Students for Human Rights
We are a student group focused on learning about and educating others about human rights issues in the world.
Our mission is to raise awareness on campus of human rights issues abroad, educate the student body of what they can do to change these injustices, and to host events that will help accomplish both of these goals. We will write letters, hold screenings, and events which promote our goals. We are associated with the international organization, but we hope to also take up projects independent of it. We also will work with Amnesty International's regional and global offices on the projects they are working on.
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Check out our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/students4humanrights
In the F10 semester, Hampshire College's Amnesty International Chapter:
- On Thursday, September 16th, Amnesty International was at the 12th Annual Activist BBQ from 4:00 - 5:30. This BBQ was an opportunity to find out about and get involved with many of the activist groups on campus, including Community Partnerships for Social Change (CPSC), Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) and Population and Development (PopDev).
- On Friday, October 22nd, Hampshire College's Amnesty International Chapter co-sponsored the International Food Dinner in the Red Barn. We worked with Hampshire College's Chapter of Project Nur and Doostane Farsi Zabane Man (My Persian-Speaking Friends). This dinner was an opportunity to promote international harmony, understanding and respect for different cultures. The funds raised were be split between Amnesty International, Project Nur, and Doostane Farsi Zabane Man.
- See the FaceBook group for the International Food Dinner here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=128975993813705&ref=ts
In the S10 semester, Hampshire College's Amnesty International Chapter:
- Attended the Get On The Bus protest rally in New York City on Friday, April 16th. We protested for Myanmar (Burma) to free all of its political prisoners, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. We protested for the release of J.S. Tissainayagam (Tissa), a Sri Lankan journalist arbitrarily in 2008. He is classified by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience. We protested against China's human rights violations in Tibet.
- Co-sponsored the film screening of USA vs Al-Arian, a film which addressed some of the problems with the justice system in the United States.
In the F09 semester, Hampshire College's Amnesty International Chapter:
- Held a Five-College Amnesty International dinner, and exchanged plans and ideas with members of the other colleges Amnesty International chapters. We hope to continue collaborating with them in the future.
In the S11 semester, the chapter:
- Held an event entitiled "The Darker Side of Chocolate." We showed a film about child slave labor used in the production of chocolate in the Ivory Coast. We wrote letters to the Hampstore, the Bridge, Nestle, and Hersey asking for them to not support child-slave labor by purchasing that chocolate. We had fair trade chocolate donations from both Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, 40 bars worth. We provided these for sampling at the event, and also had fair trade tes (hot water containers kindly lent by SAGA). The event was fairly successful, with about 20 attendants, dozens of letters and a full petition!
F10 Semester: We received 65$ for postage and envelopes to be used in mailing letters as part of Amnesty International's letter-writing campaign for human rights.
S10 Semester: We received 65$ for postage and envelopes to be used in mailing letters as part of Amnesty International's letter-writing campaign for human rights.