Meeting Minutes July 2015

These are the minutes for the Amnesty London Region Meeting from Wednesday 1st July 2015 at 7:30pm in the Human Rights Action Centre, 17-22 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA.

Present:

  • Anastasia and Stephen (Reps)
  • Simon (Blackheath & Greenwich; LGBTI Network)
  • Deepa (Hampstead & Belsize)
  • Paul (Hornsey & Wood Green)
  • Petros (Islington & Hackney)
  • Alexi (Kingston; Richmond & Twickenham)
  • Ros (Lambeth)
  • Harriet (LDN)
  • Paul (LDN)
  • Koji (LGBTI Network)
  • Jeni (Southwark)
  • Jon (Wandsworth)
  • Artemis (Westminster & Bayswater)

Apologies: Roger

Parliament Square Demo for Syria (11th July, 12-2pm)

We have been making paper chains to represent Syrian refugees, highlighting the UK government has accepted just 187 people out of 4 million who have fled the country.

Reps will develop a crib sheet to help answer frequently asked questions.

Louise from Islington and Hackney will video the event.

After the event there will also be a commemoration of the Srebrenica massacre, taking place at St Martins in the Fields on Trafalgar Square.

Pride

Simon thanked everyone who was there and those who promoted it to their groups, in particular Robyn and Jeni, who organised with the LGBTI Network.

There was great music and weather, a few minor sound problems, but even more organised and effective than last year. Really popular, around 200 people marching, 120 last year. 1,000 flags waved, loads of stickers given out.

350 cards signed at the stall, visits from Jeremy Corbyn and Peter Tatchell, over 1,000 actions signed for Ihar. Please to see Kate Allan and Sarah O’Grady marching with us.

Thanks to Simon and others for strong social media engagement and actions; 120 new followers for LGBTI Twitter over the weekend.

Local Groups

Blackheath & Greenwich (Simon)

Book Sale raised over £9,000; great support in person and on social media from local groups. Diverse range of books, both very old and brand new. Concurrent Stop Torture petition on Mexico received 500 signatures.

LDN Grad Network (Harriet, Paul)

Social event celebrating Human Rights Act with a talk from AIUK’s Laura Trevelyan.

Westminster & Bayswater (Artemis)

AmnesTea event on 21st June raised 

Next: Faith walk in September counteracting religious prejudice.

Hornsey & Wood Green (Paul)

Well attended sponsored walk

Next: Summer concert on 25th July

Islington & Hackney (Petros)

Malvern Hills local group hosted a talk from Ruth Dawson on resettling about Syrian refugees.

Next: Jeremy Corbyn to visit forthcoming comedy night.

Hampstead & Belsize (Deepa)

Highgate Fair in the Square event was a great success.

Normally hold two meetings per month, but cutting down to one a month over summer.

Wandsworth (John)

Multimedia quiz night in Balham raised £176!

No proper meeting for a few months, difficult in pubs, probably meet in member’s home.

Next: Embassy crawl on 26th September, looking for help from other groups to organise.

Lambeth (Ros)

Stall at Nunhead Cemetery Open Day in May.

Next: Lambeth country show, Brockwell Park 19th July.

Southwark (Jeni)

Also at Nunhead Cemetery with Lambeth

Ulrike Schmidt spoke at last meeting about Roma rights.

Next: West Central Africa Coordinator talking about My Body My Rights in Jeni’s flat on Friday 24th July.

London Conference

Reps to discuss ideas with people who want to help organise.

London Street Collection

Reps met with Alexandra Marks (coordinator), discussed licensing arrangements to collect money

AOB: Paul attended Trades Union Congress with inspiring talk from Colombian activist.

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