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You have found the home of the Columbia University chapter of Amnesty International (AI).

We meet every week during the academic year on Wednesday at 9:15pm in the Dodge Room of Earl Hall. (campus map)

AI is a non-partisan, volunteer-driven, global organization which works towards the vision of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and other international human rights standards. more >>

CUAI seeks to keep the Columbia community informed about human rights violations around the world and to promote student actions aimed at ending and preventing them. Our actions include letter-writing and petitioning, hosting speakers, showing relevant films, facilitating discussions, posting information around campus, building coalitions with other student groups, and fundraising through various events.

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UPCOMING: LOST BOYS SCREENING WITH PETER DUT in Pupin 214 8-10 PM MONDAY Nov 15, INVISIBLE CHILDREN SCREENING in Lerner Party Space 6-7:30 PM TUESDAY Nov 16

Amnesty International is excited to announce that we will be screening two movies this week!

“The Lost Boys of Sudan" is a documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees in their transition from Sudan to America, Peter Dut and Santino Chuor.

What makes this event really exciting is that PETER DUT will be speaking! Peter will talk about his experience as a refugee, as well as his foundation - the “Mayardit Lost Boys Healthcare Foundation." The foundation works to provide emergency care, health care, and water to communities in Southern Sudan. Peter has stated on his website, “People have helped me along the way.

"Invisible Children" is the second documentary we will be screening! Come learn about the conflict in central Africa (specifically as it pertains to actions of the Lord's Resistance Army).

This event consists of a screening of the documentary, as well as a discussion with representatives from the non-profit Invisible Children and two Ugandan University students. These students will share their stories: stories of war, recovery and hope. You will also learn how YOU can be part of the solution and take proactive steps to help end this deadly war.


Come to Jamnesty! 8-11 PM in Earl Hall FRIDAY Nov 5

It's that time of the year! Come join Amnesty International as we enjoy local Columbia musical talent and free food! Also, learn more about refugees, this semester's issue.

Enjoy great music and a relaxed atmosphere, but get there early because there will be free Massawa dinner for the first 50 people. If you can't get there until later, don't fret - we have hot chocolate and homemade goodies for later on!

The line-up:
8:30 - 8:45 Nonsequitur
8:45 - 9:00 Dominique Star
9:00 - 9:15 Osekre
9:15 - 9:30 Kayte Grace
9:30 - 9:45 Blaxel
9:45 - 10:00 Noni Culotta
10:00 - 10:15 Plastic People
10:15 - 10:30 poetry by Jared Frieder
10:30 - 10:45 Jake Snider/Morningside Collective

Please join us for good music for a good cause. All for free.


UPCOMING EVENTS!

Amnesty International is heading into a very busy November, so make room in your calendars because you won't want to miss these amazing events. Here's a list of what's coming up!

TEACH-IN TONIGHT, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2010 at 7:30 PM in Satow Room, Lerner Hall: A teach-in is a great way for both Amnesty members and anyone in the Columbia community - especially those who can't make it to our regular meetings - to learn about an interesting cause. Tonight our own Danielle Boyda will be talking about her work with refugees in Uganda last year. Come for a relaxed discussion about the problems facing refugees and what can be done!

JAMNESTY, Friday, Nov. 5, 8:30-10 PM in Earl Hall Auditorium: Come enjoy performances by on-campus talent, as well as free food. Plus, jam out to a good cause. More details to come!

VISIT FROM 'LOST BOY', Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 PM in Satow Room, Lerner Hall: We will be screening “The Lost Boys of Sudan," a documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees, Peter Dut and Santino Chuor, in their transition from Sudan to America. Even more exciting - Peter Dut will be visiting for a question and answer session after the screening! More details on the way...!

Lastly, stay tuned for upcoming information on a Nov. 22nd speakers' panel about environmental refugees.

P.S. Check out the latest edition of Amnesty Advocate, the official newsletter for Columbia University Amnesty International.


Come to our first meeting of the year! 9-10PM in Earl Hall THIS WEDNESDAY September 15, 2010

Come help Amnesty International CU kick off the new school year with friends (old and new), food, and discussion on human rights issues.

If you have an issue you think we should make our main issue for the semester, make sure to come and present it to the club.

As always, old and new members are welcome, so whether you are a freshman looking to check Amnesty out, an upperclassman interested in learning more about human rights, or an AI member excited to jump back in, come on Wednesday and bring your friends!


Come to Jamnesty! 9:30PM-12:30AM in Earl Hall THURSDAY Dec 3

Come join Amnesty International as we enjoy some Columbia musical talent while working toward raising awareness about military contracting!

If you missed our last event with Susan Burke and Jeremey Scahill (see more information below) then this is a great opportunity to learn more about the topic in a more relaxed atmosphere. If you did go to our last event, you should know how awesome our events are.

*If you are a Barnard student with a valid ID wishing to attend this event, respond 'yes' or 'maybe' and you're name will be added to a guest list. Just show your ID at the door and you'll get right in!

Please join us for good music for a good cause. All for free.


Speaker Panel on Military Contractors: Thank you!

On November 17th, 2009, CU Amnesty held its main event for the semester, a speaker panel at the Law School on military contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our panelists, Jeremy Scahill, the premier authority on the subject and author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army" and Susan Burke, an International Human Rights lawyer, provided the most up-to-date and authoritative information available to a crowd of over a hundred people.

This event was a great success--Scahill called it a model for student organizations, and past and current presidents said it was our best event yet. So THANK YOU to all who attended and took part in making the panel possible!!


"Private Warriors" Screening! 8PM in Lerner Cinema, 10/25/09

Come see the groundbreaking PBS Frontline documentary on military contractors in Iraq! In 2006, PBS went on embed with the contractors Blackwater and KBR. Learn about their role in Iraq, problems of privatization and accountability, and the experiences of employees. Documentary will be screened free of charge.


Blackwater Bake Sale! 11AM-2PM on Low Steps, 10/25/09

Vinegar brownies! Salt-filled cookies! Yum yum? Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq have been poisoned due to military contractor KBR-Halliburton's neglectful sanitation practices. To symbolize the need for action, we will be giving out yucky foods to unsuspecting students (and a sweet candy afterwards in compensation). Please join us!


Teach-in on military contractors!

In our September 29th weekly meeting, we had a special teach-in on military contractors! After learning the ins and outs of the issue, we broke into subcommittees to plot our future exploits.

Click here to see photographs from the event


First Meeting of the Year (2009)

We will hold our first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 10th in the Dodge room in Earl Hall at 9:15pm. New members are welcome (and old ones are too!), hope to see you there. There will be free food as well.


Corporate (Ir)responsibility Throw Down

On Thursday 10th of April, join your favourite amnesty and many of the campus' social justice groups in the postcrypt coffee house for a night of performance and merrymaking. Kick off is at 9pm and is expected to go until 11pm (the same night). Featuring the Amnesty Band, the Burma 88 family band, interrobang!? and even an appearence from one of the "Yes Men".


Social Gathering!

Apologies for the short notice, but there will be a "social gathering" this Thursday (28th Feb) at Chloe Ciccariello's suite at 10pm. Use the form on the "contact us" page for details of the gathering, we hope to see you there!


Take Action on Bhopal Now (12/5/07)

We have recently been impassioned over a matter of Andrew Liveris, CEO of Dow Chemical, being honored as a global citizen for Dow's work with the UN's Millennium Goals. While these are certainly positive gains, we feel strongly that the unresolved issue of the Bhopal chemical disaster of 1984 and Dow's continued disavowal of the issue reeks of injustice. As such, we will be conducting a protest. (Images of this year's protest can be found here, images of last year's protest can be found here)

WHO: Amnesty International, New York Coalition for Justice in Bhopal, Students for Bhopal, and students from Columbia University and New York University
WHEN: Thursday, December 6th 6:30-7:30 pm
WHERE: Outside the Winter Garden, World Financial Center in New York City (200 Liberty St. at West St).
WHAT: A Protest of the Black-tie Gala Honoring Dow Chemical's CEO on the 23rd Anniversary of Bhopal Disaster


Get Informed: Looking at US-sponsored Torture (11/28/07)

Amnesty International with Global Solutions, ACLU, the Muslim Students Association, and Hillel will be hosting two days of informational events to discuss United States sponsored torture from multicultural and multi-philosophical perspectives. On Wednesday, members from all of the participating campus groups will be on Low Plaza with information and urgent actions on US sponsored torture. The event will conclude in the evening with a speaker panel including Jumana Musa and Rachel Kahn-Troster. Refreshments will be served. For more info, see events.


Town Hall (11/13/07)

We came to voice our concerns and give suggestions to those who control the use of Columbia University's considerable endowment. Action on Bhopal through influence of shares in Dow Chemical, action in Burma through shares in Chevron and a call for proxy voting guidelines which take human rights concerns into consideration were all tabled to a very receptive committee. Only time will tell us the extent of our success...


Regional Conference (10/29/07)

Over the weekend several members of CUAI attended the Northeast Regional Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. It was fun. Go to the photos page to see photos and a slightly oddball commentary by the photographer. Also check out the events page for details on the Bhopal event later tonight.


Busy Week of Action (10/19/07)

This week we had a great deal to do... on Wednesday, we ate (most of) an enormous cake to celebrate the 1st birthday of the Military Commissions Act. On Friday, we participated in the CSC nightmarket which, this year, made the situation in Burma a very central theme. Check out the photos in the photo page and have a discussion about it in the forum.


Exciting events planned (10/9/07)

This semester is shaping up to be an exciting one with many great events in the pipeline. A Guantanamo Bay action involving some orange jump-suits and a cage, regional conferences and a very very very big cake are all on the horizon and approaching fast. The website is also beginning to take shape as an online meeting place and point of contact for all things CUAI-related.


Junta sees red, supporters wear it (9/29/07)

The movement of monks in Burma continues to suffer at the hands of the brutal military dictatorship in Burma (Myanmar). At least three monks dead and tens injured after first round of violent clashes erupts in the streets. UN special envoy led by Ibrahim Gambari is sent to meet with the Burmese administration after a special emergency session of the security council on Wednesday morning. Hundreds of thousands of protesters, lead by buddhist monks have taken to the streets in recent days in the largest show of defiance in almost 20 years. Closer to home, students have gathered nightly in front of the Butler library wearing red and holding candles in a show of support and solidarity.


New additions to the e-board (9/26/07)

This week saw some exciting new blood enter the board of CUAI. Click on the "board members" link to find out who they are.