The Unity for Democracy and Justice Atlanta chapter invited to address the Georgia Association of Black Elected officials (GABEO) – Andinet Atlanta Humanitarian Support Group, Inc
The Unity for Democracy and Justice Atlanta chapter was invited to address the Georgia Association of Black Elected officials (GABEO) winter conference in Athens, Georgia on February 27, 2010. At the conference luncheon, about 200 elected officials, activists, community organizers and invited guests were present.
The president of GABEO, the Honorable State Representative of Georgia, Tyrone Brooks described the human rights violations in Ethiopia and the unjust re-imprisonment of Birtukan Mideksa in a very eloquent way. The President then invited Girmaye Gizaw, the Unity for Democracy and Justice Atlanta chapter and the Free Birtukan and All Prisoners of Conscience in Ethiopia International Task Force chairperson to the podium. Girmaye Gizaw introduced his colleagues Bekele Tsegasellaie and Sara Takele to the audience.
Mr. Gizaw told the audience that Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations on earth with a rich history, culture and diverse people and the only African country that has never been colonized. He also stated that Ethiopia unfortunately has been ruled by dictators who are violating the human rights of 80 million peace-loving people. Mr. Gizaw went on to describe the political landscape of Ethiopia since the historic 2005 election in chronological order.
Mr. Gizaw and his colleagues received a warm applause. One of the participants, moved by what happened in Ethiopia asked the President to say few words and he was acknowledged. The gentleman quoted the Bible and described how Ethiopia is important to the history of black people and asked the audience to support the struggle in Ethiopia.
At the luncheon, about 200 brochures about Birtukan were distributed and about 100 letters addressed to the Honorable Secretary Clinton were signed and collected. After the Luncheon many activists, community organizers, invited guests and elected officials encouraged Mr. Gizaw, Mr. Tsegasellaie and Mrs. Takele and promised to follow the non-violent movement in Ethiopia. Finally, the President of GABEO told the audience that GABEO will send a letter to Secretary Clinton to help the unconditional release of Judge Birtukan and instructed the lawyer of GABEO immediately to draft a letter for his signature. Mr. Gizaw, Mr. Tsegasellaie and Mrs. Takele expressed their appreciation to the exceptional reception they have received and vowed to continue to support GABEO.
Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO) has been active for the last three decades. GABEO often works in conjunction with the NAACP, SCLC, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Coalition for a Peoples Agenda and the National Youth Connection on issues vital to the community. Kinijit in the past and Unity for Democracy and Justice Atlanta chapter now have excellent working relations with GABEO.
On December 28, 2009, the President of GABEO, the Honorable Representative and the champion of civil rights movement in Georgia in the last 40-year, Tyrone Brooks addressed the Free Birtukan and All Prisoners of Conscience event here in Atlanta. In his speech, the Honorable Representative Tyrone Brooks expressed his admiration for Judge Birtukan’s commitment for the non-violent movement and vowed GABEO’s continued support for unconditional release.
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