ILLUSTRATING IMPRISONMENT: Sarah Mirk Presents “Guantanamo Voices”

Portland area author/journalist Sarah Mirk compiled an amazing graphic non-fiction book, Guantanamo Voices: True Accounts from the World’s Most Infamous Prison, exposing the human rights abuses at Guantanamo Bay prison, which the US opened in Cuba exactly four months after 9/11. Mirk will speak at a livestream event followed by an audience Q&A. The event will be hosted by local media personality Theresa Mitchell.

ILLUSTRATING IMPRISONMENT:
Sarah Mirk Presents “Guantanamo Voices”

Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 7:00 PM
Streaming live on YouTube
https://youtube.com/peaceandjusticeworks

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Guantanamo 19th anniversary rally and march

No More Excuses: Shut Down Guantanamo!
Friday, January 8, 2021, 4:30-6:00 PM
(socially distanced) Rally & March
Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and Broadway, downtown Portland

January 11, 2021 marks 19 years since the opening of the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The prison now holds just 40 people (from a height of nearly 800 at one point). Although it stands as a symbol of the United States’ lack of respect for due process, human rights and the rule of law, it has still remained active. In 2018, President Trump reversed President Obama’s policy directive that called to shut down Guantanamo; President-elect Biden has not prioritized closing the camp despite calling it “an advertisement for creating terror.” Local Portland groups join worldwide voices calling to Close Guantanamo Now!

This event is coordinated by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group and cosponsored by Amnesty International Group 48. For more information, contact Peace and Justice Works at 503-236-3065 or iraq@pjw.info.

2020 Virtual Write for Rights

Amnesty International Group 48 is hosting the annual Write for Rights event virtually on International Human Rights Day. Grab a drink, a snack, and a seat at home to join us.

Jani Silva, Colombia

Thursday, December 10 at 7:00pm
Click here to join the event virtually with the following Write for Rights essentials:

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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