U.S. Campaign for Burma
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The United States Campaign for Burma (USCB) is a U.S.-based membership organization that evolved out of the Free Burma Coalition founded by Maung Zarni. Founders were Jack Healey, who provided fiscal sponsorship to the organization from founding until it finally obtained its own nonprofit status in 2008, Jeremy Woodrum, and Dan Beeton. It is dedicated to empowering grassroots activists around the world to bring about an end to the military dictatorship in Burma. Through public education, leadership development initiatives, conferences, and advocacy campaigns at local, national and international levels, USCB works to empower Americans and Burmese dissidents-in-exile to promote freedom, democracy, and human rights in Burma and raise awareness about the egregious human rights violations committed by Burma's military regime.
The mission of USCB is to build a broad-based coalition of grassroots and institutional support for freedom in Burma. Today, USCB remains active on social media and through its newsletter but does not maintain a physical location or any paid staff.
USCB's objectives included:
- To strengthen the position of the rightful leaders of Burma, 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the democratically elected National League for Democracy, by cutting the political and economic lifelines of the ruling military junta;
- To organize and advocate for international intervention in Burma; and
- To inform grassroots citizens, international media and policymakers about Burma’s political, social and economic crisis.
U.S. Campaign for Burma is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt, organization, so all donations are tax-deductible. The organization is composed of people who sign up for the mailing list online. While donations are appreciated, there are no voting rights associated. The board of directors are internally appointed and have no democratically associated responsibilities to the membership at large.
The leadership of USCB is composed of human rights advocates. The board and staff seek to increase the profile of Burma and help find solutions to the country’s decades-long conflict. The core strength of USCB is its collaboration between Americans and Burmese dissidents-in-exile.
Anyone may participate in USCB. They receive updates, emails, and participate in campaigns simply by signing up through the web page.