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Amnesty 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 50 years and continue to meet monthly 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.

 

 

Saturday, Aug 27, 3:00 pm: In-person meeting at Los Reyes Bar and Grill

Los Reyes photoJoin us for our monthly in-person meeting at Los Reyes Bar and Grill, 2496 Broadway in Golden Hill at the corner of Broadway and 25th (map).  Los Reyes has a covered outdoor eating area with open sides, so look for us there–we’ll have an Amnesty International sign on the table to help you find us.  The restaurant also has its own parking lot, so parking should not be a problem.  At the meeting, we’ll be writing letters to the authorities on urgent human rights actions.  We’ll provide the urgent actions, letterheads, pens, envelopes, stamps, etc., so you don’t need to bring anything but yourself and your writing chops!

Saturday, July 30, 1 pm, Balboa Park: Amnesty group picnic

Join us for our Amnesty Group 137 picnic!  We’ll provide pizza, salad, drinks, paper plates, napkins and utensils.  You are welcome to bring a dish to share plus a chair or blanket to sit on (we’ll provide some blankets and chairs as well).  If you haven’t already, please RSVP if you can to group137@amnestysd.org so we have an idea how much pizza and salad to bring.

We’ll set up on the left side of Balboa Drive approximately three blue street light poles from the intersection of 6th Ave, Upas, and Balboa Dr. (Balboa Drive is a one-way street).  There should be lots of parallel parking along Balboa Drive, and there is also a small parking lot that you can enter by turning left off of Balboa Dr. not far beyond our picnic location.  From that third blue street light pole, walk east (left) across the grass to the sidewalk near a large tree.  Here’s a link to the picnic location.  Look for the Amnesty banner hanging from or near our canopy.

Saturday, July 23, 3:00 pm: In-person meeting at Los Reyes Bar and Grill

Los Reyes outdoor eatingJoin us for our monthly in-person meeting at Los Reyes Bar and Grill, 2496 Broadway in Golden Hill at the corner of Broadway and 25th (map).  Los Reyes has a covered outdoor eating area with open sides, so look for us there–we’ll have an Amnesty International sign on the table to help you find us.  The restaurant also has its own parking lot, so parking should not be a problem.  At the meeting, we’ll be writing letters to the authorities on urgent human rights actions.  We’ll provide the urgent actions, letterheads, pens, envelopes, stamps, etc., so you don’t need to bring anything but yourself and your writing chops!

Tuesday, July 19, 6:30 pm: Virtual meeting with guest speaker on Russia/Ukraine

Image with womanJoin us for a virtual meeting with guest speaker Alex Raufoglu, a member of AIUSA’s Ukraine emergency response team who will speak on the human rights situation in Ukraine.  We’ll watch a brief background video, do an online urgent action, and conduct a Q&A with Alex after his presentation.  Register for the event here and we’ll sent you the Zoom link prior to the meeting.

Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 3:00 pm: In-person letter-writing meeting at Los Reyes Bar and Grill

Los Reyes photoJoin us for an in-person meeting at Los Reyes Bar and Grill, 2496 Broadway in Golden Hill at the corner of Broadway and 25th (map).  Los Reyes has a covered outdoor eating area with open sides, so look for us there–we’ll have an Amnesty International sign on the table to help you find us.  The restaurant also has its own parking lot, so parking should not be a problem.  At the meeting, we’ll be writing letters to the authorities on urgent human rights actions.  We’ll provide the urgent actions, letterheads, pens, envelopes, stamps, etc., so you don’t need to bring anything but yourself and your writing chops!

Feb 17, 2022 at 6:30 pm: Virtual meeting on Free Expression and the Beijing Olympics

Photo with borderJoin Amnesty Group 137 for a virtual meeting on the topic of “Free Expression and the Beijing Olympics” with guest speakers Carolyn Nash, Asia Advocacy Director for Amnesty International USA, and Rowan Sockwell, AIUSA China Fellow. A Q&A will follow and we’ll also do online urgent actions related to the topic.  You can register for the meeting here – we’ll send Zoom info to all registrants prior to the meeting.

Write For Rights, Saturday, December 4th, 2 pm

LogoJoin us on Saturday, December 4th, 2 pm, at Los Reyes Bar and Grill, 2496 Broadway in Golden Hill (map), for our annual Write For Rights and Holiday Card Action event to commemorate  Human Rights Day (December 10th). Every year in December, Amnesty International holds its Write for Rights action, the world’s biggest human rights event, where hundreds of thousands of people around the world gather together to send letters to authorities and cards of hope on behalf of people they’ve never met.  Our letters help convince government officials to release people imprisoned for expressing their opinion, to stop torture, to commute death sentences, and to end other human rights abuses. Our holiday cards provide hope and badly needed emotional support for people experiencing serious human rights abuses.  We will provide letterheads, cards, envelopes, stamps, pens, quesadillas and drinks!  Look for our Amnesty sign in the covered outdoor seating area.

In-person letter writing meeting, Saturday, November 13th, 2:00 pm

Los ReyesGroup 137 will once again be meeting at Los Reyes Bar and Grill, 2496 Broadway in Golden Hill at the corner of Broadway and 25th to write letters on urgent human rights actions.  Los Reyes has a covered outdoor eating area with open sides, so look for us there–we’ll have an Amnesty International sign on the table to help you find us.  We’ll again be providing quesadillas and beverages for those in attendance.  Note that we’re meeting an hour earlier than last time!

In-person group meeting, Saturday, October 30, 3:00 pm

Los Reyes outdoor eatingJoin us for our first in-person group meeting in a year and a half on Saturday, Oct 30th, 3 pm, at Los Reyes Bar and Grill, 2496 Broadway in Golden Hill at the corner of Broadway and 25th.  Los Reyes has a covered outdoor eating area with open sides, so look for us there–we’ll have an Amnesty International sign on the table to help you find us.  We’ll also have urgent actions, letterheads, pens, etc, so we can write letters on urgent human rights issues just like the good old days! To celebrate this milestone, we’ll be providing quesadillas and beverages for those in attendance.

August 18, 2021 virtual meeting: Voter suppression with Texas House Rep. Carl O. Sherman

Carl Sherman photoJoin us for our August virtual meeting on Wednesday August 18th at 6 pm (note the day and time change from our usual meeting time).  We will welcome special guest speaker, Texas legislator Carl O. Sherman, to discuss the latest in voter suppression efforts in Texas and how we can help protect voting rights.  Click here to register for the meeting — we will send Zoom info to all registrants prior to the event.

DISCLAIMER: Amnesty International does not advocate for or against political parties or candidates nor does it take a position on political systems, including voting.  Because of this, the event is being organized by individuals and is not an official Amnesty group event.