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.



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.

July 12, 2021 virtual meeting: Significance of recent events in East Jerusalem

Protest imageJoin us for our next monthly virtual meeting, on Monday, July 12th, at 7:00 pm.  We will welcome special guest speaker, SDSU political science professor, Dr. Farid Abdel-Nour, who will explore the wider significance of the evictions and protests in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem in a presentation titled “What Sheikh Jarrah Symbolizes”, and then take questions from attendees.  You can register here for the meeting–we’ll send Zoom info to all registrants prior to the meeting.

June 14, 2021 virtual meeting: Report on repression of Uyghurs in China

Uighur maskWe will hold our June meeting on the second Monday of the month, June 14th, 7:30 pm, with a focus on the Chinese government’s campaign of repression against the Uyghurs, a mostly Muslim ethnic group in the Xinjiang region of China.  Steve Pieragastini, AIUSA China country specialist and East Asian history lecturer at Whittier College, will give a presentation titled “Oppression of Uyghurs and Other Groups in Xinjiang and Amnesty International’s Response.” Please note that the meeting will begin at 7:30 pm, 30 minutes later than usual .  You can register for the meeting here.  We’ll send Zoom details to registrants prior to the meeting.

Feb 8, 2021 Virtual Meeting: Reproductive Rights

Repro Rights marchOur virtual meeting on Monday, Feb 8th, 7 pm, will focus on reproductive rights, and we’ll send Zoom info to the folks who register, which you can do here.  Our guest speaker will be Alice Dahle, chair of Amnesty International USA’s Women’s Human Rights Coordination Group, who will discuss the status of reproductive rights in the US and beyond and then take our questions.  We’ll also watch a short video and do online actions.

Jan 11, 2021 virtual meeting: Nigerian unrest

Nigeria photoAmnesty International Group 137’s first meeting of 2021 will take place online on Monday, January 11th, at 7 pm Pacific Time.  Our focus for the meeting will be the recent unrest in Nigeria.  Our guest speaker will be Charlie Cogan, AIUSA Country Specialist, who will explain the human rights situation in Nigeria and take our questions.  We’ll also watch a brief video and do online urgent actions on cases in Nigeria.  Register for the meeting here and we’ll send you the Zoom info prior to the meeting.