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Action event against gun violence

gunviol2Help stop the violence. Let’s work together for sensible gun laws in Pennsylvania.

co-sponsored by Amnesty International Group 39 and CeaseFirePA

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Join us on Wednesday, June 15, 6-8pm at the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center (1852 Enoch St, in the Hill district) for an action meeting to support sensible gun control legislation in PA.

The even will begin with short presenations by Amnesty group 39 members, Rob Conroy from CeaseFirePA, and victims of gun violence. This will be followed by letter writing actions to educate PA lawmakers about the need for universal background checks and mandatory reporting of missing firearms.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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.

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:

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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

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.