This is really cool, and most of us here at Shanghaiist are already snapping pictures of ourselves and sending them in! “Dark Glasses. Portrait” is a project on http://ichenguangcheng.blogspot.com that started up two weeks ago. They are calling on supporters of detained blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng to send in portraits of themselves wearing dark glasses (you can get creative – people are using blindfolds, Guy Fawkes masks, photoshop, etc.) Great idea for this kind of campaign, since participants can retain their anonymity if they so choose.
Here’s the lowdown from the website:
Chen Guangcheng (born November 12, 1971) is a blind Chinese lawyer. With self-studied legal knowledge, Chen helped many villagers to seek justice. However, due to his activities drawing international attention to some human rights issues in China, he was sentenced to an imprisonment of four years and three months for alleged crimes of damaging property and organizing a mob to disturb traffic. He served the imprisonment and was released out of prison on November 9, 2010. But, he is not free. Until now, Chen， his wife Yuan Weijing, and daughter Kesi are under house arrest. The family is completedly isolated from the world and people who went to visit him were driven away or even beaten by security guards.
If you want him and his family to be free from house arrest, please take a few minutes to participate in this campaign.
1.Find a pair of dark glasses, and ask your friend to take a portrait photo of you wearing dark glasses (picture size>1MB)
2.Send your portrait photo to this email address: [email protected]
3.Write a few words about your thoughts in the email, words limit under 50.
4.Deadline of this campaign: until Guangcheng and his family gain their freedom.
5.The portrait photos received will be posted on the following website: http://ichenguangcheng.blogspot.com/
6.Please tell the story of Chen Guangcheng to your family and friends. Please also help to forward this Campaign ‘Dark Glasses. Portrait’ to more people and let them know Guangcheng and show their support through participation in the campaign.
Thank you for participating in Dark Glasses. Portrait.
Let’s be together with Guangcheng to witness a world that he cannot see!