The Northern Spring Revolution Emergency Relief Campaign

The Northern Spring Revolution Emergency Relief Campaign

From Nick Reale

Northern Spring Revolution is a multiethnic collective resisting political oppression in Kachin State, Myanmar in the wake of the recent military coup. Funds will cover immediate food, healthcare, and transport costs.

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6 months ago

Thank you so much to everyone who's contributed so far! After being live for only 48 hours, our campaign has already surpassed 50% of its goal!

We are hoping to raise the $6,500 total by the middle of April, but already we have raised enough money to support over 60 individuals involved in the civil disobedience movement in Myitkyina and their immediate "plus ones".

We'll soon be in touch with updates both on this campaign and how NSR is operating on the ground. Be rest assured, though, that because of Fundly's funding structure, the funds can already be dispensed to the recipient, which means they can be spent promptly on emergency expenses.

Thank you again, and we'll be in touch soon.

~Nick Reale, on behalf of Northern Spring Revolution

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Context

On February 1st, 2021, the Tatmadaw (the Armed Forces of Myanmar) seized power from the democratically elected National League for Democracy (NLD), sparking a mass movement of political resistance and civil disobedience throughout a broad range of coalitions across Myanmar society; public and private entities, religious organizations, and even people from many different ethnic groups have come together to act as one. In a country beset with bitter tensions among its different ethnicities, this latter coalition is of critical importance for a sustained movement and thus is of particular focus for this fundraising project.

Multiethnic Cooperation at the Local Level

Northern Spring Revolution, founded on February 19th, 2021 in the northern provincial city of Myitkyina, Kachin State, is a small non-benefit youth group of anonymous Kachin, Shan, and Bamar individuals that reflects the web of diversity that Myanmar is known for. It is fostering cooperation and interconnectedness after its members realized the need for a coordinated support network for their friends and neighbors participating in the civil disobedience movement (CDM). Together they provide personal support for a larger network of about 120 individuals who are courageously confronting police and military forces directly or boycotting and striking as part of civil disobedience measures. Priority is given to those who have families and are refusing to accept a salary from employers linked to the Tatmadaw.

Where the Money Goes

Your donations will go primarily to funding the basic life necessities that CDM members need in order to survive during periods of boycotting, protest, and striking. Most of the funds will go to accommodation, transport, food, medical care, and, if required, providing petty cash should an individual need to go into hiding. All beneficiaries live and work in Myitkyina, and many are civil service workers of all backgrounds. Such an occupation normally guarantees a reliable income and a decent quality of life, though many CDM members are now facing living conditions akin to that of internally displaced persons (IDPs). 

This round of donations is meant strictly to fund emergency expenditures over the course of the next month so that NSR may continue to provide support to its community of CDM members. Should this campaign succeed, successive campaigns will be formed to provide long-term funding and stability.

Why Donate

The Tatmadaw and Myanmar Police Force are known for their unscrupulous tactics, disregard for human rights, and an unwavering ability to suppress the masses through the vast network of investments and resources. Already over 700 people* have been murdered (through known accounts) for taking a stand against the coup, and thousands more have sustained injuries that require hospitalization. Given the Tatmadaw’s extensive capabilities, it is unlikely that such a political resistance could be sustained for long without consistent and reliable funding. 

 Until February, Myanmar was regarded as a glimmer of success--albeit a conflicted, fragile one--for democratic progressivism at a time when most nations are regressing to more authoritarian policies. This crucial window of opportunity to fund and support resistance groups now could tip the balance in determining the country's future.Your support, either through direct funding or through the act of sharing through social media, is greatly appreciated and signifies a support for democracy and the will of the people wherever such action may be in need.

A fight for justice here is a fight for justice anywhere.

*Figures reported here as of 11 April, 2021

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/11/world/asia/myanmar-coup-protests.html?action=click&module=In Other News&pgtype=Homepage

This figure will be updated regularly.

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Nick Reale posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #1

Thank you so much to everyone who's contributed so far! After being live for only 48 hours, our campaign has already surpassed 50% of its goal!

We are hoping to raise the $6,500 total by the middle of April, but already we have raised enough money to support over 60 individuals involved in the civil disobedience movement in Myitkyina and their immediate "plus ones".

We'll soon be in touch with updates both on this campaign and how NSR is operating on the ground. Be rest assured, though, that because of Fundly's funding structure, the funds can already be dispensed to the recipient, which means they can be spent promptly on emergency expenses.

Thank you again, and we'll be in touch soon.

~Nick Reale, on behalf of Northern Spring Revolution

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