1. Free Film Screening of Valentine Road

    Please join Amnesty International USA for an important film screening of Valentine Road at 7pm on Thursday, August 14th at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. The screening is free and open to the public and seating is first-come, first-serve, so we recommend that people arrive at about 6:30 for the 7pm start time. Director Marta Cunningham will join us for a Q&A after the screening.

    http://frameline.org/now-showing/events/frameline-encore-valentine-road

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  2. End Violence Against Women

    Today the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on how women are uniquely impacted by gun violence. Amnesty is joining with voices across the country and telling Congress its time to #protectallwomen from gun violence. Congress must close loopholes that enable abusers to access and possess firearms. Today’s hearing is a significant step towards raising awareness of this critical issue. Tune in and tell your Senators to pass legislation to end gun violence against women and save lives. http://1.usa.gov/1tXvyUW

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    Jul 30 11:36AM
  3. » Dozens tortured by Chicago police. Demand justice now.

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    Jun 26 1:00PM
  4. Honor the International Day in Support of Survivors of Torture

    Today activists around the world are honoring the International Day In Support of Survivors of Torture. Amnesty USA honors today by highlighting the cases of more than one hundred men and women of color who were tortured by Chicago police commander Jon Burge between 1972 and 1991. These decades of brutality tore apart families and communities, and the survivors have been denied the reparations needed to make them whole. Join us as we urge the Chicago City Council to ensure reparations for survivors by passing the Reparations Ordinance for the Chicago Police Torture Survivors. Add your voice to the call to ‪#‎STOPTORTURE‬!

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    Jun 26 1:00PM
  5. 'The lead up to the World Cup has prompted large scale demonstrations and public protests to which the police have responded with use of force, and in some cases “less lethal” weapons such as tear gas and rubber bullets.

    Protests are likely to continue in coming weeks and the Brazilian Congress is considering new laws that could be used to crack down on protesters. Additionally, inadequate regulations and training for policing demonstrations pose a risk of more injuries to protesters due to excessive use of force by police.

    Everyone has the right to peaceful protest — to exercise their human rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly - and the Brazilian Government has a duty to ensure that they can. That’s why we are giving the Brazilian Government a yellow card!
    Together we can use our freedom of expression to send them a warning.’ 

    Join us and take action here: https://www.aiyellowcard.org/

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    May 29 10:26AM
  6. » Supreme Court rules in favor of death-row inmates with low IQ [updated]

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    The Supreme Court says states must look beyond an intelligence test score in borderline cases of mental disability to determine whether a death row inmate is eligible to be executed.

    …Justice Anthony Kennedy said for the court that IQ tests have a margin of error and…

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    May 29 10:23AM
  7. Join Amnesty’s new global Stop Torture Campaign! Demand accountability and the end of the use of torture world wide! Find more information here www.amnestyusa.org/torture to get involved and ACT NOW!

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    May 13 11:18AM
  8. What a Man! 

    What a Man! 

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    May 09 4:38PM
  9. P.Diddy Joins the campaign! 

    P.Diddy Joins the campaign! 

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    May 09 4:37PM
  10. It’s finally on the table! “Today, U.S. lawmakers took a historic step forward with the introduction of “The Solitary Confinement Study and Reform Act of 2014” in the House of Representatives. As the movement against the abusive practice of long-term solitary confinement in the United States continues to gain momentum, this legislation will help us take a step toward more humane prison practices.  It will shine a light on the tens of thousands of human beings condemned to suffer in steel cages with little legal remedy – including children and the mentally-ill. Today, we took another historic step toward justice. #reformsolitary 
Thanks to Rep. Cedric Richmond,Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Congressman Danny K. Davis, Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas, Rep.Keith Ellison, Representative Marcy Kaptur, Congressmember Karen Bass, Congressman Jared Polis, Robin Kelly,Congressman Alcee L. Hastings, Rep. Gwen S. Moore,Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Rep. Shelia Jackson-Lee, Rep  Eleanor Holmes Norton.” 
Stay tuned for more opportunities to repost, take action, and otherwise support “The Solitary Confinement Study and Reform Act of 2014.” 

    It’s finally on the table! “Today, U.S. lawmakers took a historic step forward with the introduction of “The Solitary Confinement Study and Reform Act of 2014” in the House of Representatives. As the movement against the abusive practice of long-term solitary confinement in the United States continues to gain momentum, this legislation will help us take a step toward more humane prison practices.  It will shine a light on the tens of thousands of human beings condemned to suffer in steel cages with little legal remedy – including children and the mentally-ill. Today, we took another historic step toward justice. #reformsolitary 

    Thanks to Rep. Cedric Richmond,Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Congressman Danny K. Davis, Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas, Rep.Keith Ellison, Representative Marcy Kaptur, Congressmember Karen Bass, Congressman Jared Polis, Robin Kelly,Congressman Alcee L. Hastings, Rep. Gwen S. Moore,Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Rep. Shelia Jackson-Lee, Rep  Eleanor Holmes Norton.” 

    Stay tuned for more opportunities to repost, take action, and otherwise support “The Solitary Confinement Study and Reform Act of 2014.” 

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  11. Our Death Penalty Statistics Report for 2013 is out! Sadly, the US has maintained their spot in the top 5 executioners of the world. Learn more through the video and read more about it on our blog http://blog.amnestyusa.org/category/deathpenalty/ 

    "The truth is that humans make mistakes – and in the case of the death penalty, the stakes are too high to allow for any chance of error."-Abraham J. Bonowitz, Delaware State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator

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    Mar 27 10:20AM
  12. Urgent Action! Texan inmate Anthony Doyle is set to be executed tomorrow despite the use of false evidence to distort his character during trial. Help us halt this unjust execution and have Anthony’s death sentence commuted!

     http://www.amnestyusa.org/sites/default/files/uaa04814_0.pdf 

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    Mar 26 2:40PM
  13. Urgent Action to demand that Sen. Feinstein release CIA torture Report!

    Calling all our Human Rights defenders in California!! Urgent Action today!
    We have a big favor to ask:
    Can you call Senator Feinstein’s office today with the message below?
    Why? We are super close to getting a very important report on CIA torture made public, but we need one more push to Feinstein. She’s in charge of the committee that wrote the report and we need her to ensure that it is released as soon as possible. She needs to call a committee vote on whether to release the report.
    Please make a call and ask others to do the same!
    Feinstein’s office number: 415.393.0707
    Here’s a sample script:
    "Hello, I live in California and I want to thank Senator Feinstein for her efforts against torture. I urge her to do all she can to ensure that the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture is made public as soon as possible. Not just the executive summary but the whole report. We have a right to the truth and release of the this report will help prevent torture in the future. Thank you."
    Thank you!
    http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/

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    Mar 21 1:41PM
  14. The Olympics may be over put Putin’s injustice and oppression remain strong. Continue to stand for and fight with Pussy Riot and the 8 prisoners of conscience that remain imprisoned. Sign the petition and Speak out! feel free to share our video to help spread the word!

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    Feb 25 12:56PM
  15. AmnestyWest is looking for Summer 2014 Interns!! If you are interested in working for Amnesty International’s San Francisco Office, visit www.amnestyusa.org/employment for information

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    Feb 20 10:12AM