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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 (1989-1999)

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 September 2022 continue as virtual online events, but we also have an additional in-person option for September Letter Writing.

August 30 is the International Day of the Disappeared.
AIUSA Country & Thematic Specialist Program invites YOU to join the Enforced Disappearances Week of Action August 29th-September 2nd.
This would also be a great time to take action for Group 22's adopted Prisoner of Conscience. Human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was forcibly disappeared in August 2017 and is still missing.

Tuesday, September 13, 7:30-9 pm. Letter-writing.
To get a link to the Zoom session or to make advance reservation for in-person outdoor meeting at Caltech Athenaeum, contact
Current Urgent Actions selected for Group 22 Letter Writing
You can always write letters on your own: go to
Check the Amnesty USA home page for current online actions.
Resources for Ukraine are available at

Sunday, September 18, 6:30 pm. Human Rights Book Discussion Group.
Our September selection is non-fiction, "How Iceland Changed the World: The Big History of a Small Island" by Egill Bjarnason. NY Times Review calls it "a joyously peculiar book".

If you are interested in the book discussion, please contact in order to receive an invitation to the Zoom session.

[AIUSA] September 18-24, Banned Books Week 2022. You can take online action until October 31 for six cases selected by Amnesty USA. Among them are a journalist in Ukraine and a student journalist in Occupied Palestine. Visit

Tuesday, October 11
Letter Writing, online and maybe in-person as well.
Sunday, October 16. Book Discussion. "The Ministry for the Future" by Kim Stanley Robinson. This is a long but important near-future climate novel. It was on Obama's 2020 list of favorites; Bill Gates chose it too. We plan to discuss Chapters 1-59 in October and the rest of the book in our November meeting. Hint: Robinson describes himself as an optimist.
Friday-Sunday, October 21-23, AIUSA Hybrid Regional Activism Conference.
Virtual Registration deadline is October 16, cost $10 or $15.
A preliminary agenda (Pacific Time) is available here.

Current News
Latest news update was sent July 11, 2022. Update_07-11-2022.pdf
Past Newsletters and Updates

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!
    But on 16 November 2021 she was again imprisoned to serve new sentence!

    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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