"Why would you want to become involved with Tibet? You may be sitting
there at your computer screen, wondering if getting involved with this
will make any difference. That's not a bad question, and it is one we ask
ourselves constantly. When I ask myself this question, I must admit that
I don't know if the time and energy I put into SFT will make a difference
for Tibetans. However, I know it makes a difference for myself and those
whom I come into contact through SFT. It gives me a sense of hope and the
realization that at least I have tried. In a sense, we're in the dark about
the effects of our actions, but at a minimum, it is a lot harder to murder
people with the world watching. It is interesting. In the history of the
US, there have been only three times that masses of Americans have risen
up to speak out for people of other lands; Vietnam in the 70's, South Africa
in the 80's and now Tibet in the 90's. If history teaches us anything it
is that change for Tibet is within reach. I don't know for sure if my contributions
will ever help Tibet. But I do know that the stakes are too high not to
try. If, as I believe we can, we truly do change our world, then I know
that I will have played a part in that."
-Noah Raford, Brown University SFT
Student's for a Free Tibet's mission is to educate young people to the
realities of Tibet and translate awareness into action through non-violent
political, economic and social campaigns. SFT works with a coalition of
peace and social justice, interfaith and human rights organizations to
accomplish its goals and foster dialogue and understanding within our global
History of SFT
Formed in August of 1994 as a project of the U.S. Tibet Committee and
the International Campaign for Tibet.
1994 - 1995
1995 - 1996
SFT grows to 75 universities across the country
SFT arranges student meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
SFT holds 1st annual SFT National Conference at Oberlin College
SFT launces economic Action Committee aimed at examining business practices
of corporations on the U.S. China Business Council
1996 - 1997
SFT begins boycott of Holiday Inn and its parent company Bass PLC. Because
of the Holiday InnÕs negative impact in Tibet.
SFT launches divestment campaign aimed at lobbying corporations on the
U.S. China Business Council, political campaign to revoke ChinaÕs
Most Favored Nation trading status and urgent action campaigns to secure
the release of Fulbright scholar Ngawang Choephel, the worldÕs youngest
political prisoner, Gendhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama, and other
prisoners of conscience.
SFT participates in Tibetan Freedom Concert, HORDE, and Lallapalooza in
order to increase awareness among young people and mobilize the student
movement for Tibet.
SFT hold 2nd annual SFT National Conference at Brown University.
SFT joins the Milarepa Fund and the Campaign for Tibet in a month- long
Tibetan Freedom Tour aimed at promoting awareness and activist training
to high schools and colleges in the U.S.
SFT participates in, coordinates, and sponsors marches, demonstrations,
and boycotts throughout the country.
SFT grows to over 200 chapters in North America, and expands overseas to
Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, New Zealand.
Future - SFT is becoming an independent organization in the spring
Visit the Official Students
for a Free Tibet Web Site
Holiday Inn pulls out of Tibet as a direct result of the boycott run by
SFT, the Milarepa Fund as well as International Tibet Support Groups.
SFT coordinates demonstrations across the country coinciding with the visit
of Chinese President Jiang Zemin
SFT holds 3rd annual National Conference held at the University of Wisconsin
SFT grows to over 350 chapters throughout the world, including over 100
high school chapters and 200 college and university chapters.
SFT participates in grassroots education around the movie releases of 7
Years for Tibet and Kundun