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Steamboat to host Amnesty International fundraiser

Luke Graham

Jared Sumner, left, Molly Goldberg, Catie Jasper and Leila Wise recently attended an Amnesty International event in Chicago where Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald spoke via Skype. Goldberg is helping host a benefit for Amnesty International on Friday at Old Town Pub.

— At the annual general meeting for Amnesty International in Chicago, Colorado Mountain College's Molly Goldberg found herself fanning out.

Goldberg, who is the Amnesty International club president at CMC and is involved in the activist organization on a state and national level, had just Skyped with National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald.

Greenwald recently was part of the Guardian and Washington Post collaboration that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service.

"It was unreal," Goldberg said. "People get excited about celebrities, and for us we were like fan girls and boys for those guys."

Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights and is campaigning to end mass surveillance.

"I am really passionate about human rights," Goldberg said. "Amnesty is one of the oldest, most respected human rights organizations in the world."

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Goldberg and CMC will host an Amnesty International conference for about 40 college students from New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado on Friday through Sunday.

As part of it, the CMC club will open the conference with a benefit concert featuring rock band Jebus.

Jamnesty begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Old Town Pub. A $5 donation at the door is suggested.

"But it's whatever people can give," Goldberg said.

It's the third year the club has put on the benefit concert. Last year, the organization raised more than $2,000.

In addition to Jebus, there also will be a DJ and raffle. Raffle tickets are $1 and include prizes from local retailers and restaurants.

A Guantanamo Bay detention center boot will be set up where those that attend will be encouraged to take photos and tweet them to American leaders with the hashtag #CloseGitmo.

The money, Goldberg said, is used for travel costs, postage to write letters to leaders around the world and other administrative costs.

Goldberg, who also works as Amnesty International's activities coordinator for Colorado and is part of the National Youth Action Committee, said the event helps bring light to the organization and the work it's trying to do.

"This has been really successful," Goldberg said. "Especially within the college community. The community has been so supportive over the years we want to keep it growing."

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