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Aug 14, 2010, 7:41:43 PM8/14/10
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Dear Friends and Supporters of SSJ,

Thanks to everyone who lent their time and energy to the Weekend of
Action mobilization. While we only measure true success by one long
awaited outcome, we were happy to see the outpouring of support all
around the world and do believe that it is making a difference.

This campaign has been a marathon and it doesn’t get easier as time
goes on. We need to increase the noise and pressure on Iran to do what
is just and humane and release Shane, Sarah and Josh. With this in
mind I ask that you continue to keep awareness high about SSJ’s
plight, about the egregious way in which Iran is treating them as
political pawns and about the need for the US government to do more to
end this ordeal. SSJ have dedicated their lives to raising awareness
about social and environmental problems.

Now they need awareness raised so they can finally be free again.
Please write, organize and take action so we can keep the momentum
going and make August the last leg of the marathon. Please raise your
voice, mobilize organizations and get as many people as possible
involved in the movement to get SSJ home already. Of particular
concern is Sarah’s health and solitary confinement. Cancer could be
metastasizing in her body as she languishes in solitary. THIS IS
OUTRAGEOUS AND MUST END IMMEDIATELY.

In case you missed some of the latest developments (The mothers’
Ramadan appeal, the families appeal to the UN’s special rapporteur on
torture and its working group on arbitrary detention, President Obama
speaking out, Amnesty International launching a campaign, over thirty
events across the world, Iran’s totally unbelievable response that
SSJ’s case is ‘in the hands of the judiciary,’ and the families
response essentially saying “yeah right”), here are some recent press
articles.

With deep appreciation for your continued support!

The Bauer, Shourd and Fattal families

* * * * *

You can access the following news story links on the website:
http://freethehikers.org/news/latest-headlines/

AUG 13 | UN EXPERT URGES IRAN TO END US HIKER’S SOLITARY CONFINEMENT –
FRANCE24
AUG 12 | US: HIKERS RELEASE FACILITATES TALKS—PRESSTV
AUG 07 | REAL LIFE: LIGHT A CANDLE FOR THE DETAINED HIKERS DURING
RAMADAN—CONTRA COSTA TIMES
AUG 06 | IMPRISONED HIKER FINDS BREAST LUMP—SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
AUG 05 | US HIKER IN IRANIAN JAIL ALLOWED BRIEF CALL TO MOM—KANSAS
CITY STAR
AUG 03 | PROTESTING ONE YEAR OF DETENTION FOR AMERICAN HIKERS—
IRANHUMANRIGHTS.ORG
AUG 02 | همیاری در پاریس برای سه امریکائی زندانی در ایران—VOA
AUG 02 | MOTHERS OF DETAINED HIKERS APPEAL TO IRAN TO STOP DELAYS—CNN
AUG 01 | MOJO WRITER IMPRISONED IN IRAN: 365 DAYS IS TOO LONG—MOTHER
JONES
AUG 01 | RALLY MARKS ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HIKERS’ CAPTURE—OAKLAND
TRIBUNE
AUG 01 | S.F. RALLY TO FREE 3 HIKERS, HELD YEAR IN IRAN—SF CHRONICLE
AUG 01 | ONE YEAR UNJUSTLY DETAINED—HUFFINGTON POST
JUL 31 | OBAMA URGES IRAN TO ‘IMMEDIATELY RELEASE’ THREE US HIKERS—AFP
JUL 31 | جمع آوری امضا برای آزادی سه آمریکایی زندانی در ایران – BBC
PERSIAN
JUL 31 | FAMILIES DEMAND RELEASE OF US HIKERS IN IRAN—SWISSINFO
JUL 31 | WHY IS IRAN STILL HOLDING US HIKERS?—CSMONITOR
JUL 31 | ONE YEAR LATER, MOMS FIGHT FOR HIKERS’ RELEASE FROM IRAN
PRISON—FOXNEWS
JUL 30 | ایران از سه آمریکایی زندانی بهره برداری سیاسی می کند’—BBC
PERSIAN
JUL 30 | OBAMA TO IRAN: FREE THE HIKERS—POLITICO
JUL 30 | MOM CALLS HIKER CHILDREN’S IRAN DETENTION ‘RIDICULOUS’ AND
‘UNNECESSARY’—ABC
JUL 30 | IRAN MUST RELEASE OR TRY US HIKERS HELD WITHOUT CHARGE FOR A
YEAR—AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
JUL 30 | PROTESTS OVER IRAN’S HOLDING OF U.S. HIKERS BEGIN FRIDAY—CNN
JUL 29 | HIKERS’ MOTHERS MAKE NEW PLEA TO IRAN—WSJ
JUL 28 | THE HIKERS IN IRAN: ONE YEAR LATER—NYTIMES
JUL 28 | THREE HIKERS IN IRAN, ONE YEAR ON—CPJ
JUL 27 | یک سال زندان زیر سایه جدال ایران و آمریکا—BBC PERSIAN
JUL 26 | WAITING GAME—NEWSWEEK
JUL 23 | STILL CAPTIVES OF IRAN—NYTIMES



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