Sunday, December 8, 2019

Human Rights Day: Climate Change

Human Rights Day
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In a well-attended event, our community in Amherst celebrated the Human Rights Day that was organized by the local chapter of Amnesty International. We hosted a panel on Climate Change. The two distinguished 
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Solomon shared the gloomy picture of climate injustice and what we can do locally and globally to fix it. Irene and her students from Amherst Middle school spoke about the action they are involved with to make this change happens.

The following statement was in the invitation brochure that was circulated in town: 
"Building on the momentum of AI’s participation this fall in the “People’s Summit on Climate, Rights, Human Survival,” we welcome climate expert Solomon Goldstein-Rose and Amherst Regional Middle School social studies teacher Irene LaRoche as panelists, and human rights advocate Mohamed Elgadi as moderator. 

Given that mobilization at the local level to make an impact globally is crucial, they will discuss strategies and actions to address climate injustice. Goldstein-Rose, having served as the youngest member of the Massachusetts legislature from 2017 to 2019, now focuses full-time on climate change. His research has evolved into a framework being published this March in book form as The 100% Solution: A Plan to Solve Climate Change. 

LaRoche is a social studies teacher at Amherst Regional Middle School with a current focus on the intersection of human rights and the climate crisis. For the past six years, she also has guided her students to create remarkable visual artwork inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each year their work is on exhibit throughout December at the Jones Library in Amherst. 

Elgadi, adjunct faculty at Springfield College, has conducted research and taught in the environmental sciences. He is a longtime activist in the cause of human rights.May be an image of 1 person

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Human Rights Day: Early Planning Meeting

We 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.
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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.

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: 


"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

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Coming out of Hibernation !

Today our Chapter had its first planning meeting after winter hibernation!

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              Do not get us wrong, we still were very active over the past few months through our Facebook page and also in meeting with our Congressman Jim McGovern to follow up on our last summer meeting , and to advocate on behalf the peaceful revolution in Sudan that continued for more than 5 months  (more on this to come later).