Press release: Oromo American Citizen Council (OACC) Endorses the “March to Stop Genocide and Dictatorship in Ethiopia/Africa;”

September 2nd, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Calls on all Members, Partners and Others to Participate

We, the Oromo American Citizen Council, (OACC) fully endorse the upcoming “March to Stop Genocide and Dictatorship in Ethiopia/Africa in Washington D.C., scheduled for September 13, 2009 in front of the United States Capitol.

The OACC is Human Rights Organization based in Minnesota and founded in 2002 whose mission is to educate and motivate Oromo Americans and others to participate in the social and political processes locally and nationally and to work to prevent violations of fundamental civil and political rights in Ethiopia and around the world.

We in the Oromo American Citizen Council are writing this letter to declare that we are joining our sisters and brothers of Ethiopia in the March to be held on September 13, 2009 to Stop Genocide and Dictatorship in Ethiopia/Africa and call upon all Oromo sisters and brothers, who live in Washington DC area to join this Historical march.

The OACC strongly encourage all members and partner organizations to fully participate, as able, in this coalition of like-minded groups who are seeking human rights, democracy, the rule of law, peace, unity and economic prosperity in Ethiopia and in Africa.

The “March to Stop Genocide and Dictatorship in Ethiopia/Africa;” is an event that could exert much pressure to change foreign policies towards Ethiopia and Africa so that free countries stopped supporting dictators and perpetrators of genocide and other crimes against humanity; positively altering the future of our country and of our continent.

This is a significant opportunity in the history of this struggle and the OACC will not be a bystander. Our shared goals with the objectives of this march demand our full participation. We have no excuses for the people back home, who will continue to live under tyranny, misery and hardship, if we who live in freedom, refuse to come together due to differences of ethnicity, regionalism, politics, religion, turf issues or other such differences.

For those who want to know more about the OACC and our work, please contact us or see our website

  1. Ashiwa Abeba
    | #1

    Bravo! OACC! That is the kind of spirit we Ethiopians need. One Ethiopia not fragmented but, UNITED. Only then, let alone TPLF bandits no one would dare to put our people and our country in a condition where we are now!!!
    Together, we will keep our beloved nation, Ethiopia, strong and flerish!!
    Divided, we will let thugs, bandits, like TPLF destroy our country ETHIOPIA, In our time.

    Long live ETHIOPIA!

    God bless Ethiopia!
    Again, bravo!! OACC.

  2. yikerbelen
    | #2

    Wel done our brothers and sisters. This is the way which will force the bloody dictators to give un limited right for our people as a whole. Nobody is free untill we all are not free. Our common enemy is TPLF and our common goal is free our people from dictator melese, put the foundation of true and geniue democaracy which will empower our people for once and for all. Let us stand together and push one hard push forward. Be the part and the parcele of this march on sep 13 for freedom and democracy.

  3. anonymous
    | #3

    Well done my Oromo brothers and sisters!

    We are heared louder when we sing together.We are more visible when we march together.We are stronger when we hold hands together.

    See you all at the carnival for freedom!

  4. TG
    | #4

    oromo american ? what does it mean ? I am from oromo mather and Amhara father and now a us citizen , I can say that I am Ethiopian American, I will say the first time today , thank you God to put EPRDF on government.

  5. olega
    | #5

    oh my God!, why do some politician use their Brian, even the dictionary does not know oromo . I am pure oromo which means both of my parents are from west shewa, I speak very well , but I strongly believe that we are Ethiopian what ever your ethnics are. be wise!

  6. Anonymous
    | #6

    Good Job my people brothers and sisters!

    Let’s go together and calling freedom for all Ethiopians who are suffering from the tplf army. lets go and show the world about humarights abuse in Ethiopia.we are visible, strong and United.

    we shall free all ethiopians

  7. beeka
    | #7

    please think like modern generation that understand human rights. No body can talk for any body. You are Amahara done. Don’t try to stick yourself to the ormo people. If you respect the oromo people ormo people will respect you. Get out of Amarigna and think to unite people in democratic way. Don’t try to do fault your fathers did before.

  8. Ashiwa Abeba
    | #8

    Olega, please read carefully what OACC wrote. I hope you will rewrite differently than the one you already wrote. Again I hope you do!

  9. Qajelcha
    | #9

    I think you don’t know what you’re talking about. You can believe what ever you want. How ever, you can’t represent oromo people. To be an Ethiopian you shouldn’t have talk Amaharic or you don’t have to be amahara. You guys don’t think that amahara means the whole ethiopian people. Like you like you own language and culture every ethnic groups in the country like too. Don’t be silly! Respect others, and don’t reapt your grand fathers fault. Take lesson if you have mind.

  10. Qajelcha
    | #10

    Bravo Qajelcha that is nice advice to those who walk behind always

  11. KUKU
    | #11

    Special Session of African Heads of State and Government being held in Tripoli, Libya has selected Ethiopia to represent Africa in the upcoming Copenhagen Global Conference on climate change due to be held in the coming December.

    Ethiopia was selected among eight nominated countries for its outstanding role played in G20 and G8 Summits as well as in other international fora to ensure the interest and benefits of the continent.


  12. Anonymous
    | #12

    olega, either you Ignorant or naive. But, you claim, you are oromo and you don’t respect youself as oromo. bone headed.

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  14. Falmaa
    | #14

    It is realy encoraging issues that I am reading from this site.we ethiopians particularly Oromos have to be devoted to over the curser that we are facing from ethiopian elite group. Bravo! Keep it Up

  15. Dagnachew koru
    | #15

    Why the Oromo movement is based in Minnesota? I feel like this Organization is associated to Somali Al Shabab producing Organization in Minnesota. Why the Somali fundamentalist Organization is in Minnesota or either the Oromo’s? In 2006 the Oromo fighters were warring against their own country being part of UIC. Peace full protest is good to balance the power or to protect the right of citizens. I hope all Oromo’s will protect mother Ethiopia rather than free OROMO.
    My other point is, Education is basic tool for all Ethiopians to change level of our living, but some educated Ethiopians loosing their instinct born common sense by riding and chasing their own interest. We know that both opposition and the government made mistake based on 2005 election. But why the innocent publics get punished, instead of the politician, Why they were flaring fire in between the people. What kind of government or what kind of opposition are they? Let them show us their skill of politics? Is it the power struggle between Amharas and Tigres? Why the so called educated were writing such books like “Amhara keyet wodet derese?” Why Oromo’s, Somalis, and Tigres were arguing about free of each other? This and that all came from the innocent peasants or nomads or poor lower class? Are these all not from the educated people?
    If any body says that AMARA KEYET WODET DERESE BILL, so, who is going to say Ethiopia keyet wodet deresech? Guys please have your common sense.
    The world is getting smaller and smaller, one day who ever did any wrong to his country might be judged by those poor people. Be free of your own mind.
    Who ever supporting any negativity not for the people, but for their own interest; for example if somebody killed someone at the time of derg or if someone lost their land or property at the time Hailesilasie, please defend your self through the law but not cover-up yourself with politics.
    Ethiopia le-zelealem tsenta tinoralech Ke-egziabiher gara.

  16. ባሳምን
    | #16

    ብልጫ ያለው ኢትዮጵያዊ የሚናገረው አማርኛ መሆኑን ማንም ያውቃል ::ይህም ከላይ ተነስተን ትግራይን ይዘን በአፋር በኩል አድርገን ወደ ሶማል ብቅ ብለን ሃደሬውን ክልል አልፈን ወደ ደቡቡ ተጉዘን አካም ቡልተኒ ብንል ምን አልክ? ብሎ ቢለን በአማርኛ አይድነቀን ምክንያቱም ያ ሰውዬ ለካ ወላይታ ተናጋሪ ሆኖ አማርኛ የሚቀናው ሰው ነበር :: በውነቱ ለመናገር በታሪክ የኦሮሞ አመጣጥ ከመሃል አፍሪካ ግዛት ከሩዋንዳ መሆኑን የታሪክ ተመራማሪዎች በሰፊው ” the African migration and who was LUCY” በሚል ጽሁፍ በትንታኔ አስቀምጠውት የዛሬ 10 ዓመት ገደማ ማንበቤን አስታውሳለሁ::እዚህ ላይ መላው ኦሮሞ ወደ Rwanda ይመለስ ማለቴ ሳይሆን ,ትልቁ ችግራችን በአሁኑ ሰአት የሚፈታተነን በምን ቓንቓ እንገበያይ በምን ቓንቓ ዱላ ቀጥፈን እንጨፋጨፍ መሆን አልነበረበትም : ነገር ግን ትልቁ ችግራችን ስንፍናችንና መሃይምነታችን ያተረፈልንን ረሃብና እንደ ወባ አይነቱን እንኻ ቀላል በሽታ መቓቓም አቅቶን የቢቢሲ ዶክሜንተሪ ደንበኞች መሆናችን እንዴት አያስቆጣንም? እንዴት አያበሳጨንም ? እንዴት አለም ዞር ብሎ የማይነካብንን ምግብ እንጀራ እንኻ ለህዝባችን ማዳረስ ያቅተን? ብቻ እኔ እንደገባኝ ያሉን የ PHD ሊቆች የሚያጠያይቅ እውቀት እንዳላቸው ከሃቅ የራቀ አይደለም :እንደ አንኮላ ቅል ስም አንጠልጥሎ በመዞር ዶ/ር እከሌ … ዶ/ር ጨበሬ መባባል ብቻ::ማንኛችንም የምንማረው የሰው ህይወት ለመቀየር እንጂ ከኛ ዝቅ ብሎ ባለ ሰው ላይ ለመሸለል አልነበረም ግን ምን ይደረግ ኢትዮጵያውያኖችነንና አይፈረድብንም …ጠንካራ የሰለጠነ ባህል የለንም

  17. Sammy
    | #17

    Dear Basamen, it is of course that Oromos are migrated long ago from central east Africa ,mainly from the current Rwanda .The famous Historian Richard Pankhurst call them the Animists .The prime example of all this is the pure Oromos in deep south, which they still retain their cousins Hutu and Tutu complexion .like you suggested, I do not wish to see no Oromos to go back to Rwanda either,but, to exercise their identity,liberty, the pursuit of happiness in their (new home land)Ethiopia. Here the discussion shouldn’t be that who they really are. Their beloved country Ethiopia love them not as a diaspora but patriotic citizens like the rest of us . Forward with a united Geez speaking Ethiopia.

  18. ገረመኝ
    | #18

    ጎበዝ ኦሮሞን ማንነቱን ልናስተምር አንችልም:: ከኛ ይበልጥ የራሳቸውን ታሪክ አሳምረው ያዉቃሉ:: ዲሞክራሲም ብሆን የኦሮሞ ባህላው መተዳደሪያ ስርአታቸው እንደነበረ ከታሪካቸው አንብበን ብንማርና እንደዘመኑ ሰው እናስብ:: ጊዜ ያለፈቤትን ‘ዜፈን’ አንዝፈ:: ካላፈ ታሪካችን እንማር!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Amharas orginated from Yemen!
    | #19

    Basemen, your hate speech and empty pride about Amharic and Amhara nationalism in the guise of Ethiopia does not benefit anyone. As usual, you quote from your Debtras (corrupt and excommunicated priests) and insult Oromos as immigrants on their own fatherland. Before you migrated from Yemen, Oromo had been the indigenous population of the Nile Valley, including the current colonial map of Ethiopia. No matter how hard you try to justify that Oromos are aliens and Amharas are not to claim Oromia and the south as your sole property, you will not succeed because that won’t stop the fight fro freedom. Maybe, examine yourself and find the better self in you. Every person has a potential to learn good things. Try to lear good things as well. Stop being a person deeply rooted in the rotten 15th century Qes Bahire ideology and fabrication.This a different time. Ammend your thoughts. Why don’t you talk of the building of peace and mutual respect, instead of spreading your venomeous hatred!!

  20. Komataw
    | #20

    hey moderator or admini of this blog, you publish only your chauvinistic views. I sent u a comment, but you did not publish it. Why don’t you pulish my reponse to the so-called ingnorant Basemen and his likes. Komata

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