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  Volume One, Number One

To our many friends throughout the world and to the many people whom we have yet to meet, we bring greetings and a heartfelt wish for peace in our battered world.

Since August 25, 1993, Amy has never left us. Her commitment to the advancement of human rights in democratic societies, her special concern for the rightful participation of women in the democratic process and her focus on the needs and aspirations of children have remained compelling examples for our family.

While we can never do what Amy did, we can each do our own unique thing to carry on for Amy and for people of need and opportunity in our world. Kimberly is busy addressing church and other organizations on subjects of South Africa and her sister's work. Molly has committed herself to the needs of America's inner cities and has entered graduate school in sociology to prepare herself for service. She has also proven herself as concert promoter. Zach has contributed to newspaper and television treatments of his sister's life and has dedicated his senior baseball season to her. Linda and Peter have done considerable traveling, speaking and appearing at events in Amy's honor and are actively managing the new Amy Biehl Foundation with long distance assistance from Scott Meinert in Oregon.

The Amy Biehl Foundation was launched with a special celebratory fund raising event in Washington, D.C. on the night of April 28, 1994. Hugh Masekela and his band kept nearly 1000 people very happy for almost four hours at Kilamanjaro on this final day of South Africa's historic free elections. The spirit of freedom was fused with the memory of Amy and the thousands of comrades whose sacrifices contributed to this monumental transition to a hard-earned democracy. Co-sponsored by Boston's Fund for a Free South Africa (FREESA), proceeds from the event were evenly-shared by the two organizations, and held in trust by FREESA pending government approval of tax-exempt status for the Amv Biehl Foundation.

A commemorative tee-shirt designed and produced for the occasion had sold-through three printings. Tee-shirts may still be obtained by contacting the Foundation. With art design by Erik Dragset and production underwritten by Rita Falkstein and Bruce Messerman, the tee-shirt project has been a significant contributor to the foundation. Molly Biehl, who was a principal organizer of the concert event, reports seeing tee-shirts on people walking everywhere in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood and throughout Washington D.C.

An anniversary concert is envisioned for April 28, 1995. Details will be announced as plans are confirmed.

In addition to the new funding base for the Amy Biehl Foundation, academic scholarship endowments are established in Amy's memory at several institutions:

• Stanford University
• University of Nevada - Reno
• College of Santa Fe (New Mexico)

A special memorial fund exists at National Democrative Institute for International Affairs in Washington, D.C. The support shown for the Amy Biehl Foundation and for these additional memorial funds has been inspiring and has given the Foundation governors an incentive to add to the endowment base as imaginatively as possible on a continuing basis.

The Board of Directors of the Foundation held its organizational meeting in Newport Beach on August 25, 1994 - the first anniversary of Amy's death. Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws were approved and policies and procedures relative to grant applications and awards were defined.

Two small gifts have been made to the Amy Biehl Memorial Community Center in Happy Valley township and to the feed-the-hungry program managed by St. Gabriel's Church in Guguletu township. In addition, FREESA has made a $4000 grant in Amy's name to Ilitha Labantu, a successful program for battered women and children, operating in Guguletu. We are proud of these initial steps in building the new South Africa. Although modest, these grants are very much in keeping with Amy's tradition of quiet, grassroots service.

Many significant honors and recognitions of Amy's life have occurred in recent months. Among these are the following:

• United Nations Association of Los Angeles, California (Ralph Bunche Peace Prize)
• National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (Annual dinner - Washington, D.C. - special recognition)
• New Mexico Advocates for Children and Families (Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award - Albuquerque, N.M.)
• Soroptomist International of Irvine, California (Women of Distinction Award)
• Women's Network Alert/Women For: Orange County, CA (Annual Suffrage Day Luncheon - Dedication to Amy Biehl)
• Metro International Fulbright Awards Dinner - New York, N.Y. (United Nations Delegates' Dining Room - dedication)
• Spiritual Assemblies of the Baha'is of Anaheim and Irvine, CA (Models of Unity Award) · State of Kansas - Topeka, Kansas (Kansas State Capital - Amy Biehl Memorial Tree)
• Stanford Alumni Association - Stanford, California ("Good & Evil" video - dedicated to Amy Biehl) · Stanford University - Stanford, California (Stanford Memorial Chapel - memorial service)
• National Democratic Institute for International Affairs ("Uneven Paths: Advancing Democracy in Southern Africa" - dedication to Amy Biehl - Windoek, Nambia) (Annual Report, 1993 - dedicated to Amy Biehl)
• State of New Mexico - Santa Fe, New Mexico (Proclamation in honor of Amy Biehl)
• State of California - Sacramento, California (Proclamation in honor of Amy Biehl)
• Cities of Newport Beach, California -Santa Fe, New Mexico - Topeka, Kansas (Proclamations in honor of Amy Biehl)
• United States Information Agency - Washington, D.C. (Amy Biehl Fulbright Fellowships - 1994)
• ABC Television News - New York, N.Y. ("Inside the Struggle: The Amy Biehl Story" -"Turning Point" April 20, 1994)

Each of these recognitions of Amy's has been meaningfully and thoughtfully presented. Family members and friends of Amy have been present at virtually all presentation ceremonies.

Contact with South Africa has been maintained since Amy's death. The entire family visited Cape Town, Durban/Happy Valley and Johannesburg in October 1993. Linda and Molly returned in January 1994 to attend the trial of Amy's alleged killers. In August 1994, Linda and Kimberly attended the trial once again.

During these visits, contacts were made with President Nelson Mandela, Minister of Justice Dullah Omar, Chief of Staff Jakes Gerwel, Mrs. Chris Hani, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Ambassador Princeton Lyman, Consul General Bismarck Myrick, Premier Tokyo Sexwalle and the leadership of the government of Namibia.

Many grassroots contacts were established with leadership in the townships, schools, universities, various NGOs and with media. All of these contacts will be invaluable to the Amv Biehl Foundation in identifying specific needs, opportunities, people and organizations which can be addressed constructively by the Foundation in the future.

As the holidays are upon us, the entire Biehl family is acutely aware of the thousands of expressions of condolence and support which have not yet been acknowledged directly. There quite simply has not been time or opportunity to respond to everyone in a satisfactory manner. Along with Scott Meinert, we have corresponded with as many people as possible, but the task is monumental. It is our hope that this newsletter, and those to follow, will establish and maintain communication with the many people around the world who have taken time and effort to express support and interest in Amy and in her continuing work through the Amy Biehl Foundation.

We are deeply appreciative of each expression which has reached us and are committed to making the Foundation a force for good in Amy's memory. Best wishes for peace in this holiday season. Linda, Peter, Kimberly, Molly and Zach Biehl, Scott Meinert.

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