Join us for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 1, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the den at the Mosaic Coffee House, 4401 2nd Ave NE. First half hour is letter writing and socializing. Meeting starts at 7 pm.

It may be a light meeting and we’re open for agenda items.

We will feature Amnesty’s Urgent Action Network, including signing up, action sheets and possibly hand writing some letters if we have time.

Ways to get involved with our local group, including suggestions for our Area Coordinator Larry Ebersole is another possible discussion. Suggestions (descriptions posted in full below) include Media Watch and Response, Case Coordinator for Individual at Risk/Communities at Risk and Prisoner of Conscience, and a Human Rights Book Club.

Human rights books are another possible topic of discussion (with or without a plan for a book club/reading group). Read any good human rights books lately? Share with the group!

Upcoming events for April include AIUSA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Chicago, “I am Troy Davis: The Human Impact of the Death Penalty” event (see previous post) and Lobby Day.

The Mosaic Coffee House is a nonprofit coffee house located in Seattle First Church (behind the Dick’s Drive In on 45th Street in the Wallingford Neighborhood).

The Mosaic’s website: http://www.mosaiccoffeehouse.org/

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Working Groups for Local Group 4 Message:

Dear Local Group 4 and friends;

I am often asked by guests to a Local Group meeting, how “can we become more active” (engaged with the advocacy work of AIUSA Local Group 4 of Seattle).

Here are a few ways that can be self-directed with advising on request from both bigger AIUSA, as well, Area Coordinator – Larry E.

Available ways to become involved in developing and working within Group 4 of Seattle:

1) Media Watch and Response:
Open to new and less new participants. Review the media in the Puget Sound, and reply to human rights topics via letter to editor, and more.
Requirements: Interest and willingness. Although this is self-directed advocacy within the structures of both Local, Regional, and “big” AIUSA, Larry E. will also be available to advise anyone with questions that can arise.

2) Case Coordinator for Individual at Risk/Communities at Risk and Prisoner of Conscience:
Work with the national AIUSA to locate the next Group 4 Individual/Prisoner of Conscience. This is a long term project, and will overlap with the larger Group 4; one or two people can initiate this important advocacy work.

3) Human Rights Book Club:
AI Canada has started such a project, and sends out a suggested read, as well, action suggestions. One way to be involved in simply to join this effort. Requirements: willingness to read in English language. Optional requirement: share actions and/or book ideas with the larger Group 4.

4) What are your ideas?
How would you write your own volunteer job description to do advocacy within AIUSA Local Group 4? Please do so! Then share it. This is a cooperative adventure. I strive to include “all voices” -

Thanks.

Larry (Ebersole)
Meeting Facilitator AIUSA Local Group 4 of Seattle
AIUSA Area Coordinator in WA
My email: wordheath@gmail.com

Join us and our other allies from the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (WCADP) for:

I am Troy Davis: The Human Impact of the Death Penalty – Seattle
April 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Woodland Park Presbyterian Church
225 N 70th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Kimberly Davis, Troy’s sister, and Jen Marlowe, author of I am Troy Davis, will be leading a discussion about the book and about Davis’s case.

Vigil for Troy Davis at Westlake - October 23, 2008

Vigil for Troy Davis at Westlake – October 23, 2008

Other participants include:
Jesse Hagopian, Teacher, Garfield High School
Gerald Hankerson, president of Seattle and WA State NAACP
Brynn Smith, Outreach Coordinator, ACLU of Washington
Mary Paterson, Organizer, No New Jim Crow, Seattle

The event will commemorate the life and legacy of Troy Davis, expose the human impact of the death penalty system, and continue the important discussion of abolition in Washington state–a discourse that has gained significant traction since Governor Inslee’s announcement of a moratorium on executions. Similar events have been held this fall/winter in New York City, Washington DC, Atlanta, Savannah, Austin, Olympia, Bellingham, Denver, Los Angeles and Chicago.

On September 21, 2011 Troy Anthony Davis was put to death by the state of Georgia. Davis’ execution was protested by hundreds of thousands of people across the globe, and Pope Benedict XVI, President Jimmy Carter, and 51 members of Congress all appealed for clemency. How did one man capture the world’s imagination, and become the iconic face for the campaign to end the death penalty?

I Am Troy Davis, coauthored by Jen Marlowe and Davis’ sister Martina Davis-Correia, tells the intimate story of an ordinary man caught up in an inexorable tragedy. From his childhood in racially-charged Savannah; to the confused events that led to the 1989 shooting of a police officer; to Davis’ sudden arrest, conviction, and two-decade fight to prove his innocence; I Am Troy Davis takes us inside a broken legal system where life and death hangs in the balance. It is also an inspiring testament to the unbreakable bond of family, to the resilience of love, and that even when you reach the end of justice, voices from across the world will rise together in chorus and proclaim, “I am Troy Davis”, I stand with you.

RSVP on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/421256444680239/

Events in Olympia and Lacey as well: https://www.facebook.com/WCADP/events

Join us for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 4, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the den at the Mosaic Coffee House, 4401 2nd Ave NE. First half hour is letter writing and socializing. Meeting starts at 7 pm.

Agenda still in the works (and feel free to bring thoughts and ideas). So far:

International Women’s Day is March 8, and Amnesty has several petitions for us to sign and other possible actions. Several petitions/potential actions and a discussion of human rights in Sri Lanka as well.  Possibly an Iranian New Year card action, if there is an update or last year’s is still relevant.

The Mosaic Coffee House is a nonprofit coffee house located in Seattle First Church (behind the Dick’s Drive In on 45th Street in the Wallingford Neighborhood).

The Mosaic’s website: http://www.mosaiccoffeehouse.org/

 

Join us for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 4, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the den at the Mosaic Coffee House, 4401 2nd Ave NE. First half hour is letter writing and socializing. Meeting starts at 7 pm.

February is Amnesty’s Death Penalty Abolition Month and we will be discussing the case of Reggie Clemons, whose case is scheduled to be heard by the Missouri Supreme Court that day.

http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/cases/usa-reggie-clemons

Want to get further involved? Consider joining the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty‘s Lobby Day in Olympia on Weds. Feb. 12: http://abolishdeathpenalty.org/

Other possible February actions include advocating for free expression in Russia with the upcoming Sochi Olympics:

http://www.amnestyusa.org/pdfs/SochiToolkit2014.pdf

and involvement in one of the One Billion Rising Valentine’s Day Actions on Fri. Feb. 14 to end violence against women (or having our own):

http://www.onebillionrising.org/amnesty-international-one-billion-rising-together-womens-human-rights/

International Women’s Day is also coming up March 8, another day we may want to plan for.

The Mosaic Coffee House is a nonprofit coffee house located in Seattle First Church (behind the Dick’s Drive In on 45th Street in the Wallingford Neighborhood).

The Mosaic’s website: http://www.mosaiccoffeehouse.org/

Join us for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 7, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the den at the Mosaic Coffee House, 4401 2nd Ave NE. First half hour is letter writing and socializing. Meeting starts at 7 pm.

We’ll be making plans for this year, including deciding what events we want to fund and have the volunteer power take part in (Fremont Solstice Fair, Pride and/or what else). What do you want to do – for events, group meetings and actions? Let us know!

The Mosaic Coffee House is a nonprofit coffee house located in Seattle First Church (behind the Dick’s Drive In on 45th Street in the Wallingford Neighborhood).

The Mosaic’s website: http://www.mosaiccoffeehouse.org/

Join us Sunday, December 15, from 2:30 – 4:30 pm at the Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe in the University District (4757 12th Ave NE) for our annual write-a-thon.

2012 Write-a-thon

2012 Write-a-thon

Every December, to mark International Human Rights Day, hundreds of thousands of people around the globe take part in the world’s largest human rights event: Amnesty International’s Write for Rights.

We will focus on 12 individuals or communities at risk, writing appeal letters to government officials, and sending encouraging statements to the detainees themselves.

Further information at: http://www.amnestyusa.org/writeforrights/

Cases: http://www.amnestyusa.org/writeforrights/cases.php

Join us for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 3, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the den at the Mosaic Coffee House, 4401 2nd Ave NE. First half hour is letter writing and socializing. Meeting starts at 7 pm.

We’ll have updates from recent events, including a report back from AI’s Western Regional Conference in LA and a meeting in Seattle with AIUSA’s new Executive Director, Steven Hawkins. Also Jen Marlowe‘s recent book reading of I Am Troy Davis at Elliott Bay Books. Likely other topics include Guantanamo and drones (with a possible collaboration with the UW Amnesty group).

Upcoming events include the City of Seattle’s Human Rights Day event (Tues. Dec. 10, 7:30 – 8:40 pm, Town Hall) and our own Human Rights Day write-a-thon (Sun. Dec. 15, 2:30 – 4:30 pm at the U District Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe).

The Mosaic Coffee House is a nonprofit coffee house located in Seattle First Church (behind the Dick’s Drive In on 45th Street in the Wallingford Neighborhood).

The Mosaic’s website: http://www.mosaiccoffeehouse.org/

Due to conflicts with other events, there will be no monthly meeting Tues. Nov. 5 for AI Group 4. Stay tuned for upcoming events, including our annual Write for Rights write-a-thon, likely at the Chaco Canyon Cafe in the U District again, in early Dec.

One of the Tuesday night events, copied and posted below, is the We Stand With Howard Zinn event at UW, co-sponsored by the AI-UW group:

We Stand with Howard Zinn
UW Students, Activists and Faculty share readings in support of Academic Freedom

 Tuesday, November 5th – 6PM

UW – Savery Hall room 264

In honor of historian Howard Zinn and all the people’s history he celebrated in his work, on Tuesday November 5, scholars and activists will take part in a Read-in of Zinn’s work on the campus of Purdue University and on campuses across the nation. The day marks the birthday of another fighter for social justice — Indiana-born labor activist and prominent socialist, Eugene Debs.

The idea for the event was sparked when the Associated Press reported that the current Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, in 2010 as Governor of Indiana, tried to censor and ban Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” from Indiana schools. When the news became a national scandal, many students, faculty, and citizens of Indiana had expressed deep concern over the news that the President of one of our great public universities would have attempted such censorship. ‘The Zinn Read-in Committee’ envisions the event to be a commemoration of academic freedom and a declaration of anti-censorship. Find out more here

The event will also symbolize the ongoing fightback in the United States against the privatization of public education, attacks on teachers and teachers unions, and the need for real democracy in both schools and curriculum. Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States is an important text for understanding the history of underrepresented populations; the fight for the right to teach this history is never separate from the fight to improve the material lives of students, teachers, minorities and workers around the world.

Here at the University of Washington we will be sharing readings from Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History, as well as learning about the history of censorship here at UW.

If you would like to speak about the importance of academic freedom, or do a reading from Howard Zinn or other relevant texts, please let us know.

UW Students, Faculty, Departments, and Student Organizations who want to show your support for Purdue Faculty you can find our Solidarity Letter Here

This Event is being co-sponsored by UW International Socialist Organization, SUPER (Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights) UW, Disorientation UW and UW Amnesty International, Third Wave Feminists UW

Facebook event page for We Stand With Howard Zinn at UW: https://www.facebook.com/events/241099539379532/

Join us tonight for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 1, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the den at the Mosaic Coffee House, 4401 2nd Ave NE. First half hour is letter writing and socializing. Meeting starts at 7 pm.

We will be discussing upcoming events, including Jen Marlowe’s I Am Troy Davis book launch at Elliott Bay Bookstore on Wednesday night and the upcoming Social Justice Film Festival, which will include Jen Marlowe’s film about Troy and a visit from Sister Helen Prejean for the film Central Park Five.

Facebook event for I Am Troy Davis at Elliott Bay Books: https://www.facebook.com/events/729567277058663/

Social Justice Film Festival (Oct. 10-13): http://www.socialjusticefilmfestival.org/

We will also discuss other fall and winter actions. December write-a-thon at the Chaco Canyon Cafe in the U District again? Too early to decide?

Sorry for the short notice! Good night to warm up on some of the Mosaic’s coffee or tea drinks or even soup!

The Mosaic Coffee House is a nonprofit coffee house located in Seattle First Church (behind the Dick’s Drive In on 45th Street in the Wallingford Neighborhood).

The Mosaic’s recently updated website: http://www.mosaiccoffeehouse.org/

As we pass the second anniversary of Troy Davis’ execution by the state of Georgia, join Amnesty International and our allies on Wednesday, October 2nd, 7 pm at Elliott Bay Books as author Jen Marlowe, Kim Davis (Troy’s sister), Oscar Eason (NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference President) and others, in the words of Haymarket Books, “reflect on Troy Davis’s legacy, celebrate the remarkable success that the movement to end the death penalty has achieved, and launch the book ‘I Am Troy Davis‘, co-authored by Jen Marlowe and Troy’s sister Martina Davis-Correia, with the participation of Troy himself.”

Troy Davis Vigil in Seattle - Sept. 16, 2011

Troy Davis Vigil in Seattle – Sept. 16, 2011

On September 21, 2011, the state of Georgia shamefully executed Troy Davis despite serious doubts about his guilt. With his final words, Troy issued a call to continue to “fight this fight” against the wrongs that cost him his life. On the two-year anniversary of his execution, make a pledge in Troy’s memory – together we can win the fight to abolish the death penalty.

Add your name today at www.amnestyusa.org/pledge4troy and on October 1, two years to the day since Troy’s family grieved at his funeral, we will deliver to his family your commitment to put an end to the death penalty once and for all.

Facebook event for Oct. 2 at Elliott Bay Books at: https://www.facebook.com/events/729567277058663/