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"Reach Out for Kenya: An International Day of Action (February 27th)"/Amnesty International Supports Solidarity

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    http://www.amnestyusa.org/By_Country/Kenya/page.do?id=1011181&n1=3&n2=30&n3=931 Kenya Reach Out for Kenya -- An International Day of Action February 27, 2008
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      http://www.amnestyusa.org/By_Country/Kenya/page.do?id=1011181&n1=3&n2=30&n3=931

      Kenya

      The disputed election on December 27, 2007 sparked an outbreak of fighting and a series of grave human rights violations. More than 1,000 people have been killed, while more than 300,000 have been displaced. Click here to learn more about the crisis in Kenya.
       
      On February 27, people worldwide can show their outrage at the continuing human rights abuses in Kenya in a series of international events organized by Amnesty International, including online actions and street demonstrations.
       
      The people of Kenya, many of whom have endured unrelenting suffering in the last two months, need to be protected. Amnesty International urges Kenya's leaders to ensure the human rights of Kenyan people are upheld.
       
      Extend a hand in support! This international day of public and online action will demonstrate solidarity with the people of Kenya and call on the Kenyan government to protect people from politically-motivated and ethnic violence.

      Ways to Participate:

      Online Activism
      1. Leave personal messages of hope and solidarity on the Blog
      Ordinary Kenyans are using online tools to send photos and accounts of violence. Let them know they are being heard by posting photos and solidarity messages on the Individuals at Risk Blog. We will pass on your messages to the people who need it most in Kenya.
       
      Many Kenyans speak English, but the other national language of Kenya is Swahili. In the spirit of solidarity with Kenyans, please consider including Swahili phrases in your messages:
      ENGLISH
      Reach out for Kenya
      Respect human rights
      Stop human rights violations
      SWAHILI
      Kuwafikia wakenya
      Heshimu Haki za Binadamu
      Komesha dhuluma kwa haki za binadamu
      2. Post Photos on Flickr
       
      We have also set up a Flickr page for people to post photos of their vigils and collective messages of support: http://www.flickr.com/photos/reachoutforkenya. To upload the photos, send an email to cold27south@... (use the subject line to give your photo a title and the body to add a description). Your messages will resonate with the voices of the Kenyan people and increase the magnitude of their call for peace.
      On Facebook you can show solidarity with the people of Kenya in the following ways:
      • Changing your profile picture on February 27 (or before!) to show your support for the people of Kenya; you can update your status as well;
      • Showing support for Amnesty International's demands by sending a letter to Kenyan leaders;
      • Uploading your picture onto our Flickr page;
      • Taking part in one of the public solidarity actions organized by sections around the world.
      4. Take Action Online
      Click here to take action to protect Kenyan human rights defenders who have received death threats, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Professor Wangari Maathai.
      Download and sign the petition here.
      5. Read the Testimonies of Victims
      Victims of the political violence in Kenya are speaking out about the dangerous conditions they face in their country. Audiofiles of their personal testimonies can be found here.
      Vigils and Demonstrations
      »Download the PDF version of How to Hold a Vigil or Demonstration
      »Download the vigil flyer
      Amnesty International has called for solidarity actions in cities around the world, particularly ones where Kenya has an embassy or consulate. In the United States, Kenya has an embassy in Washington, D.C. and consulates in New York City and Los Angeles.
      Washington, DC
      Amnesty International be holding a vigil outside the Kenyan Embassy, which is located in Dupont Circle at 2249 R St. NW, from 4:30-6:30 pm.
      Los Angeles, CA
      A vigil will be held outside the Kenyan consulate at Park Mile Plaza, Mezzanine Floor, 4801 Wilshire Boulevard, from 4:30-6:30 pm.
      Denver, CO
      Join Amnesty members in the sister city to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, at a vigil on the west steps of the Capitol at 6:00 pm.
      Organize an event in your community!  We are looking for Amnesty members and others to help organize and attend events around the country. In particular, we call for solidarity events where the U.S. has sister city relationships with Kenya, including:
      • Seattle, WA, sister city to Mombasa on the Kenyan coast
      • Minneapolis, MN, sister city to Eldoret in the Rift Valley, one of the areas worst hit by violence
      • Roanoke VA, sister city to Kisumu on Lake Victoria, which saw some of the worst cases of police violence against opposition supporters
      • East Orange NJ, sister city to Nakuru, badly affected by communal attacks and reprisals
      • Newburyport, MA, sister city to Bura
      • Amesbury MA, sister city to Esabulu
      Letters to the Editor
      Writing a letter to the editor of your local and/or national newspaper is a good way to highlight the International Day of Action for Kenya in your community. You can write letters to publicize a demonstration you are holding or to simply educate your town about the crisis in Kenya.
      »Download the PDF version of How to Write a Letter to the Editor.
      If you want to participate and would like more information, please contact:
      Ilona Kelly, Individuals at Risk Campaigner for Africa at ikelly@..., or
      Ann Corbett, Kenya Country Specialist at aecorbett@...
      Protect Kenyan Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai
      Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai has recently received death threats from Mungiki, the outlawed gang that has claimed responsibility for murders including beheadings and mutilations. Maathai and two people working for her believe they were threatened because she has called for increased pressure on both President Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga to reach an agreement on the political crisis in Kenya, and for her criticisms of politicians allied to the ruling party. » More actions

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      From: Ann Corbett
      Sent: Mon 2/25/2008 5:33 PM
      To:
      Subject: Amnesty International day of action on Kenya

      Hello,

      Amnesty International has called for an International Day of Action for Kenya on Wednesday, February 27. Around the world, Amnesty groups will demonstrate solidarity with the people of Kenya and call on the Kenyan government to protect people from politically-motivated and ethnic violence. Kenyan leaders must end the cycle of impunity that perpetuates the violence.

      This day of action, called “Reach Out for Kenya” will involve vigils and demonstrations at Kenyan embassies and consulates and a variety of online actions, including letter-writing actions to protect threatened human rights defenders, a Facebook group, a Flickr page for uploading photos, and a blog on the Amnesty International USA web site. 

      For more details, see http://www.amnestyusa.org/By_Country/Kenya/page.do?id=1011181&n1=3&n2=30&n3=931

      In Washington, DC, we’ll be holding a vigil from 4:30-6:30 outside the Kenyan Embassy, which is located in Dupont Circle at 2249 R St. NW.  Vigils will also be held at the Los Angeles consulate and in front of the state Capitol in Denver (sister city to Nairobi).  Globally, Amnesty groups in the following countries have so far announced events: Canada, UK, Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Ukraine, Kiribati, Uganda, Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Zimbabwe, Mexico, and Uruguay.

      Amnesty International welcomes the participation of Kenyans living in the US in our International Day of Action.  We would like to request, however, that participants refrain from partisan appeals at our events. Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who work to protect human rights. We do not support or oppose the views of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion.  The purpose of the International Day of Action is to “reach out for Kenya” and call for respect for the human rights of all Kenyans, regardless of ethnicity or political affiliation. 

      I hope you will participate - either by coming to a public event or participating online! Please feel free to distribute this information widely to your friends, colleagues, and others concerned about Kenya. If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to get in touch with me.

      Ann Corbett
      Amnesty International USA
      Kenya Country Specialist





       

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