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A host of prominent figures have enthusiastically lent their support to World Tibet Day:

HH Dalai Lama

Lodi Gyari
Tenzin Geyche Tethong
Richard Gere
Congressman D. Payne

From the Tibetan Community and from Tibet Support Groups:

Lodi Gyari Rinpoche (Special Envoy of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama; Executive Chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet); Rinchen Dharlo (President, The Tibet Fund); John Ackerly (President, ICT); Erin Potts (Milarepa Fund); Sonam Wangdu (Chairperson, U.S. Tibet Committee); Thupten Thokmey (President, Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of NY and NJ); Chime Wangdu (President, Tibetan Ass. of NY and NJ) Phuntsok Dolma, Tibetan Women's Ass., East Coast;    Lama Lobsang Ngodup, President, TheTibetan Monastery, NY; Karma Zurkang, Director, Tibet Alliance of Chicago; Ronit Herzfeld, World Artists for Tibet; Nena Thurman, Managing Director, Tibet House, New York; Ed Bednar, NYANA (NY Ass. for New Americans); GuyLieberman, Director of Dewachen, Tibetan Cultural Center of South Africa;    Mark Moore, (DEVI) Earthville Institute of Dharamshala; Rev. John Lundin, Coordinator, San Diego Friends of Tibet; Larry Gerstein, President, Int'l Tibet Independence Movement; Tsering Yangdon, Princeton Area Friends of Tibet; Judy Tethong, Canada Tibet Committee; Carol Fields, Bay Area Friends of Tibet;    Thupten Gyaltsen and Pema Dechen Gorap, Colorado Friends of Tibet; Kathy Hargit, North Bay Active Campaign for Tibet.

From Spiritual and Religious Leaders and from the Interfaith Movement:

Arun and Sunanda Gandhi, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence;    Marcus Braybrooke, Interfaith Centre at Oxford;    Very Rev. James Parks Morton, Dean Emeritus, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NY;    Barbara Bernstein, Assoc. for Global New Thought;    William Swing, Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of California;    Deepak Chopra, Author and Lecturer;    Jean Houston, Foundation for Mind Research;    Sister Joan Kirby, The Temple of Understanding, NY;    Nemu Chandaria, Institute of Jainology, London;    Sister Joan Chatfield, Institute for Religion and Change, Hawaii;    Brother Wayne Teasdale, Christian Sanyassi;    Dr. Michael Beckwith, AGAPE Inter/l Center of Truth, L.A.;    Rev. Mary Manin Morrissey, Dir., Living Enrichment Center, Portland, OR;    Brother Rolph Fernandes, Interfaith Officer of the Franciscan Order in Canada;    Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of Spiritual Eldering, at Naropa Institute, Boulder, CO;    Rohinton Rivetna, Zoroastrian Ass. of NA;    Elizabeth Espersen, Center for World Thanksgiving, Thanks-Giving Square, Dallas.

From Academia and Social Services:

Robert Thurman, Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies. Columbia University;    Diana Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies, Harvard University;    Roger Corless, Professor of Buddhist Studies, Duke University;    Ashok Gangadean, Chairperson, Department of Philosophy, Haverford College;    Paul Ingram, President of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies;    Dorothy Austin, Associate Professor of Psychology and Religion, Drew University;    Sallie B. King, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, James Madison University;    Terry Muck, Professor of Religion, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary;    John Keenan, Associate Professor of Religion, Middlebury College, VT;    Professor Harry Wells, Co-Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Humboldt State University, CA;    John W. Cobb, Jr., Professor Emeritus, Claremont School of Theology, CA;    Dr. Marvin Sussman, Professor Emeritus of Human Resources, U of Delaware;    Dr. M. Radh Achuthan, Chairperson, Action Institute for Human Resource Development, New Delhi

Prominent Figures in Politics and the Arts:

In the Arts:

Richard Gere,Actor, Chairman of the Board of the International Campaign for Tibet; Melissa Mathison Ford, Screenwriter of "Kundun"; Harrison Ford, Actor; Arlo Guthrie, Singer/songwriter and founder of the Guthrie Center, Richie Havens, Singer; Ivana Trump

In Politics:

Senator Joseph Biden, D-DE, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Congressman Benjamin Gilman, R-NY, Chair of the House International Relations Committee; Congressman Tom Lantos, D-CA (the only survivor of the holocaust serving in Congress); Congressman Donald Payne, D-NJ; Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr, D-IL; Congressman Cristopher Smith, R-NJ; Congressman Peter DeFazio, D-OR; Congressman Dana Rohrbacher, R-CA; Congressman Sherrod Brown, D-OH; Congressman James McGovern, D-MA; Congressman Neil Abercrombie, D-HI; Congressman Julian Dixon, D-CA; Congressman Danny Davis, D-IL; Congressman Maurice Hinchey, D-NY; Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, D-GA; Congressman Elijah Cummings, D-MD; Congressman Dennis Kucinich, D-OH; Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, D-WI; Congressman Henry Waxman, D-CA;Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-CA; Congressman Peter King, R-NY; Congressman Thomas Tancredo, R-CO; Congressman Michael Capuano, D-MA; Congressman Luis Gutierrez, D-IL; Congressman Fortney Pete Stark, D-CA; Congressman Bob Filner, D-CA; Congressman Earl Hilliard, D-AL.

From Students for a Free Tibet:

John Hocevar (National Director Students for a Free Tibet); Lhadon Thethong, National Projects Coordinator); Thupten Tsering (National Grassroots Coordinator); and from many SFT chapters in the U.S. and other countries - especially a fabulous effort from Kaari Schlebach and Angela Passang, the Joint National Co-ordinators of Students for a Free Tibet in New Zealand.

Council For World Tibet Day:

Richard Rosenkranz (Executive Director of Council for World Tibet Day, International Media Chair, Parliament of World Religions); Tendzin Choegyal (brother of and adviser to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama); Lodi Gyari Rinpoche, Barbara Bernstein (Executive Director Association of Global New Thought); Sonam Wangdu (Chairperson U.S. Tibet Committee); Ronit Herzfeld (Director World Artists for Tibet); Thupten Thokmey (President Tibetan Youth Congress of NY & NJ); Lhadon Tethong (National Director Students for a Free Tibet); Moj Azemun (National Grassroots Action Coordinator, International Campaign for Tibet); Paul Donowitz, (former National Director of SFT); Virginia Henes, (Director, Tibet Liberation Theatre); Pema Gashon, (former President Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of NY & NJ); Diane Williams, Interfaith Center of NY;

Assistance with the Web Site:

Thanks to Design & People revising and maintaining the web site.
Thanks to Beth Cirello, Michelle and Scott Bennett for their assistance in the past.

Legal Assistance:

Invaluable Pro Bono work David Gart from Shutts & Bowen in West Palm Beach.