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Saturday, 17 May 2014

Peaceful Vigil May 19 in Front of White House for Amir Hekmati, America's Longest-Held Political Prisoner in Iran

Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee to Speak at Gathering May 19, Lafayette Park, Washington, D.C., to mark Hekmati's 1,000th day in Iran's Evin Prison

Former Marine Terry Mahoney to stand vigil for 1,000 minutes for former Marine Hekmati; member of Congress to speak; Hekmati family and others to participate throughout the day
Beginning at 12:20am Monday, May 19, former Marine Terry Mahoney will stand vigil for 1,000 minutes, leading a peaceful vigil at Lafayette Park in front of the White House and reflecting on Amir's imprisonment. He will emphasize that Amir and his family have suffered long enough.

At 11:00am and 6:00pm, Amir's family, former Marine Terry Mahoney, Amir's congressman, religious leaders and others will gather and speak. The public and media are encourage to attend.

This Memorial Day, Amir Hekmati will endure his 1,000th day of wrongful imprisonment. This is a call for citizens and officials to reflect peacefully on the freedoms they have enjoyed the past 1,000 days and question why an innocent American who served his country languishes in an Iranian prison.

Beloved by all who know him, Amir has missed many valuable moments with his family and friends over the past 1,000 days. Historic milestones, major-family moments and simple life pleasures, alike, have passed him by.

Further, a greater reason for Amir to be released, is to see his father once again, who has terminal brain cancer and recently suffered a stroke.

WHERE:
Lafayette Park, in front of the White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20500

WHEN:
Monday, May 19, 2014

The public and media are encouraged to attend activities at the following times:

1) 11:00am – 11:30am
2) 6:00pm – 6:30 pm

Terry Mahoney's 1,000-minute vigil will take place from 12:20am to 7:00pm.

WHO:
Words will be given by the Hekmati family; Amir's Congressman, Dan Kildee; local religious leaders; and others. Other attendees include FreeAmir Campaign volunteers and ScoutComms, a D.C.-based firm supporting veterans and military families.

Former Marine Terry Mahoney will spend 1,000 minutes in a figurative cell, one minute for every day Amir has been incarcerated.

For more information on Amir Hekmati's current situation or to learn how you can help contribute to the Free Amir Campaign, please visit FreeAmir.org

SOURCE FreeAmir.org


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