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9/21/11 03:16 pm - nothingtoyou - Last chance to save a man's life

Troy Davis was convicted of murdering a Georgia police officer in 1991. Nearly two decades later, Davis remains on death row — even though the case against him has fallen apart.

The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony which contained inconsistencies even at the time of the trial. Since then, all but two of the state's non-police witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony.

Many of these witnesses have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured or coerced by police into testifying or signing statements against Troy Davis.

One of the two witnesses who has not recanted his testimony is Sylvester "Red" Coles — the principle alternative suspect, according to the defense, against whom there is new evidence implicating him as the gunman. Nine individuals have signed affidavits implicating Sylvester Coles.

Georgia's State Board of Pardons and Paroles has recently rejected Troy Davis' clemency petition. Troy continues to face execution on Wednesday Sept. 21 at 7 pm EDT (midnight Weds night UK time). Please take action before this time.

We cannot let an innocent man die.

Please take these two simple actions - asking the Parole Board to reconsider (they can change their mind at any time), and asking that Chatham County (Savannah) District  Attorney Larry Chisolm step in and withdraw the death warrant.

Take action here
http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=6oJCLQPAJiJUG&b=6645049&aid=516533&msource=W1109EADP04D&tr=y&auid=9522344
and here
http://action.amnesty.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1194&ea.campaign.id=12137&utm_source=social&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=deathpenalty&utm_content=newtroyactionfb

We can't let them kill an innocent man. This really is Troy's last chance.

Thank you for your support.

UPDATE: THE PAROLE BOARD ARE BLOCKING AMNESTY'S  EMAILS, BUT YOU CAN STILL TAKE ACTION
Please forward the email below to the Parole Board at
 
Clemency_Information@pap.state.ga.us
and
Webmaster@pap.state.ga.us

Feel free to personalise the text or change the title of the email. We must keep the pressure on the Board, and let them know that the world is watching. Executing Troy would be an outrageous travesty against justice.
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Please grant Troy Davis clemency
 
State Board
Pardons and Paroles webmaster
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
SE Suite 458
East Tower
30334-4909 Atlanta
USA
GEORGIA
 
Dear Clemency Board members,
 
I call on the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to take all steps necessary to ensure that Troy Anthony Davis is not executed.
 
You have voted to deny him clemency despite the fact that significant doubts continue to plague his conviction. You must reconsider and reverse this decision immediately.
 
Seven of the nine witnesses have changed their story and no physical evidence links Davis to the crime. No one should be executed, especially when there are so many doubts about guilt.
 
This case has generated widespread attention because so many people in Georgia and throughout the world are disturbed by the thought of a man being executed when so
much doubt about his guilt remains unresolved.
 
Nothing can undermine public faith in a criminal justice system faster than an execution when there are still serious doubts about guilt.
 
Georgia cannot afford to make such a mistake, and I urge you to do everything in your power to prevent this injustice from taking place.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
[YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS/EMAIL]
 

2/8/09 03:55 am - tact_media - music videos on human rights

Hi! As a community music_action  we collect music video about human rights, peacemaking, social movements et cetera.

I would be grateful if you help!


You can write in any language. If someone does not understand the text, you will understand the language of music and video.

An cut - List of music videos on human rights:
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9/26/08 07:44 pm - imethereal - new member!

I really need your help!
My friend and I are starting an Amnesty International club at our school because there are a million cultural clubs, gay straight alliance clubs, but nothing that links everything together.

Unfortunately, we don't know how to go about starting it, and we seem to not be getting a good response from our student body. We really want to make this an influential club but we need to build up our member base.
So my question to you is:

How do we go about with our first meeting, what kind of activities can we plan that promote awareness that can get a lot of students involved?

please and thank you!

11/30/07 12:56 pm - ladycatherina - Amnesty Writeathon, San Mateo

Announcing that I'm hosting a local Amnesty Writeathon event - a group letter and petition and holiday card-writing day tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 8th from 12-4 (drop-in) in the Laurel Meeting Room of the San Mateo Library. 55 Third Street, in the downtown, off of South El Camino.

http://www.amnestyusa.org/Individuals_at_Risk/Global_Writeathon/page.do?id=1108452&n1=3&n2=34&n3=65

Designed to coincide with International Human Rights Day, the event involves writing letters, signing petitions, and sending holiday cards to forgotten political prisoners around the world who are persecuted for nonviolently expressing their political or religious or cultural viewpoints. In the past Amnesty has supported democracy activists, environmentalists, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, women's rights activists, and many others. Amnesty is nonpolitical and nonreligious in itself and simply advocates for freedom of expression and against torture, arbitrary jail sentences, the death penalty, etc.

I'll bring cookies, tea, stamps, international Putumayo music, preaddressed envelopes, and some stationery my supervisor gave me today at work to donate to this event.

This is listed on the Amnesty Writeathon web page - already received a couple emails from interested people. All are welcome and we may go out to dinner as a group afterwards if people would like.

In addition to supporting human rights, this event is a great way to network with intelligent, successful professionals! One never knows whose company may be hiring, or who may know of awesome events happening in the SF Bay Area, or who may have great ideas to assist your university's student organization, or who may know someone who knows someone who...etc.

For those unable to make the event in person I can post links in my journal to the letters and petitions we're writing so you can sign on or mail letters of your own (as well as YouTube links of some musical highlights supporting human rights).

Please comment here (or email me) if you are interested and I will keep you posted.

Would be appreciated if some people here helped promote this on Facebook or elsewhere on LJ :)

11/26/07 02:37 pm - ladycatherina - Link to support those persecuted for their religious beliefs

Voice of the Martyrs' link to write letters on behalf of Christians persecuted and imprisoned for their religious beliefs: http://www.prisoneralert.com/

This is not a religious or Christian issue - it's just a human issue! No one should be killed, tortured, discriminated against, or otherwise harassed because of their religious beliefs (or lack of them.) And no government should ever become so powerful or so disrespectful of human rights that it would act in such a way.

10/2/07 09:01 pm - nothingtoyou - Unsubscribe

 "Unite against terrorism. 
Unite against human rights abuses in the 'war on terror'.
We did not sign up. We do not approve. We unsubscribe."

Amnesty International have recently created a new campaign/movement called 'Unsubscribe!'
You can support it by adding your name at http://www.unsubscribe-me.org/
That's all you have to do, just add your name.

Oh, and sign up to the LJ group I've created in support of the movement (which is featured on the Amnesty site).
http://community.livejournal.com/unsubscribe_me/profile

And tell your friends.

:)

10/2/07 11:11 am - cloakofnonsense

BURMESE MONKS ARE BEING TORTURED 
FOR PEACEFULLY PROTESTING AGAINST THEIR 
OPPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT.

DO SOMETHING TO MAKE IT STOP.
SIGN THE PETITION.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_burma/u.php?cl=21753702

TELL YOUR FRIENDS. 



6/21/07 11:14 am - veggiemeatball - Join Amnesty International at Pride

Join OUTfront, Amnesty International's program on LGBT human rights as we march in the Chicago and Manhattan pride parades on Sunday June 24th.

*Chicago*
Meeting location: Belmont station of CTA Red Line
Time: 11am-3pm
Contact: gsantos@Luc.edu

*New York*
Meeting location: Section 11, 54th st btw 6th and 7th ave (take the B, D, or E subway to the 7 Avenue/53 Street station)
Time: 1pm-5pm
Contact: nehansshah@gmail.com



Contacts can help you find transportation to meeting locations.

You don't need to bring signs/posters, although you can if you want to. It is highly advised that you bring water and sunscreen and dress for the event (wear good shoes!).

If you have some Amnesty apparel (like this:



or similar apparel you can wear that too. However a lack of HR apparel shouldn't stop you from coming.


P.S. Everybody is welcome, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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OUTfront: www.aiusa.org/outfront
OUTfront myspace: http://www.myspace.com/aioutfront (please note that we are having some technical difficulties with myspace. So if you can't friend us, send us a myspace message and we'll add you later.
OUTfront facebook group: facebook.com/group.php?gid=2216592934
Chicago Pride: facebook.com/event.php?eid=2844895456
Manhattan Pride: facebook.com/event.php?eid=2639955972
 

1/29/07 11:50 am - mama_bono



see this film

www.ugandarising.com

The Conflict
The humanitarian crisis in northern Uganda has been compared to the genocide in Darfur in the Sudan. But unlike the genocide in Darfur, which was sparked off by the Janjaweed in February 2003, the humanitarian crisis in northern Uganda has gone on for 20-years with increasing intensity.

Since 1996, when the Ugandan government forced the population of northern Uganda into internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, over 1.8 million people and over 90% of the Acholi population have resided in overcrowded, makeshift, inhumane conditions.

Death Camps
Each week 1,000 people die in the camps from preventable diseases, poverty, and malnutrition, according to the United Nations. Oxfam reports that the rate of violent death in Northern Uganda is three times the rate of violent death in Iraq.

The war and displacement has led to an explosion in the HIV/AIDS infections and a systematic destruction of Acholi culture. Moreover, the population can no longer farm and has become dependent on international relief and assistance; the suicide rate has increased way beyond the national average, especially among mothers; the infant mortality rate is one of the highest in the world.

The Uganda government initially claimed that the IDPs camps were temporary and meant to protect the local population from the rebels and to deny the rebels access to food, supplies, and potential recruits. These claims are no longer persuasive given that the camps have existed for more than 10 years and the government has failed to provide adequate protection to the IDPs. In addition, government soldiers have engaged in gross human rights violations such as robbery, rape, sodomy, and murder. More people die in the camps than from the rebels.

Night commuters
Each night a terrible saga is played out when more than 40,000 children, some as young as five or eight, flee their homes in the rural areas to escape abduction, torture, or murder by the LRA. These are Northern Uganda’s “night commuters” or “Invisible Children”. For these “forgotten children,” each day life is a constant battle for survival.

An estimated 250,000 people have died from the Ugandan civil war since it began in 1986. Over 25,000 children have been abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and forced to kill their friends and relatives. Therefore, every time the Ugandan army claims to have killed or defeated “rebels” it has killed the very Ugandan children it failed to protect in the first place.

Efforts by local and religious leaders to end the war have consistently failed because neither the rebels nor the government appear to want the war to end.



PLEASE VISIT www.uNight.org TO LEARN MORE/ACT

12/12/06 05:16 pm - veggiemeatball - Be a Part of the OUTfront Steering Committee

Amnesty International USA’s OUTfront Program is seeking to fill two volunteer
leadership vacancies on our national steering committee. The OUTfront Program is Amnesty’s program and membership network on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) human rights. Successful candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to LGBT human rights.

Members of the national steering committee are responsible for working with program staff to shape and direct the priorities and goals of the OUTfront Program. As a working group, steering committee members commit to contributing approximately 2 – 5 hours per week on the implementation of program objectives. Responsibilities also include participation in monthly conference calls and traveling to regional and national events. Steering committee members serve a three-year term.

If you are interested in serving on the OUTfront Steering Committee please send a letter of interest, resume, and two references to the address listed below by December 31, 2006. Candidates are encouraged to send requested information as an e-mail attachment. The OUTfront Program is committed to pursuing Amnesty International’s multi-cultural organizational development goals. People of color, transgender individuals, and other minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.


Amnesty International USA/OUTfront Program − Search Committee
5 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10001
T (212) 807-8400
F (212) 627-1451
outfront@aiusa.org
www.amnestyusa.org/outfront
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