Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Another Successful Event...!

Thanks to all who made the Fundraiser Tag Sale a successful event that netted us over $500 in 5 hours!

This is a good net revenue especially in this difficult economic time...
Again like in last year's Tag Sale, books sold very good (thanks for the good titles our dear member Nigel and others picked @ the Amherst Book Recycling Ctr).
The low price strategy attracted more students, major customers at any Tag sale in the begining of the school year....
Petitions/information table was another success and donation put in the Stamps jar was over $3... We forgot this year to have Greeting Cards available on the table to write and mail to our POC, Karim Amer (sorry Karim, we hope to send you one when you are free, soon Inshalla!).
Thanks to our elected State legislators, Rep Ellen Story and Senator Stan Rosenberg for continuing to
show their commitment to human rights and support to Amnesty International. Both legislators gave powerful speech and saluted Amnesty International on its 50th Anniversary, and the 32 anniversary of the local chapter

A brief video of their talk will be posted here later.

We also want to remind our members and other human rights activists in the area that the
2010 Northeast Regional Conference will be held on Boston University Campus on Sat Nov 13th. We are hoping many will be able to attend this important event.
The Conference will be divided into workshops and of them will be focusing on auung Sun Su Kyi, one of our adopted POC cases.
Conference registration :
$40 Regular
$30 Students, seniors, Limited Income
Registration Deadline is Mon, Nove 1, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

Our Annual Fundraise Tag Sale

For Immediate Release---


Starting at 11 am during the tag sale on the Common, the Amherst area chapter, called Group 128-AIUSA, will pause for a short interval to anticipate and acclaim the approaching Amnesty anniversaries, the 50th of Amnesty International and the 20th of Group 128, both occurring in early 2011. State Senator Stan Rosenberg and state Representative Ellen Story will join us and say a few words to commemorate the occasion. US Representative John Olver, and the Chairman of the Amherst Human Rights Commission, Winslow Reynolds, have also been invited.
The anniversary in 2011 of Group 128 actually can be regarded its 33rd because its forerunner existed since spring of 1978 as a handful of townspeople and students assembled to bring public awareness to human rights abuses and prisoners of conscience. The group grew, was then assisted by Amnesty's New England coordinator, and officially became an AIUSA affiliate in 1991, with many of the original 1978 participants as charter members.
The current coordinator of Group 128, Mohamed Elgadi, now a US citizen and resident of Amherst, was himself a prisoner in Sudan where he endured torture at the hands of that repressive regime, which is still in power. He attests to the effectiveness of Amnesty's actions, remarking that it was after AI brought attention to his and others' situation in Sudan in 1992 that there was amelioration of their ordeal, and he suggests that their eventual release may in large part be due to AI.
The Amnesty International website ( likewise reports that the work of AI had the effect of moderating severe treatment, and even bringing about a just resolution, in a number of cases.
Every other Saturday from May to November, Group 128-AIUSA has a table on Amherst Common to collect signatures on petitions opposing human rights abuses, death penalties, state terrorism tactics, and supporting prisoners of conscience--among a long list: Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, Karim Amer of Egypt, Birtukan Mideksa of Ethiopia--and to ask for letters to be composed and sent as encouragement to these prisoners seeking justice. When a passerby comments occasionally that these petitions have no effect, Group 128 volunteers often point to the specific experience of Mohamed Elgadi. The next Saturday table days are September 4 and 18, 11 am to 1 pm.
Anyone wishing to donate items for the sale, or to learn about the work of Group 128-AIUSA, can
contact coordinator, Mohamed Elgadi, at