Amnesty Working Group

OWHR Institute for War Resistance and Policy Alternatives’ Amnesty Working Group

OWHR Institute Director, Isaac Romano and US Senator, 1972 Democratic Party Presidential Candidate, George McGovern speaking to the media at July 2006 OWHR News Conference.


Senator McGovern addressing the audience at the 2006 OWHR event, says, ‘“We are jeopardizing the very liberties that we profess to be fighting to save by engaging in these costly and in many respects self-defeating wars.” McGovern went on to say, “I’m sick and tired of old men dreaming up wars in which young men do the dying.”

Humanitarian leader and New York Times bestselling author, Robert Fulghum. Honorary Co-chair of OWHR Institutes’ Amnesty Working Group,
Professor Jonathan Hafetz is an expert on human rights, constitutional law, national security, and international justice issues. He joined Seton Hall University School of Law in 2010. Professor Hafetz is also an internationally recognized constitutional and human rights lawyer. Prior to joining Seton Hall University School of Law, he was a senior attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, a litigation director at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, and a John J. Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at Gibbons, P.C. He has litigated numerous cases at all level of the federal courts, including Al-Marri v. Spagone, 555 U.S. 1220 (2009), Boumediene v. Bush, 553 U.S. 723 (2008), Munaf v. Geren, 553 U.S. 674 (2008), Rasul v. Rumsfeld, 542 U.S. 466 (2004), Meshal v. Higgenbotham, 804 F.3d 417 (D.C. Cir. 2015), Salahi v. Obama, 625 F.3d 740 (D.C. Cir. 2010), and Jawad v. Obama (D.D.C. 2009). Professor Hafetz has authored or co-authored more than thirty amicus curiae briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals.
Advisory Specialist to the OWHR Institute’s Amnesty Working Group, Matt Adams is the legal director for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, where he has worked since 1998 representing immigrants from all over the world. He has an extensive practice in federal courts with thirteen published decisions granting relief to his clients in the United States Courts of Appeals. In addition, he has served as class counsel in several successful class action challenges before federal district courts, including Franco-Gonzalez, et al. v. Holder, et al., where the district court granted class certification on behalf of detained individuals with mental impairments, and issued a permanent injunction, ordering the United States to create the the very first appointed counsel system in the immigration courts. Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder, 2013 WL 3674492 (C.D.Cal. 2013). He was also class counsel in A.B.T. v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 2013 WL 5913323 (W.D.Wash. 2013), representing a successful nationwide class challenge to practices preventing asylum applicants from obtaining employment authorization. Much of his litigation is focused on challenges to immigration detention.
Matt Adams, along with his litigation team, has played a critical role in successfully challenging President Trump's discriminatory travel ban. Matt is a member of the King County Public Defenders Advisory Board and the National Immigration Project’s Board of Directors and graduated from UC Berkeley Law and received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University.
Advisor to the OWHR Institute’s Amnesty Working Group and OWHR Institute Research and Social Policy staffer, Reverend Colin Bossen is a PhD Candidate in American Studies at Harvard University, and Unitarian Universalist Minister. His academic work focuses on the relationship between theology and social movements. He has been involved in justice struggles for more than two decades. Reverend Bossen is co-author, along with Julia Hamilton of "Resistance and Transformation: Unitarian Universalist Social Justice History," laying out in detail, questions that faced Unitarian Universalists congregations and leadership during the time of the Vietnam War, including: how to handle political dissent or witness in the context of congregational life? What is the appropriate way to "honor always the primacy of conscience over any external authority which we believe to be immoral."
On January 21, 1977 President Jimmy Carter pardoned US War Resisters (draft resisters and US military deserters from the US War in Vietnam). The pardon was unconditional and wiped criminal records clean.

President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, still active at the Carter Center, both with remarkable intellect, graciousness and acuity into their early 90s and late 80s, respectively, extend their good wishes to the OWHR Institute’s Amnesty Working Group in this February 8, 2016 formal letter.
OWHR Institute- Letter from Pres. Jimmy Carter (February 17, 2016)

Humanitarian leader and New York Times Bestselling author, Robert Fulghum, while serving as a Unitarian parish minister in the Pacific Northwest, counseled US men faced with the draft during the US War in Vietnam. Some of these good men came up to Canada and found refuge and built new lives in Canada. Robert Fulghum is the OWHR Institute honorary co-chair of the OWHR Institute for War Resistance and Policy Alternatives’ “Amnesty Working Group,” bringing progressives members of the US Congress and progressives members of the Canadian House of Common’s to attend a series of “working-meetings”/day long conferences. These leaders will prepare a future Amnesty Bill for US Military Deserters that came to Canada since the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, and coordinate their efforts with Canadian lawmakers that will prepare a Canadian Bill allowing those that have come to Canada for refuge during these recent and current US conflicts, to apply and gain Permanent Residency in Canada, in order to then apply for Citizenship, should they and their families desire to stay in Canada.


Acknowledging the traditional peoples and territories here in Quebec and Montreal

The traditional peoples of the Montreal area are les Haudenosaunee(Mohawk). In Quebec, we also acknowledge the Inuit, les Abenakis, les Algonquins, les Atikamekws, les Crees, les Malecites, les Mi’kmaqs, les Innus, les Naskapis, les Wendats and Mohawks and the Metis (les Metisses).

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