Philosophy Club Meeting April 13

April 12, 2022
Submitted By: Brian David Skelly

Please join us online on Wednesday, April 13 from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. for our next WebEx meeting of the University of Hartford Philosophy Club, as Myra Dahgaypaw returns to give us an update on the ongoing struggle for democracy in Burma.

In the early hours of Feb. 1, 2021, the day the new Parliament was set to take office after Burma’s second successful democratic election in five years, the Tatmadaw or military junta staged a coup, dropping all pretense of supporting democracy. A protest movement was met with military force. Citing the pandemic and baseless claims of election fraud, the military murdered more than 800 protesters and injured thousands more.

It is important that everyone who believes in democracy join hands, minds and hearts in our struggle against the enemies of democracy. To do that, we must be informed.

Myra dreams of and works to achieve “a peaceful country that finally has achieved a true democratic state where the power lies with the people, not the military, and also a country that finally realizes that inclusivity makes them stronger.”

WebEx link for our Philosophy Club meeting:

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Meeting Number (in case calling in): 171 628 0135

Myra Dahgaypaw, is a member of the Karen (ke-REN) ethnic group, one of many groups in Burma (also known as Myanmar) who have suffered at the hands of the Burmese military. Forced labor, sexual assault, torture, land confiscation, and injuries from unexploded land mines are some of the atrocities experienced by ethnic minorities in Burma. In 1995, Myra fled for her life with just the clothes on her back. Now settled safely in the United States she feels a responsibility to advocate for the people of Burma who continue to face these human rights abuses. She directs the US Campaign for Burma (USCB), a partner of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), raising awareness about crimes committed by the Burmese military and working to bring an end to the military regime.

Background information on Burma/Myanmar.

More information on Myra Dahgaypaw.

U.S. Campaign for Burma statement to the United Nations re the military coup of Feb. 1, 2021.

An ongoing weekly tradition at the University since 2001, the University of Hartford Philosophy Club is a place where students, professors, and people from the community at large meet as peers. Sometimes presentations are given, followed by discussion. Other times, topics are hashed out by the whole group.

Presenters may be students, professors, or people from the community. Anyone can offer to present a topic. The mode of presentation may be as formal or informal as the presenter chooses.

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