Tonight’s Meeting Canceled and Action to Take

Due to last minute issues, we have to cancel tonight’s meeting. We apologize for the short notice and are planning to meet next month on March 11th. We’ll send out more details as the date gets closer.

In the meantime, here’s an action for the Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance:


Tomorrow, February 11, is the Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance:

Amnesty has joined this important global day of action urging Congress to support the USA Freedom Act: a bipartisan bill introduced by Rep Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Senator Leahy (D-VT) that would help end the bulk collection of information about our telephone calls and require greater transparency from the Obama administration about its use of surveillance.

Here’s how you can help defend OUR right to privacy on February 11:

1) Let people know you are taking part

Tweet about The Day We Fight Back with #hashtag #NSA from

Share the The Day We Fight Back graphics on Facebook

Use the Twitter and Facebook photo badges

Post the action widget to your websites, blogs, tumblr, etc

2) Call and Email your 2 Senators and your Representative

On February 11, use the action widget at to easily call and email your elected officials
Check out the call and email counter on the website to track our impact

3) Get more involved

Join like-minded people in your community for on-going lobbying and activism in support of the USA Freedom Act. Email me to get connected:

4) Learn more:

Coalition website:
USA Freedom Act:

AIUSA Blog: A Person Under Surveillance is No Longer Free:

Thank you for defending our human rights!


Zeke Johnson
Director, Security & Human Rights Program

Amnesty International USA

5 Penn Plaza, 16th Floor

New York, NY 10001

Desk: 212.633.4256

Cell: 646.853.9779


AI Meeting- Tuesday, February 11th

Dear All,

We hope all of you are doing well and staying warm! Amnesty Local Group won’t be meeting on the first Tuesday this time. Instead we are moving it to February 11th which is the second Tuesday of the month. I hope you guys can make it out. Here are the details:

When: February 11th, 2014 at 7:30pm

Where: Charmington’s (2601 N. Howard Street)

We will be writing some letters and signing a petition to press the Russian government to protect human rights. We intend to continue the petition signing throughout the Olympics. We would really appreciate if you can help us in getting the work around and getting more people to sign it!

Feel free to email Zaineb at if you have any questions, concerns, feedback etc.

Thank you,

Amnesty Local Group 109

12th anniversary of the Guantanamo detentions

Dear Friends,

January 11 is the 12th anniversary of the Guantanamo detentions.

77 people remain held without charge despite being cleared to leave.
People like Shaker Aamer; he’s been cleared since 2010, but still
held–even though UK Prime Minister David Cameron has repeatedly,
publicly called for his release.

Our rights to due process and a fair trial continue to be eroded, and
justice for the 9/11 attacks remains unfulfilled.

Join Amnesty, September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, and many other
groups in urging President Obama to end indefinite detention, transfer
cleared detainees, use fair trials in federal court for those to be
prosecuted, and shut down Guantanamo:

March with us from the White House to the Smithsonian Museum of American
History. Meet at the White House on January 11 at noon:

Join solidarity events in Chicago, Detroit, London, Los Angeles or

Call the White House comment line at 202.456.1111 and say: “I support
closing Guantanamo. Transfer cleared detainees and respect human rights
without delay.”

Sign the petition to President Obama and Congress:

Email President Obama about Shaker Aamer and other cleared detainees:

Tweet: President Obama @WhiteHouse keep your promise close Guantanamo,
transfer detainees now #CloseGitmo

Lobby your Representative in Congress this spring to remove the
restriction on the transfer of detainees to the US for trial in federal
court. Email me for more info.

Learn more: read Amnesty’s statement on the 12th anniversary:

Very best,


Zeke Johnson
Director, Security & Human Rights Program
Amnesty International USA
5 Penn Plaza, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Desk: 212.633.4256
Cell: 646.853.9779

Group 109 Amnestea- December 10th

Baltimore’s Local Group in collaboration with Goucher College is organizing Amnestea. Let’s take action to protect human rights over a cup of tea!

This event is part of Amnesty International’s largest letter writing campaign – Write for Rights ( We have shortlisted a few prisoners of conscience cases from all over the world. You can either write them a letter or make them a card or just write them a message of hope. We will have some art supplies (if you want to show your creative side) and of course a lot of tea!

We will also be collecting funds for Amnesty International. So please feel free to donate, even if only a few cents.

Here are the details:

What: Amnestea (Write for Rights)
When: December 10th, 2013 at 9:15pm
Where: Gopher Hole at Goucher College

The address for the college is 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd Baltimore, MD 21204. The building does not have its own address but it is in the Pearlstone Student Center.

If you need more information, feel free to call/text Zaineb Majoka at 443-743-4416

Come out and join us!

We look forward to seeing you there,

Baltimore Local Group

Screening: Baltimore We Love You

Baltimore, We Love You is a social media project that serves to highlight those being undermined through poverty in Baltimore city. The purpose of this project is to create a stark relationship between ordinary citizens and those that often go unnoticed and by giving them a voice rather than defining them as a bare statistic.

Film director Mawish Raza will join us for the screening and will discuss her experience creating the documentary.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7:30 P.M.
Batza Room- Goucher College

November 7th Minutes and Upcoming Events

Hey All,

Here are the minutes for the meeting on November 7th.


Upcoming events:

- November 13th, 2013: TWO LAW PROFESSORS DEBATE: ” US Drone Strikes Abroad: Good Strategy or Bad Policy?” at Johns Hopkins University at 7:15 pm at Charles Commons Salon B. Here is the link to Facebook event:

If you need help with directions, feel free to contact Zaineb Majoka at

- November 14th, 2013: Documentary screening “Wounds of Waziristan” at Hopkins followed by a panel discussion on how drones are affecting lives of people in North Western Pakistan. Time and venue details can be found on the flyer below (click to enlarge).


- December 10th, 2013: Write for Rights event at Goucher from 9-10pm. More details will be sent out soon. If anyone is interested in helping us with logistics, please email Zaineb at

Next Meeting:

From now on, meetings will be held on first Tuesdays of every month at 7pm at Charmingtons.

Next meeting is on December 3rd at 7pm at Charmington’s (2601 North Howard Street)

Hope to see you there!

Thank you,

Amnesty International Local Group

AI 109 Meeting, Thursday November 7th

Dear All,

The Baltimore’s local group is meeting again this Thursday.


- Finalize the details of Write 4 Rights event at Goucher
- Discuss if a documentary screening/put luck is doable
- Make a list of other events in Baltimore area that members might be interested in attending
- Update other members on Amnesty’s Regional Conference
- Write letters for prisoners of conscience

Where: Charmington’s (2601 N. Howard Street Baltimore, MD 21218)

When: 7pm on Thursday November 7th, 2013

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Thank you.