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Announcement :: Environment : Human Rights : Media : Organizing : War and Militarism
Go to B.A.T. for Human Rights! -- July 17th, Somerville
14 Jul 2006
Are you concerned about human rights, the environment, and corporate accountability, but don’t know where to put your activist energy?

YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHOOSE!

The Amnesty Group 133 Business Action Team (B.A.T.) is a group of passionate and dedicated volunteer activists working in each of these areas.

Join us on July 17 at 7PM at 58 Day St. (Davis Square) and take part in a new campaign to hold corporations accountable for Human Rights abuses!
GO TO B.A.T. FOR HUMAN RIGHTS!!

CONCERNED ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS?
CONCERNED ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT?
CONCERNED ABOUT CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY?
DON'T KNOW WHERE TO PUT YOUR ACTIVIST ENERGY?

YOU DON'T HAVE TO CHOOSE!

COME TO AMNESTY GROUP 133 BUSINESS ACTION TEAM (B.A.T.) AND WORK ON ALL OF THEM AT THE SAME TIME!

Amnesty International has campaigns aimed at:

* Protecting human rights activists, those who defend the environment, and indigenous peoples, when development activities imperil their work or the well-being of their communities
* Seeking redress from economic actors that allegedly commit, or are complicit in, human rights abuses
* Encouraging companies to promote human rights in the areas where they operate
* Supporting national and international legal accountability for corporations as regards their human rights responsibilities

The Amnesty Group 133 Business Action Team (B.A.T.) is a group of local passionate and dedicated volunteer activists (people just like you!) working on business, environment and human rights issues.

Join us - Go To B.A.T. for Human Rights!!

Most recently Amnesty 133 B.A.T. has worked to support the indigenous peoples of the Narmada valley in India who are being callously uprooted and displaced to make way for a massive dam project, and in solidarity with the long-suffering victims of the Bhopal gas disaster of 1984, in their struggle for justice.

see the following websites for more information: www.amnestyusa.org/countries/india/document.do?id=ENGASA200112006
www.narmada.org
www.amnestyusa.org/business/sharepower/bhopal.html

NOW we invite you to join us on a new campaign to hold corporations accountable for Human Rights abuses!

We are looking for concerned and inspired citizens to join us for a meeting of the Amnesty 133 Business Action Team on July 17 th , 2006.

We will be reviewing the campaigns that Amnesty International is currently focused on, and selecting one as our next campaign here at Group 133 B.A.T.
Here is a brief listing of the possibilities:

Internet censorship in China
In China, US corporations such as Yahoo! (YHOO), Microsoft (MSFT), and Google (GOOG) are contributing to human rights violations, directly or indirectly.

Chevron Corporation in the Niger Delta
Ten years after the internationally condemned executions of the “Ogoni 9,” including Ken Saro-Wiwa, the legacy of human rights violations in the Niger Delta continues.

Chevron Corporation in the Amazon
Chevron's drilling practices in the Ecuadorian Amazon have left a legacy of pollution and health problems in the indigenous communities and the people in the area.

Oil impunity in Nigeria
The failure of the Nigerian government to rigorously enforce its obligations to protect human rights is fuelling violations of civil and political as well as economic, social and cultural rights in the process of the oil exploration and production in the Niger Delta. SHELL Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC) is impacting the community of Rukpokwu, Rivers State.

Corporate accountability in the "war on terror"
U.S. companies may be fueling human rights violations and operating in a virtually rules-free zone in the "war on terror". More than 25 U.S. aviation companies have been linked to "renditions", the U.S. government's policy of transferring people secretly and illegally to countries known to practice torture, including Richmor Aviation . Private military contractors (PMCs), many with multi-million dollar government contracts, have been accused of engaging in sexual abuse and torture, and implicated in hundreds of shootings at Iraqi civilians.

Call For Corporate Accountability In Iraq
The Titan Corporation and CACI International (CAI), Inc. have performed services contracts with the U.S. military that have led to public allegations of complicity in abuses against detainees by some of their employees.
Environmentalists Under Fire

Chad-Cameroon
An oil pipe line project threatens local communities and fragile ecosystems.

Ecuador
Indigenous communities and activists struggle to protect the Amazon from oil interests.
Indonesia

Oil and mining projects threaten communities in Aceh and Papua.

Mexico
Activists fear for their lives as the death of a human rights lawyer goes unsolved.

For more information on these Amnesty International campaigns go to:
www.amnestyusa.org/business/index.do
www.amnestyusa.org/business/environment/index.html

And for a very cool and inspiring video, go here:
http://www.amnestyusa.org/business/sharepower/flash.html

MOST IMPORTANTLY – Don't forget to join us on July 17 th . We will be meeting at the Amnesty International North East Regional Office, 58 Day St., Davis Square, Somerville at 7pm

SEE YOU THERE!

If you have questions please e-mail: hre (at) amnesty133.org
See also:
http://www.mirrorimage.com/ai/actions/hre/bat.html

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