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No one should be locked up for seeking safety or because of their immigration status, yet Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to unjustly detain tens of thousands of people fighting for their right to stay in the United States. U.S. leaders have expressed commitments to advance human rights and racial justice, but the overwhelming majority of people stuck in detention are Black and brown, both a reflection and reinforcement of systemic racism and racial inequity.
Take action now to demand President Biden free people, including all families, from ICE detention.
Violence prevention and intervention programs are a secret superpower in the battle against gun violence. They combine street outreach, powerful community call-ins, and hospital intervention providing survivors and families with counseling, support, and mediation. Study after study has proven the lifesaving value of these community-based programs: in some cities where leaders have had long-term backing for their work, gun homicides dropped by almost half.
Take action now to demand Congress pass the Break the Cycle Act to fund community gun violence prevention programs.
Urgent Actions ask our community of volunteers to flood the mailboxes, inboxes, phones and social media of authorities when someone is in imminent danger of human rights violations. Take action below, or learn more about the Urgent Action Network.
Yassine Ayari, an outspoken parliamentarian and whistle-blower who exposed several corruption cases in Tunisia, has been held since July 28, 2021 in the Mornaguia prison to serve a two-month sentence pronounced by a military court in 2018 for his Facebook posts criticizing the army. The military court has initiated new prosecutions against him following his statements calling President Saied's assumption of exceptional powers on July 25, 2021 a "coup". Yassine Ayari started a hunger strike on September 7 to protest his prison conditions.
Ernest Johnson faces execution on October 5, 2021. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 1995 for the 1994 murders of three employees of a convenience store in Missouri. A jury sentenced him to death despite a claim of intellectual disability in violation to international law. Johnson had surgery in 2008 to remove a brain tumor which has left him with seizures. Medical expert testified that the lethal injection drugs may trigger violent and painful seizures. State and federal courts have denied his claims for relief. We urge Governor Parson to halt the execution and commute his sentence.
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For nearly 60 years, Amnesty International has been a global leader for human rights. This grassroots movement is made up of everyday people — just like you — who take action wherever they are. Together, we are the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization. When you donate to Amnesty International, you become a member and force for human rights. You are coming together with millions of other supporters to amplify your impact. And, as a dues-paying member of AIUSA, you have the power to influence the direction of the organization by voting in the annual Board of Directors election and on resolutions at regional and national conferences.