Seed the Embassy (An Experimental Protest for Ai Weiwei)

"The arrest of Ai Weiwei reflects a new escalation in the current and already severe crackdown," said Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. "Only sustained international pressure can help Ai Weiwei now." SEED THE EMBASSY - FREE AI WEIWEI Protest and disrupt business-as-usual from a distance. Give form to the vast digital community that demands Ai’s release: In honor of Ai’s "Sunflower Seeds," send seeds to the Embassy as a gesture of protest, from home or online. Ongoing from May 3, 2011.
You will need ( tools or supplies ): 
100 sunflower seeds
standard envelope
single page letter
$0.64 US Domestic Postage or 2 First Class stamps

Find seeds at groceries, liquor stores, hardware, garden/pet supply, etc. Or buy online, starting around $2, and ship direct to the Embassy. Examples here:

Chinese Embassy - Attn: Mr Zheng Yesui, Ambassador
3505 International Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008


Dear Sir,
I am writing to express my concern about the ongoing detention of artist Ai Weiwei. It appears that Ai's detention violates international law. There is no justifiable reason for his sudden disappearance and the lack of information provided by the Chinese government concerning his whereabouts and condition. Ai is widely regarded as one of the most important artists and cultural figures of our time. His detention sends a negative message to the world about the China's commitment to human rights, freedom of speech, and due process of law. I respectfully request that the Chinese government immediately release Ai Weiwei.

Recreate this demonstration: organize appropriate information and go viral. Distribute Embassy mailing address, Ambassador's name, sample text, sources and correct postage details.

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