A.I. Acts: ready / National Weekend of Faith in Action?; etc..

86 Days to 86 Guantanamo
"The more I scream they will laugh and do it again…my screams all in vain."
– Guantánamo detainee Omar Deghayes
 
 
I wanted to let you be the first to know about Amnesty International’s fall 86 day "86 it" campaign.
 
86 days separate two infamous dates: October 17th marks the first year anniversary of the Military Commissions Act and January 11th marks the anniversary of the first detainee held at Guantánamo Bay. Both dates represent all that is wrong with this administration’s policies: torture, indefinite detention, guilty until proven innocent. It’s time to "86" the administration’s failed policies and restore our nation’s reputation as a leader on human rights .
 
We are calling on activists across the country to stand in solidarity against torture: to call for the closure of the detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay, the repair of the MCA so that it reflects international legal norms, and the end of torture in the name of "security."
 
Find out how you can join the 86 Days campaign . Your efforts, along with thousands of other activists across the country, will help spread Amnesty’s anti-torture message in a big way. This 10/17 action guide has all the materials you’ll need to get started: and, it is only just the beginning! In the months to follow, you’ll receive new information on actions and mobilizations that will help you to continue to mobilize around this critical issue. Upcoming actions will include:
 
NOVEMBER: House Party Action Kit-Ghost of Abu Ghraib (coming your way in October)
DECEMBER: Letter Writing to detainee’s families (November)
JANUARY: Mobilization in protest of Guantánamo Bay’s detention facilities (December)
Visit our 86 Days of Action campaign site and sign up for actions these coming months. With your support we will continue to shape the America you believe in as a nation that does not condone, legislate, or execute torture.
 
In Solidarity,
 
Kevin Spidel
Campaign Manager, Denounce Torture
Amnesty International, USA
 
 
P.S. And if you haven’t already seen it, check out www.tearitdown.org, Amnesty International’s new exciting campaign where you can virtually tear down Guantánamo Bay!
 
 
 
 
 
Amnesty International speaker on the War on Terror: Human Rights at Risk
Dear James,
 
War on Terror: Human Rights at Risk
 
Jumana Musa, Amnesty International’s Advocacy Director on Domestic Human Rights and International Justice.
 
Speaker
 
 
September 20, 21 & 22
Kansas City, Manhattan & Emporia, KS
 
Amnesty International invites you to a special presentation: "War on Terror: Human Rights at Risk".
 
The speaker will be Jumana Musa. Ms. Musa is Amnesty International’s Advocacy Director on Domestic Human Rights and International Justice. She has served as AI’s legal observer at hearings for detainees at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. She is well versed on how the war on terror impacts the human rights of all persons, not just detainees.
 
She will be presenting in the following cities:
Kansas City: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007 7p.m.
Location: The Westport Coffeehouse Theater, 4010 Pennsylvania
 
Manhattan: Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, 7 p.m.
Location: KSU Campus, K-State Union, Room 213
 
Emporia: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007, 7 p.m.
Location: Emporia State University, Memorial Union Ballroom
 
For more information contact, Ms. Amanda Flott, AI Kansas
Field Organizer. Phone is 312-435-6386. Email is aflott@aiusa.org
 
 
 
 
 
Get ready for the National Weekend of Faith in Action
Dear James,
 
 
This October 19-21, hundreds of faith communities, interfaith organizations, and human rights groups will participate in Amnesty International USA’s annual National Weekend of Faith in Action on the Death Penalty (NWFA).
 
From small group discussions, to film screenings, to religious services, to public vigils and demonstrations, NWFA participants will organize a wide variety of events and activities for that weekend, all focusing attention on the death penalty in the United States. What will YOU be doing for the NWFA?
 
Over the summer, tremendous public pressure helped halt executions in two critical cases. In Georgia, Troy Davis, who may well be innocent, was granted a new hearing by that state’s Supreme Court, after coming within 24 hours of execution. His bid for life and justice was supported by thousands of people from all walks of life and from all parts of the country.
 
And in Texas, Kenneth Foster had his death sentence commuted by the Governor, after a national and international outcry that he had been sentenced to die despite never having killed.
 
These outcomes would not have been possible without the fundamental questioning of the death penalty that is occurring, not just in Georgia and Texas, but all across the United States, and it is people of faith who are leading the way in promoting and expanding this debate.
Your participation in the National Weekend of Faith in Action will ensure that we build on this current momentum, and lay the groundwork for more successes in the future.
Help us organize this nationwide examination of the death penalty!
 
How to get started this year:
 
Read more about the NWFA and check out some of the activities that took place last year
Register as a participant using a quick and easy form
Start planning your activity or event for October (a NWFA organizing packet will be sent to all registered participants; it contains a wealth of ideas and resources)
Thank you for your activism, and we look forward to working with you on this important national event.
 
Brian Evans
NWFA Coordinator
Amnesty International USA
202-544-0200 x 496
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Also, thanx for signing my petitions, et al, please consider sharing them. Also, since Admin. of change.org aren't allowing me to invite people to do my actions lately and are switching my urls for my petitions so when I invite people off their site they can't get to the petition either (ergo 3 possible urls for each petition), here's a few of my latest actions; do as few or as many as you'd like (there are 3 linx for each petition because admin. switches between the 3 of them so people trying to sign the petition can‘t get to it): This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Haiti disaster anniversary, please, do what you can: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9033 This petition on change.org: Haiti disaster anniversary: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2?share_id=yIpWHEHxri&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2 http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9026 This petition on change.org: Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous_native_american_acts?share_id=NHvTtQadfP&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, holiday: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9024 This petition on change.org: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. M.L. King, Jr.'s holiday: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/artact_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jrs_holiday?share_id=QjOkAUGeBQ&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday http://www.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green; NA; the evolution; Civil, Human, LP, Prisoner's Rights; Poverty; etc..: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9022 This petition on change.org: Economically empower through advocacy: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy?share_id=WZNqBQWcXE&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_throug
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