Amnesty International - Group #144
Oakland, California, USA
We have helped release 11 prisoner's of conscience from all around the world over the last 25 years.
Please help us to stop these Human Rights violations.
"For years I was held in a tiny cell. My only human contact was with my torturers...My only company were the cockroaches and mice...On Christmas Eve the door to my cell opened and the guard tossed in a crumpled piece of paper. It said, 'Take heart. The world knows you're alive. We're with you. Regards, Monica, Amnesty International.' That letter saved my life."
A released prisoner of conscience from Paraguay
What is Amnesty International and What do We do?
Amnesty International works on behalf of prisoners and others whose rights are being violated. Our mandate is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Amnesty International works to apply a single, impartial standard of human rights throughout the world.
At Group #144 we . . .
- write letters on behalf of specific prisoners
- participate in special human rights campaigns
- work against torture and the death penalty
Group 144 is a small, but dedicated and friendly group of human rights activists. We meet monthly to discuss human rights events and what actions we can take to help those in need. Please join us!
We are currently working on the following:
- We are continuing to respond to current "Urgent Actions" while awaiting the assignment of a new Prisoner of Conscience.
- We do work as part of Regional Action Networks (RANs) which focus on specific geographic area. Currently we belong to PIRAN (Phillipines, Indonesia).
- We work for the abolition of the Death Penalty and for the rights of refugees.
Our past successes include, the release of prisoners of conscience in Syria, Argentina, Pakistan, Kosovo, Greece, Lebanon and Burma (Myanmar) twice!
- Monthly Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:30pm.
(December meeting is replaced by our Human Rights Day event.)
We now meet at Merritt Bakery. www.merrittbakeryoakland.com 203 E. 18th St, Oakland, CA 94606, right near Lake Merritt. Here's a map from Google in case you need directions.
December 10 is International Human Rights Day because it is the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- Sunday, December 9, 2012, 10am to 4pm we will gather at Diesel, to celebrate International Human Rights Day.
Join us to write letters on behalf of individuals at risk of urgent human rights abuses and send letter and cards of hope to prisoners of conscience around the world. You are encouraged to bring writing materials and stamps to this event, or drop off materials beforehand.
We meet at "Diesel - A Book Store" at 5433 College Ave. a few blocks south of the Rockridge BART station.
For more details call Warren at (510) 655-5749.
- Some of us have been doing tabling at concerts! Besides hearing some great music, we have had very interesting reactions. Without mentioning names, we were disappointed at the reaction of some fans from some groups. On the other hand, the fans of, for example, Ani DiFRANCO were so enthusiatic and generous that we filled all the petitions we brought and could have filled many more. They were also very knowledgeable about AI and generous with donations. We are happy to be aware of a conscious, younger generation.
- We usually march in the UN Day Celebration at Jack London Square. We have a good time marching with many friends of the United Nations and all the flags of every country in the UN.
- Nothing spectacular. We've just been meeting and writing letters. One of our members writes all correspondence by hand and pretty regularly gets responses! The rest of us with computers who crank out lots of copies need to think about that.
Our President is Warren WRIGHT who can be contacted at (510) 655-5749 or via e-mail at wwwright @ earthlink.net .
You may contact the group electronically via amnesty@AmnestyOakland.Org.
For more information on Amnesty International and what we do you can contact:
Amnesty International - San Francisco Bay Area Local Groups
Amnesty International USA
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