Join us for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 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.

Mosaic Coffee House

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/

Once again Amnesty International Group 4 will have a booth at the Fremont Fair (booth B40,  right on 34th Ave. this year). Stop by this weekend, June 21 and 22 to sign a few petitions and say hi!

 

Fremont Fair Visitors

Fremont Fair Visitors

 

Due to the Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture event on Tuesday, June 3, we are cancelling our monthly meeting at the Mosaic Coffee House in Wallingford.

Event in brief below and see our post on May 28 for more details (http://amnestyseattle.org/?p=827). Join us there, stop by our booth at the Fremont Fair the weekend of June 21& 22, and/or come to our next meeting on Tues. July 1 at the Mosaic!

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TUES JUNE 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m., at University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle; The Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture (WSRCAT) presents “EXPOSING THE TRUTH OF U.S. TORTURE: RESTORING HUMAN DIGNITY AND THE RULE OF LAW” featuring Brig. General David R. Irvine of The Constitution Project. MC Prof. Rob Crawford. Panelists The Rev. Rich Lang, Prof. Beth Rivin, and Scott Roehm. Sponsored by numerous national and local justice organizations. Free admission. Info http://www.wsrcat.org

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This Sunday, June 1 we will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, which took place on June 4, 1989. As always, the memorial event is co-sponsored by Amnesty International and the Federation for a Democratic China along with a number of Chinese democracy and human rights organizations.

Tiananmen Square 1989

Tiananmen Square 1989


The event will take place beginning at 2:30 pm in Room 120 of Smith Hall, on the University of Washington campus. Smith Hall is on the Quad northeast of Red Square, near Savery and Gowen Halls. An on-line map is available here:http://www.washington.edu/maps/, and campus parking is free on Sundays.This Sunday, June 1 we will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, which took place on June 4, 1989. As always, the memorial event is co-sponsored by Amnesty International and the Federation for a Democratic China along with a number of Chinese democracy and human rights organizations.

The event will take place beginning at 2:30 pm in Room 120 of Smith Hall, on the University of Washington campus. Smith Hall is on the Quad northeast of Red Square, near Savery and Gowen Halls. An on-line map is available here:http://www.washington.edu/maps/, and campus parking is free on Sundays.

Join us and our allies on June 3, 2014 for:

Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture: Restoring Human Dignity and the Rule of Law

The Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture (WSRCAT) invites all to a presentation “Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture: Restoring Human Dignity and the Rule of Law” featuring Brig. General David R. Irvine of The Constitution Project, and a panel of activists.

Tuesday June 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m., at University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle, free admission.

Information http://www.wsrcat.org

Brig. General David R. Irvine

Brig. General David R. Irvine

Brig. General David R. Irvine was an Army Reserve strategic intelligence officer who taught prisoner interrogation and military law for 18 years. He is a member of the bipartisan Task Force on Detainee Treatment of the nonprofit organization, The Constitution Project, which spent over two years compiling a 600 page report on U.S. held detainees at Guantánamo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and CIA “black sites”. This report is available for the world to see at http://detaineetaskforce.org/read/

In contrast, the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s detention and interrogation program cost the taxpayers $40 million, and has yet to be released to the public.

The MC of this important program will be University of Washington Prof. Rob Crawford, a co-founder of WSRCAT.

Panelists include:

The Rev. Rich Lang, Pastor of University Temple United Methodist Church, a consistent voice for global and local justice.

Professor Beth Rivin, a pediatrician, Director of University of Washington’s Global Health and Justice Project

Scott Roehm, Senior Counsel, Rule of Law Program, The Constitution Project.

Sponsors of the event include the national organizations: The Constitution Project; KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights; National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT).

A growing list of local sponsors includes: American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State (ACLU-WA); American Friends Service Committee of Seattle; Amnesty International USA including Group 4, Seattle; Board of Church & Society, Pacific NW Conference, United Methodist Church; Church Council of Greater Seattle (CCGS); Faith Action Network; Interfaith Network of Concern for the People of the Middle East (INOC); Lutheran Peace Fellowship; Philippine-United States Solidarity Organization (PUSO); Seattle Chapter Fellowship of Reconciliation; Service and Justice Mission Team of University Christian Church/Disciples of Christ; United Nations Association Greater Seattle Chapter; University of Washington Center for Human Rights; Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility; Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Join us for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 6, 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.

In honor of World Press Freedom Day, some of our writing actions at the beginning of the meeting will be for journalists.

On May 23, AIUSA and allies are planning Close Guantanamo rallies nationwide. Do we want to do one here? We also have petitions for the event.

The 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crack down in China is coming June 4. In addition to a local event (details still unknown), AIUSA is asking for videos to the Tiananmen Mothers from people born in 1989 by May 9 and there will also be a social media campaign anyone can take part it.

We will also be having out annual booth at the Fremont Solstice Fair in June.

Other topics or events you want to discuss? Agenda is open to additions!

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, 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/