Save the Date: Amnesty International Pittsburgh & City of Asylum event June 23rd!

Save the Date: Amnesty International Pittsburgh Group 39 is partnering with City of Asylum to bring you an event focused on the importance of the written word, the right to bear witness to the truth and the censorship and violence faced by writers, poets, bloggers, and journalists.

“Write to Witness” will feature writers and speakers, educational materials, and ways to take action to support individuals at risk.

It will be held at City of Asylum’s Alphabet City Tent on Sampsonia Way, on Tuesday, June 23, 7-9 pm.


More details and flyer to come!




Henderson Hill in Pittsburgh March 26th

Amnesty International Group 39 is also a sponsor of this great event.  March 26th!

National Lawyers Guild-Pitt Law Chapter, Prisoner Legal Support Project, Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Date and Time:
Thursday, March 26, 2015 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
University of Pittsburgh School of Law

3900 Forbes Avenue Room 109

15260 Pittsburgh , PA

United States


The National Lawyers Guild-Pitt Law Chapter, along with the Prisoner Legal Support Project and Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is hosting a talk by veteran litigator and anti-death penalty advocate, Henderson Hill, on Thursday, March 26th at 7 PM in Room 109. Hill is the executive director of the 8th Amendment Project and has worked for two decades in capital defense and civil rights litigation. He will discuss Pennsylvania’s recent moratorium on the death penalty, as well as the need for abolition of the death penalty nationwide.

Throughout his career, Hill has served as executive director of the Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina, spent 15 years as a partner with Ferguson, Stein, Chambers, Gresham & Sumter, and served as director of the North Carolina Death Penalty Resource Center. He also founded the Center for Death Penalty Litigation and the Charlotte Coalition for Moratorium Now. Hill received the Paul Green Award from the North Carolina Civil Liberties Union for his work to abolish the death penalty. He received his B.A. degree from Lehman College at the City University of New York and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.

Human Rights events in 2015!!!!

Stay tuned: on March 3rd, our ad hoc planning committee is gathering to get started on some events and activities in 2015!!!

We’ll post possible events and calls for help in making them happen!

Things like speaker panels, film screenings/talks, poetry readings, music events and MORE!

If you have a great idea for an event OR a group we can partner with on something, email Ayres or Chris:

We are not big on capacity right now (let’s hope that changes in the warmer months!), but big on IDEAS and we’d love to do events that offer a local + international connection.

Reading the Names of the Missing in Ayotzinapa

Brenda Sólkez reads the names of the 46 Mexican students, who were killed or missing from Ayotzinapa, during Amnesty International Pittsburgh’s Write-a-thon and Human Rights Festival.

Not enough investigation was done, and the government has closed the case. However, human rights groups are demanding answers and justice for innocents killed or disappeared.