Amnesty International Group 22 Pasadena/Caltech News
Volume XXVI Number 7, July 2018


 UPCOMING EVENTS
  Tuesday, August 14, 7:30-9:00 PM. Letter 
writing meeting at Caltech Athenaeum, corner 
of Hill and California in Pasadena. In the 
summer we meet outdoors at the "Rath al 
Fresco," on the lawn next to the building. This 
informal gathering is a great way for 
newcomers to get acquainted with Amnesty. 
  Sunday, August 19, 6:30 PM. Rights Readers 
Human Rights Book Discussion Group. This 
month we read a mystery, "Song of the Lion" 
by Anne Hillerman. 
  Note: We're taking a summer break and 
won't have any Thursday monthly meetings in 
July or August. Letter writing and book group 
meetings will continue as usual.

COORDINATOR'S CORNER

Hello everyone,

This is Joyce, substiuting this month for Kathy. 
She and Robert are enjoying a well-deserved 
vacation in Alaska. 

Before leaving, Kathy sent me links for the book 
review and author biography. I would like to 
take the opportunity now to thank Kathy for her 
work in editing this newsletter and providing 
book reviews and author biographies every 
month.  She is also our liaison with Vroman's - 
she orders our book selections and makes sure 
that our Amnesty book group continues as one 
of Vroman's sponsored book discussion groups. 
Thank you, Kathy! 

We had very good news from Amnesty on July 
10. Patrick Poon, China Researcher at Amnesty 
International, responded to reports that artist 
Liu Xia, widow of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, 
had left China and was traveling to Germany:
"It is wonderful news that Liu Xia is finally free 
and that her persecution and illegal detention at 
the hands of the Chinese authorities has come to 
an end, nearly one year since Liu Xiaobo's 
untimely and undignified death."
See the Op-Ed by Patrick Poon at
https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/07/13/liu-
xias-freedom-shows-china-can-still-be-
pressured-human-rights/

Happy Summer!
Joyce




Next Rights Readers Meeting

Sunday, August 19
6:30 PM

Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd 
Pasadena

Song of the Lion 
 
by Anne Hillerman


KIRKUS REVIEW
Review Posted Online: Feb. 5th, 2017

Tribal divisions cause tensions that result in a 
car bomb-or is the motive something closer to 
home?

The world around Navajo Police Officer 
Bernadette Manuelito is literally rocked while 
she watches the annual alumni basketball game 
at local Shiprock High School, and it isn't 
because of the talent on the court. When Bernie 
goes to the parking lot to inspect the apparent 
sonic boom, she finds that a car has exploded, 
presumably the result of an improvised device. 
Though she's been attending the game while off 
duty, Bernie kicks into work mode and tries to 
keep attendees safe while simultaneously 
investigating. When things settle down and 
she's able to return home to her husband, fellow 
officer Jim Chee, he's the one who has to work 
the case. The car's owner is Aza Palmer, a 
mediator working on some tensions between the 
Hopi and Diné tribes out in Tuba City, and Chee 
serves as an informal bodyguard to Palmer in 
the midst of the tense talks. Chee can't wait for 
the assignment to end because Palmer's in no 
mood to be guarded despite being otherwise 
friendly, and both Chee and Bernie know things 
will go back to normal once they crack this case. 
The secret may lie in the failing memory of 
former Lt. Joe Leaphorn, friend and mentor to 
both Chee and Bernie and a character whose 
link to the past could break the case open.

The latest from Hillerman (Rock with Wings, 
2015, etc.) continues worldbuilding in a tale that 
will reward long-term readers.

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-
reviews/anne-hillerman/song-of-the-lion-a-
leaphorn-chee-amp-manuelito-nov
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anne Hillerman
Biography

From a family of six children, Anne Hillerman is 
probably the most like her father, renowned 
mystery novelist Tony Hillerman. Like her Dad, 
Ms. Hillerman's long-time foray into writing 
began with writing non-fiction, and like her dad, 
she worked as an investigative journalist, 
technical writer and editor for the Santa Fe New 
Mexican, and various other news outlets.

As a food critic writing for The Albuquerque 
Journal, Ms. Hillerman's descriptive and 
forthright prose heightened appreciation for the 
region's unique culinary traditions. The beloved 
and prolific author began publishing non-fiction 
books in 1983, including The Children's Guide 
to Santa Fe, and Santa Fe Flavors: Best 
Restaurants and Recipes. She collaborated with 
her photographer husband Don Strel on 
Gardens of Santa Fe, and Tony Hillerman's 
Landscape: On the Road with An American 
Legend. The landscape book is a lovely coffee 
table book that intersperses Anne's deep 
knowledge of the history and geography of the 
Four Corners regions with spectacular 
photography, and memorable quotes from the 
Leaphorn and Chee detective series.

In 2013, Anne Hillerman picked up the threads 
of her father's substantial legacy with the 
publication of Spider Woman's Daughter. The 
novel progresses the plot line of Diné detectives 
Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee and Bernadette 
Manuelito. Hillerman sought to provide a 
corrective in her father's work. Anne notes she 
was bothered by the narrative of Bernadette 
"mostly getting rescued" and endeavored to pen 
a western "where Bernie saves the day."

Ms. Hillerman continues her literary efforts, 
publishing Rock with Wings in 2015, another in 
the Leaphorn and Chee series set against the 
magnificent backdrop of Monument Valley. 
Song of the Lion, her third work of fiction, will 
be available soon.

Spider Woman's Daughter made the New York 
Times book list, and won the 2014 Western 
Writers of America Spur Award for best first 
novel. In 2015, Ms. Hillerman delivered the 
Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on 
Literature of the Southwest, entitled "Why 
Stories Matter." In co-founding and directing 
the Tony Hillerman Writer's Conference, and 
numerous other community writing endeavors, 
conferences, and award ceremonies, Anne 
Hillerman embraces a Southwest tradition that 
knows and appreciates the value of a story.

She has strong and loving memories of growing 
up as the eldest in a busy household of six 
children. Although she teased in a Albuquerque 
Journal column that Janet, her sister, displaced 
her as the family princess, she concluded that, 
"when I open my metaphorical treasure chest 
these days, I realize my parent's investment in 
love paid dividends that any princess would 
cherish. Growing up in a big family taught me 
about differences and commonalities, about 
compassion and fairness, about the purpose of 
tears and the healing power of humor."

Anne lives with Don in Santa Fe. She has one 
son and a granddaughter.

http://ehillerman.unm.edu/author-
annehillerman#sthash.qzM53bMf.8lXueXvf.dpbs






PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE
Narges Mohammadi
By Joyce Wolf


Group 22 continues our efforts on behalf of 
Narges Mohammadi, our adopted Prisoner of 
Conscience in Iran. 

Center for Human Rights in Iran reported that 
Narges was transferred to a hospital from Evin 
Prison on June 30. Her husband, Taghi Rahmani, 
said that she was in intense pain. A few days 
later, ICHRI tweeted, "Prominent imprisoned 
human rights activist Narges Mohammadi 
underwent a gallbladder operation on July 3."

If you are on Twitter, use hashtag #FreeNarges 
to urge that Narges be allowed to remain in the 
hospital to recuperate from the surgery as long 
as her physicians advise. 
 
https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/07/imprisoned-
human-rights-defender-narges-mohammadi-hospitalized-
in-tehran/
https://twitter.com/ICHRI/status/1014246765602787329




DEATH PENALTY NEWS
By Stevi Carroll


Scott Dozier

Scott Dozier is a volunteer. He is on death row 
in Nevada and has given up his appeals so that 
he can be executed because "Life in prison isn't 
a life. It's just surviving." He was sentenced to 
die on July 11, 2018, but alas, the manufacturer 
of midazolam, one of the drugs used in the 
Nevada execution protocol, sued the state and a 
judge disallowed its use.

What's a volunteer and the state authorities of 
that volunteer's death to do? Ah yes, the 
solution: use fentanyl. Many of us are aware of 
fentanyl because of the part it plays in our 
nation's opioid dilemma.  

For some reason, pharmaceutical companies 
have started realizing they (and their 
shareholders?) do not want themselves 
connected to state sanctioned murder. And if 
drugs become unavailable, states need to decide 
other forms of murder they want to use. Some 
states have already made this decision. Utah, for 
instance, has as its back-up plan the firing 
squad. Three states, Oklahoma, Alabama, and 
Mississippi, decided nitrogen gas is the way to 
go. I don't know if they called Tennessee's 
electric chair Old Sparky, but TN threw the 
switch for their Old Sparky. Options - this is the 
United States of America and options are what 
moves everything right along.

I wonder what the state of Nevada will do with 
Scott Dozier. Mr Dozier is on suicide watch.

Arizona's Terrific Solution

Those killer drugs used in executions are 
becoming scarce.

Let's say you're having a party, and you know 
you are going to be unable to provide something 
you know one of your invited friends really 
likes. You call the person up, explain the 
situation, and suggest the person bring the 
'fixin's'. She says A-Okay. People will have 
different reactions to the behavior of both the 
host and the guest. But they seem all right with 
the situation.

Now let's say you're on death row and the date 
for your execution has arrived. Arizona 
correction (really?) officers tell ('invite' in the 
news article) defense attorneys "to come to 
executions equipped with their clients' own 
deadly cocktail of drugs." The only fly in the 
ointment is "Under the federal Controlled 
Substances Act, we cannot imagine a way to 
obtain the drug. Those that obtain controlled 
substances illegally go to prison."

What plan.

Recent Exonerations

Robert Bouto - State: IL 
- Date of Exoneration: 6/25/2018
In 1996, Robert Bouto was sentenced to 45 years 
in prison for murder in Chicago, Illinois. He was 
exonerated in 2018 by evidence that a detective 
threatened witnesses and manipulated the 
identification process.

Jerome Johnson - State: MD
 - Date of Exoneration: 7/2/2018
In 1989, Jerome Johnson was sentenced to life in 
prison for a murder in Baltimore, Maryland. He 
was exonerated in 2018 after evidence came to 
light that he was elsewhere at the time of the 
crime, and the prosecution's primary witness 
against him recanted her testimony.

Stay of Execution

July
11	Scott Raymond Dozier	NV
	Temporary restraining order granted by 
the Clark County District Court on July 11, 2018 
barring Nevada from using midazolam 
manufactured by Alvogen Pharmaceuticals in 
any execution. Stay granted by the Clark County 
District Court on July 11. 

Execution

June
27	Danny Bible	TX 
 	Lethal injection, 1-drug (Pentobarbital) 
	14 years from sentencing to execution





GROUP 22 JULY LETTER COUNT
UAs                     24
POC                      5
Total                   29

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