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Festival of Social Justice Event Programme

Festival of Social Justice
PLEASE NOTE: By registering for any of our FESTIVAL EVENTS, you are consenting to your name and email address being securely stored and used to keep you informed of relevant events and activities by the organising Amnesty LOCAL GROUP (or organising body where this is different). Each will only use your data in accordance with the DATA PROTECTION advice from AIUK or that of the organising body. You can find out more about AIUK'S DATA PROTECTION ADVICE HERE.

All events will take place online, unless otherwise stated

*Tip - events below are listed in date order, with the exception of our launch event - If you are looking for a particular event, press Ctrl-F and type in the keyword(s)!*

Register for our events below:

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*Launch Event*

Tuesday 20th April 2021 6.00pm to 7.30pm – Amnesty Central England presents:

Why a Festival of Social Justice at this time? (What's it all about?)

Kate Allen (Director of Amnesty UK) explores with special guest panellists the aims of the Festival, and Amnesty’s efforts to engage more (and more varied) people across the UK in the evolving activities of the Amnesty movement here and in the fast-changing world.

The panel comprises:

Cherry Bird – Country Coordinator for India and Nepal; Activism Representative for South West England

Imtiaz Choonara – Organiser, Derby Peace Week

Sotez Chowdhury – AIUK Campaigning Communities Manager

Nabila Khan – AIUK Country Coordinator, China/Taiwan

Ranjit Sondhi – National Trustee, Citizens UK

You can register for this event at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4547421077188103438  

For more information contact: gethin.davies@amnesty.org.uk

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From Friday 16th April - Sunday 31st May 2021 – Church Stretton Amnesty International presents:

Sponsored Walk

Amnesty group members will be walking 60 km over the Festival period, raising money for Amnesty. COVID regulations permitting. We will arrange a number of walks in the beautiful Shropshire Hills so we will walk 60 km over the period of the festival. The invitation to take up the challenge is extended to all Amnesty Groups in the region. If permitted, you can join us here in Church Stretton for any of the walks. Or you could choose to walk the 60km in your own area.

For more information regarding attending and dates/times of walks contact: Dave or Trish - davidandtrish@hotmail.co.uk

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From Friday 16th April - Sunday 31st May 2021 – Church Stretton Amnesty International presents:

Wajib

A sprightly, accessible comedy-drama by established Palestinian writer-director interleaves simmering tension in the Israeli town of Nazareth with moments of terrific humour as a father and son deliver wedding invitations over the course of a winter’s day.

Watch the film at any time during the festival. Then on Thursday 20th May at 7.30pm join us for a Zoom chat about the film.

You can register for this event at: jknowles2@yahoo.com

For more information contact: Liz Knowles - jknowles2@yahoo.com

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From Friday 16th April - Sunday 31st May 2021 – Wolverhampton Amnesty International presents:

Wolverhampton Poetry Collective

An exploration through poetry of the themes of welcoming, home, and the refugee and asylum-seeking experience. The collective involves local creative arts community organisations.

The event will be pre-recorded and available throughout the festival on the AIUK Festival of Social Justice YouTube Channel

For more information you can contact Ruth Ashton- ruthashton@hotmail.co.uk

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From Friday 16th April - Sunday 31st May 2021– Wolverhampton Amnesty International presents:

Food Without Borders

Food Without Borders is a mini-series with a focus on human rights and social justice that explores how sharing recipes can inspire and unite us.

The event will be pre-recorded and available throughout the festival on the AIUK Festival of Social Justice YouTube Channel

For more information you can contact Ruth Ashton- ruthashton@hotmail.co.uk

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Saturday 17th April 2021 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm – Wirksworth Amnesty International group presents:

Human Rights and Social Justice

Derby Sounds Community Radio will be broadcasting a special programme on Human Rights and Social Justice including local Human Rights activists and Amnesty International Country Coordinators.

The programme will be repeated Sunday 18th April 2.00pm-4.00pm and Monday 19th April 7.00pm-9.00pm.

For Derby Sound Community Radio click here: Derby Sound Community Radio

For more information contact: wirksworthaigroup@yahoo.com

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Saturday 17th April 2021 at 12 noon – Wirksworth Amnesty International group presents:

The Amnesty Sessions

Amnesty International Country Coordinators will be in conversation with Radio Free Matlock’s world music DJ Su-ki, exploring their region through music and conversation. Five inspiring women will be talking about their personal connection to the countries they represent and their motivation for their campaigning work. Human rights issues in  Afghanistan, Pakistan, Chile and Argentina, South Africa, DRC and Rwanda will be highlighted. This first session is with Nigina Istanakzai-zarifi exploring Afghanistan.

Follow the link for more details: www.radiofreematlock.co.uk

For more information contact: wirksworthaigroup@yahoo.com

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Wednesday 21st April 2021 at 7.30pm – Bournville Amnesty International presents:

Free but not Fake: Fighting Fake News; Fighting for Free Speech

Three linked events on the rights to information and free speech (#19 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Part One

Bad Information and Human Rights

An interactive meeting on Fake News with speaker Mike Flood of Fighting Fake https://www.fightingfake.org.uk/

For more information contact Martin Bate martintombate@yahoo.co.uk

To register contact: John Dolan john@johndolan.co.uk 

The following events are:

Part Two

Access to Information and Freedom of Expression: a worldwide threat

Interactive meeting with expert speakers in Mexico, Turkey and Bangladesh. They will address how different regimes restrict access to information, prohibit free speech and punish free expression Wednesday 28th April 7.30pm (listed below)

Part Three

Action for Words

We look the life experience and personal stories of individuals suffering for speaking out for human rights. What can we do to help? Wednesday 5th May 7.30pm (listed below)

There will be Social Justice Soapbox videos and film shorts about related Amnesty cases and campaigns throughout!

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Wednesday 21st April 2021 7.30pm - Telford Amnesty International presents:

Reaching Out and Speaking Out - Ibrahim Ezz El Din

Learn more about Human Rights in Egypt.  Chance to take part in a screen shot Action holding your own house keys, on behalf of imprisoned Housing rights activist Ibrahim Ezz El-Din.  

You can register for this event below:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/learn-about-the-human-rights-situation-in-egypt-case-ibrahim-ezz-el-din-tickets-148501807905

For more information contact: aitelfordg@gmail.com

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Thursday 22nd April 2021 2.00- 4.00pm - Wirksworth and District Amnesty International presents:

Race, policing & human rights

Working with Local Groups and Derbyshire’s premier Independent cinema (the QUAD) are hosting an online workshop on Race, Policing & Human Rights with the Derbyshire Police Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, and local anti-racist activist, Sonya Robotham.

You can register for this event at: https://www.derbyquad.co.uk/RacePolicingAndHumanRights

For more information contact: wirksworthaigroup@yahoo.com

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Saturday 24th April 2021 at 12 noon - Wirksworth Amnesty International group presents:

The Amnesty Sessions

Amnesty International Country Coordinators will be in conversation with Radio Free Matlock’s world music DJ Su-ki, exploring their region through music and conversation. Five inspiring women will be talking about their personal connection to the countries they represent and their motivation for their campaigning work. Human rights issues in  Afghanistan, Pakistan, Chile and Argentina, South Africa, DRC and Rwanda will be highlighted. This session is with Ayesha Mehta exploring Pakistan.

Follow the link for more details: www.radiofreematlock.co.uk

For more information contact: wirksworthaigroup@yahoo.com

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Saturday 24th April 2021 at 7.30 pm - Welwyn, Hatfield and East Herts Amnesty International groups present:

A Toast to Freedom

A celebration and exploration of the work of Amnesty International including musical performances, poetry, drama, comedy and reflection including LIVE contributions from Poet Ian McMillan (The Verb, BBC Radio) Justin Butcher (Actor/Playwright/Author) and the Pantaloons (Touring Theatre Company)

To register for this event click here: https://a-toast-to-freedom.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information contact: Roly Taylor - mrrolytaylor@gmail.com

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Tuesday 27th April 2021 at 7.30- 9.00pm – Banbury Amnesty International presents:

International Human Rights Law for Activists

An online talk by Ian Myson (AIUK Activism Representative) with Q & A and discussion providing an introduction to International Human Rights law, geared to activists, and particularly to the needs of Amnesty Groups. This can help with a challenge often faced by activists, that in jumping from campaign to campaign, or case to case, it can be difficult to develop a clear understanding of the legal basis of human rights.

For further information and to join the event contact: Ian Myson - ian_myson@hotmail.com

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Wednesday 28th April 2021 at 7.30pm – Bournville Amnesty International presents:

Free but not Fake:  Fighting Fake News; Fighting for Free Speech

Part Two

Access to Information and Freedom of Expression: a worldwide threat

The second of three linked events this is an interactive meeting with expert speakers in Mexico, Turkey and Bangladesh. They will address how different regimes restrict access to information, prohibit free speech and punish free expression.

For more information contact Martin Bate martintombate@yahoo.co.uk

To register contact: John Dolan john@johndolan.co.uk 

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Wednesday 28th April 2021 at 8.00pm – Aylesbury Amnesty International presents:

Freedom Ride UK - Modern Slavery

Simon John (Secretary of the Thetford Amnesty Group) will cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, to raise awareness of modern slavery, talking to many interested groups and organisationsRead more here.

The pandemic has cruelly exposed the vulnerability of the world’s downtrodden. Modern Slavery is thriving on their weaknesses. This talk will compare modern and transatlantic slavery, and explain how slavery manifests everywhere today.  We will also find out about how we can play a part in making slavery truly a thing of the past.

For further information and to join the event contact Bob Corn - bb_corn@yahoo.co.uk

This is one of several opportunities throughout the festival to attend this online talk delivered by Simon John as he cycles from Lands End to John O’Groats. Also on the topic of Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking, there is a talk from Hope for Justice at 7.30pm on Thursday 27th May. 

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Friday 30th Apri 2021 2.00-3.00pm – Oxford City Amnesty International presents:

MPs speak out and listen in: a session with Oxford MPs Anneliese Dodds and Layla Moran

Anneliese Dodds, Labour MP for Oxford East, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West & Abingdon, Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Foreign Affairs & International Development will be in conversation, discussing the wide range of human rights issues facing us today.

You can register for this event at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7210241427080097038

For more information contact: chair@oxfordamnesty.org.uk

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Friday 30th April 2021 at 8pm - Sutton Coldfield Amnesty International presents:

Voices for Change, An Evening of Verse and Storytelling

An entertaining collection of readings and performances relating to Social Justice and human rights. Join us online for an hour of inspiration with guests Poet Laureate Casey Bailey, and author and actor Patrick Hayes. Tickets are free, but please book in advance.

Click here for more information and to book: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/groups/sutton-coldfield/voices-change-evening-verse-and-storytelling-friday-30-april

You can also contact us via email at: suttonamnesty@gmail.com

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Saturday 1st - 31st May 2021 – Reading Town Amnesty International presents:

Reading Human Rights Trail

Twelve posters will be placed around Reading Town Centre highlighting some of the issues that Amnesty campaigns on.  These will include local, national and international issues that resonate with the diverse population of Reading.  Each poster will provide an opportunity to take action.  A map of all of the posters will be available on our website https://www.amnesty.org.uk/groups/reading from 24th April.

For more information contact: amnesty.reading@gmail.com

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Saturday 1st May 2021 at 12 noon - Wirksworth Amnesty International group presents:

The Amnesty Sessions

Amnesty International Country Coordinators will be in conversation with Radio Free Matlock’s world music DJ Su-ki, exploring their region through music and conversation. Five inspiring women will be talking about their personal connection to the countries they represent and their motivation for their campaigning work. Human rights issues in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Chile and Argentina, South Africa, DRC and Rwanda will be highlighted. This session is with Carla Torres exploring Argentina & Chile. 

Follow the link for more details: www.radiofreematlock.co.uk

For more information contact: wirksworthaigroup@yahoo.com

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Wednesday 5th May at 7.30pm - Wythall Amnesty International presents:

RESTORE

From welcome to integration: befriending refugees and asylum seekers in Birmingham and overcoming the challenges they face”

Why do we need to protect our heritage of welcoming refugees? How can host communities welcome those seeking sanctuary from persecution? What challenges do refugees and asylum seekers face? What links Amnesty International and Restore? Hear about Restore’s one-to-one befriending scheme and discover how it helps. 

Online Meeting using Zoom (capacity up to 100).

Participants are requested not to record the live event. A recording will be available to view on our YouTube Channel later.

You can register for this event here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/restore-befrienders-and-wythall-amnesty-group-tickets-148555095289

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Wednesday 5th May 2021 at 7.30pm – Bournville Amnesty International presents:

Free but not Fake:  Fighting Fake News; Fighting for Free Speech

Part Three

Action for Words

In the third of three linked events we look the life experience and personal stories of individuals suffering for speaking out for human rights. What can we do to help?

For more information contact Martin Bate martintombate@yahoo.co.uk

To register contact: John Dolan john@johndolan.co.uk 

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Saturday 8th May 2021 at 12 noon – Wirksworth Amnesty International group presents:

The Amnesty Sessions

Amnesty International Country Coordinators will be in conversation with Radio Free Matlock’s world music DJ Su-ki, exploring their region through music and conversation. Five inspiring women will be talking about their personal connection to the countries they represent and their motivation for their campaigning work. Human rights issues in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Chile and Argentina, South Africa, DRC and Rwanda will be highlighted. This session is with Matilda exploring South Africa & Zambia.

Follow the link for more details: www.radiofreematlock.co.uk

For more information contact: wirksworthaigroup@yahoo.com

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Saturday 8th May 2021 at 7.30pm – Wythall Amnesty International presents:

Bromsgrove and Redditch Welcome Refugees (BRWR) - Welcoming Refugees and Asylum Seekers to Worcestershire: Easing the Path

We all have a story. At this event we hear from Syrian Resettlement refugees and the volunteers supporting them, from a welcome group sponsoring refugee families and from asylum seekers. Find out about Amnesty’s ‘I Welcome’ campaign to create a more welcoming environment for people rebuilding their lives.

This is an online meeting with a capacity of up to 100 participants.

You can register for this event here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/bromsgrove-and-redditch-welcome-refugees-brwr-and-wythall-amnesty-group-tickets-148609259295

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Wednesday 12th May 2021 at 7.30pm - Mid-Warwickshire Amnesty International presents:

Freedom Ride UK - Modern Slavery

Simon John (Secretary of the Thetford Amnesty Group) will cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, to raise awareness of modern slavery, talking to many interested groups and organisationsRead more here.

The pandemic has cruelly exposed the vulnerability of the world’s downtrodden. Modern Slavery is thriving on their weaknesses. This talk will compare modern and transatlantic slavery, and explain how slavery manifests everywhere today.  We will also find out about how we can play a part in making slavery truly a thing of the past.

You can register for this webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1132541370965122573

For more information contact: Jane Sault - jsault8@gmail.com

This is one of several opportunities throughout the festival to attend this online talk delivered by Simon John as he cycles from Lands End to John O’GroatsAlso on the topic of Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking, there is a talk from Hope for Justice at 7.30pm on Thursday 27th May. 

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Thursday 13th May at 7.30pm – Reading Town Amnesty International and Chipping Norton Amnesty International present:

Freedom Ride UK - Modern Slavery

Simon John (Secretary of the Thetford Amnesty Group) will cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, to raise awareness of modern slavery, talking to many interested groups and organisationsRead more here.

The pandemic has cruelly exposed the vulnerability of the world’s downtrodden. Modern Slavery is thriving on their weaknesses. This talk will compare modern and transatlantic slavery, and explain how slavery manifests everywhere today.  We will also find out about how we can play a part in making slavery truly a thing of the past.

For further information and to join the event contact amnesty.reading@gmail.com

This is one of several opportunities throughout the festival to attend this online talk delivered by Simon John as he cycles from Lands End to John O’GroatsAlso on the topic of Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking, there is a talk from Hope for Justice at 7.30pm on Thursday 27th May. 

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Saturday 15th May 2021 from 12.00pm - 10.00pm – Bournville Amnesty International group with local partners present:

Fair Play for All: Football, Children and Other Animals

A day-long festival within the festival packed with music, poetry, dance, art, talks and things to do for everyone. Includes a dedicated Children’s Hour, celebrity appearances and a chance for you to meet with Ali Aarrass, now free after 12 years of prison and torture. 

Plus Anita Asante, Villa footballer extraordinaire talking about her life and sport

Plus Soapbox videos and film shorts about Amnesty cases and campaigns.

So, loads of serious fun for everyone!!!

For link to join this event contact John Dolan - john@johndolan.co.uk

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Saturday 15th May 2021 at 12 noon – Wirksworth Amnesty International group presents:

The Amnesty Sessions

Amnesty International Country Coordinators will be in conversation with Radio Free Matlock’s world music DJ Su-ki, exploring their region through music and conversation. Five inspiring women will be talking about their personal connection to the countries they represent and their motivation for their campaigning work. Human rights issues in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Chile and Argentina, South Africa, DRC and Rwanda will be highlighted. This session is with Marie-France Nguo exploring Democratic Republic of the Congo & Rwanda.

 

Follow the link for more details: www.radiofreematlock.co.uk

For more information contact: wirksworthaigroup@yahoo.com

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Monday 17th May 2021 at 7.30pm  Oxford City Amnesty International presents:

Global Trade: Addressing the Human Rights Implications

Ms Nada Awad (international Advocacy Officer at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies),  Ms Nabila Khan (Amnesty’s Country Co-ordinator China & Taiwan) and Mr Peter Bentley (Oxfam) will be looking at the issues and tensions surrounding global trade and human rights, e.g. enforced labour, companies operating in illegal Israeli settlements, workers’ rights in supermarket supply chains.

You can register for this event at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2538776060787823632

For more information contact: Jane Buswell - secretary@oxford-amnesty.org.uk

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From Tuesday 18th May 2021: Stamford and Rutland Amnesty International presents:

TRUTH to POWER Exhibition by Eddie Botsio

As a portrait photographer, Eddie has always been fascinated by people, their character and motivations. The Truth to Power project will be opening Stamford and Rutland's Festival of Social Justice; capturing and celebrating journalists who have held power to account. This digital exhibition will be a captivating blend of images and audio giving an insight into the important role journalism plays in turbulent times. The exhibition is curated by Emma Bowkett, Director of Photography Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine and is funded by Arts Council England. 

No registration required. Access to the exhibition will be found here after exhibition launch: https://truthtopowerexhibition.com

Stamford Arts Centre listing here

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Tuesday 18th May 2021 at 7.30pm – University of Warwick Sociology Department partnership with AI Central Region presents:

Prisoners Here and There

An evening exploring what actions and issues mean most to young people, particularly students.

By using the conditions in UK prisons and Amnesty International policy on Prisoners of Conscience , the meeting will explore how to engage more young people in social activism, and how to motivate a greater variety of  students and young people into effective social action in a fast- changing world.

To register for this event, or for more information, please contact Christine Priestley (cpriestley323@gmail.com)

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Wednesday 19th May 2021 at 7pm -  Stamford and Rutland Amnesty International presents:

Chile in Focus - Part I

(This event is split into two parts with a short interval in-between. Keep your screens on and take a break!)

Widows by Ariel Dorfman, with Tony Kushner - An animated reading of extracts by Stamford Shoestring Theatre Company

Launching for one night only for the Festival of Social Justice, Stamford Shoestring Theatre Company will stream a filmed animated reading of extracts from Widows by Ariel Dorfman, with Tony Kushner.

This powerful, haunting and deeply poetic play tells of the impact on the families of Los Desaparecidos, The Disappeared, in Chile after Pinochet seized power in 1973, but as a political allegory applies to countries
around the world and the events happening today in Burma or China. Event combined with Chile Awakens Q&A. (Listed below)

(Age suitability 10+)

Wednesday 19th May 2021 at 8pm: Chile in Focus - Part II

Chile Awakens

Following on from Stamford Shoestring's animated reading of extracts from Widows by Ariel Dorfman:

Amnesty’s Chile Coordinator, Carla Torres, hosts ‘Chile Awakens’; a Q&A session about the current unrest in Chile and ‘Eyes on Chile’ report.

She is joined on the panel by Chile Solidarity Network founder Carole Concha Bell and Amnesty members Nina Patel and Jorge Diaz-Munoz.

(Age suitability 10+)

You can register for Chile in Focus here: https://www.stamfordartscentre.com/whats-on/all-shows/fosj-chile-in-focus/11999

For more information contact: stamfordandrutlandamnesty@outlook.com

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From Wednesday 19th May 2021 - Stamford and Rutland Amnesty International presents:

Virtual Social Justice Showcase – taking place throughout the Stamford & Rutland Festival of Social Justice.

The Social Justice Showcase will be a series of short videos showcasing the social justice movement locally: we provide an opportunity for groups and organisations to speak about their work and inform the local community how they can get involved. We aim to raise awareness, help strengthen the connections of our local social justice network and get more people engaged. 

The videos will be showcased on Amnesty International UK Festival of Social Justice and will be shared on our social media pages:

@amnestystamford

@amnesty_stamfordandrutland

@StamfordandRutlandAmnesty

No registration required! For more information contact: stamfordandrutlandamnesty@outlook.com

Stamford Arts Centre listing here

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Wednesday 19th May 2021 at 7.30pm - University of Warwick Sociology Dept Partnership with AIUK Central Region presents:

An evening of discussion and planning; based on a presentation on the history of the Kashmir Situation (by The AIUK Country Coordinator as initial Speaker), and inputs from a range of activists.

The participants will plan for action on the Kashmir Situation as soon as the situation permits,  and particularly  discuss such actions as the following so as order to maximise effectiveness of our collective action, differentiating this from ACTIONs authorised by Amnesty International;

· Invitations to organisations/ authors/ writers such as Arundhati Roy to visit and present further views of the situation so that more of us are more aware of the complex situation in Kashmir.

·  A national Seminar at a later date, in order to increase awareness

·  Petitions/ Letters which can be actioned by individuals or groups and in what capacity

· The formation of a  Central Region AIUK Kashmir Group plan the next steps that we can take together.

· What is the difference between action on such an issue and an authorised ACTION (and why is it important to differentiate ?)

The meeting will also discuss the responses of the AIUK Board and also how to  further develop relationships with interested communities and groups.

(As well as addressing Kashmir directly, there is potential for developing a model of engagement and activism relevant for other instances of reported mass human rights violations in different parts of the world).

To register for this event, or for more information, please contact ian.myson@amnesty.org.uk

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Thursday 20th May 2021 at 7.30pm - Stoke on Trent Amnesty International Presents:

Must Statues Die Too? A brief history of damage and controversy

The statues in our streets provide companionability, a humanisation of our environment and a powerful connection to history. But how do we respond when they no longer embody shared values? The talk will present an art historian's perspective on the bitter struggles which have led to the toppling of a monument in Bristol and tragic consequences in the U.S.A. . We will explore the history of why and how statues have become a particularly emotive issue. The talk is given as part of Amnesty International's Festival of Social Justice.

John Glaves-Smith studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has worked alongside George Melly on an exhibition and publication examining scandals about art seen through the eyes of cartoonists and was the organiser of a major exhibition of a major exhibition ' 'Reverie, Myth and Sensuality. Sculpture in Britain 1880-1914' at Stoke-on-Trent City Museum and Art Gallery. He is the co-author with Ian Chilvers of the 'Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press). He has lectured at Rochdale College of Art and Staffordshire University.

Register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/must-the-statues-die-as-well-tickets-148518000337

For more information contact: gethin.davies@amnesty.org.uk

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Friday 21st May 2021 7.30pm - 9.00pm - Bournville Amnesty International Presents:

“Black lives in Birminam”. Vanley Burke, Godfather of Black British Photography, traces the lives of African Caribbean people over 50 years.

Vanley Burke is known as the “Godfather of Black British Photography”. His iconic images have captured the evolving cultural and social landscape in the United Kingdom over four decades. He draws strength from remaining a humble man of the community, whose personable character allows him to capture the intimate and private nature of people’s everyday lives.

His body of work is possibly the largest photographic record of the Caribbean Diaspora in Britain, and as an avid collector, Vanley continues to connect histories through his substantial archive housed at the Library of Birmingham. From local community organisations to the Victoria & Albert Museum and Whitechapel, Vanley has exhibited widely in the United Kingdom, and as far afield as New York, South Africa and China.

Vanley’s artistic enquiry with his eccentric rebellious nature lends itself to sculpture and painting, and crafting art that gives life a shape. His motivation has been the preservation of culture and history through creation, documentation, and discovery which often leaks into the private.

For more information contact Martin Bate martintombate@yahoo.co.uk

To register contact: John Dolan john@johndolan.co.uk 

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Friday 21st May 2021 at 7.30pmStamford and Rutland Amnesty International presents:

A Fellow Traveller Returns – Karen Neale

Local artist Karen Neale’s passion is sketching the world around her in her sketchbook diaries. In this online talk, Karen retraces her travels from her published sketchbook ‘A Fellow Traveller’ with a look through a social justice lens on her journey from London through nine countries to Kathmandu in Nepal.

You can see a selection of Karen’s ‘A Fellow Traveller’ here.

Register for A Fellow Traveller Returns here: https://www.stamfordartscentre.com/whats-on/all-shows/fosj-a-fellow-traveller/12002

For more information contact: stamfordandrutlandamnesty@outlook.com

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Saturday 22nd May 2021 at 5pm -  Stamford and Rutland Amnesty International presents:

The Kindness of Strangers - Dan Martin

Extreme athlete Dan Martin details his journey from 40,000 miles of adventure cycling expeditions through over fifty countries crossing Europe, Asia and Africa to working in refugee camps in Calais and northern Greece with the kindness of strangers being a constant theme throughout.

Register for The Kindness of Strangers here: https://www.stamfordartscentre.com/whats-on/all-shows/fosj-the-kindness-of-strangers/12004

For more information contact: stamfordandrutlandamnesty@outlook.com

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Saturday 22nd May 2021 - Church Stretton Amnesty International group presents:

A Poetry Evening

Join us to celebrate 60 years of Amnesty International by sharing poems in a Zoom reading.

We invite you to select a short poem, relating to human rights, to be read aloud during the course of the evening.  This can be one you have found or one that you have written yourself. 

Poems should be submitted by Saturday 1st May.

Registration release date coming soon

For more information and to submit poems contact: CSamnesty@outlook.com

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Saturday 22nd May 2021 from 16:00 - 17:45pm – Corby and Kettering Amnesty International presents:

Local Voices - Global Activism

Briefly touching on the history of activism in our area, the webinar topics will explore:

- Current local social and environmental campaigns and their global links

- Why activism is as important as ever

- Ways to get involved

You can register for this event at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1947702799124528652

For more information, please see the event page: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/groups/corby-kettering/local-voices-global-activism

Or contact: CorbyKetteringAmnesty@gmail.com

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Sunday 23rd May 2021 1.30pm - Telford Amnesty International Presents:

Guided Walk

Please join us for a 6 k Guided Walk in our lovely local woods. Covid rules permitting. Individuals also welcome to complete this or other walks during the previous week from 16th April if preferred. 

Supporting Children’s Human Rights and celebrating A.I.U.K. 60th birthday.

Details : meeting place, sponsor form, map and other details will be available later from:

aitelfordg@gmail.com

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Monday 24th May 2021 at 7.00pm – Watford and St Albans Amnesty International groups present:

Refugee families – are they welcome here?

Hear about life for refugee families in Hertfordshire, ask questions and take action in support of refugee rights. Speakers from the Refugee Council and Herts Welcomes Refugees will share personal perspectives and give the national context. We’ll show a film montage of people from different groups sharing what family means to them.

To join the online event go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/refugee-families-are-they-welcome-here-panel-discussion-tickets-147798432089

For further information contact:  watfordamnestygroup@gmail.com

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Monday 24th May 2021 at 8pmStamford and Rutland Amnesty International presents:

Stories and Poems from the New Wars – University of Cambridge Peace and Education Group  

Cambridge Peace and Education Research Group (University of Cambridge) share their personal stories and poems about conflict from contexts such as Syria, Afghanistan and the UK. They explore how war and conflict is changing and how this affects arts-based peace-building work in and through education.

Following an introduction to CPERG and its work, this webinar will involve live and recorded performances of poems and readings of stories, by people in their own words from contexts such as Syria, Afghanistan and inner-city areas of the UK. Age suitability – 14/16

You can register for Stories and Poems from the New Wars here:

https://www.stamfordartscentre.com/whats-on/all-shows/fosj-stories-and-poems-from-the-new-wars/12000

For more information contact: stamfordandrutlandamnesty@outlook.com

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Tuesday 25th May 2021 at 8pm: Stamford and Rutland Amnesty International presents:

Q & A: The US Death Penalty, Race and Criminal Justice

Louise Thomson, Chairperson of Stamford Anti-Racism Group, volunteered as a legal intern supporting lawyers working on Death Row. She and Ben Reynolds (Cinema Speak - Arts Centre, Stamford) discuss the film Clemency, exploring race and criminal justice in the context of the US death penalty, highlighting the main causes of miscarriages of justice in the US criminal justice system.

Please watch the film Clemency (2019) before-hand!

Register for: Q & A: The US Death Penalty, Race and Criminal Justice here: 

https://www.stamfordartscentre.com/whats-on/all-shows/fosj-the-us-death-penalty-race-and-criminal-justice/12003

For more information contact: stamfordandrutlandamnesty@outlook.com

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Wednesday 26th May 2021 at 7.30pm – St Albans Amnesty International presents:

Daisy Cooper MP on “Human Rights in the time of Coronavirus” with a particular focus on questions arising around the “right to protest” and “the right to food.”

Daisy Cooper, Lib Dem MP for St Albans and Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems, will answer questions and discuss what the government is doing and should be doing on various issues particularly regarding human rights in the UK.

Please register for this event at: https://stalbansamnestydaisycooper.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information, please contact: stalbansamnesty@gmail.com

Donations to St Albans Amnesty Group can be made at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stalbans-amnesty-2

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Wednesday 26th May 2021 7.30 - 8.30pm – Daventry and Rugby Amnesty International presents:

The Responsibility And Liability That UK Companies Bear For Their Human Rights Impacts At Home And Abroad

A presentation and discussion with Peter Frankental, Amnesty International UK’s Economic Relations Programme Director and Jennifer Serk, International Human Rights Lawyer and Associate Fellow, Chatham House, on the impact of a recent Supreme Court judgement against a multi-national oil company regarding communities in the Niger Delta damaged environmentally by their pollution.

You can register for this event at: robinhill25@yahoo.co.uk

For more information contact: Robin Hill - robinhill25@yahoo.co.uk  01926-424332 

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Wednesday 26th May 2021 at 8pm - Stamford and Rutland Amnesty International presents:

Stamford Pint of Poetry: Social Justice Edition

An on-line evening of social justice themed poetry featuring special guest
headliners Rhian Brooke, Rohan Samuel, Gary Huskisson and Mervyn Seivwright.

Poets, budding and well versed, perform live poetry to an appreciative on-line audience. Or if you prefer, simply enjoy the poetry of others. All welcome – but limited spaces!

You can join the Stamford Pint of Poetry: Social Justice Edition here: 

https://www.stamfordartscentre.com/whats-on/all-shows/fosj-pint-of-poetry-social-justice-edition/11998

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Thursday 27th May 2021 from 6.00pm - 8.00pm – Reading Amnesty International presents:

An Evening online of Poetry for Social Justice

Don’t miss this one-off, exclusive feast of poetry and performance. The winners of our Poetry for Social Justice competitions (see below) will be joined by our highly regarded panel of judges (Desree, Claire Dyer, Ian McKenzie, Peter Robinson and Yasmine Shamma) and by guest poet Ruth Padel, to speak out in defence of human rights through poetry. Reading Amnesty members will introduce and give voice to the words of human rights defenders whose free expression has been denied.

To register your interest in attending, please email:

poetryforsocialjustice@gmail.com

This event is run in conjunction with two Poetry for Social Justice Competitions (1) For ages 16 – 17     (2)  For ages 18 and over.

Get creative and enter now! The deadline is 23 April 2021.

For full details and to submit your poem, go to the competition website: 

www.poetryforsocialjustice.co.uk

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Thursday 27th May 2021 at 7.30pmStamford and Rutland Amnesty International presents:

Modern-Day Slavery: Hidden in Plain Sight – Hope For Justice

Hope for Justice is an award-winning global non-profit organisation which aims to end human trafficking and modern slavery. It is active in the United Kingdom, United States, Cambodia, Norway, Ethiopia and Uganda and has its headquarters in Manchester, England.

Most people think of ‘slavery’ as something from history, but there are more people trapped in slavery today than ever before. In this webinar, learn how Hope for Justice is working to tackle this issue, their involvement in the UK’s largest trafficking case and how you can spot the signs and take action.

You can register for Modern-Day Slavery: Hidden in Plain Sight here: 

https://www.stamfordartscentre.com/whats-on/all-shows/fosj-modern-day-slavery-hidden-in-plain-sight/12001

For more information contact: stamfordandrutlandamnesty@outlook.com

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Saturday 29th May 2021 at 7.00pm - Wirksworth and District Amnesty International presents:

Destinies Theatre Event

Ava Hunt Theatre presents extracts of award winning “Destinies” with Q&A.  Sharing young people’s experiences of becoming a refugee, seeking asylum and how theatre and participation in the arts contributes to healing and making a new home, a new life. It is a source of inspiration and education.

You can register for this event at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5029393098732241935

For more information contact: Paul Webb - wirksworthaigroup@yahoo.com

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