Amnesty International Neighbourhood Groups
Do you have a couple of hours to spare? Do you want to meet other like-minded people working in common purpose? Join thousands of activists in local communities across Canada who are working together to find ways to make human rights a reality for all.
There are about 100 Amnesty Groups and Action Circles spread out in communities across Canada. Each group is different. They range in size from only a few members to up to 30-50 members.
Amnesty groups engage in many types of human rights campaigns and activities. They raise awareness about human rights issues in their communities by talking to the local media, lobbying their local politicians and government officials, and organizing educational events with guest speakers, videos, and webcasting. Group members write letters, hold vigils, organize demonstrations and other public events, and work on specific long-standing appeal cases of individuals whose human rights are at risk.
Community Group: A well-established gathering of local Amnesty activists who come together regularly (at least once a month) to work on human rights issues. A Community Group usually has a defined operating structure, led by elected or selected group leaders. Each year, the group develops an annual work plan of activities.
Action Circle: A flexible, loose arrangement of activists working together on specific events or projects. Action Circles were set up to enable busy activists to contribute to human rights on a short-term basis. Some Action Circles take on year-round projects, while others are formed around special projects. The Action Circle could go into hiatus or disband when their projects are completed.
Groups in Metropolitan Toronto
Quaker Meeting House
60 Lowther Avenue
7:00 PM, 2nd Monday of each month, 3rd Monday in October
Please note there are no meetings in July, August and December.
ACTION: Colombia, Mexico, Huseyin Celil and AI Canada priority campaigns.
AI Toronto office
1992 Yonge Street, 3rd Floor
Please email the group to find out details about their current initiatives and campaigns, as well as the day and time of face-to-face meetings (please note there are no meetings in August and December).
AI Toronto office,
1992 Yonge Street, 3rd Floor
6:30 PM, 2nd Tuesday of each month.
Please note there are no meetings in August and December.
ACTION: South-East Asia, Morocco, Africa’s Great Lakes Region, Colombia, Human Rights Friendly Schools, Turkey and Post-soviet Region.
Royal York Road United Church
851 Royal York Road
7:30pm, last Monday of each month.
ACTION: West Africa Region
* On hiatus
Cummer Avenue United Church
53 Cummer Avenue
7:pm – 9pm, 2nd Friday of each month (except July and August).
ACTION: Death Penalty, AI current campaigns and issues
Email Group 98
Taylor Memorial- Toronto Public Library, 1440 Kingston Rd – N/W corner of Kingston Rd. and Warden Ave.
7:00 pm, second Tuesday of September, November, February, April and June.
ACTION: Indigenous Rights – Stolen Sisters, General Al Campaigns and Issues
First Unitarian Congregation
175 St. Clair Avenue West
7:00 PM, 3rd Wednesday of each month
ACTION: Indigenous Rights, other AI current campaigns and issues
Email Group 142
St. Barnabas Anglican Church
361 Danforth Ave. (at Chester, south side of Danforth).
7:00 PM, 1st Tuesday of each month (February-June, September-December)
ACTION: Turkey Regional Action Network, Campaign Against the Death Penalty, China, Colombia
Email Group 164
Groups Outside Toronto
St. Christopher’s Anglican Church
662 Guelph Line
7:30 PM, 3rd Monday of each month
ACTION: Colombia, SEAMRAN (Southeast Asia and Myanmar Regional Action Network)
Email Group 21
345 Church (corner of Church and Allan)
7:30 PM, 1st Tuesday of every month except July, August, December.
Call Wendy Belcher at 905-844-4194
Meeting times: 1st Thursday of each month.
Trinity Anglican Church
79 Victoria St.
7pm – 8:30 PM, 2nd Thursday of each month except June, July, August and December.
Email AI Action Circle A65
Binkley United Church
1570 Main St West, Hamilton
7:00pm, first Monday of each month except July and August.