It’s that time of the year again. Group 48 will have its annual holiday potluck and Write-a-thon at the December meeting. We will be writing letters and cards to prisoners of conscience while enjoying some good food and company. Please RSVP by adding a comment to this post and include some details if you plan to bring food, supplies and/or guests.
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Date: Friday, December 13, 2013
Time: 7:30-9pm (set up starts at 7:15pm)
Location: Buchan Building at First Unitarian Church (church map)
1011 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR
What to bring:
- Food (an appetizer, main dish or dessert)
- Utensils, plates, cups, napkins
- Greeting cards (non-religious and non-Amnesty cards)
- Paper for letter writing
- $1.10 stamps (international postage)
- 46-cent stamps (domestic postage)
- Copies of the AIUSA Write-a-thon case sheets (please copy single-sided, no staple, make several copies for each case)
For Immediate Release
November 19, 2013
Amnesty International Welcomes Senate Result on NDAA Guantanamo Amendments
In response to the Senate vote on the Guantanamo transfer provisions as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014 (S. 1197), Zeke Johnson, Director of Amnesty International USA’s Security & Human Rights Program and an observer of the military commissions at Guantanamo issued the following statement:
“Finally, the Senate did the right thing on Guantanamo. The new detainee transfer provisions will help ensure that each detainee is either given a safe and fair trial in US federal court or is transferred to another country if cleared to leave.
Section 1031 of the Senate bill would facilitate the transfer to other countries of cleared detainees; Section 1032 would allow transfers to the mainland US for medical treatment; and Section 1033 would allow transfers to the mainland US for trial. These provisions must be preserved through the reconciliation process with the House provisions.
Furthermore, President Obama need not wait for final passage to move forward with transfers under current law. People like Shaker Aamer, cleared to leave with a safe place to go that wants him–the UK–should be transferred out immediately.”
The 2014 defense authorization bill (S. 1197) includes 3 provisions that can help close Guantanamo. Together, they ensure that Guantanamo detainees are either safely and fairly tried in US federal court, or transferred to other countries.
The bill is coming up for a vote very soon. The vote will come 13 years after Guantanamo prisoner and British resident Shaker Aamer began his horrific journey of indefinite detention in Guantanamo. Shaker has spent 11 brutal years inside Guantanamo without charge or trial, even though Shaker was cleared for release by BOTH President George W. Bush and President Obama. This spring, Shaker and dozens of other detainees went on hunger strike to protest their unlawful indefinite detention. The hunger strike has taken its toll on Shaker’s body. Even worse, Shaker has endured absolute agony at the hands of US authorities in their twice-daily force-feeding sessions.
It’s time our representatives in Washington end the agony on an island sheltered from the public eye. Click here to tell your Senators to support closing Guantanamo without delay.
A year ago, 8-year-old Nabeela ventured outside while her 68-year-old grandmother Mamana Bibi picked vegetables in their family’s large, open field. Moments later, this beloved grandmother was blasted to pieces by not one, but two US drone missiles apparently aimed directly at her. Nabeela and other nearby grandchildren were injured when the exploding missile lodged shrapnel in their bodies.
One year later, the US government has not even acknowledged Mamana’s death. Now Nabeela wonders whether she will be next. How would you feel if this happened to your family?
14 October 2013
Evidence gathered from eyewitnesses, health officials and wounded protesters suggests security forces used live ammunition to disperse crowds of mostly peaceful demonstrators on 6 October, said Amnesty International.
At least 49 people were killed and hundreds injured in Cairo alone, as security forces used excessive and unwarranted lethal force to disperse pro-Morsi protesters. According to eyewitnesses, in some instances, security forces stood by as men in civilian clothing armed with knives, swords or firearms attacked and clashed with demonstrators.