By DIANA MARTINEZ
The Amnesty International club is one of the many clubs offered at Cumberland County College. Its mission is to assist the less fortunate on local and global levels in regards to human rights issues.
Students usually sign up for the Amnesty club in order to help people from all walks of life that are prohibited from exercising their human rights. Members can exercise their right to freedom of speech to help others, while being part of this club. “Seeing so many people that believe in the same cause and are actually able make a difference fulfills me,” says vice president Alex Huegel.
Amnesty International is involved in numerous human rights activities. Such as; “Get on the Bus” a once a year peaceful protest that occurs in New York City in front of worldwide embassies. The event is meant to gather support for people who can’t speak on their own behalf in regards to the injustices that are being inflicted upon them. This event has been very effective in getting issues addressed and resolved. Imprisoned journalists have been recently released from prisons in countries where speaking the truth about the government is not permitted.
“Amnesty makes sure that individuals in prison are not forgotten,” says club advisor Kate Mather.
The club also partakes in several fundraisers during the year for domestic violence victims, natural disaster victims and victims in third world countries that have had their rights refused. The club members are very proud of their efforts and accomplishments.
“Being a member of the Amnesty club is a good time and a learning experience. It is so fulfilling if you want to feel like you are making a difference. The club makes ideas into actions,” states Jenny Adamski club president.
The Amnesty club has been around for about 50 years. The CCC chapter was formed about 5five years ago. The club consists of about 10 members and is always recruiting new members. The club meets on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. in room 13 in the Academic building.