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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 April 2021 are virtual online events.

[non-Amnesty] April 3-28. International Rescue Center (IRC) in Los Angeles and San Diego present their annual Refugee Film Festival with four streaming films. Live Q&A at 6 pm on Wednesdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28.

Tuesday, April 13, 7:30-9 pm. Zoom Letter-writing.
Contact if you are interested in our Zoom letter-writing session.
You can still write letters on your own: go to
Check the Amnesty USA home page for online actions and updates on current human rights issues such as gun violence and ICE detention.
Current Urgent Actions selected for Group 22 Letter Writing

Sunday, April 18, 6:30 pm. Human Rights Book Discussion on Zoom.
Our April selection is a novel, "The Wall", by John Lanchester. This dystopian novel tells of an island nation surrounded by a Wall protecting it from desperate outsiders trapped by rising seas. The book was shortlisted for the 2020 Orwell Prize.
The Kirkus Review
says, "Dystopian fiction done just right, with a scenario that's all too real."
If you are interested in the book discussion, please contact in order to receive an invitation to the Zoom session.

Tuesday, April 20, is the birthday of our adopted Prisoner of Conscience Gao Zhisheng, a brave human rights lawyer in China who was forcibly disappeared in August 2017. We will mark his birthday with letters and social media actions.
Sample Letter to U.S. Secretary of State is available at
The mailing address is included in the letter.
You can also use the State Dept contact form or tweet @SecBlinken.

Follow Gao Zhisheng on FaceBook and Twitter and post for his birthday.

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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