Amnesty London Region Meeting November 2013

These are the minutes for the Amnesty London Region Meeting from 13th November 2013 at 7:30pm in the Human Rights Action Centre, 17-22 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA.

Chair: Roger Bruneau (London Regional Rep)

Minutes: Ros Davidson (Lambeth)

Petros Hassanakos (Southwark)
Zora Quadir (Islington & Hackney)
Alexis Hatto (Kingston; Richmond & Twickenham)
Arlene Hellens (Enfield & Barnet)
Paul Duployen (Hornsey & Wood Green)
Ellie May (Southwark)
Dali Dhother (City & Tower Hamlets)
Rachel Errington (Blackheath & Greenwich)
Asher (Hammersmith & Fulham)

Apologies: Various

Groups activities

Kingston’s stall at the Korean Festival went well and created a lot of interest. There were hand-outs to give out to people and donations were collected.

Enfield & Barnet’s stall at the Palmer’s Green Festival made £90 and they asked people to sign petitions and letters.

Hampstead & Belsize Park’s Roma event at the HRAC received good feedback and went well. Their Syrian event in Parliament Square generated a lot of interest a quite a few people signed a petition.

City & Tower Hamlets’ coffee shop event in Brick Lane is now a monthly event and is going well. The café is a community based coffee shop. They also have fortnightly meetings have recently recruited three new members. City & Tower Hamlets also held a book sale at the Vibe bar recently and made £800. It went so well they are having another on 8th December (see below).

Islington and Hackney’s comedy night at the Hackney Attic was a sell-out (approx. 150 people) and a great success. The raffle went well and they also did a photo action for a Burmese prisoner of conscience.

Beckenham & West Wickham guest speakers went well and included one on women in Afghanistan.

London Street Collection – various groups took part and although some didn’t make as much as they would hope for it was felt that it was still worth doing. Richmond raised £850 (with approx. 25 collectors), Kingston £470 (with approx. 15 collectors), Mayfair and Soho £600, Hornsey and Wood Green £755 (a member of this group commented that they found Shan’s assertiveness training last year helpful and that they doubled what they collected last year as a result), Enfield raised £90 and IHAG £200. Blackheath and Greenwich collected £72.70 and City & Tower Hamlets £220. Two of their collectors were in fancy dress and they gave out free cookies outside Tower Hill Station which seemed to attract interest.

Upcoming group events and activities

Mayfair & Soho’s Soul Night is on Friday 22nd November at the Market House in Brixton - 443 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8LN. There has been a discussion as to whether some of the money raised should go to the The Disasters Emergency Committee. Their annual Act of Witness Vigil is on either the 12th or the 19th December and people will be sponsored to read out names. They are also having a Write for Rights event on Saturday 14th December at Finsbury Library.

At Mayfair & Soho’s next meeting on Thursday 21st November they will have a guest speaker who will talk about the Peace Community of San José, Columbia. All are welcome.

Lambeth & Southwark’s Comedy Night will be on Saturday 8th March at 7pm at the Bedford in Balham. Tickets will be £10 (£13 on the door) and a number of comedians have confirmed including Sarah Pascoe. Follow on Twitter- @StandUpWomenAI or on Facebook: AIUK Stand Up Women. If anyone knows someone with a video camera that can help please contact Ellie:

London Skill Share – this has been postponed until after the London conference.

IHAG are Christmas carol singing at Islington and Hackney station on Wednesday 18th December between 5pm and 7.30pm.

Southwark are having a Write for Rights night on Thursday 5th December at 7pm at the Old Red Lion pub, 42 Kennington Park Rd, London SE11 4RS

Enfield are having a Write for Rights event on Saturday 23rd November between 1pm and 4.30pm at Baptist Church on Finchley High Road, N12 0DZ. They will also be carol singing at Turnpike Lane station on the 17th December.

City and Tower Hamlets are having a Write for Rights event on Tuesday 10th December between 3pm and 6pm at the Whitechapel Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU. They are also holding another book sale at the Vibe bar 91 - 95 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL on Sunday 8th December. They will do Write for Rights at the book sale as well. If anyone is able to donate books to the sale please contact Dali: Any help would be appreciated.

Hampstead and Belsize are holding a Write for Rights event on Saturday 14th December between 1.30pm and 5pm at the Legal Café, 81 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 4SL.

The annual Blackheath and Greenwich book sale is on Saturday 23rd November between 10am and 4pm at the Church of the Ascension, Dartmouth Row, Blackheath.

London-wide Torture Exhibition – Petros has been helping to organise this and the HRAC has been booked for two weeks from 17th February 2014 for it to take place. There will be an event on Thursday 20th February with speakers provided by the IS but Petros is confirming who they are.

London Conference and Art Exhibition

The London Conference is on Saturday 1st February and the theme is ‘All Ways: Always’. It will largely focus on LGBTI rights but also encompass HIV/AIDS, gender equality and maternal health. The group discussed the topics and suggested possible speakers and workshop ideas. Tickets will cost £10 (£5 concession) and Roger is getting assistance from AIUK with the ticketing, flyer and lunch. Time is likely to be 10am – 5pm.

Possible ideas for the conference include a screening of the film ‘Call me Kuchu’ which explores the struggles of the LGBT community in Uganda, focusing in part on the 2011 murder of LGBT activist David Kato. This is 90 minutes long. This could be followed by a panel discussion. Suggestions for the panel included Peter Tatchell, a speaker from the church, a Muslim gay group, someone against type – ie ‘a lad’.

During the day there will also be a speaker from the ICM, an introduction to ‘My Body, My Rights’ and the new torture campaign and an action (likely to involve Dan Jones).

The opening night party/private view for the art exhibition will be held on Wednesday 22nd January 2014 at the Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA. The exhibition will run from 22nd January until 1st February.

Future meeting dates

Wednesday 8 January 2014
Wednesday 5 March 2014

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