Saturday, August 31, 2019

Human Rights Day: Early Planning Meeting

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, crowd and outdoorWe had a very busy information table at the Farmer Market today... many new students and their parents stopped by to know about our adopted cases of Prisoners of Conscience (POC), and signed petitions on their behalf. This was followed by a successful planning meeting of our annual featured Human Rights Day in December.

The Group decided to have more discussion before deciding on the final structure of the day however, a speaker, Art Exhibit, and Write for Rights are going to be part of the Day.
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In addition, the group decided to adopt the case of the Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh as a new POC of the Group 128.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

A great day at the Farmers Market !

I admit, I was not active very much in participating in our weekly Information table of human rights... This is mainly due to work most of the weekend (teaching summer courses)..


Today I got the chance to be back in my beloved town of Amherst and many great friends and human rights defenders, and political activists (yes for a Single Payer health Care Plan)



Of course the conversation at the table was mainly focused on our Prisoner of Conscience case that was adopted 10 years ago by our local Chapter
Ayatollah Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi



In addition, we highlighted the urgent action on a new person at risk, a lawyer in Iran who was just practicing her own legal job within the draconian religious laws of Iran: 

NASRIN SOTOUDEH


"Iranian authorities sentenced her to an astonishing 38 years in prison plus 148 lashes solely for her peaceful advocacy and representation of her clients—one of the harshest sentences ever handed down to a prisoner of conscience in Iran."

Margaret Huang
Executive Director
Amnesty International USA