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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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/