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Prisoner of Conscience
Rights Readers: Human Rights
Book Discussion Group
Book Group Archive
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 is 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.
For further information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
AI Group 22 Upcoming Events for May 2015
[AIUSA Special Event] May 1-10, 3741 S. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90016
MANIFEST:JUSTICE is a large-scale pop-up art exhibition, event series and community-convening designed to engage artists, empower organizers and inspire activists in a creative environment. See www.manifestjustice.org.
Tuesday, May 12, 7:30 PM. Letter-writing Meeting
(2nd Tuesday of every month).
We will meet
in the Rathskeller of the Caltech Athenaeum (NW corner of Hill and California,
in Pasadena -- see map in the sidebar).
The Rathskeller is in the Athenaeum basement; take the stairs to the right
of the main entrance.
Look for the table with the Amnesty sign.
Please join us to write actions on human-rights violations around the world.
We also spend some time just talking about whatever we feel like.
This informal gathering is a great way for
newcomers to get acquainted with Amnesty!
Sunday, May 17, 6:30 PM. Human Rights Book Discussion Group
(usually 3rd Sunday of every month).
Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado, Pasadena.
All are welcome, even if you haven't read the book. You can buy the book at a
20% discount if you get it at "Will Call" at Vroman's and mention our book group. For May we are reading a non-fiction book, "Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground" by Emily Parker. The author writes about politically dissident bloggers in China, Cuba and Russia. See our current newsletter for a review.
Thursday, May 28, 8:00 PM (NOTE NEW TIME). Monthly Meeting
(usually 4th Thursday of every month).
We meet at the Caltech Y (505 South Wilson Ave).
This is just south of the corner with San Pasqual, see map. Signs will
Special guest Gary Moody, president of the Pasadena chapter of the NAACP, will join us at our monthly meeting. He will discuss the social justice activities this local chapter is engaged in. Everyone is welcome. Tasty snacks will be served.
Current Group 22 Newsletter (PDF form)
Current AI Actions and Campaigns in which we are involved:
- Prisoner of Conscience Gao Zhisheng. This case file was closed by Amnesty International in March 2015.
Group 22 concluded our 5 years of case work with a celebration marking his birthday April 20. (video)
- The campaign to abolish the death penalty.
Earth! Defending those who give the Earth a voice.
Past AI Actions and Campaigns in which we were involved:
- Prisoner of Conscience Estifanos Seyoum,
imprisoned in Eritrea since 2001.
- Prisoner of Conscience Brother
Nguyen Thien Phung (Huan),
imprisoned in Vietnam from 1987 to 2005.
- 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 recently released.
- 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.