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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Group 48 Write For Rights & Holiday Potluck

Write for Rights is Amnesty International’s annual global letter writing marathon. Every December, Amnesty supporters write millions of messages for people whose basic human rights are under attack.

Date: Friday, December 11, 2015

Time: 7:30-9pm (set up starts at 7:00pm)

Location: Buchan Building at First Unitarian Church (church map), 1011 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR

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I Choose to Be a Radical, Unapologetic Human Rights Activist

by Gerry Carolina Rivadeneira, 2015 Ladis Kristof Memorial Fellow

GerryBlogPic3March 8, 2011. This was the day my activist self was born.

I remember it was a hot sunny day in the middle of Miami, Florida. I was standing on stage with a microphone in my hand and I told the crowd, “We are here for Women’s Rights! Women’s Rights here and worldwide!” The microphone became my tool for advocacy as I was standing there on top of the stage, rallying the participants before the 5k Walk 4 Women’s Rights began.

I felt so many emotions surging through my body as I rejoiced at the success of my first community awareness and fundraising event. These emotions came to life in front of my friends, teachers, and community partners. I had no idea one day I would be feeling these same emotions on stage standing next to the Kristof family as the 2015 Ladis Kristof Fellow. The Ladis Kristof Memorial Fellowship is awarded annually to a student activist for her or his outstanding efforts on behalf of human rights.

As an immigrant Latina, my experiences have shaped the values that call me to human rights activism. For my community, activism is a form of survival. I grew up with activism around me portrayed by the everyday resistance of the people in my immigrant community. But it was on March 8th of my junior year of high school that I was able to claim activism for myself.

Since that day, no one has been able to take the microphone of advocacy from my hand.

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