GET ON THE BUS 2018 was held on Friday, April 6th,
and featured actions focused on Sri Lanka, Tibet/China,
Iran, Sudan, Burma/Myanmar and the United States.
What is Get on the Bus?
Get on the Bus for Human Rights (GOTB) is an annual day of human rights education and activism organized by Amnesty International USA Group 133 of Somerville, MA and a dedicated team of volunteer community organizers. 2018 is its 23rd year. GOTB draws hundreds of participants riding buses, commuter trains, and carpooling to New York City to take peaceful action in front of embassies, consulates and corporate headquarters in NYC in support of human rights.
2018 Main Actions:
Sri Lanka: Justice for Ragihar Manoharan and the Trinco Five
Sudan/U.S.: Prevent the closure of IDP camps in Darfur; stop the attacks on civilians and end the destruction of their homes and property; allow the passage of humanitarian aid and respect the presence of UNAMID forces; and release detained human rights defenders.
Tibet/China: Release of prisoners of conscience Tashi Wangchuk and Shokjang (Druklo)
Iran: Release of human rights defender Narges Mohamadi
Burma: Call on Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing to order his troops to put a stop to the ongoing crimes against humanity/ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people
United States: End the practice of family detention of asylum seekers, with a focus on the Berks Detention Center
Download the action letters packet here.
Download event schedule here.
Register to volunteer here.
GOTB 2018 video: Anji Manivannan on the Trinco Five and human rights in Sri Lanka
Get on the Bus photos:
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https://www.facebook.com/ media/set/?set=a. 10155534852382781.1073741866. 211935552780&type=1&l= 41a5a70992
20 Favorites on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ media/set/?set=a. 10154616911577781.1073741858. 211935552780&type=1&l= 6664580193
Full galleries, organized by topic/theme/messge:
http://scottlangleyphoto.com/ amnesty/gotb2017/no-ban-no- wall/
http://scottlangleyphoto.com/ amnesty/gotb2017/america-i- believe-in/
http://scottlangleyphoto.com/ amnesty/gotb2017/honk-for- human-rights/
We thank all of our supporters and team members from our 2017 event. (2018 thank you's will be posted here shortly.)
GOTB Planning Team
Get on the Bus is a project of Amnesty International, Group 133, Somerville MA
GOTB is sponsored by The Cooper Union
Keep the pressure on governments and leaders throughout GOTB. If you have 10 minutes... please take action.