No December meeting (although we do have a new meeting place at the AFSC  office in the U District starting in January!). Join us instead for our annual write-a-thon on Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 4- 7 pm at Victrola Coffee and Art, 411 15th St E, Seattle, in the cafe’s meeting room.

 

Every year, around Human Rights Day on 10 December, hundreds of thousands of people around the world send a message to someone they’ve never met. Letter writing has always been at the core of Amnesty’s work, and 53 years of human rights activism show that letters really do have the power to change lives.

This year’s cases include prisoners of conscience from China, Occupied Palestinian Territories and Saudi Arabia; justice for a father whose two sons were shot to death in Brazil, victims of the 1984 gas leak and continuing environmental damage in Bhopal, India; and for women and girls who miscarry in El Salvador sentenced for homicide; a man sentenced to death in Nigeria following a confession due to torture; justice for Chelsea Manning, survivors of torture by the Chicago police  and firearms victims in the US.

Further information about AI’s write-a-thon  at: http://write.amnestyusa.org/

Victrola Coffee and Art: http://www.victrolacoffee.com/content/cafes/coffee-and-art-on-15th

Event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/809418059104584/

Amnesty International Group 4 will have no November meeting. Plans are underway for our traditional write-a-thon event in December and we’re still looking for a new meeting place.

Updates soon, at least on the write-a-thon!

Details on Amnesty’s Write for Rights and this year’s cases at: http://write.amnestyusa.org/

Join us for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 7, now at the Chaco Canyon Cafe in the U District (4757 12th Avenue NE) from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  Table reserved on the south side of café. First half hour is letter writing and socializing. Meeting starts at 7 pm.

Our former meeting place, the Mosaic Coffee House, will no longer be open evenings now that they’re reopening, so we’ll add a discussion on a new meeting place to the other items on the agenda.

Cases we’ll be discussing and writing letters on include (at the request of a visitor from Mexico) students killed and disappeared in Guerrero, Mexico (a case that looks even grimmer, as mass graves have been discovered recently) and  a case adaption by Group 4 of Syrian citizen journalist Ali Mahmoud Othman, disappeared by the Syrian government in March 2012, and not seen from since he appeared on Syrian state TV in May 2012 explaining Ali had been arrested for being a media worker who co-operated with”external powers plotting against Syria.”

Also upcoming events including  an “I am Troy Davis” book discussion in November and an upcoming lobby delegation focused on End Racial Profiling Act, and International Violence Against Women Act.

Chaco Canyon Cafe University District location (including driving, bus and bike information) at: http://chacocanyoncafe.com/locations/university-district/

Join the activists of Amnesty International Group 4 Seattle as we enjoy the last of the summer weather, and brainstorm about new ways to promote Human Rights both locally and worldwide. On Sunday, September 28th (weather permitting), we’ll gather at Miller Playfield on Capitol Hill at 2:00 pm for a picnic:

http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=373

Look for us on the North end of the field, near the parking lot. We’ll have some food and beverages to start, but it will be a potluck, so bring something to eat or drink if convenient.

The goal is to better connect with like-minded individuals and groups, find out what everyone is working on, and perhaps see if there is common ground where we can pool our resources, or barring that, just get some new perspectives on more effective ways to help ensure that all people everywhere are allowed the safety and freedom to pursue their lives as they choose.

For questions or more information please contact Don Crevie of AI Group 4: d.crevie@centurylink.net

Check this website as we get closer to the date for any updates or changes:
http://amnestyseattle.org/

We hope to see you there!

Join us for our monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 2, now upstairs at Cafe Allegro in the U District from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. First half hour is letter writing and socializing. Meeting starts at 7 pm.

We will be planning a picnic in September in addition to planning for the fall and discussing current human rights topics.

Sorry for the last minute notice, but our usual meeting place, Mosaic Coffee House, is closed until the end of Sept.

Cafe Allegro is in the alley between University Way & 15th Ave NE, between 42nd & 43rd St. Alley way entrance near Magus Books. Stairs to the larger upstair area to the right of the cafe (and get your coffee, pastries etc downstairs first if you want). Photos of location in link below if you’ve never been.

http://seattleallegro.com/history/

On Saturday, August 9, police in Ferguson, MO fatally shot Mike Brown, an unarmed 18 year-old who was walking to his grandmother’s house. The epidemic of police and vigilante violence against people of color, particularly black people, leaves a wake of pain and grief that we must deal with as a community.

This Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 7pm EST (4 pm PST), all across our country, communities will host National Moment of Silence (NMOS) vigils to pay respect to victims of police brutality, with a national moment of silence occurring at 20 minutes past the hour.

Amnesty International activists across the country are attending and organizing vigils to stand in solidarity with victims of police brutality.

There are two events currently being planned in the Seattle area.

Mothers for Police Accountability is hosting a vigil at 4th & Pine in Downtown Seattle. They will engage in one hour of silent reflection starting at 4:20pm. (Main point of contact for this is Reverend Harriett G Walden.)

Queen Anne Baptist Church (2011 1st Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109) will host a gathering. (Pastor Jasen Frelot is the main point of contact for this event.)

These are vigils, not protests or rallies. There will be no speeches. We will have silence starting at 4:20pm.

What to bring: A red sash to wear on your right arm or wrist to identify yourself to your fellow participants, candles, signs expressing solidarity, photos of the slain.
What not to bring: Bullhorns, protest gear, signs that express hatred toward the police, etc.

Please use good judgement. This is a vigil, a community gathering to express our feelings. It is not an opportunity to start shit with the cops or incite a riot.

What to do now:

• Get the word out online and off.
• Let us know if you have special skills to lend.

#NMOS14Flyer

AI Group 4 is having no meeting for August, join us in September! In addition to vacation and National Night Out conflicts for our regular first Tuesday meeting, the Mosaic Coffee House is closed for the month of August.

Enjoy the sun, and our next meeting will be Tuesday September 2 at the Mosaic Coffee House. See you then!

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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