Juliet Hutchings

Juliet Hutchings (World Peasants and Indigenous Organization - WPIO): Juliet’s passion for telling stories through film and video took her to the NGO Veronica’s Story, and then to Ethiopia where she documented how the international community is working to eradicate the AIDS virus and help orphans find safe, healthy homes. She worked on several documentaries during her undergraduate studies at Northeastern University in Boston. Juliet has also made an historical film about how children perceived the Communist regime in 1950s Central Europe, in Prague, Czech Republic. She has also made a short film about the nonprofit organization HIPS, Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive. At the time of her fellowship, Juliet was in her final year of an MFA program in film & electronic media at American University in Washington, DC. After her fellowship, Juliet wrote: “There are always benefits to these community connections: time and again, no matter who I talk with about my experiences in Africa, I hear the refrain, “It’s people like you who are helping people like me, one at a time, to understand what the world is like, and that there is a group out there (the pygmies) who are in deep danger and need assistance.”

You can Help. Contact your Legislators

15 Jul
Candle for Amnesty

Following is a letter from my Aunt Ev. She’s been tracking my time here in Uganda very closely. Due to recent events (see “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs”) , she was prompted to contact her local Representative and 2 Senators.

Your mom told us about some of your recent concerns. FYI, I sent the following to Senators Kennedy and Kerry and Rep. McGovern for my district. I would send it to the White House too if I thought it would do any good, but maybe I should send it to Obama!

I don’t know who is in charge of foreign aid, but I think it’s the legislature.

Hope your adventure on the Nile was good.

Aunt Ev

RE: Foreign aid money

Dear Senator Kennedy,

My niece is a Peace Fellow for the Advocacy Project working in Uganda this summer. Her reports of the situation she is finding there are greatly disturbing.

In reading her posts and links to related information on other African issues I realize that the US may be contributing to some of the severe problems of the people of these nations by financial support of corrupt and abusive governments in Congo and Ethiopia.

The group she is working with, WPIO, (housed by Amnesty International), recently received another round of threatening phone calls because they dare to speak out about basic human rights issues in the Congo.

She has also referred us to a pictorial on boston.com about the famine in Ethiopia. Her interest in Ethiopia is based on her experience there last year when she filmed a documentary for veronicasstory.org.

My request of you is to use your position to ask the question, how would these foreign countries be changed for the better without US aid?

How can we continue to provide money that only supports wars and human suffering?

Please do what you can to change our relationship with the PEOPLE in third world countries.

There is only so much that each of us as individuals can do to help, but our government must be responsible for the impact we have in those areas.

Thank you”

After speaking with Freddy, I realized that if everyone back in the states were to send a message on behalf of The WPIO, the pygmies, the indigenous people and the peasants of eastern Africa, perhaps United States African policy could be affected positively to help bring social justice and equality to the people that Freddy and Pascal so diligently and tirelessly work for. If you would like more information from me, please let me know in the comments section, and I will email you off-blog.

The WPIO is a private endeavor, and the U.S. government may not ever directly aid them. However, to be sure, some of our policies certainly do affect them. Let’s try to see what we can do to affect some positive change.

Thank you in advance.

Human Rights for All

Posted By Juliet Hutchings

Posted Jul 15th, 2008


  • Aunt Ev

    July 21, 2008


    I guess I’m honored that you think my email is worthy of quotation. It is true that there is strength in numbers.

    I’ve been reading A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle and his point that there is no separate “I”, that each of us is one with everything in the universe is part of why we can’t just sit back and say “it’s not my problem”. Doing the right thing for others is doing the right thing for yourself. (goes with your other post about altruism) He takes the old “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you”, to “there are no others!”

    Eckhart says if we don’t change the ways of our society we will die as a race. The good news is that there is change happening and we need to encourage positive change where we can.

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