Rising Up: Sudan film series

AIUSA Group 48 is honored to co-present the Rising Up: Sudan film series in July. Please join us for free online performances, films and conversations that will bring audiences together to witness, celebrate, and amplify the perspectives of communities in Sudan and its diaspora. After registering, you will receive links to view the films online and stream the panel discussions.

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Take action to stop unlawful killings by police

“I can’t breathe.” Those were the last words George Floyd uttered before he was killed by a police officer who kneeled directly on Floyd’s neck for seven straight minutes while he lay prostrate on the ground with his hands handcuffed behind his back, in broad daylight.

Floyd’s death comes in the wake of a series of acts of racist violence against African Americans that remind us of the astounding levels of violence and discrimination in the USA that black and brown communities face. This includes the killing of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was shot in her sleep by the police who broke into her apartment, and the killing of Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed in his grandmother’s backyard with nothing but a cellphone in his pocket, and so many more we may never have the chance to hear their names.

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2019 Write for Rights and Holiday Potluck

Join Amnesty International Group 48 for our annual Write for Rights holiday event. We’ll write letters and shine a light on human rights abuses. This year’s letter-writing cases feature 10 young people under threat in Iran, Egypt, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, South Sudan, Nigeria, Greece, China, and Belarus.

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Thursday, December 12
6:30-9:30pm (setup begins at 6pm)
Eliot Center Buchan Building (Room A108)
First Unitarian Church
1011 SW 12th Ave, Portland

What to bring:

  • Food (an appetizer, main dish or dessert)
  • Drinks
  • Utensils, plates, cups, napkins
  • Greeting cards (non-denominational and non-Amnesty cards)
  • Paper for letter writing
  • Envelopes
  • $1.15 stamps (international postage)
  • 55-cent stamps (domestic postage)
  • Copies of the AIUSA Write for Rights cases (case sheets and/or sample letters)

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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Civilians at risk in Syria as Turkish Military offensive looms

Amnesty International
October 9, 2019

Responding to the Turkish government’s statements that its forces are set to cross into northeast Syria “shortly” as part of an offensive to move US-backed Kurdish forces away from its border, Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director Lynn Maalouf said:

“As the Turkish military gears up to attack Kurdish forces in northeast Syria, it is imperative that all parties to this conflict respect international humanitarian law, including by refraining from carrying out attacks on civilians and civilian objects, as well as indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks.

“As in other parts of Syria, scores of civilians in northeast Syria have already suffered from the impact of successive military offensives, multiple displacements and dire living conditions. Turkey has an obligation under international humanitarian law to take all possible measures to protect civilians and to ensure they have access to humanitarian aid. Civilians wishing to flee the fighting must be given safe passage to do so.

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US must stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia

Yemen is enduring one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises right now. The Saudi Arabia-led coalition’s airstrikes have killed civilians including children, targeting places like hospitals and markets. Severe malnutrition affects almost hundreds of thousands of children under the age of five, and 11 million Yemenis are at risk of famine.

United States is supplying weapons to both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — two countries committing war crimes in Yemen.

Many countries have already cut off arms supplies to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates because of their violations in Yemen. It’s time for the United States of America to do the same. Supplying arms that are being used to kill civilians, including children, is simply indefensible.

Take action to tell your Senator to stop the arms sales contributing to the Yemen crisis!