Meeting Minutes May 2014

These are the minutes for the Amnesty London Region Meeting from 6 March 2014 at 7:30pm in the Human Rights Action Centre, 17-22 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA.

Chair: Roger Bruneau (London Regional Rep; Mayfair & Soho)

Minutes: Ros Davidson (Lambeth)

Present:

Petros Hassanakos – Southwark

Alexis Hatto – Kingston; Richmond and Twickenham

Paul Duployen – Hornsey and Wood Green

Dali Kaur – City and Tower Hamlets

Rachel Errington – Blackheath and Greenwich

Keith Meredith – Islington and Hackney

Anastasia Kyriak – Westminster and Bayswater

Imthiaz Ahamed – Westminster and Bayswater

Jeni Dixon – Southwark

Farshid Talaghani – AIUK

Adrienn Jankovich – Amnesty LDN

1. Apologies: Zora Quadir, Arlene Hellens, Kathryn Grant,

2. Groups activities                  

National Conference and AGM

There was a discussion about how the AGM went and what was good about it/what could be improved. Overall it was seen as inspiring but it was felt that there needed to be a change in the rules as two opposing resolutions were passed. It was also suggested that next year members traveling from London could travel together to save money.

Previous group events and activities

Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth’s comedy night (Stand Up Women) for International Women’s Day was held on Saturday 8th March at the Bedford in Balham. Tickets sold out and approx. £1700 was raised for Amnesty.

Richmond and Twickenham held a reopening ceremony for their public artwork commemorating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Having been previously damaged and since repaired, the artwork can be viewed outside Twickenham Civic Centre. The ceremony was very well attended with live music and guest speakers including Business Secretary and local MP Vince Cable.

Hornsey and Wood Green held a sponsored walk which approx. 20 people attended. (Money still being counted.)

Islington and Hackney held a successful pub quiz which approx. 70 people attended.

Amnesty LDN organised a panel discussion about LGTBI rights and the Sochi Olympics. Peter Tatchell was one of the members of the panel.

Upcoming group events and activities

World Cup film festival 8th - 9th June 2014. Football related films and discussions. Volunteers needed for stall – details circulated

Strategic Review – all groups should have received information about this. They need to reply with any feedback by 23rd May 2014. There are a couple of specific questions to be answered about what campaigns Amnesty should be doing and what is missing.

Refugee Week is 16th – 22nd June 2014. The celebrating sanctuary event which Lambeth group usually has a stall at is planned for 15th June but it has once again been scaled back so it is uncertain if there will be room.

The Stop Torture campaign launches on the 14th May at the HRAC. (Details sent round already)

City and Tower Hamlets’ group will be in the Kahalia coffee shop on Brick Lane at 10.30am on Sunday 11th May and Sunday 8th June. The café is a community based coffee shop and everyone is welcome to go along. They are intending to make a short film about a Prisoner of Conscience. They are also planning on holding a World Music Day on Sunday 10th August so if anyone knows any musicians who might be interested please contact Dali - dalidewdrop@gmail.com She will also forward details to the googlegroup.

The annual Blackheath and Greenwich book sale is on Saturday 21st June between 9am and 5m at the Church of the Ascension, Dartmouth Row, Blackheath. On 14th May they will be sorting the books if anyone would like to help.

Islington and Hackney will hopefully be holding another Summer Fair on Islington Green in July/August – more details to follow.

Southwark group are meeting on Monday 12th May at 7.30pm at the Old Red Lion in Kennington. There will be a talk on Guatemala by the Country Coordinator Georgia. If anyone would like to attend they are welcome but please let Martin know first - martin_hethering@hotmail.com

3. London Conference

The London Conference is on Saturday 4th October at the HRAC. This will now take the shape of a Skillshare about the Stop Torture campaign and groups from all over the country will be invited. Farshid gave an overview of how the day could work and will be asking for volunteers to help on the day. More details to follow.

4. London Pride

The date for this is Saturday 28th June. Amnesty will have a float and presence there – more details to follow.

5. Lovebox Festival

It is now too late to book a stall at this but Roger will contact them in the autumn to try and secure a stall for 2015.

6. Good News

The group discussed the recent release of Japan’s death row inmate Iwao Hakamada.

7. AOB

The Mayfair and Soho group are planning to stage Ice and Fire’s play ‘Even if we lose of lives’ and ask if any other groups would like to get involved with reading the script? No date has been set yet. If anyone is interested please contact Roger: joseph.roger.bruneau@gmail.com

Ice and Fire: iceandfire.co.uk

It was suggested that a London wide social event should be planned for the summer – a picnic in the park or something similar. The weekend of 9th/10th August is the likely date to coincide with City and Tower Hamlets’ World Music Day. More details to follow.

Future meeting dates

Wednesday 2nd July 2014

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