15 June 2016

Meeting minutes for June 2016

Meeting minutes for Wednesday, 15 June 2016

In attendance: Barbara, Bob, Tilo, Brendan, John



Welcome and Introductions

Announcements
  • No meetings in July and August this summer. Feel free to continue to share urgent actions and other pertinent human rights information our Google group.
  • Paul Hayward, the manager of Ten Thousand Villages in Exton, generously arranged for our group to be the beneficiary of a community shopping event there on Saturday, 28 May, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event raised $48.83 for us!
  • This year's AIUSA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference will be held in Philadelphia! (See below for more info.)
  • Our September meeting will have a guest speaker: Emily Abendoth of DecarceratePA will talk about mass incarceration and also about LifeLines, a project that focuses on those serving life without parole in PA.
New Business
  • Barbara gave a brief report on her recent visit with a death-row prisoner in the Polunsky Unit in Texas.
Actions
  • Handwritten letters on behalf of 54-year old prisoner of conscience Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand, who is approaching the end of a decade-long prison sentence on fabricated charges and has been on hunger strike since 8 May. He is protesting against the authorities’ efforts to condemn him to a further prison sentence on a spurious charge of "spreading propaganda against the system" from inside the prison. (More info here.)
  • Write to the following, at this address: Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations 622 Third Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10017
    • Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei, Leader of the Islamic Republic 
    • Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, Head of the Judiciary
    • Mohammed Javad Larijani, Secretary General High Council for Human Rights

Upcoming Events
  • NO MEETINGS IN JULY AND AUGUST
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, 21 September, 7:30 p..m, Wegmans in Malvern, PA
  • AIUSA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
    • Saturday, October 8, 2016
    • University of the Sciences, 600 South 43 rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
    • More info to come (event website)

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