

  6. Mimi
    | #6

    I share the above civil Ethiopians points of view.

    Congratulations the true democratic seekers Ethiopians! We are proud of you the Massachusetts Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans!

  7. samson
    | #7

    Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rohrbacher and Abramoff PDF Print E-mail


    By D.C. News 23/3/06
    Mar 23, 2006, 09:28

    U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican who has sponsored legislation aimed at damaging Ethiopia, has strong ties to the scandal-plagued lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was recently convicted of defrauding several of his clients of millions of dollars. Earlier this year, he pled guilty to numerous federal conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud charges. He has agreed to tell the FBI about alleged bribes to as many as 20 members of Congress and aides.
    In March 2005, Rohrabacher introduced a bill, HR 1061, the American Property Claims Against Ethiopia Act, which would “prohibit United States assistance to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia until the Ethiopian Government returns all property of United States citizens and entities that has been nationalized, expropriated, or otherwise seized by the Ethiopian Government in contravention of international law, and for other purposes.”?

    This bill was introduced by Rohrabacher at the behest of Gebremedhin Berhane, a former Eritrean national whose son, Petros, was described by the Daily Pilot newspaper of Newport Beach (California) as “one of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s surfing buddies.”? The Berhane family has contributed at least USD1,250 to Rohrabacher’s political campaigns in recent years. Gebremedhin Berhane has a property claim against the Ethiopian government that dates to when the Mengistu regime expropriated his business. The current Ethiopian government has offered to settle the claim, but the Berhane family has refused to accept a settlement; instead, it has enlisted the help of a U.S. Congressman to write a law for that family’s particular benefit.

    When asked about the Berhane legislation by the Orange County Register, a newspaper based in Rohrabacher’s congressional district, the U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, David Shinn, said: “I don’t think that this is the best way to go about foreign policy.”?

    More recently, on March 7, 2006, Rohrabacher introduced HR 4895, an amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 “to limit the provision of United States military assistance and the sale, transfer, or licensing of United States military equipment or technology to Ethiopia.’

    On that same day, Rohrabacher joined as a cosponsor of HR 4423, the Ethiopian Consolidation Act of 2006, which has the benign-sounding purpose to “encourage and facilitate the consolidation of security, human rights, democracy, and economic freedom in Ethiopia.”?

    In all these cases, it is easy to see the hidden hand of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. In an article entitled “Rohrabacher And Abramoff: A Beautiful Friendship,”? the American Progress Action Fund’s online publication, ThinkProgress, writes:

    “Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has sprung to the defense of his college buddy, disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, calling him “a good person.”? In fact, Rohrbacher admitted he thought “a lot of other things that have been characterized as corruption on the part of Abramoff are actually standard operating procedures for lobbying in Washington, D.C. “” arranging trips and things like that.”?

    “Let’s take a look at the beautiful friendship between the two men:

    ” ““ Rohrabacher enjoyed free dinners at Signatures, Abramoff’s high-end restaurant, once or twice a month.

    ” ““ Rohrabacher took one of Abramoff’s “Standard Operating Procedure”?-style trips, visiting the Northern Mariana Islands while Abramoff was working to convince Congress keep factories in a U.S. territory free from complying with fair labor laws. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 28, 2005]

    ” ““ Rohrabacher helped Abramoff score a $60 million loan to buy the SunCruz fleet of casino boats in Florida by allowing the lobbyist to list him as a personal reference. (Abramoff added a faked $23 million wire transfer to Rohrabacher’s reference to close the sale.)”?

    Well-known journalist Arianna Huffington ““ who, as a one-time candidate for governor of California, is intimately familiar with the inner workings of American (and California) politics ““ wrote of Rohrabacher and Abramoff that the “two pals are also members of the Brotherhood of the Would-Be Hollywood Players.”?

    The Abramoff connection goes a long way in explaining Rohrabacher’s favoritism toward Eritrea and antipathy toward Ethiopia. For several years, when Abramoff was a paid lobbyist for the Eritrean government, he cultivated Rohrabacher as a friend of Eritrea.

    According to a story in the Washington Post on November 2, 2002:

    “To help make sure its message gets heard — and accepted — Eritrea has hired Greenberg Traurig, the law firm that includes a lobbying team headed by Jack Abramoff, who has close ties to the new House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.).

    “According to Greenberg Traurig’s contract with Eritrea, included in the firm’s Foreign Agents Registration Act filing at the Justice Department, the country is paying Greenberg Traurig $50,000 a month for helping “in implementing its public policy goals in Washington.” That’s $600,000 for the yearlong engagement from April 15, 2002, to April 14, 2003.

    “By the way, the CIA World Factbook 2002 pegs Eritrea’s per-capita gross domestic product at about $740 for last year. Eritrea, which gained its independence from Ethiopia in 1993, went through a punishing war from 1998 to 2000 with its neighbor. Eighty thousand people were killed, and hundreds of thousands were displaced.

    “”˜Their biggest issue is they want to reach out to America and have better relations,’ says Padgett Wilson, director of governmental affairs at Greenberg Traurig.”?

    In an article in the November/December 2002 edition of Washington Business Forward, reporter John Bresnehan wrote:

    “Most people in this town, even many who work in politics, have never heard of the tiny African nation of Eritrea. But if lobbyist Jack Abramoff has his way, they’re about to.

    “Abramoff, a partner with Miami-based law firm Greenberg Traurig, says he believes in the free-market principles espoused by the Eritrean government and wants to help open the door to U.S. investment in this Red Sea country, which fought a bloody two-and-a-half-year border war with its larger neighbor, Ethiopia, that ended in 2000. Eritrea was part of Ethiopia until 1993.

    “Abramoff is scaling back his standard $150,000-per-month fee, one of the highest in Washington, in order to represent the impoverished Eritrea for the bargain-basement rate of $50,000 per month. Why? “˜That’s a very exciting client,’ Abramoff says. “˜They want to be the Singapore of Africa “” that’s their goal. They want to set up policies that encourage investment, encourage free markets. They want to be a U.S. base.’”?

    As recently as February 11, 2006, the prestigious publication, National Journal, reported that “Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., who famously provided a personal reference for Jack Abramoff in 2000 when the lobbyist was seeking financing to buy SunCruz Casinos, took a six-day trip to Malaysia in January 2002, accompanied by his wife and two of Abramoff’s then-partners at the firm Greenberg Traurig. One of the lobbyists was Rohrabacher’s former aide Tony Rudy.”?

    When Abramoff let go of the Eritrea account ““ to move on to defrauding Indian tribes and buying a gambling casino boat ““ his friends at Alexander Strategy Group took it on. (Alexander Strategies, which also has strong ties to indicted House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, recently closed its doors as a result of the Abramoff scandals.)

    Alexander Strategy partner Paul Behrends contributed USD1,800 to Rohrabacher’s congressional re-election campaigns between 2001 and 2005. Tony Rudy, also of Alexander Strategy, donated USD1,000 to Rohrabacher in 2004. Jack Abramoff himself donated USD1,000 in 1997, according to Federal Election Commission records, but Abramoff’s modus operandi has been to arrange for contributions from clients so that they do not all look like they came from the same source.

    Dana Rohrabacher recently appeared at an anti-Ethiopia rally in Washington, D.C. According to the Eritrean web site, Alenalki.com, Rohrabacher said: “The American People are not fully aware of what is going on in Ethiopia and what we have now is a great opportunity to discard the corruption and discard the repression of the regime (Minority Regime in Addis) that should be ending.”?

  8. | #8

    Thanks for making this site

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