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Prisoner of Conscience
Narges Mohammadi

Prisoner of Conscience
Gao Zhisheng

Rights Readers: Human Rights Book Discussion Blog (2005-2015)

Book Group Archive 1999-2008

Tibetan Prayer Flag Project

Remembering Tiananmen

S. Cal. Cluster

Group 22 "dresses up" and marches in the Doo Dah Parade to protest human trafficking (modern-day slavery).

Visit our Doo-Dah 2009 page for story and photos!

Our 2008 entry was Waterboardin' USA (photo at right). We've missed only three parades since 1998. See our Doo-Dah pages for 1998, 1999, 2005 and 2008. See our Facebook page (see sidebar) for pix of our 2011 entry.

Welcome to Amnesty International Group 22
in Pasadena, California

Group 22 is one of many local affiliates of Amnesty International USA, which in turn is the United States national section of the worldwide Amnesty International movement. Founded in 1961, AI works impartially for the release of all prisoners of conscience, fair and prompt trials for political prisoners, and an end to torture and executions (for further information, see the brief history and description and the text of the definition of human rights). Group 22 was established as both a registered student group at Caltech and a community local group for the Pasadena area. 

New members are always welcome!
Simply show up any of our events listed below. Our monthly meetings or letter-writing sessions are especially good places to start. See the map for directions.
See below. Regular meetings are cancelled during Covid pandemic.

For further information contact:

AI Group 22 Events for December 2020 are virtual online events.

Now - January 31, WRITE FOR RIGHTS.
Write for Rights (W4R) is Amnesty's largest global grassroots action with hundreds of thousands of activists all over the world writing letters and signing online petitions to free human rights defenders each year. International Human Rights Day is on December 10th, but you can participate now through January 31, 2021. Visit for information about the cases selected for 2020.

Saturday, December 12, 1-3 pm. Group 22 WRITE FOR RIGHTS.
Group coordinator Kathy will host an informal session for us to chat and exchange ideas while we work on this year's cases. Contact her at by December 5 in order to receive a Zoom invitation.
For the past four years, Group 22 enjoyed holding our annual Write for Rights event at the Dog Haus in Old Town Pasadena, where the management has been very welcoming. If you're in Pasadena, you might consider getting a takeout lunch and mentioning that Amnesty Group 22 really appreciated them.

Saturday, December 19, 1-4 pm. Write for Rights - California. This is a virtual, state-wide event organized by Amnesty International local groups to bring our California community together in the fight against human rights violations. Information and registration at

Sunday, December 20, 6:30 pm. Human Rights Book Discussion on Zoom.
Our December selection is a novel, "Out of Darkness, Shining Light" by Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah. It's the story of the African attendants who transported the body of Scottish explorer David Livingstone after he died of malaria. Here's the Kirkus review.
If you are interested in the book discussion, please contact in order to receive an invitation to the Zoom session.

Happy Holidays! Stay safe and well.

Updates and Newsletters
Latest news update was sent November 26. Update_11-26-2020.pdf
Other updates were sent September 30, August 31, July 29, June 25, and May 9.
The most recent newsletter was March 2020 (pdf)
Past Newsletters

Current AI Actions and Campaigns in which we are involved:

  • Prisoner of Conscience in Iran Narges Mohammadi.
    Narges was released from prison on 8 October 2020!
    Group 22 began to work on her case in September 2015. See our Facebook album of our 2016 rally for Narges on April 21 (her birthday).
  • Prisoner of Conscience in China Gao Zhisheng. Amnesty reopened the case file for human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who has been missing since August 2017, and Group 22 resumed our work for him.
  • The campaign to abolish the death penalty
  • The campaign for Security with Human Rights.  
  • Human Rights in China.  

Past AI Actions and Campaigns in which we were involved:

Related Information

Other Human Rights Groups in the Pasadena Area

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