WE ARE PART OF THE MILLIONS – Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE),

April 11th, 2014 Print Print Email Email


The SMNE is based on the belief that the future well being of all our Ethiopian society and our global society rests in the hands of those among us who can put “humanity before ethnicity,” or any other distinctions that divide and dehumanize other human beings from ourselves; inspiring us to care about these “others;” not only because of the intrinsic God- given value of each life, but also because “none of us will be free until all are free.” These are the underlying principles of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE), a non-violent, non-political, grassroots social justice movement of diverse Ethiopians; committed to bringing truth, justice, freedom, equality, reconciliation, accountability and respect for human and civil rights to the people of Ethiopia and beyond.
We believe the destiny of Ethiopia is in the hand of its children. As each and every one of us empower ourselves and learn to assert and demand our God-given rights, the day will be the resurrection of Ethiopia. Only we, Ethiopians can bring lasting, peaceful and positive change in our country. There can never be any power that can withstand the united and organized force of the millions.
Solidarity Movement has always supported any peaceful and democratic activities, by any political or civic groups in Ethiopia, which are aimed at empowering our people. We believe such efforts deserve the full and committed support of all of us.
That is why we are welcoming and enthusiastic by the launch of the MV4JLR (Millions voice for Justice and land reform). We have learnt that there are plans to hold town hall meetings, peaceful and legal demonstrations in more than 14 towns all over Ethiopia.
MV4JLR may be called by the UDJ, but demanding justice, land reform and freedom are issues of all Ethiopians. These are issues of the Solidarity Movement.
Therefore, it is with great honor and pleasure that we state our strong support for MV4JR. We stand in full solidarity with our people back home and declare that we are also part of the millions.
Regardless of our ethnicity, religion or political affiliation, we encourage every Ethiopia to be part of the millions and contribute his/her share. “Nobody Made a Greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little” says Edmund Burke. What we can offer may be little; we may think ourselves as ordinary people. However little out of millions, the millions of ordinary men and women are powers that are unshakable!

  1. Sam
    | #1

    The issue should not be land reform. When we talk about land reform it could be open to different interpretations. The EPDRF politicians even might say we too are for it. But their interpretation remains using land as a means to reward and deny as they choose. The real issue should be let the government be out of the land business. True, that is not going to happen. But to say it should be Ethiopians, not the government, that should own land is a winning tactic. But not a winning strategy. As long as the EPDRF government is still breathing, it cannot let it go the lucrative land monopoly. By controlling land, the EPDRF politicians acutely aware, they have controlled every breathing soul in Ethiopia. Their staying in power somehow dependent upon the government owning the land. There is nothing wrong saying Ethiopians, not the government, should own land. It works to strength the struggle as a tactic. But as a strategy it is meaningless. Ethiopians cannot own their land as long as EPRDF controls the political power.

  2. aha!
    | #2

    There is a need for a consortium over ideologies/concepts such as “humanity before ethnicity” vs Ethiopiawinet before ethnicity, where the latter is based over the prevalent ethnic and secessionist politics and or/policies, where by the ideologies of ethnic federalism, secessionism and totalitarianism and/or state capitalism is built into the constitution denying the silent majority of Ethiopians individual freedom, liberty and equality to have precedence over ethnic and secessionist rights, free market capitalism as one of the means of production, democratic rule over ethnic rule, Ethiopian Nationalism as opposed to ethnic federalism and/or ethnic nationalism, with the intent to secede based on the linguistically demarcated ethnic homelands as the hall mark of the TPLF/eprdf regime with TPLF as the architect of the constitution, ruling the country with the support of the teletafi parties, security, federal police and military forces, and “killil administrators”, where the silent majority is aspiring for political and economic freedom, I presume. What in store for the silent majority of Ethiopians who think and identify themselves as “Ethiopians first and their ethnicity second’ in terms of “Humanity before ethnicity”.

    Sorry I could not bring up the full text to the fore front over other aspects of this movement, specially when it is a-political organization with due respect to its stand against the TPLF/eprdf regime in all aspects.

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