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Announcement :: Human Rights
Get on the Bus (for Human Rights)
14 Mar 2004
Every year local Amensty Internation group 133 of Somerville organizes a day of action in New York City. Now is your chance to get on the bus
On Friday, April 16th, more than 1,000 people will take part in Amnesty International’s largest volunteer-organized event in North America, “Get on the Bus.” For the past 9 years this annual day of human rights action and education has been inspiring and empowering young people to get involved and do something about the many human rights abuses in the world. This year promises to be the biggest and most successful event ever with student and adult activists from more than one dozen states traveling to New York City for a day to take part in this remarkable event.
From humble beginnings in 1996 when a mere 30 committed members of Amnesty International took a trip to the United Nations to protest human rights violations in Nigeria, this annual day has grown and grown. While it has attracted countless members to peaceful non-violent protest over the years, it has also been able to celebrate numerous successes. Past focuses of the trip have included calling for the release of Grigory Pasko, convicted by Russian authorities of treason in 2002 for reporting on illegal and toxic dumping by the Russian military. Grigory was later released and is now taking his case to the human rights court in Strasbourg. Most dramatic is the case of the Drapchi 14, Tibetan nuns imprisoned in China since 1989-92. Their case had long been one taken up by the group and after 8 years of working on this case, all of the nuns are finally free.
There is still much to be done and Amnesty International’s volunteers show no signs of stopping. This year demonstrations have been planned at the Egyptian consulate in response to the extra-judicial treatment of homosexual men in that country, at the Russia consulate to protest that countries refusal to recognize domestic violence as a crime and at the Chinese Consulate to speak out against the death sentence given to Tibetan monk Tenzin Delek.
This is an extremely positive event that continues to grow in strength and number every year. You do not need to be a member of Amnesty International to participate and getting on one of the buses leaving from Massachusetts, Connecticut, or New Hampshire is easy. Groups from other states are encouraged to organize carpools or, if large enough, can request a bus of their own. Registration and much more information is available online at www.gotb.org. The deadline for registration is March 22 so sign up soon. See you in New York!
See also:
http://www.gotb.org
http://www.amnesty133.org

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