Upper Potomac Chapter (AIUP) #539
PO Box 1225 Shepherdstown, WV 25443
January 11, 2008 Shepherdstown Vigil where more than 25 local residents joined thousands throughout the world to call for the closure of Guantanamo and other illegal detention centers, an end to torture, and the restoration of habeas corpus.
You can help accomplish these goals by taking action through AIUSA's website.
Human Rights Videos Available
Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide human rights movement working independently of all governments and political ideologies to:
the release of prisoners of conscience; men, women, and children detained anywhere solely because of their beliefs, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, color, or language, and who have neither used nor advocated violence.
fair and prompt trials for all political prisoners.
all use of torture, "disappearance," political killing, and the death penalty.
AI received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for its efforts to promote observance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To learn more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, go to http://www.amnestyusa.org/udhr.html, or come to our meetings and obtain a free copy.
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Come to UPPER POTOMAC CHAPTER LETTER WRITING MEETINGS OR WORK IN OTHER WAYS WITH THE CHAPTER TO:
Visit members of Congress and other officials to help them understand Amnesty International USA's position on specific pieces of human rights legislation. Help our officials put the human faces on rights violations so that they can better assess how US legislation either promotes or hinders respect for human rights. To get involved, contact Amnesty International WV Legislative Coordinator. For tips on making a visit to your member of Congress, take a look at the "Raise the Roof" video available for loan from the Shepherdstown Public Library.TAKE ACTION.
Do you want to help but don't have time for meetings or writing many letters? OR would you like to write additional letters between meetings? Join Amnesty International's on line Action Center. You will be able to view pre-drafted letters ready for your signature. Leave the letter as is or edit it, press send, and you are increasing the chances that a person in custody will not be tortured or that the torture will stop. At times you may also have the option to make your voice heard on issues involving U.S. Congress or corporations. Visit Amnesty International USA's online Action Center.
Choose an Amnesty International case or issue that you would like to focus on by selecting Our Priorities after clicking on www.amnestyusa.org. Then volunteer to prepare the model letter(s) and briefly present background information at one of our monthly meetings.
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Human Rights Videos Available at the Shepherdstown Public Library
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You can receive announcements and information by email about AIUP meetings and events by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (703)980-4518. You can support our Chapter by working with us and as a dues-paying member. Our Chapter's dues are $5/yr for students; $10 (or more, if you like!) for non-students.
* To become a member of Amnesty International USA, click on http://www.amnestyusa.org/JoinUs.html
* Membership in the local chapter does not include membership in Amnesty International USA and inversely, membership in Amnesty International USA does not include membership in the local Upper Potomac Chapter.
During a vigil on August 7, 2006, AIUP joined
AI members worldwide to demand an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon. See
photos by Dennis
Crosby at http://www.slainteimages.com/gallery/1753184.
Tabling at the Contemporary American Theater Festival
V-Day Letter writing meeting "Women in Conflict Zones"
Dimensions of Torture Forum
"Tonight (or today) we hold this vigil of "solidarity and sorrow" for the people of Iraq. We do this to reaffirm our commitment to universal human rights and to stand in solidarity with all those who face the destructive impact of war. We pledge to press all involved to act in accordance with the international laws and standards they are bound to uphold, in war and in peace.
Two decades of conflict, a brutally oppressive regime, and the imposition of harsh and indiscriminate economic sanctions have jeopardized and violated the most fundamental human rights of Iraqi civilians. We reflect in sorrow for these violations, now magnified by the military intervention. We demand that the international community, and in particular, the parties to the conflict, endeavor to protect the lives of civilians, and we demand that the human rights of the Iraqi people never again be subjected to abuse and neglect."