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.

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



Free screening of Taxi to the Dark Side, Sunday, March 1

Amnesty International and the International Museum of Human Rights at San Diego are pleased to announce a free public screening of the Academy-Award-winning documentary film Taxi to the Dark Side on Sunday, March 1 at 1:00 pm at the Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway in San Diego.   Professor William Aceves of the California Western School of Law will be our special guest, providing a short intro to the film as well as conducting a Q&A session with the audience afterward.  Refreshments will be provided.

Pic for announcementWhat:  Free screening of Taxi to the Dark Side

When: Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Where: Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway


This brilliant, landmark film by acclaimed director Alex Gibney examines US torture policy and the suspicious death in US custody of a young Afghan taxi driver, along the way delving into many of the abuses of power by government officials revealed by the recent Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture.   The film mixes archival footage with interviews of US military interrogators, prison guards, officers, government officials, journalists, attorneys and torture victims, among others.  Taxi to the Dark Side won an Academy Award for best documentary feature.

Professor Aceves is the author of Anatomy of Torture and has previously worked with Amnesty International on a number of occasions, including authoring an Amnesty report on the US’s history of providing shelter to torturers fleeing justice in their home countries.

Please note that the film is rated R and anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.  Some people may find some of the images in the film disturbing or offensive.

“If recent American history is ever going to be discussed with the necessary clarity and ethical rigor, [Taxi to the Dark Side] will be essential.”A.O. Scott, New York Times

Annual Holiday Card Action and Potuck, Monday, December 8th

Amnesty International Group 137 is pleased to announce our xmas candlesAnnual Holiday Card Action and Potluck, to be held during our regularly-scheduled group meeting on Monday, December 8th, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at The Station Tavern and Grill, 2204 Fern St. in South Park. (Please note the change from previously discussed plans to hold the event on November 24th.)

As part of Amnesty International’s Write for Rights Campaign, we will be sending brief messages of support and encouragement to fellow human beings who are being unjustly abused and imprisoned. Every December, hundreds of thousands of people around the world get together in honor of International Human Rights Day to send messages to someone they’ve never met. We in Amnesty know from experience that our words really do have the power to change lives. Write a letter, save a life!

At the event, Group 137 will provide a number of holiday cards for people to write their messages in, but if possible, please bring one or more non-religious holiday cards of your own to contribute to the group. Our group’s goal this year is to send 300 cards and letters!

As this is a potluck, please bring a dish to share if you are able. We still need a few more main dishes, as well as side dishes, salads, and desserts.

What: Amnesty Group 137 Holiday Potluck and Card Action
Where: The Station Tavern and Grill, 2204 Fern St. (map)
When: Monday, December 8th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
To Bring: Holiday cards and a dish to share

Amnesty Group 137 Beach Party/BBQ Saturday, August 9

Amnesty International Group 137 is holding our summer picnic this coming Saturday, ABeach sceneugust 9th, at noon in Crown Point Park.

All Amnesty folks from any of the area groups, as well as Amnesty supporters and friends are welcome to join us! We’ll be relaxing, catching up with each other, and celebrating our human rights work and accomplishments from the winter and spring — and of course looking forward to continuing our important work and tackling more human rights challenges this summer and fall!

We’ll have a grill and will provide burgers, veggie burgers, buns, condiments, and drinks. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share if you are able. You’re also welcome to bring something of your own to grill if you’d like.

We plan to get one or two of the picnic tables there, but you might also want to bring a blanket and/or chair to sit on. It can get a bit chilly on the coast if the day is overcast, so perhaps also plan to bring a jacket or windbreaker.

What:               Group 137/ San Diego-area Amnesty Summer Picnic

When:             Saturday, August 9th, 12:00 pm (noon) until whenever!

Where:             Crown Point Park, near S.E. corner of middle parking lot

Why:                To spend some time relaxing, chatting, and celebrating with your fellow human rights activists!

To Bring: A dish to share, blanket and/or chair, jacket, sunglasses, sunscreen

Directions to our picnic spot in Crown Point Park (

  • Take the W. Mission Bay Dr exit north from I-8 and then stay on Ingraham St.
  • Take Ingraham over the water and past Ski Beach Park, then over more water.
  • Get in the right-hand lane and turn right onto Crown Point Dr.
  • After a block or two turn right onto Corona Oriente Rd and enter Crown Point Park.
  • Go past the first large parking lot on the right, then turn right into the second (middle) parking lot.
  • Drive toward the far, right-hand corner of the parking lot and find a parking spot.
  • Walk past the little grove of trees near the corner of the parking lot and look for the picnic table beneath a large tree close to the water. We should have Amnesty signs up around our picnic spot.

Please contact Sophak Yem at (619) 564-0459 for questions. Hope to see lots of you there!