Margaret Huang, an advocate for human rights and racial justice for more than two decades and the Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, visited Group 11 for our October 23rd monthly meeting. She talked about AIUSA’s current work and its goal of attracting two million active supporters who take at least six meaningful actions a year by 2020.
Stop Gun Violence campaign, together with the Welcome Refugees campaign, is the top priority endeavor for AIUSA today. Margaret shared details of AIUSA research and lobbying efforts to raise awareness and change legislation in states like Missouri, where the use-of-force law permits police to shoot fleeing suspects. Some stats regarding gun violence in the U.S.:
- More than 30,000 men, women, and children are killed with guns each year in the United States.
- Among high-income countries, the United States accounts for 80 percent of all gun deaths in the world, 86 percent of all women killed by guns, and 87 percent of all children younger than 14 who are killed by guns.