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Free The Hikers – Weekend Of Action!

July 12, 2010

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Dear Heather Dalberg,
We write to you angry and frustrated that SSJ’s case is not resolved after almost a year and they STILL languish in Evin Prison for absolutely no reason. We are preparing to channel this frustration into highlighting their ordeal and are organizing a “Weekend of Action” to mark ONE YEAR OF DETENTION on July 31st.

We need YOU to bring your energy, activism and outrage to highlighting this terrible milestone as well. Please consider organizing an event on the one-year marker and do everything to raise your voice to protest the inhumane way SSJ are being used as political collateral.


Weekend of Action:

This is what we have planned.  We hope that you can help!

  • A major event in New York City outside the Iranian Mission to the UN (40th St. and 3rd Ave.) on Friday, July 30th from 12:30-2pm. All three mothers will attend as well as prominent figures in the human rights community and others…We will mark the moment when they were detained at 1:33pm with a moment of silence. We encourage everyone and anyone to come to this event.   This is the only national event and a strong turnout is critical.
  • Events in each of the Hikers’ home states (California, Minnesota and Pennsylvania). These will take place in Philadelphia – outside of the Liberty Bell – Duluth and San Francisco; more details soon.
  • We urge all friends and supporters to hold peaceful events to protest the illegality of SSJ’s detention, to bring as many people as possible out to those events and to publicize them widely. Events outside symbols of the Iranian government (embassies and consulates, Iran Air offices, etc.) are encouraged. International events are particularly important. The families will continue to decry the illegality of SSJ’s detention and the fact that Iran is flagrantly using them as pawns in the political conflict with the US.  If you can organize an event please contact Farah Mawani at farah@freethehikers.org so we know about it and can connect you to other supporters. We encourage you to use our Facebook site as a means of mobilization.
  • We are asking all supporters to wear a white ribbon (a new symbol of the Free the Hikers campaign) and encourage their friends to do the same.
  • We also encourage everyone to reach out to human rights advocates, musicians, cultural figures and others to take up the cause of SSJ’s freedom.

Thank you for all of your support, it is absolutely essential and gives us the spirit to continue this struggle.

Gratefully,

The Bauer, Shourd and Fattal families


LATEST NEWS:


Here are some links to news stories about SSJ’s case over the last six weeks.

JUN 30 | MOMS OF JAILED U.S. HIKERS APPEAL TO AYATOLLAH—HUFFINGTON POST

JUN 24 | HIKER MOMS: SHOCKED BY REPORT ON CHILDREN’S ARREST—AP

JUN 24 | WERE THE AMERICAN HIKERS ABDUCTED BY IRAN’S REVOLUTIONARY GUARD?—SALON

JUN 17 | PROSECUTE OR FREE US HIKERS HELD IN IRAN: MOTHERS—ISLAM TRIBUNE

JUN 17 | MOTHERS OF 3 JAILED AMERICANS SAY IRANIAN GOVERNMENT IS USING THEIR CHILDREN TO PRESSURE US—FOX NEWS

JUN 17 | خانواده های سه آمریکایی خواهان آزادی آنها شدند—BBC PERSIAN

JUN 16 | BACK FROM IRAN, ELKINS PARK’S LAURA FATTAL WORKS TO GET SON RELEASED—PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

JUN 13 | CLINTON URGES IRAN TO RELEASE POLITICAL PRISONERS—RADIO FREE EUROPE

JUN 11 | SENIOR IRANIAN OFFICIAL RULES OUT US HIKERS EXCHANGE—AFP

JUN 11 | IRAN EXPECTS TO HOLD TRIAL SOON FOR 3 AMERICANS—AP

JUN 08 | IRAN SAYS WILL NOT SWAP U.S. DETAINEES FOR SCIENTIST—REUTERS

JUN 07 | HIKE IN HONOR OF A BITTERSWEET WEDDING ANNIVERSARY—FOX21

JUN 04 | JOSH FATTAL TURNS 28 IN IRAN PRISON—FOX9

JUN 03 | ACTIVIST MOTHERS URGE RELEASE OF DETAINED HIKERS—KTTC

JUN 02 | “WHAT KIND OF IDIOTS WOULD GO HIKING IN IRAQ?”—HUFFINGTON POST

MAY 31 | IRANIANS INSIST THERE WILL BE NO DEAL OVER RELEASE OF AMERICAN HIKERS FROM TEHRAN JAIL—DAILY MAIL

MAY 27 | BRING THEM HOME—EUGENE WEEKLY

MAY 26 | IMPRISONED AMERICANS REACH 300 DAYS IN IRAN—OAKLAND TRIBUNE

MAY 25 | AFTER FIRST REUNION IN 10 MONTHS, MOTHERS OF 3 JAILED US HIKERS IN IRAN ON VISITING THEIR CHILDREN AND CONTINUING THE FIGHT FOR THEIR RELEASE—DEMOCRACY NOW

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