Join us to #FreeAmir

In a bi-partisan effort led by Congressman Dan Kildee, members of congress have joined together to call for Amir to be freed from Iran's notorious Evin prison. You can view photos of those members of congress who stand up for Amir and his freedom  here and here

We ask that you join us in standing up for Amir and calling for his freedom. Download the graphic below, take a picture, and post it on Twitter with the hash tag #freeamir and share it on our Facebook wall. 

Together, we can stand up for Amir. Together, we can be Amir's voice.




 

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Premiere Performance of "I Will Fly (Amir's Song)"

"I Will Fly (Amir's Song)" performed live for the first time  on February 3, 2012 at the Woodside Church in Flint, Michigan. The performance was apart of the Mott Community College Haiti Benefit Concert. The Amir Hekmati Freedom Campaign would like to thank all those involved in the recording of this song and their dedication to raising not only awareness about Amir's detention, but their voices on behalf of Amir while his voice has been silenced. 

Vocals: Matthew J. Packer (composer) and Richard Kerry Thompson, Flutes: Townes Osborn Miller and Mary Procopio, Cello: Krista Black, Guitar: Bradford Fielder, Bass: Jack McDonald, Percussion: Delaina Oberman, Choir: Mott Community College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, Flute/Cello Orchestration: William Withem, Video Recording: Jeff Bussure

Thanksgiving Reflections

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On this Thanksgiving Day, there will be one seat empty at our table. Today will be the second Thanksgiving that we have without Amir.  My 4 year old son asked last night if Uncle Amir was coming over with all of his other uncles, and it broke my heart to tell him that he was not. This is the time of year that my mom would make our favorite dishes and we would gather together and catch up on the things that were going on in our lives. My mom always loved cooking for Amir because he made her feel like everything she made was the best dish he ever had, making all her hard work feel worthwhile. We spent many of these holidays with just our parents and siblings until I was married, and afterwards Amir felt like he inherited my husband's brothers that he always looked forward to spending time with. My husband and his 3 brothers made this day together all the more special for Amir to look forward to. On this day of giving thanks, I am grateful to God that Amir is still alive, that he has the prayers and support of people around the world. I pray for his strength, safety,health and sound mind.  I hope that these prayers lift him up in spirit and that he knows we are longing for that one day when his seat will fill our table again.

Event: Jailed Humanity: In Support of an American's Quest for Freedom from an Iranian Prison

Location: 555 Gallery and Studios, 2801 W. Vernor Hwy, Detroit MI 48216

Exhibition Period: November 17th-December 2

Opening Reception: November 17th 6-10pm

Event title: Jailed Humanity: In Support of an American's quest for freedom from an Iranian Prison

Jailed Humanity: An exhibition of visual and performing arts curated artist Manal  Kadry, with assistance from  Flint resident Sarah Hekmati to raise awareness and gather regional community support for her  brother, Amir Hekmati, who has been wrongfully imprisoned in Iran on charges of espionage.  The exhibition includes photography, sculpture, political cartoons, paintings, and music by local and national artists and students. The exhibit will be held at 555 Gallery and Studios located in the former Detroit Third Police Precinct. The precinct’s 5’x7’ holding cells remain and will bring to reality a sense of Amir's imprisonment. Select works will be for sale and the proceeds will go the Amir Hekmati Freedom Fund. To learn more about Amir's imprisonment or make a contributuion visit http://www.freeamir.org/

Background: While visiting his grandmothers in Iran for the first time in August of 2011, Flint, Michigan resident and former Marine Amir Hekmati was detained by Iranian officials and charged with spying for the CIA. His family and the US government deny these claims.  Although initially sentenced to death, his case was overturned in March of 2012 and a new trial was ordered. Since that ruling, Amir remains a prisoner held in solitary confinement in Ward 209 of Evin Prison. He has no visitors, receives no letters, and is not allowed to contact his family. Amir's attorney is also kept from seeing him.