Members of Group 39 have been tabling at farmers markets in Bloomfield and Squirrel Hill in June and July. We have been collecting signatures for two petitions to Congress:
- For our focus case, the imprisoned human rights advocate and scholar Mohammed al-Qahtani in Saudi Arabia.
- To support a bill that would end the practice of immigration detention for families with children.
At each occasion, we have been able to collect 100-200 signatures!
Human rights still need defending during COVID-19 lockdown. But how do we reach our fellow citizens?
One possibility are sidewalk chalk actions – with a simple message and a web link where one can find phone numbers to call and more information on the issue.
Members of Group 39 are tabling at several film showings at the 2020 Duquesne University Human Rights Film Series. We have petitions ranging from gun regulation matters (universal background checks) to immigration rights (demand legal status for Dreamers) to our focus case (Saudi human rights advocates Mohammed al-Qahtani and Abdullah al-Hamid). At each event, more than 100 signatures were collected!
Amnesty International Group 39 is a partner in this important event, organized by Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence, Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh and CeaseFirePA.
Thursday, October 24, 4-5pm, North Shore Riverfront Park (beneath the Mr. Rogers statue). Download flyer.
We will honor: the 11 victims of the October 27 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, All the victims of gun homicide in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County and the victims of mass shootings across the nation over the past year.
We will demand: that our legislators pass stronger gun laws to stop the carnage once and for all.
The event will be largely silent – no speakers, no chants, with an emphasis on visually communicating our message. We will provide signs for participants to hold that include the name of the event (In Memoriam) and a place for each participant to insert the gun violence incident date that is most meaningful to them. Each sign will also include messages calling for specific gun violence prevention legislation, such as ‘Universal Background Checks Save Lives’ and ‘22,000 Americans die of Gun Suicide Each Year – Pass Extreme Risk Laws Now!!’
Please try to arrive by 3:45 to sign in an pick up a sign. More info.