November 2018 Update: This group is no longer meeting, and members hope to continue their involvement individually.
The St. James Amnesty International Action Circle (#99) meets monthly from September to June. Activities include letter writing, email campaigns, retreat days, discussion, and organizing special events at the Cathedral concerning human rights.
Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of more than three million people dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights. We are building a world in which every person enjoys rights included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international rights standards. In Canada today we have more than 67,000 members and thousands more active supporters in communities, schools and networks across the country. Amnesty Action Circle #99 was started in 2006 at St. James. We welcome new members at our monthly meetings.
“Write for Rights”
This international Amnesty action takes place each December on the anniversary of the 1948 signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Parishioners sign petitions and write letters in support of prisoners of conscience.
Cities For Life – Against The Death Penalty
Held each year in November
Cities for Life – Toronto … with speakers, music and action; a common voice from over 2,000 cities world-wide to demand an end to the death penalty.
Action: Huseyin Celil
The St. James Action Circle is one of a number of groups working to free Huseyin Celil, a Canadian citizen who was detained by the Chinese police and held in solitary confinement since 2006. His wife, Kamila, and four children live in Burlington.