AIUSA_PRIMARY_LOGO_hiresAmnesty International is a global human rights organization working on behalf of prisoners of conscience and other victims of human rights abuses around the world.   Amnesty’s vision is that every person should enjoy the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

Group 137 is a local chapter of Amnesty International USA located in San Diego, California.  We’ve been around for over 40 years and continue to meet twice a month to write letters on urgent actions and plan our events.

We also run the Human Rights Book Discussion meetup group.

To learn our meeting times and location, and a little about what our meetings are like, click here.



July 8th Human Rights Book Discussion: The Cellist of Sarajevo

For our July discussion, the Human Rights Book Discussion meetup group will discuss The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway.  This novel is set in the Bosnian capital during the siege of Sarajevo and through the stories of its three main characters, shows how people coped with the despair and precariousness of life in their beloved city during a brutal war  that threatened to obliterate all semblance of humanity.  The discussion will take place on Sunday, July 8th, at 3:30 pm at the Hillcrest Panera Bread, 1270 Cleveland.

August 19th Human Rights Book Discussion: Nothing to Envy

For our August book discussion, the Human Rights Book Discussion meetup group has chosen to read Nothing to Envy:  Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick.  The book follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over a chaotic 15-year period during which a devastating famine killed one-fifth of the population. Demick takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors, and we see her subjects fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. The discussion will be held on Sunday, August 19th,  at 3:30 pm at Panera Bread in Hillcrest, 1270 Cleveland.

September 23rd Human Rights Book Discussion: Manufacturing Hysteria

For our September book discussion, the Human Rights Book Discussion meetup group has chosen to read Manufacturing Hysteria: A History of Scapegoating, Surveillance, and Secrecy in Modern America by Jay Feldman, a riveting and unsettling history of the assault on civil rights and liberties in America.  We see a striking pattern of elected officials and private citizens alike using the American people’s fears and prejudices to isolate minorities , silence dissent, and stem the growth of civil rights and liberties. The discussion will be held on Sunday, September 23rd, 3:30 pm at Panera Bread in Hillcrest, 1270 Cleveland.