Amnesty International USA to Co-Sponsor Women’s March on Washington on January 21

“We’re proud to stand with people from all across the country to declare that women’s rights are human rights and to demand that the new administration and Congress protect everyone’s human rights,” said Margaret Huang, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA. “We decided to cosponsor the Women’s March on Washington to help send a loud and clear message that human rights must be respected.” Read the complete press release: Amnesty International USA

Urgent Action

No Refugee-Bashing in My Name! Tell Congress to Help Refugees

Dozens of hateful anti-refugee bills have been introduced in Congress—and dangerous anti-refugee rhetoric is getting louder than ever.

There are 60 million refugee and displaced persons. All countries have an obligation to help, but most rich countries have left poorer, mainly Middle Eastern, African, and South Asian countries to host 86% of the global refugee population.  Read more and take action

Thank You!

To everyone who wrote letters during this year’s Write for Rights campaign, thank you! Please look at the list of recent successes. Hopefully more will be added soon, including all of the people on whose behalf we just wrote.

We gave out many more stacks of info packs; so there may have been more letters. What we know for sure is that the following letters were mailed by this group:

For Annie Alfred: 13
for Bayram and Giyas: 10
for Edward Snowden: 10
for Eren Keskin: 11
for Formusoh Ivo Feh: 11
for Ilham Tohti: 11
for the Indigenous Peoples of the Peace River: 11
for Johan Teterrissa: 12
for Leonard Peltier: 11
for Máxima Acuña: 11
for Shawkan: 11
for Zeynab Jalalian: 11
and for our own Itai Dzamara: 11

Change of meeting location and time

We will join Black Lives Matter Charleston on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5:00PM at North Charleston City Hall for a People’s Assembly to End Police Brutality. The meeting addresses one of the issues this group chose as important to work on. Please help – read their press release, below, and come join us.

We still need your letters for this year’s Write for Rights campaign, which is drawing to a close. In the top right corner of this website, you will find links to all of the information you need to write, even including sample letters. Note that three of the people on whose behalf we wrote last year are now free, and please write!

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Amnesty International USA to Monitor to North Dakota Pipeline Protests

nd_option_2-png. . . In some instances, police have responded to protesters with pepper spray and bean bags, and in one instance, private security staff used guard dogs. Those recently arrested have reported being strip searched and forced to pay bail for minor offenses. Members of the media and legal observers have also been arrested or charged with minor offenses.

. . . Under International law and standards, arrests should not be used to intimidate or prevent people from participating in peaceful assembly.

Read the complete press release: Amnesty International USA

Justice Department takes steps to create national use-of-force database

Protesters block I-277 during a third night of unrest following the police fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. Policing in the United States’ minority communities has been a flashpoint since the deaths of Trayvon Martin in Florida, Michael Brown in Missouri, Tamir Rice in Ohio, Sandra Bland in Texas and others. Sept. 22, 2016 (Gerry Broome/AP)
Protesters block I-277 during a third night of unrest following the police fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. Policing in the United States’ minority communities has been a flashpoint since the deaths of Trayvon Martin in Florida, Michael Brown in Missouri, Tamir Rice in Ohio, Sandra Bland in Texas and others. Sept. 22, 2016 (Gerry Broome/AP)

The FBI will launch a pilot project early next year to begin collecting use-of-force statistics nationwide and create the first online national database on both deadly and nonfatal interactions the public has with law enforcement.

. . . But although Lynch can impose financial penalties on law enforcement agencies that fail to report data about “civilians” who died during interactions with authorities or in their custody, the Justice Department cannot require state and local agencies to report the far larger number of such situations that are not fatal. Participation in the new use-of-force program by those agencies is voluntary.

Continue reading: Washington Post

We’re Failing to Provide Protection to Female Refugees

TOPSHOT - Migrants gather and wait before being evacuated from a makeshift migrant camp set up between the metro stations of Jaures and Stalingrad, in Paris, on September 16, 2016. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT /Getty Images)
TOPSHOT – Migrants gather and wait before being evacuated from a makeshift migrant camp set up between the metro stations of Jaures and Stalingrad, in Paris, on September 16, 2016. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT /Getty Images

In the current and unprecedented global refugee crisis, women face unique challenges that are often hidden or ignored.

Those forced to flee their homes to escape violence often face grim options. Resolving to leave their war-torn homelands, and leaving everything and everyone they know behind, is hard enough. The prospect of entrusting their lives and that of their loved ones to smugglers or embarking on perilous voyages to strange countries is terrifying. For women, especially those fleeing alone, there is additional danger. Their entire journey is plagued by the ever-present threat of sexual violence.
Continue reading: Time.com

Update: the author, Margaret Huang, is the new Executive Director for Amnesty International USA. Please click on the link above and read her excellent and important article.

Postponed – Join us Sunday, October 9

Due to Hurricane Matthew, this event has been canceled. We will post an update when it is rescheduled.

The South Carolina Green Party has invited us to table at their rally in Marion Square in downtown Charleston on Sunday, October 9 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM. We would love to meet you! Please stop by, pick up some free buttons and stickers, sign our letters and maybe pick up some information for writing your own letters.

If you need more information, email anna(at)charlestonpeace.net or send us a message on facebook.