A lot of activities and events mark the month of December in Amherst. However, the Human Rights Day is the one our Group usually taking part in.
Along with few more human rights group, GATS cosponsored the screening and discussion of the important documentary Dirty Wars at the Amherst Public Library (aka Jones Library) on Sat 12/7. In addition, Amnesty International used the case of one of GATS founders as a strong evidence of how grassroots can make a difference in releasing human rights defenders.
In a large laminated poster put on a chair by the podium, the Urgent Action # UA 162/92 of Amnesty International of 1992 there was the photo of Mohamed Elgadi, a co-founder of GATS. "Here is one strong evidence that signing petitions does work" said Martha Spiegelman, leader of the local chapter of Amnesty in Amherst before inviting him to speak to the audience.
GATS was alo present at the annual Candle Vigil organized by the Amherst Human Rights Commission (HRC) on Tues 12/10, the United Nations designated Human Rights Day.