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2015 Annual Write-a-thon and Human Rights Festival

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Join Amnesty International Pittsburgh (group 39) and many other inspiring Pittsburgh rights groups and community leaders on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 for our annual Write-a-thon and Human Rights Festival.

Held from 6-9 pm at Calvary Episcopal Church, this year marks the 29th annual gathering, during which you contribute to writing between 500 and 1000 letters on important human rights cases of our time.

Stop in and stay as long as you can. Write letters. Talk to other activists. Check out information tables about local groups working in Pittsburgh on local, national and international issues. Fortify yourself with the free refreshments.

Candlelight Ceremony and City Council Proclamation at 7:30 pm.

Thank you – the Write to Witness event was a great success!

Thank you to the volunteers of Amnesty International Pittsburgh, City of Asylum staff and writers-in-residence, the writers who shared their works and thoughts, and all of the attendees who made Write to Witness such a great event and great way to raise awareness about the issues facing writers around the world.  In addition to supporting the event, attendees wrote at least 25 letters and wrote lovely messages of support for Raif Badawi.

Please check to stay up to date on current cases and ways you can take action and stay involved.

Pittsburgh’s Group 39 will host our largest annual event, the Write-a-thon and Human Rights Festival in December.  Stay tuned for further updates about that and other events and actions on, on Twitter @amnestypgh and on Facebook: Amnesty international Pittsburgh Group. You may also join our Google Group “Amnesty International Group 39″ to receive email updates as well.

Feel free to email us at with any questions, feedback or ideas for more events.
We’re specifically interested in volunteers to help restart our Sunday Human Rights Cafe, where we set up some letter writing at a local cafe or tea shop once or twice a month for 2 hours.

Some pics from the event.  See you at the next one and thank you for your support!

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WRITE TO WITNESS: Amnesty International Pittsburgh & City of Asylum event June 23rd!

Join Amnesty International Pittsburgh and City of Asylum for a FREE event celebrating the value that writers, journalists, poets, and bloggers bring to humankind by bearing witness to the truth. Hear the courageous stories of these individuals and learn what you can do to defend the right to witness.Information will be available about the work that Amnesty International does on a global scale, and the important work that City of Asylum does right here in Pittsburgh!
Doors at 6:30 pm: learn about writers at risk, write a letter or draw or write a message for Raif Badawi
Main program 7-8:30:
Esmirna Matos
Joy Katz 
Amnesty volunteers read short poems by Liu Xiaobo, Tariq Ramadan, and Nay Phone Latt – former or current writers at risk/in danger

Tony Norman

City of Asylum writers:
Israel Centeno
Yaghoub Yadali

Sarah Shotland of Words Without Walls

8:30-9 pm Write one last letter, talk to the writers, and eat the rest of the food!

City of Asylum Alphabet City Tent, 324 Sampsonia Way, 15212. Directions:

For more information,
RSVP on City of Asylum’s site:
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This event is part of City of Asylum’s Alphabet City Open Stage series. As part of our commitment to giving voice and visibility, Summer on Sampsonia’s Alphabet City Open Stage provides writers, artists, and thinkers with a platform for their work. Every two weeks, the Alphabet City Tent will be opened to anyone in the community, from poets to professors, to read, share, discuss, and think.

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Write to Witness June 23 2015 FlyerA