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Wausau native aims to add local Amnesty International chapter

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WAUSAU — A new chapter of Amnesty International is planned for Wausau, with an informational meeting slated for Friday, Aug. 10.

The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at La Prima Deli, 529 Third St., Wausau and is open to the public. Wausau native Michael Andrews is spearheading the effort.

Andrews began his work with Amnesty International in 1993 in Miami and was elected group coordinator of AI #248 in 1994.

“With all the human rights issues happening around the world he thought that people in Wausau would be a great place to start a new Amnesty International chapter,” Andrews said. “AIUSA Area Coordinators are tasked to help start new local groups. Wausau is a great place to have a new AIUSA group.

Andrews said most satisfying accomplishment was creating and coordinating “Get Up, Stand Up, Paint for Human Rights”, AI-Miami’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. More than 200 children from all parts of Miami-Dade assembled on 6 blocks of Lincoln Road to paint on canvas their impressions of human rights.

After several years as Group Coordinator Mr. Andrews stepped down to volunteer as the Area Coordinator for South Florida. He has served on the national AIUSA Area Coordinator Steering Committee for ten years and has served as Chair of the committee. He is also founder, director and cellist of the South Beach Chamber Ensemble.

For information, email Andrews at mandrews17@mindspring.com.

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