Packet Creation – Tue, Sep 24, 10:30 AM

Join other members of Amnesty International #186, the local group in Augusta, Tuesday, September 24 at 10:30 AM in Room 1-2 of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, 3501 Walton Way Extension, to prepare packets of appeal letters to promote human rights.

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If you’d like to receive the letters we’re making, pay $25 and join us. You’ll receive 3 such packets per year.

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Books on the Death Penalty

The Augusta, Georgia chapter (Group #186) of Amnesty International USA has compiled a collection of books on the death penalty.

 

my death-penalty shelf:
Amnesty Intl's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (death-penalty shelf)

If you want to borrow a copy of one of these books, contact us. When you are done reading the book, send it back to us.

Vigil Against Execution of Marion Wilson, Thu, Jun 20

Marion Wilson DOC photoAmnesty International Group #186 is holding a vigil on Thursday, June 20, 2019, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, at the entrance of the Augusta Judicial Center at the corner of Walton Way and James Brown Blvd (9th St.). We are witnessing against the State of Georgia’s intention to execute another prisoner.

Georgia’s warrant to execute Marion Wilson begins that evening at 7 pm.

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If this execution takes place, it will be the 1,500th execution in the United States since the return of the death penalty in 1976.

Packet Creation – Mon, May 20, 10 AM

Join other members of Amnesty International #186, the local group in Augusta, Monday, May 20 at 10 AM at Earth Fare’s Community Room at  368 Furys Ferry Rd, Martinez, GA to prepare packets of appeal letters to promote human rights.

These are the appeals for which we’ve created letters for attendees to sign:

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If you’d like to receive the letters we’re making, pay $25 and join us. You’ll receive 3 such packets per year.

Appeal Letter on Behalf of Two Disappeared Persons from Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China

The People’s Republic of China has disappeared Guligeina Tashimaimaiti and Hankezi Zikeli. You can use the information in those links to write your own appeal letters. Or you can use the single letter we’ve composed. Here’s the text:

I recently learned about widespread and serious human rights abuses towards predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of the People’s Republic of China.

I write to you on behalf of two disappeared persons, Guligeina Tashimaimaiti and Hankezi Zikeli. Ms. Tashimaimaiti is a PhD student at the University of Technology in Malaysia whose friends and family haven’t heard from her since she returned to Yili in XUAR in February 2017. Ms. Zikeli is an aunt of Gulchehra Hoja, a Washington-based Radio Free Asia Uyghur Service journalist, and one of her 25 relatives who have been detained now for more than one year. Ms. Zikeli is 64 years old and has suffered a nervous breakdown after having been detained in a “transformation-through-education” center in Urumqi since February 2018.

Therefore, I call on you to immediately and unconditionally release Guligeina Tashimaimaiti and Hankezi Zikeli, along with all Gulchehra Hoja’s other relatives, unless there is sufficient credible and admissible evidence that they have committed an internationally recognized offense and are granted a fair trial in line with international standards; ensure that Guligeina Tashimaimaiti and Hankezi Zikeli and Gulchehra Hoja’s other relatives are not subjected to any torture or other ill-treatment and have regular and unrestricted access to a lawyer of their choice and are able to communicate with family members and others, including with family members living in other countries, without interference unless justified in line with international human rights law.

Here are links to an Adobe version and an MS Word version of the document. Remember to include your return address in the letters you write.

Vigil Against Execution of Scotty Morrow, Thu, May 2

Scotty Morrow photo 1 croppedAmnesty International Group #186 is holding a vigil on Thursday, May 4, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, at the entrance of the Augusta Judicial Center at the corner of Walton Way and James Brown Blvd (9th St.). We are witnessing against the State of Georgia’s intention to execute another prisoner.

Georgia’s warrant to execute Scotty Morrow begins that evening at 7 pm.

Read Scott Morrow’s petition for clemency which the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Packet Creation – Wed, Feb 6, 10:00 AM

We are gathering Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 10:00 AM to create packets of pre-addressed, pre-stamped appeal letters. Our meeting is at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta. The address is 3501 Walton Way Ext in Augusta. Spread the word on Facebook.

Here are the appeals we intend to do:

If you’d like to receive the packets of appeal letters we’re making, pay $25 and join us. You’ll receive 3 such packets per year. This covers the stamps and envelopes and photocopies used in the appeals.

The stamps for the above letters are four international (4 x $1.15 = $4.60) and domestic stamps (5 x $0.55  + $2.75). The stamps alone cost $7.35.