The following is a statement from the Oromo Communities’ Association of North America (OCA-NA).
Dear Oromo Communities and Friends:
The Board and Executive Committee of the Oromo Communities’ Association of North America (OCA-NA) are extremely concerned about the current Ethiopian government’s attempt to implement the controversial Master Plan at any cost, with aggressive crackdown on student demonstrators and peaceful protesters. We believe that we have a collective obligation to support the students who are brutally attacked, and Oromo farmers who are being evicted from their lands in the name development and urban planning. We know that many of you and your communities are planning to stage demonstrations, and organizing for sustained action in support of our people.
To facilitate this effort, we recommend that that each community chooses one of the following days for their demonstrations.
– Thursday, December 10, 2015
– Thursday, December 17, 2015
– Wednesday, December 23, 2015
– Wednesday, December 30, 2015
– Thursday, January 7, 2016
If necessary, additional dates will be announced later.
In your planning, please use the following suggestions:
1. Set your rally in your area or coordinate with nearby communities;
2. Contact your Congressional Representatives’ and Senators’ Offices (both State and U.S.) and alert them about the Oromo rallies ahead of the scheduled event;
3. Send press releases to all media;
4. Create, if you do not have already, fundraising committees to support Oromo students;
5. After the event, assess your activities and provide us with feedback for future improvement.
Remember, a one-time activity alone will not solve our historic problems, or deter a determined and brutal government from displacing peaceful people and destroying great nations like the Oromia. Organization, careful planning and sustained actions are vital for the ultimate success of our people. So, let us put our minor differences aside and focus on the great danger that we are all facing.
OCA-NA calls on all Oromo communities, civic and professional organizations in Diaspora to participate in the scheduled demonstrations. We also call on all Oromo political organizations to put their tactical and other differences aside and join Oromo communities in protest. We expect all Oromo political leaders to provide collective leadership and avert the looming danger for the Oromo people.
Our nation will rise again in victory.
History will be our witness.
Oromo Communities’ Association of North America (OCA-NA)