Nashville, TN, January 28, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The Nashville Chapter of Amnesty International has been active for nearly a decade. The group works to free prisoners of conscience—people who have been imprisoned for nothing more than exercising basic human rights.
“We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied,” according to the amnestyusa.org website. Currently the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, Amnesty International investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and helps transform societies to create a safer, more just world.
In Nashville, the group hosts an annual human rights conference in the spring each year. For 2013, it has plans to invite chapters from Knoxville, Memphis and Chattanooga and create a statewide event.
Near the end of 2012, new officers were elected to organize the chapter. Co-organizers for the 2013-2014 year will be: Lisa Kammerud, who also works with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) which supports citizens’ right to participate in free and fair elections, and Julie Brinker who also does community outreach work for the Nashville Church of Scientology, a longtime supporter of human rights.
The 2013-2014 Treasurer is Mickie Furlong Smith who doubles as a lawyer for the Tennessee Department of Children Services. Longtime Amnesty member Doug Flatter will serve as the Campaign Action coordinator, finding prisoners of conscience that need support.
With more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries, and complete independence from government, corporate or ideological interests, Amnesty works to protect human rights worldwide. Organizations have been established in sixty-eight countries. Amnesty International USA is the largest country section of the organization with nearly 250,000 members, who work for human rights independently, through national online networks, or with high school, college or community groups. For more information on Amnesty International, visit amnestyusa.org, or to connect with the Nashville chapter, visit facebook.com/nashvilleamnesty.