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October events and about the power of the pen

Dear Friend

Before I tell you about all the Amnesty events that are taking place this October, I would like to thank all those who helped to make the Galilee Quartet concert last Tuesday a success.  It was a very moving and inspiring event. 

Having written letters for Omar Sa'ad as an Amnesty group when he was in prison for refusing to serve in the Israeli Defense Force, it was wonderful to meet him, listen to the Q&A and indulge my senses with the brilliant performance by him and his just as talented string playing siblings. 

This event was as much about the power of music as it was about the power of the pen and Human Right's activism. Without the pressure and many letters -from Amnesty and from others- that were sent on Omar Sa'ad behalf he may still not have received his exception from the draft, and would thus still be in prison. Furthermore, as history has proven time and time again, because of people like him standing up for justice and peace, both will eventually be achieved.

The events that are taking place in the coming weeks are not as exciting as the Galilee Quartet concert, but they are nevertheless important. Without the letter writing, the planning of events and the discussion about campaigns, Human Right's abuse and impunity will continue and many Human Rights defenders like Omar will not receive the support they need.

So do join us at the following:
Thursday 9th October, 7:30pm: Amnesty global members' consultation on campaigning priorities. Click for more details.
Thursday 9th October, 9:00pm: Campaigning meeting of the Cambridge City group. Click for more details.
Saturday 11th October, 10:30am-1pm: Fundraising and campaigning market stall. Click here for more details
Sunday 26th October, 10:30am-4:30pm: Stall at Women of the World's Marketplace. The Marketplace is free for all. Click here for more details.
Monday 27rd October, 7pm: NEW DATE Stop Torture campaign group and letter writing. Click for more details.

Tuesday 28th October, 8pm: Drop-in and letter writing for victims of Human Rights abuses. Click for more details.

You may also be interested in  The Ben Jupp Memorial Lecture "Behind Closed Doors – The search for justice for victims of torture and the disappeared”, organised by the Ely Amnesty group on Sunday 26th October.

A full listing is on our Eventbrite pages, which you can access here. I hope you'll find this useful. You can register for any event, but you don't have to. As we have used this now for a few weeks only, any comments or suggestions will be gratefully received! 

I am looking forward to seeing you in October!

Best wishes, 

Liesbeth ten Ham
Amnesty International Cambridge City Group

Ps  Ruhul Abdin was in the audience during last Tuesday's concert and has written about it and drawn a beautiful picture, which you can find here

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