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Catalyst Radio: Amnesty International -- Grand Rapids

Amnesty International again has a presence in Grand Rapids. Local organizer James Quatrine talks about some of the recent activity including efforts during Human Rights Week.
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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speach issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

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More than 500 letters were created as part of the Dec. 6 Write For Rights event at Mangiamo's, as part of Human Rights Week

More than 500 letters were created as part of the Dec. 6 Write For Rights event at Mangiamo's, as part of Human Rights Week /Amnesty International -- Grand Rapids

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INTERVIEW

The global concerns of the human rights watch group Amnesty International are getting attention right here in Grand Rapids.  A local chapter of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization has again formed, taking on issues such as injustices against prisioners and journalists, and defending basic rights including access to safe water.

Local organizer James Quatrine talks about some of the recent activities of the the new group, including a Write For Rights project that generated 500 letters seeking the release of 15 prisoners A.I. considers unjustly held. Quatrine invites anyone interested to get involved with the newly re-formed Amnesty International -- Grand Rapids.

MUSIC

Bob Dylan, with his song "Chimes of Freedom" is featured this week. Dozens of musicians have gathered to create a disc by the same name, covering Dylan songs, as a new fundraiser for Amnesty International.

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