Sunday, December 30, 2007

PostHeaderIcon Rights groups to protest Olympics float at parade

PASADENA – Controversy at this city's annual Rose Parade is about as rare as rain.

Nonetheless, hundreds of protesters are expected to be among the estimated 1 million people taking in the flower-covered floats and marching bands on Tuesday. The target of the ire is a float celebrating the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and what protesters say is China's worsening human rights record.

For months, a loose alliance of human rights, religious freedom, labor, Falun Gong, Burmese and Tibetan organizations have shadowed city and parade officials and unsuccessfully urged them to use their leverage to denounce human rights abuses in China.


Ann said...

Visual Artists Guild
Human Rights Photo/Video Contest

Photo /Video Competition
Grand Prize - $1000
Second Prize - $500
3rd Prize - $250
Honorable mention $50 (20 winners!!)

WHAT: The Visual Artists Guild is sponsoring a TURN YOUR BACK Photo/Video Contest for the best photos and videos that capture the true human rights sentiment as the 2008 Rose Parade’s Beijing Olympics Float of Shame passes by.
WHEN: City of Pasadena Rose Parade Tuesday, January 1, 2008
All entries must be received no later than January 11, 2008
WHERE: Please submit your name, address, phone number and email address along with your photos or videos identifying the location or locations where they are taken. Submissions may also be posted on Google video or YouTube and mailed to Visual Artists Guild, PO Box 861132, Los Angeles, CA. 90086. All submissions become property of Visual Artists Guild can only be returned if it includes a self addressed stamped envelope.

Background: The Visual Artists Guild is dedicated to promoting human rights internationally. We are encouraged by all of the support we have received from community leaders and residents of California to oppose the propaganda tool that Beijing is using in the great City of Pasadena through the use of a parade float to kick off the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Beijing has broken its promise to improve human rights in China that it made before receiving the bid to host the 2008 Olympics. We encourage all spectators at the Rose Parade to TURN YOUR BACK to the Float, and for all photographers and videographers to capture the spirit of those human rights activists.

The Visual Artists Guild directors, officers, and representatives disclaim any and all liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with this Contest or with the acceptance, possession or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries and losses related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light). Except where prohibited by law, by accepting a prize, the winner releases the Visual Artists Guild directors, officers, and representatives from any and all such liability. All Contest submissions except where prohibited by law, constitutes permission to be used by the Visual Artists Guild without limitation, for promotional purposes without further permission or compensation. Only one entry person, Duplicate entries will be disqualified. The Award Ceremony will be held in February, 2008; winners will be notified by email. All decisions by the judges are final. No submissions will be returned untess a self addressed stamped envelope is included.

For further information, please contact

* * * Help China Keep its Olympic Promise * * * * or

* China * Darfur * Burma * Tibet *

*All Human Rights Disasters*

**Say NO to the Beijing Float of Shame**

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