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12/1/06 03:46 pm - veggiemeatball - World AIDS Day

While some of my more pessimistic friends out there may believe there is nothing we can do to combat the HIV/AIDS problem I do not concur. There are numerous ways that you-yes you, the very person who is reading this right now- can fight this battle. It all just depends on how much time and effort you're willing to put in.

*Know your status*
Many people who HIV aren't even aware they're infected. Many student health services will offer free HIV/AIDS testing. In addition, various local hospitals and clinics are able to offer free/low-cost testing. Find a testing site here: http://www.hivtest.org/subindex.cfm?FuseAction=Locate

*Safety First*
You're mom always told you to look both ways before crossing the street right? Extend the same common sense to other areas of your life by protecting yourself and your partner(s). You can get an overview of HIV prevention here: http://www.avert.org/hivprevention.htm

*Get Educated*
Do you know all of the ways HIV can transmitted? Do you know how the AIDS virus affects the human population? Do you know what populations are at higher risk for contracting HIV? Get informed on the various HIV/AIDS related issues. The US Center for Disease Control is a good place to start: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/dhap.htm . for an overview on global HIV/AIDS issues you can go to: http://hrw.org/doc/?t=hivaids_pub or http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/fxbcenter/HIVAIDS_and_HRinNutshell-Webversion1.pdf

*Stand in Solidarity*
Support the movement by attending local events. Or perhaps participate in an AIDS walk. You can also urge extra funding for HIV/AIDS initatives and call on governments to provide comprehensive HIV/AIDS services.
World AIDS Day events: http://www.omhrc.gov/hivaidsobservances/world/wadevents.html
HIV/AIDS activism: http://www.amnestyusa.org/hiv_aids/actions.do or http://www.aclu.org/hiv/index.html
Various AIDS Walks: http://www.aidswalk.org/

*Going the extra mile*
-Get involved with HIV/AIDS charities/organizations (http://www.thebody.com/hotlines/internat.html)
-Help to educate others

*For you instant gratification folks*

11/21/06 12:57 am - veggiemeatball

Just in case you didn't know OUTfront, Amnesty International's program on LGBT human rights has a facebook group. Our offical group name is "Outfront: Campaign for LGBT Human Rights" but a search for "outfront" should suffice.
We'll be using the group to distribute actions and invite people to events, so everyone should join.

Of course you can always get info from the OF website: www.aiusa.org/outfront
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

11/13/06 03:33 pm - ladycatherina - Amnesty Invitation!

Letting everyone know that I'm hosting an Amnesty International Write-A-Thon in my ladycatherina journal, and you're all invited!

The Write-A-Thon is a free event where we write letters to governments on behalf of nonviolent political prisoners around the world, beginning November 28th and continuing through December 10th, International Human Rights Day. Around the 28th a list of actions will be available on the Amnesty webpage (http://www.amnestyusa.org), and I'll download them and post the addresses and information in my journal. Whoever's interested can let me know via comments and we can split the actions up as we go.

I did this last year with a friend and got through the entire list of appeals, Holiday Card actions, etc. To make it more fun, we can all take breaks where we post jokes, stories, recipes, etc as comments to the Writeathon post.

10/16/06 01:29 pm - racheljean04 - Support refugee relief efforts in Darfur

Hi everyone,

I work for the American Refugee Committee in Chicago, and this year we're holding a fundraising luncheon in Chicago in support of the refugee camps we run in Darfur and other places around the world.  Speakers will include ARC's country director from Sudan and John Prendergast, a Senior Adviser on Africa at the International Crisis Group in DC.  Barack Obama is an honorary co-sponsor and may show up as well.  The luncheon is being held November 3rd at the Hilton Chicago, and tickets are $150 each (with at least 90% of that going directly to refugee support).  If you're interested in learning more about what's going on in Darfur and supporting refugee camps there, please email me and I'll get you an invitation.

Thanks for your support!


10/10/06 04:52 pm - ladycatherina - Uganda's Calling

Answer the call.

Sorry if this is not allowed in the community, I can remove it if asked - but I thought some of you might be interested in this new group!

I'm a board member of ugandacalling, and we exist to raise awareness of and work for the end of the civil war in Northern Uganda, which has victimized many innocent civilians, particularly children, and left many homeless and desperately poor. We're trying to provide resources for local groups working on this issue - collecting petitions for groups to circulate, providing ideas for fundraisers for worthy projects, posting news articles and bulletins about Uganda, and letting activists and interested people get together to learn more and network with each other. And we still need lots of people to help us carry on all these functions and get us off the ground as a nonprofit - as well as community leaders who'd like to start something for Uganda!

If you're interested in learning more or helping out, please check out the community - everyone's very nice and positive, we'd love to see you!

9/21/06 04:32 pm - veggiemeatball

If you are a:

1) student
2) registered member of Amnesty
3) live in or go to school in the mid-atlantic region (Delaware, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virgina, and West Virginia)

then please e-mail me at nehansshah@gmail.com ASAP

9/19/06 05:17 pm - veggiemeatball - message from Larry Cox, ED of AIUSA

Dear Friends,

This day is different from other days. Today the Administration is
attempting to reach a “compromise” on whether the United States will
oppose torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by upholding the
Geneva Conventions. We expect that Congress will act on the President's
proposals this week, maybe as early as a Senate vote tomorrow.

We need you to act NOW. Please take three minutes this afternoon to call
your Senator and Member of Congress. Tell them that you want to return
America to a country that leads the world on human rights. Use our toll
free number 1-800-Amnesty to route calls to their offices at no cost to

The message is simple: Congress must reject any proposals that would
weaken the Geneva Conventions, allowing for unfair trials and ill-treatment
of people in detention.

We are also targeting key Senators and encourage you to call their home
district offices if you live in one of these states:
Pennsylvania, Kansas, Indiana, Minnesota, Florida, New Hampshire, Oregon,
Tennessee, Nebraska.

Please forward this message as widely as possible to your e-mail burst
lists, committee members and everyone you can and ask them to ACT TODAY.
Americans everywhere must vocally affirm their commitment to fairness,
justice and human dignity.

Thank you.


Larry Cox
Executive Director
Amnesty International USA

8/22/06 12:32 pm - davefilkins - Please... sign this petition.

I just ask that you take a moment to read this petition and consider adding your signature. Israel has become a military monstrosity without bounds and Lebanon desperately needs our help. Please, at least take the time to visit the web site.

Thank you for listening.

In love and peace,
David Filkins

x-posted to many communities

8/4/06 12:02 pm - veggiemeatball

Amnesty International is calling on its members to hold vigils on Monday, August 7, 2006, in response to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Lebanon.

Amnesty International will hold a silent vigil in front of Penn Station in New York City on Monday, August 7th between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Please join us at the corner of 33rd St. and 8th Avenue.

1. AI calls for a ceasefire.
2. AI demands that all governments stop the supply of arms to the
3. We stand in solidarity with the victims and survivors from both sides
of this conflict.

Please encourage your members to join us.

For further information, as well as a list of other vigil locations, please visit

6/27/06 01:42 pm - guju_desi - Global Pride, Global Action: Empowering the Spirit of Human Rights

Join Amnesty International, Gay Games vistores, local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trasgender (LGBT) community members for a one day conference exploring international LGBT human rights issues, and way participants can take action to end LGBT human rights abuses.

♦ Date: Saturday, July, 15

♦ Time: 10 am - 4 pm (Registration to begin at 9 a.m.)

♦ Location: Roosevelt University
Loop Campus - 430 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

* This event is free of charge and all are welcome – although space is limited.

* Participants may attend the entire conference or are also welcome to attend individual plenary sessions, panels, or workshops for which they have a particular interest.

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*If you have any questions please ask!

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