• Petitioned Executive Director and Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA

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Executive Director and Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA


    1. Paul Paz y Mino
    2. Petition by

      Paul Paz y Mino

      Oakland, CA

Many long-time, dedicated staff members at Amnesty International USA are about to lose their jobs.

We the undersigned write with profound disappointment about the current turmoil inside of Amnesty International USA.

We understand that this turmoil stems from the way that Amnesty’s “Strategic Plan” and staff layoffs were carried out, which reminds us of the way that corporations carry out their business, but is not what we expect from a grassroots human rights organization like Amnesty.

We have learned that members of the Amnesty movement have called on you to put an immediate halt to the staff layoffs and to the “Strategic Plan” and want to voice our solidarity with their call.

We cannot see how we can continue to rely on Amnesty’s voice as one representing the dignity and rights of the human person, when Amnesty’s actions parrot the behavior of the corporations that serve the 1%.

Amnesty International USA must honor the call of its members and place an immediate moratorium on the implementation of the Strategic Plan and the staff changes recently announced. Anything short of this is a betrayal of everything that Amnesty has always stood for.

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      Paul Paz y Mino
      Petition Organizer

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    Reasons for signing

    • Cinda Lawrence NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      The lay-offs at Amnesty International USA are simply wrong. They were done abruptly and unfairly without the consultation of long-time members and activists. The extremely dedicated staff deserve to have their rights respected. This moratorium on staff lay-offs will help us recapture the original vision of Amnesty where the rights of ALL people are respected - including within the organization itself. I urge all to sign this petition and help restore Amnesty International to its original mission.

      Thank you.

      Cinda Lawrence

      Amnesty Volunteer

      New York City

    • Clara Olmedo VALDIVIA, CHILE
      • over 2 years ago

      What a contradiction: an organization that advocates for human rights does not protect labor rights.

    • Jennifer Ciplet PROVIDENCE, RI
      • over 2 years ago

      Budget shortfalls suck. It's hard to be a decision-maker with shrinking $$. But gutting core membership staff is NOT the right decision for an organization that gets its power and credibility from being a membership-based organization.

    • K. Bandell NORWALK, CA
      • over 2 years ago would be helpful to know who is being released and the positions which those released have filled....there is a multiplicity of reasons why AIUSA may have been unable to attract loyal donors....human rights begins in the interstices of things....human rights begins at peace....

    • Abraham Bonowitz CHEVERLY, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Member, AIUSA Board of Directors, 1994-1998


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