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Prisoner of Conscience
Rights Readers: Human Rights
Book Discussion Group
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 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 April 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 PM. Letter-writing Meeting
(usually 2nd Tuesday of the 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.
We will write actions for human rights violations around the world and for our adopted Prisoner of Conscience in Iran, Narges Mohammadi. This informal gathering is a great way for
newcomers to get acquainted with Amnesty! This month, in addition to our regular letter-writing, we will have materials available for those who wish to make signs for the April 21 vigil.
Sunday, April 17, 6:30 PM. Human Rights Book Discussion Group
(usually 3rd Sunday of the 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 April we are reading a novel, "Foreign Gods, Inc.", by Nigerian author Okey Ndibe.
See our current newsletter for a review.
Thursday, April 21, 5:30 PM. Save the date for a SPECIAL EVENT. Together with other Amnesty groups around the world, Group 22 will hold a vigil on the birthday of Narges Mohammadi, Prisoner of Conscience in Iran. Location TBD, probably at Federal Building in Westwood. Details will be announced soon. Keep up with news about this international event by following @PasadenaAmnesty on Twitter, or searching for #UnitedForNarges.
Thursday, April 28, 8:00 PM. Monthly Meeting
(usually 4th Thursday of the 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 Jim Waterhouse from Citizens Climate Lobby will discuss "Climate Change and Human Rights." Please join us! Refreshments provided.
Current Group 22 Newsletter (text) (PDF)
Current AI Actions and Campaigns in which we are involved:
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.
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.