Following the success of our AmnesTEA event last year, we will again be running an AmnesTEA event at Wesley Methodist Church, Priory Road on Saturday 1 December, 10-12, combining this with the Greetings Card Campaign (see Jeremy Irons talking about the campaign here
). Do come and support us, having a tea / coffee, piece of cake, and writing a card to one of the individuals or communities highlighted in this year's campaign.
And whilst we're in the season of good will, reflecting perhaps on the murder of innocents in Bethlehem
, the current conflict in Israel / Palestine is very much in our minds. We aim to have a focus on political prisoners and dissent within both Israel and Palestine for our next meeting, on 17 January 2013 at the home of Nadia Ellis. We'll send details of this in the week or so beforehand, but do put the date in your diary or on your new calendar.
The Amnesty Regional Conference is scheduled for Saturday 26 January in Aylesbury. For anyone who's not been, this is a very good way to get insights into Amnesty as a campaigning organisation, and has consistently good speakers. This event promises to be quite feisty, with some disquiet about changes in Amnesty International's structures being explained by Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK. We'll send details around the time of our 17 Jan meeting, or do come along to that session for more information.
Raising a flag for our March meeting (date / venue tbc), we'll be looking at recent developments in the campaign for West Papua - where the Indonesian authorities have been imprisoning people for...raising a flag (of independence).
It would be great to see you at our AmnesTEA event on 1 December, 'Protecting the Human' over tea and cake, or otherwise to see you in the New Year.