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Prisoner of Conscience
Prisoner of Conscience
Rights Readers: Human Rights
Book Discussion Blog (2005-2015)
Book Group Archive 1999-2008
S. Cal. Cluster
SLAVERY IS NOT HISTORY...YET!
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
2005 and 2008. See our Facebook page (see sidebar) for pix of our 2011 entry.
Welcome to Amnesty International Group 22
Group 22 is one of many local affiliates of Amnesty
International USA, which in turn is the United States national
of the worldwide Amnesty
movement. Founded in 1961, AI works impartially for the release of all
prisoners of conscience, fair and prompt trials for political
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.
in Pasadena, California
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
https://write.amnestyusa.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Other updates were sent September 30, August 31, July 29, June 25, and May 9.
The most recent newsletter was March 2020 (pdf)
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:
- Prisoner of Conscience Gao Zhisheng.
This case file was closed by Amnesty International in March 2015.
(But see above!)
Group 22 concluded our 5 years of case work with a celebration marking his birthday April 20. (video)
- Prisoner of Conscience Estifanos Seyoum,
imprisoned in Eritrea in 2001. Reported to have died in detention in 2007.
- Prisoner of Conscience Brother
Nguyen Thien Phung (Huan),
imprisoned in Vietnam from 1987 to 2005.
Earth! Defending those who give the Earth a voice.
- The Coalition for
Civil Liberties, attempting to combat the excesses of the USA
PATRIOT act and other measures in the War on Terrorism.
- Ngawang Gyaltsen, a
Monk long imprisoned in China, who was released in 2004.
- Ngawang Pekar,
Monk released in 2003. Group 22 worked on his case for 7 years.
Arabia: A Secret State of Suffering
- The USA Campaign
Rights for All!
- Don't miss the results
of our survey of the Caltech community's attitude towards stun belts.
a project by AI Greater Los Angeles Area Development to celebrate the
anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human
- The colorful Prayer Flag Project
of the Drepung Printing Group, Tibet
Team, for local INS detention facilities
- Regional Action Network
the Former Soviet
Union (Western area)
- Action involving the Balkans
focussed on the "Arrest Now!" action, concerning indicted war-crimes
Other Human Rights Groups in the Pasadena Area
Please note that listing of a link to a non-AI site is not an
endorsement of its contents by Amnesty International.