Hadiya Pendleton’s relatives to present at U. of C. human rights event this Friday

Relatives of late Kenwood teenager Hadiya Pendleton will speak at the University of Chicago chapter of Amnesty International’s “Write for Rights” event from 4:30 to 8 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 5 at McCormick Tribune Lounge, 5706 S. University Ave.

Every December, Amnesty International invites the public to write letters advocating for its selected list of human rights abuse victims. The local chapter’s program will focus on the cases of 15-year-old Kenwood resident Hadiya Pendleton, who was and killed in January 2013 shortly after performing at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration; the Israeli occupation of the West Bank; Darrell Cannon and Anthony Holmes, torture victims of former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge; and the 1984 Bhopal gas leak at a Union Carbide plant that killed thousands.

The program will kick off with an hour of letter writing, followed by talks on the Bhopal leak and West Bank, as well as a presentation from Pendleton’s mother, Cleo, and a reading of a poem in Pendleton’s memory by her aunt, Linda Wilks.

Since last year, Pendleton’s family has been pushing for increased gun control.

For more information, visit facebook.com/amnestyinternationaluchicago.