Saturday, August 30, 2014

International Day of the Disappeared - Mohamed Bashir Arab

We must act on behalf of hundreds of Syrian detainees who appear to have been subjected to enforced disappearance — including Mohamed Bashir Arab, the doctor whose mother and sister continue to rise and fall at the hope of information about his whereabouts. Amnesty International has been documenting cases of enforced disappearance in Syria since the late 1970s. The number of disappearances has increased notably since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in 2011.

International Day of the Disappeared - Prageeth Eknaligoda

We must speak up on behalf of political cartoonist and journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda of Sri Lanka. He went missing on January 24, 2010, shortly after leaving work at his news office. He had told friends in the days leading up to his abduction that he suspected he was being followed. When his wife tried to lodge a complaint the day after he disappeared, she was detained for several hours.

International Day of the Disappeared - Six Palestinian Men

We must speak out on behalf of six Palestinian men who were “disappeared” while in custody in a Palestinian Authority detention center in on March 12, 2002. Government officials have provided little information about the whereabouts of the men, telling family members only that “they had escaped prison and fled to Israel.” At no time were the men formally charged.

International Day of the Disappeared - Sombath Somphone

We must take action on behalf of 62-year-old Laotian civil society leader Sombath Somphone, who was abducted in December 2012. Laos authorities deny arresting him or having anything to do with his disappearance, and have failed to thoroughly investigate the case.

International Day of the Disappeared: August 30.

International Day of the Disappeared: August 30. 

 On August 30, Amnesty International observes the International Day of the Disappeared. Enforced disappearance takes place when a person is arrested, detained, abducted or otherwise deprived of their liberty by government officials or by organized groups or private individuals whose actions are condoned by the government in some way. We call on governments around the world to disclose the status of individuals or groups who have been "disappeared" or taken for political, social or other reasons violating human rights. Those found to be involved in their disappearance must be brought to justice. We ask you to speak out and take action in defense of those who have disappeared and are not here to defend themselves.

In every one of these cases, there is an answer. There is someone in these governments who knows where these people are or what happened to them. We implore these governments to cease the practice of enforced disappearance, and to thoroughly investigate the whereabouts of all people who have been disappeared.
Click on link for more information and photos of some disappeared individuals. 

Syria: Demand an End to Enforced Disappearance for Ali Mahmoud Othman Deadline ASAP - Online Petition

Syria: Demand an End to Enforced Disappearance for Ali Mahmoud Othman Deadline ASAP
Amnesty International has been documenting cases of enforced disappearance in Syria since the late 1970s. However, the number of persons subjected to enforced disappearance has sharply risen since the beginning of the crisis in 2011. Syrian "citizen journalist" Ali Mahmoud Othman hasn't been seen since he was arrested by Syrian authorities in March 2014. Amnesty International believe Othman was "disappeared" for his efforts in bringing the world's attention to human rights abuses in Syria.  Click here to sign a petition addressed to Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad  to express concern about reports that the Syrian state has subjected individuals to enforced disappearance and to call on you to ensure that the Syrian authorities immediately cease this practice and that all those suspected of criminal responsibility are brought to trial.

How many are missing from Syria? Video

"Tens of thousands of people like Khalil have 'disappeared' at the hands of Syrian state forces in the last three years. For many years, Syria has held detainees in secret locations, unable to communicate with the outside world - and these disappearances have increased dramatically since 2011.
When state forces hold people incommunicado like this they are violating many human rights. When they do so on a mass scale, as Syrian forces appear to be doing, it can constitute a crime against humanity."

Syria: Free Missing Human Rights Lawyer, Khalil Ma’touq Deadline ASAP

Syria: Free Missing Human Rights Lawyer, Khalil Ma’touq Deadline ASAP - Online Petition
On October 2012, Khalil Ma'touq set off on his usual drive to work, from his home in the town of Sahnaya to nearby Damascus. He was accompanied by his friend and assistant Mohammed Thatha. Their route passed through many government-controlled security checkpoints. At one of these checkpoints, unofficial sources suggest that the men were arrested by members of the security forces. Nearly two years later, Khalil and Mohammed are still missing. Click here to watch a 6:34 mins video for missing Syrian citizens and click here to sign a petition addressed to Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad  to express concern about reports that the Syrian state has subjected individuals to enforced disappearance and to call on you to ensure that the Syrian authorities immediately cease this practice and that all those suspected of criminal responsibility are brought to trial.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Amnesty International Madison Group #139 Weekly Update - August 29, 2014

Greetings Everyone!
     This week we have worked hard to clarify our policies regarding our website, Facebook, and Twitter. Please note that we will be posting information from Amnesty International and other Human Rights organizations and, that as an Amnesty International Group, we do not raise funds for other organizations. Our policy updates can be found on our website (About Us/Join Us tab and our Welcome message). We have also experienced some inappropriate comments on our Facebook page. That policy can be found under Notes on our FB page. We ask that comments made to our Facebook page be respectful and that issues regarding our organization be discussed privately.
     This week also brought a surge of new "likes" to our Facebook page. As of Thursday, August 28, we received 231 likes which means we are getting our message out there. If you are on Facebook, we encourage you to "like," "share," and "comment on" our postings. This is another quick and easy way you can make a difference.
     Finally, we would like to encourage our members to share Amnesty International and Human Rights information and links with us. Either reply to this email, which is distributed to our group, or send your ideas to Azam ( for consideration on our website, Facebook, or Twitter postings.
     -Debbie, Webmistress
For entire Weekly Update, click here.

Human Rights Activists News Agency for Iran - News Updates

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA: for Iran - Click here for News Updates.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Urgent Actions for August 22; August 25-27

Urgent Actions from Amnesty International for AUGUST 22; AUGUST 25 to AUGUST 27: Countries include: Israel/OPT, Sudan, Bahrain, Colombia, Myanmar, Egypt, Iran, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia. Most Urgent Actions require a written letter. We have guidelines for writing letters on our website. For a list of this week's Urgent Actions, click here .

Stop Torture. Urge Mexican Government to seek Justice for Claudia Medina Deadline - ASAP

Stop Torture. Urge Mexican Government to seek Justice for Claudia Medina 
Deadline  for Online Petition - ASAP

In 2012, Claudia Medina, mother-of-three and natural medicine worker, was abducted by Mexico's military (Marines) from her home in Veracruz, Mexico and took her to a local military base. She was wrapped in plastic, beaten, kicked, and subjected to torture including electric shocks and sexual assault. Marines forced a syringe of chili sauce up her nose. To make the torture stop, Claudia signed a statement she hadn't read, later discovering it was a false confession that she belonged to a criminal gang. Claudia maintained her innocence. Claudia reported her torture, prompting a federal judge to request an investigation. She is one of countless people tortured in Mexico that has increased by 600 per cent in the last decade, with most victims being the poor and the powerless.

Click here or here to sign the petition asking Mexican government to take urgent measures to stop torture and demand justice for Claudia Medina and others subjected to torture in Mexico. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Urgent Actions for August 18 to 22, 2014

ANOTHER SET OF URGENT ACTIONS!!! Here are the Urgent Actions from Amnesty International for AUGUST 18 to AUGUST 22. Urgent Actions. They usually involve writing an actual letter but may also be an online action. We provide guidelines for writing. Countries for this week's Urgent Actions include: Mexico, Sudan, Kuwait, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Mozambique, and Saudi Arabia. Click here for list of Urgent Actions. 

Urgent Actions for the Week of August 11 to the 15th

Urgent Actions from Amnesty International for AUGUST 11 to AUGUST 15: Countries include: Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Cambodia. Click here for more information about each case. Most Urgent Actions require a letter. We have guidelines for writing letters on our website. 

Women's Equality Day in the U.S. - News Flash!

Happy Women’s Equality Day! Today marks the day women were granted the right to vote: the 19th Amendment was certified as law on August 26, 1920. Learn more about the origins of the women’s rights movement in the United States: (Photo: Library of Congress.) #VotesForWomen

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AI Madison Group #139 Weekly Update - August 21, 2014

 Hi Everyone,
    It has been a troubling week all over the world. More than ever your voice is needed. This week we have included links from our website, FB, and Twitter that will help us to be more informed and help us to take online action today. Thank you to our members who share their news and links with us.
    We have also included two videos. One is from Amnesty International and answers some questions about Amnesty International and its position on Gaza. Click here. The second is a live poetry reading by a young 'desi' woman, "Looks like Beyonce just got owned by a desi girl." Click here.
    On a personal note, I would like to share an article written by my son called, "No Justice, No Peace: Reflections on the Tragedy of Ferguson." Click here for the entire article.
    Peace to All,
    -Debbie, webmistress
(For entire Weekly Update click here.)

'Beheading' of Reporter in Syria is a War Crime that Highlights 'Chilling' Risk to Journalists - News Flash

'Beheading' of Reporter in Syria is a War Crime that Highlights 'Chilling' Risk to Journalists

"This shocking video, if genuine, is devastating for the loved ones of James Foley and chilling for the family, friends and colleagues of those journalists who are still missing in Syria and northern Iraq, feared captured by IS militants," said Margaret Huang, Amnesty International USA's Deputy Executive Director of Campaigns and Programs.
"It is a war crime and both those who carried out the killing and those who ordered it must face justice."
"It is imperative that all warring countries and others with interests in the region use all diplomatic means possible to ensure that no more journalists - or others carrying out their legitimate work in the area – are killed for doing their job," said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Program.
Click here for full article by Amnesty International.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Japan: Support 78-year old Kakamada Iwao in his final chance at Justice Deadline: ASAP

Japan: Support 78-year old Kakamada Iwao in his final chance at Justice Online Petition Deadline: ASAP
The 78-year old Kakamada is the World’s longest-serving death row prisoner who was released in March 2014 and granted a retrial based on new DNA evidence that could prove his innocence. Kakamada was arrested in 1966 on suspicion of causing a fire which led to the death of a family of four, including the boss of the factory where he worked. Every day since 1968 Hakamada Iwao would wake in his solitary prison cell on death row, and wait for his execution.
Now prosecutors are appealing his retrial - they want to send him back to death row. Given Hakamada’s advanced age and ill health, it is important that his opportunity for retrial is not delayed. Click here to ask Japanese authorities to drop their appeal and allow Hakamada access to justice ASAP.

Ferguson Police: Respect the Rights of ALL Residents - Online Action!

Ferguson Police: Respect the Rights of ALL Residents
It started on August 9, 2014 when unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. The community took to the streets, but police responded with heavy-handed tactics - including tear gas and rubber bullets - to quell protests. 
Whether someone is jaywalking or protesting, police cannot use unnecessary or excessive force - period. 
Click here to tell Missouri officials to take immediate steps to investigate police conduct and avoid unnecessary force.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Morocco: Justice for Ali Aarrass, Tortured Victim Deadline: ASAP

Morocco: Justice for Ali Aarrass, Tortured Victim Deadline: ASAP

In December 2012, Ali Aarrass, a Belgian-Moroccan coffee shop owner was extradited to Morocco on terrorism charges. Held for 12 days in a secret location, Ali suffered beatings to the soles of his feet, electric shocks to his testicles and burns from cigarettes at the hands of Moroccan intelligence. The UN’s expert on torture visited Ali in jail, along with an independent doctor. Both confirmed the gruesome signs of torture – yet Moroccan authorities have completely failed to investigate. Ali was convicted on no other evidence apart from a “ confession” extracted under torture.  He is now serving a 12-year sentence in the the notorious SalĂ© II prison, where other inmates were shocked by the torture as well. Click here to demand Ali’s immediate release and that his torturer be brought to justice by Moroccan authorities. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Israel-Gaza Conflict: How to Help

Agencies helping Gaza and Israel: Red Cross, Red Crescent, UNICEF, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Jewish Federations of North America, Doctors without Borders, Save the Children, Mercy Corps, Seeds of Peace. Photo: A worker cleans up at Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital in Gaza after it was shelled on July 21. Click here for entire article. 

Gun Violence Article - News Flash

We encourage you to read this article, "Dangerous Play: Toy Guns and Police Don't Mix" by Thomas Gnau and Chris Stewart.  The article states that
  • "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 32,351 people are annually killed in the United States either by gun violence or mishaps." 
  •  "At least 18 other people nationwide have been killed by police and another 13 injured during the past 15 years in situations where police confronted suspects armed with realistic-looking weapons found later to be toys, BB or pellet guns — and even cigarette lighters — according to cases compiled by the International Health & Epidemiology Research Center and research by the newspaper." 
  • "Dr. Farideh Kioumehr, an epidemiologist and founder of the Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based International Health & Epidemiology Research Center, has studied the tragic outcomes of gun misidentification and violence for 20 years. She puts some of the blame on manufacturers. “The manufacturers are making them look like the real ones and that’s big trouble,” she said. “Even when you see both of them together it’s very hard to realize which one is real, especially for police officers. In a split second they have to decide whether to be killed or kill.”"
Click here for link to full article.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Human Rights News: Bahareh Hedayat, Omid Kokabi and Political Prisoners in Iran - News Flash

Human Rights News: Bahareh Hedayat, Omid Kokabi and Political Prisoners in Iran
Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), established in 2009 by Iranian human rights advocates [] reports on status of human rights activists in Iran. The Human Rights Activists in Iran is a non-profit, independent organization established in March of 2005 by a group of Iranian human rights advocates. In recent publication of HRANA there are several news on human rights abuses in Iran including the following:
Click here for news on Amnesty Prisonor of Conscious, Bahareh Hedayate

Click here for news on Amnesty Prisoner of Conscious, Omid Kokabi

Click here for news related to sudden death (08/05/2014 - Turkey) of Seyed Jamal Hosseini (Esfandiar Baharmas), Editor and Founder of Iran Human Rights Activists including Mr. Mansour Ossanlou’s comments for him in a commemoration ceremony on August 10 , 2014 at George Washington University in DC. 

United Nations World Humanitarian Day - August 19

“Humanitarian workers and their families are hit hardest by these crimes. But they are also felt by millions of others. [..] Let us honour the fallen by protecting those who carry on their work – and supporting humanitarian relief operations worldwide.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
 For more information about World Humanitarian Day, click here.
Carole Samaha - bi sabah el alf el talet (English Sub)

AI Madison Group #139 Weekly Update

Hello Everyone!
     This week we have focused on Amnesty International and human rights news from Gaza and Israel, Urgent Actions, Online Petitions, the passing of a gifted comedian who lived his commitment to human rights, and the National Moment of Silence for those victims of police brutality. As sad and heart-wrenching as these events are, we can do something. We can sign online petitions. We can write letters. We can stay informed about the issues. To offer comfort and inspiration, we would like to share this beautiful Carole Samaha video,
     My brother, my sister in humanity,
     -Debbie, webmistress
(Entire Weekly Update can be found here.)

Indonesia: End the Torture and Imprisonment of Students No Deadline - Prefer ASAP

Indonesia: End the Torture and Imprisonment of Students No Deadline - Prefer ASAP 
On 8 August, Robert Yelemaken, a 16-year-old high school student, and Oni Wea, a 21-year old university student, were arrested for peaceful political activism in Indonesia. The boys, both activists with the pro-independence West Papua National Committee, were allegedly caught painting pro-independence graffiti calling for a referendum. The boys were beaten and tortured and have been detained in a cell at the Manokwari District Police Station. Click here (online urgent action) to urge Indonesian authorities to immediately release Robert and Oni, enforce freedom of expression, and to bring those responsible for their mistreatment to justice.  More information about this case click here and here.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Moment of Silence... tonight, 7:20 pm (EST)

Today we honor victims of police brutality in solidarity with Ferguson, MO. Join in the National Moment of Silence 2014 at 7:20pm tonight.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Reflections on Non-Violence and Religious Activism by Sulak Svaraksa Sept 11, 2014

o An Event Date (09/11/14) by WN
Date: September 11, Thursday - 7 pm

A 9/11 EVENT: Reflections on Non-Violence and Religious Activism by Sulak Svaraksa, Thai Activist/Educator and Co-Founder of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists.

Location: 1100 Grainger Hall, 975 University Ave., University of Wisconsin, Madison

As one of Asia's leading social thinkers, Ajarn Sulak Svaraksa has founded dozens of educational and political grassroots organizations, including the Sathirakoses-Nagapradeepa Foundation, and has authored over 100 books in Thai and English on issues related to the environment, economic justice, human rights and peace. He has also been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize and was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, known as the alternative Nobel Peace Prize, in 1995.

Sponsored by the The Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Religious Studies Program - contact:
Free and open to all. Sent to WNPJ by Sheila Spear,

Israeli and Gaza Information and Actions

Police Brutality: National Moment of Silence (NMOS) Thursday, August 14, 2014, 7 PM EST

Police Brutality: National Moment of Silence (NMOS)  Thursday, August 14, 2014, 7 PM EST
In view of recent police brutality toward an 18 years old unarmed Black-American teenage, Michael Brown, who was killed in St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in Missouri on Monday, August 11, 2014, Amnesty International-USA is calling for a National Moment of Silence (NMOS) vigils occurring 20 minutes past the hour on Thursday, August 14, 2014, 7 PM EST to pay respect to all victims of police brutality.

All Eyes on Gaza by Noura Erakat - Article of Interest

     We invite you to read this article, "All Eyes on Gaza: An Interview with Legal Expert Noura Erakat." Published on the Women's News Network,  reporter, Bahar Mirhosseini, asks Erakat the following question. “... there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated in a manner that could amount to war crimes.” What is your response to this? Click here for the her analysis and the complete article. 
     Noura Erakat is a Palestinian-American professor and lecturer on international human rights law at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and is also co-editor for Jadaliyya. Thank you to our member, Dr. Farideh Kioumehr, who submitted this article of interest.

United Nations shelter came under fire in Gaza.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Repeal Harmful Laws: No Loophole for Rapists and Sexual Violence No Deadline - prefer ASAP

Repeal Harmful Laws: No Loophole for Rapists and Sexual Violence:  No Deadline - prefer ASAP
In Algeria and Tunisia, the law allows rapists to walk free if they marry their victim – if she's aged under 18. A similar loophole in Moroccan law was unanimously abolished by parliament on 22 January 2014, two years after 16-year-old Amina Filali committed suicide having been forced to marry the man she said had raped her. Other discriminatory provisions in Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian legislation fail to protect women and girl survivors of sexual violence, routinely denying them justice. Click here to sign the petition and call on the authorities in these countries to repeal these harmful laws and end discrimination against survivors of sexual violence.

President Obama: Provide Protection for Children Fleeing Extreme Violence No Deadline - Prefer ASAP

President Obama: Provide Protection for Children Fleeing Extreme Violence No Deadline - Prefer ASAP 
Since October 2013, more than 57,000 children - many unaccompanied - have crossed the U.S. border with Mexico to escape crushing violence in Central America. Instead of providing protection for these children as obligated under international law, the Obama administration has treated them inhumanely, locking them up, denying them their rights, and even deporting them back to situations of extreme danger. Click here to urge President Obama to protect the human rights of these children.

President Obama: Hold Nigerian Authorities Accountable for War Crimes and Other Abuses No Deadline - Prefer ASAP

President Obama: Hold Nigerian Authorities Accountable for War Crimes and Other Abuses No Deadline - Prefer ASAP
Communities that have been terrorized for several years by Boko Haram are facing another threat at the hands of the very military whose duty it is to protect them. Amnesty International has gathered footage which depicts war crimes by Nigeria's military, a state-sponsored militia called the Civilian Joint Task Force and Boko Haram. The gruesome footage documents extrajudicial executions, mass arbitrary arrests and torture - including the mass execution of 16 young men whose throats were slit one by one before being dumped into a mass grave. Click here to urge President Obama to hold Nigerian authorities accountable for war crimes and other abuses.

Robin Willliams, Comedian, Actor, and Amnesty International Supporter Passed Away: News Flash!

So sad to hear that Robin Williams, age 63, has died. He was such an important comedian, entertainer, and long time supporter of Amnesty International. Here is a 1993 commercial he made on behalf of Amnesty International.

Urgent Actions Weekly 31 July - 8 August

Thank you to Wayne, one of our Amnesty International Madison Group #139 members, for sending these Urgent Actions. Here is a partial list. For the complete list of "12" Actions and Updates, click here.

UA: 192/14
Issue Date: 4 August 2014
Country: Haiti
Members of GADES, an organization of women human rights defenders in Haiti, have received threats following the recent sentencing of a police officer for the rape of an underage boy. The organization has been supporting the victim and his family throughout the legal process.
Name: Samia Salomon (f) and other members of GADES
Issues: Women’s rights, Fear for safety, Human rights defenders

 UA 194/14
Issue Date: 04 August 2014
Country: Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories
Throughout Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip, which began on 8 July, and especially
since Israeli ground forces entered Gaza on 17 July, ambulances and medical facilities across
the Gaza Strip have been attacked. Scores of critically wounded patients will die unless they
are urgently transferred to hospitals outside Gaza for specialized treatment.
Name: Medical staff and patients (m/f)
Issues: Fear for safety, Health concern

Further information on UA 182/14
Issue date: 31 July 2014
Country: Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani human rights defender Leyla Yunus and her husband, Arif Yunus, have been
charged with treason and other crimes. Leyla Yunus has been placed in pre-trial detention and
her husband has been placed under travel restrictions.  
Name: Leyla Yunus (f), Arif Yunus (m)
Issues: Human rights defender, Prisoner of conscience, Freedom of expression, Unfair trial  

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Defend Academic Freedom! Demand University Reinstate Palestinian-American Professor! Online Action Today

Defend Academic Freedom! Demand University Reinstate Palestinian-American Professor! Online Action Today
      Dr. Steven Salaita, a Palestinian American and world-renowned scholar, was fired from his new position at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) because of his public criticism of the U.S.-sponsored Israeli massacres in Gaza. He was also a prominent campaigner for the American Studies Association’s decision to boycott Israeli academic institutions last December. 
Take action, Click here for online action.
 For more information, click here.

A Powerful Video by Chris Hedges, "Gaza, the Broken Hearted"

Video Uploaded on Dec 29, 2010

Chris Hedges was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the paper's coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. The Los Angeles Press Club honored Hedges' original columns in Truthdig by naming the author the Online Journalist of the Year in 2009, and granted him the Best Online Column award in 2010 for his Truthdig essay "One Day We'll All Be Terrorists."

"The Gaza War: Its Characteristics & Long-Term Consequences" Presentation by Adam Schesch, Ph.D September 16, 2014

Adam Schesch, Ph.D in Comparative History of Guerilla Warfare and Resistance Movements, will speak on "The Gaza War: Its Characteristics & Long-Term Consequences" Tuesday Sept 16th, 7pm at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center 953 Jenifer St.

Sponsored by Social Action & Solidarity and the Peregrine Forum.

A voluntary donation will be appreciated to cover costs.

More info (608) 284-9082.

Friday, August 8, 2014

AI Madison Group #139 Weekly Update: August 8, 2014

Hello Everyone,
   This week we are focusing on some local Madison events and initiatives. Please check our website for ongoing Amnesty International Actions. Thank you for your time and efforts for human rights.

Debbie, Webmistress (writing from Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Madison Amnesty International Group #139
Facebook: Amnesty International Madison, WI Group 139
Twitter: @AI139HR 

Mark Your Calendar: Voices for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land Nov 7 and 8 in Madison, WI

Voices for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land: November 7 & 8 in Madison, WI

A conference presented by Friends of Sabeel North America

The purpose of this two-day conference is to examine the role of the United States in Palestine/Israel and to listen to voices not often heard in the quest for peace and justice for all the people of the Holy Land.
It is sponsored by Friends of Sabeel-North America (FOSNA) and by Students for Justice in Palestine, Madison, WI. What is FOSNA? It is a non-profit, tax-exempt Christian ecumenical organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land through non-violence and education. Sabeel is an international peace movement initiated by Palestinian Christians, who seek a just peace as defined by international law and existing United Nations resolutions.

Friday, August 1, 2014

AI Madison Group #139 Weekly Update

Hi Everyone,
     This week we have had several posts to our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. So much is going on in the world! We hope that these posts will help to keep you informed and to take action. We would especially like to thank Wayne, one of our members, for sharing 46 Urgent Actions and Updates from Amnesty International. These actions are located on our website under today's post and under Urgent Actions. Each Action is described in detail with links for even more information. We have also posted sample letters and guidelines for writing on behalf of these Actions. Thank you, Wayne!
-Debbie, Webmistress
For the complete report, click here

WIRE: Amnesty's global campaigning magazine - NEWSFLASH

From Amnesty International Facebook page
       Have you read the latest issue of WIRE? Amnesty's global campaigning magazine brings you stories about our work worldwide, our amazing activists, and lots of opportunities to get involved:

(You can also read WIRE in Arabic: and French: