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2006 UN Plaza Rally Flyer and Pamphlet

This is a flyer card and pamphlet for a rally at the UN Plaza organized by progressive Tamils in the diaspora, in response to publicized peace talks between warring factions of the Sri Lankan Civil War. The rally advocates for a just peace, where those entities implicated in harming civilians should not be the primary decision-makers on the terms of peace. The peace negotiations ended up failing with the eventual resumption of violence and the conclusion of the war in 2009 with alleged war crimes perpetrated by armed entities on different sides of the conflict.

The pamphlet details the ethnic and geographic backgrounds of the rally organizers while maintaining their anonymity, so as to discuss the intimate relations they hold with war affected communities in the island while simultaneously navigating the privileges of being diasporic and in the United States, far away from the armed violence. It is out of solidarity with communities in Sri Lanka that the rally organizers are demanding a just peace that puts forth a solution that ceases violence and marginalization of the most vulnerable (ex. disabled and LGBTQ+ populations in Sri Lanka's north and east). These materials are important contributions to the SAADA Archival Creators Fellowship Project on Ilankai Tamil Feminism because they document the history of progressive Tamil organizing in the United States, particularly around being in solidarity with communities in Sri Lanka, while leveraging the privileges of being in America towards addressing injustices in the homeland.

Date: February 2006
Subject(s): YaliniDream
Type: Flyer
Source: Archival Creators Fellowship Program
Creator: Kartik Amarnath
Contributor: YaliniDream

Collection: Kartik Amarnath Fellowship project
Donor: YaliniDream
Item History: 2022-07-08 (created); 2022-07-12 (modified)

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