Protect human rights in Turkey

In the wake of the failed coup in Turkey, the Turkish government has unleashed a dangerous crackdown.

From purging the country’s academic leaders to shutting down news outlets, hard-won human rights victories are under serious attack.

At least 260 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured amid the failed coup attempt, according to government accounts.

Many news websites have been blocked, arrest warrants have been issued for journalists (some of whom are now in detention) and tens of thousands of people have been suspended or removed from their jobs – including police, judges, prosecutors and others.

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Don’t let California jumpstart executions

Officials at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) are doing everything they can to jumpstart executions after over a decade without them — and with the largest death row in the country, they could fast track dozens of cases for execution.

In order to resume executions, California needs to pass a new lethal injection procedure. That’s where you come in: by state law, new procedures must go through a Public Comment Period.

That means anyone in the world, in any language, can send in a comment. The CDCR is required to READ and RESPOND to every substantive comment.

Your action can delay California’s CDCR from using the death penalty and give time to end the death penalty there once and for all.

Click here to let CDCR know there is NO humane way to kill a human being. Take action NOW!

Louisiana prisoner Albert Woodfox freed after four decades in solitary confinement

Today, Louisiana prisoner Albert Woodfox walked free, more than 40 years after he was first put into solitary confinement.

He was the United States’ longest serving prisoner held in isolation. Nearly every day for more than half of his life, Albert Woodfox woke up in a cell the size of a parking space, surrounded by concrete and steel.

Tomorrow morning, for the first time in more than four decades, he will be able to walk outside and look up into the sky.

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Guantanamo 14th anniversary event

Shut Down Guantanamo – Stop Inspiring Terrorism
Visibility Action
Monday, January 11, 2016
3:30-5:30 PM
SE Hawthorne & Grand (East end of Hawthorne Bridge)

Join Portlanders calling to close down the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, exactly 14 years to the day after it opened, with a visibility action at the east end of the Hawthorne bridge, SE Hawthorne and Grand on Monday, January 11 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group will use its 12-foot-tall “tower of peace” to call attention to the notorious prison where over 100 people still languish in a facility that undermines the supposed rule of law that separates our country from chaos.


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Free imprisoned human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair

In Saudi Arabia, Waleed Abu al-Khair is the lawyer that peaceful activists turn to when facing human rights abuses. Now, he needs representation from you.

A year ago Waleed, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee was jailed for 15 years under a terrorism law in Saudi Arabia. It’s clear that the authorities are punishing him for protecting and defending human rights.

Waleed has dedicated his life to defending human rights. He has provided legal representation to many activists, including Raif Badawi, the blogger jailed and sentenced to 1,000 lashes.

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