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Amnesty International Webinar: The Global Refugee Crisis

Wednesday, January 20 at 6 pm

If you can’t make it to the Potluck Plus, you might be interested in the following.  You can participate from anywhere you have a wi-fi connection.

Dear Community Congregational members and friends,

2015 has seen the worst refugee crisis since World War II, with over 19.5 million refugees across the globe. Yet, instead of open arms for refugees desperately seeking shelter, we have seen an increase in anti-refugee rhetoric in the United States coupled with Islamophobia. This hate and fear-mongering has no place in our country—we must speak out for human rights!

Amnesty is calling for a dramatic shift in the way the international community deals with the global refugee crisis in 2016.

Register Now, join in the webinar on Wednesday, January 20th at 6:00PM (PST) and learn how you can ensure that our country is one is which human rights are upheld and refugees are welcome.

This webinar will outline the global refugee crisis and what you can do to call for changes—both at the national and local level. You can make a real and direct difference in the lives of refugees.


Tarah Demant
Senior Director, Identity and Discrimination
Amnesty International USA



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Does AI letter-writing work?

Since 2002, CCUCC has participated in Amnesty International’s letter-writing efforts in defense of human rights worldwide.

Recent success stories include the release from detention in China of Ai Weiwei, internationally-known artist, and Mao Hengfeng, human rights defender. We wrote letters for them. There are numerous human rights abuses that we will never hear about if not for AI. Here are other individuals who have also been freed: Azerbaijani student, Jabbar Savalan, imprisoned for his facebook post calling for Egypt-inspired protests against government; Sudan student, Taj Alsir Jaafar, imprisoned after participating in protests and peaceful sit-in in Khartoum University; Maldivian Muslim activist, Ismail Rasheed, assaulted and arrested for peaceful protest calling for religious tolerance; Burundi activist-leader, Faustin Ndikumana, asked their Ministry of Justice to investigate corruption but instead was charged under Anti-Corruption Law; three Zimbabwean activists who advocated for media reforms and freedom of expression; Syrian activist, Ahmed Andora, arrested for unknown reason while in a Damascus café. In Bahrain, death sentences for two anti-government protesters were quashed. Naser Badel Al-Raas, a Canadian national was arrested and tortured for participating in protests, also in Bahrain. After his release Naser thanked Amnesty International,”…I’d like to thank everyone who fought for me without knowing me. I now believe in those who fight for justice.”

Human rights abuses come in all forms, in countries A to Z.

Amnesty International, with more than 3 million supporters in more than 150 countries, has received a Nobel Peace Prize for its work.