Recent and Forthcoming Events in April and May 2015
On Tuesday, 14th April 2015, together with the Twickenham and Richmond Branch of the United Nations Association and TRAKNAT (Twickenham, Richmond and Kingston Network against the Arms Trade), R&T Amnesty group organised a very successful Hustings for the Twickenham constituency. 270 people gathered at Teddington Baptist Church, Church Road, Teddington to hear what 5 of the candidates standing for Parliament in Twickenham had to say on the subjects of international issues, human rights and the arms trade.
Vince Cable of the Liberal Democrats, Barry Edwards of the UK Independence Party, Nick Grant of the Labour Party, Dr. Tania Mathias of the Conservative Party and Tanya Williams of the Green Party faced searching questions from the large number of constituents. Three questions had been sent to the candidates in advance, one from each of the organising bodies, so they were aware of what to expect. The other questions had been sent in by members of the public and two were submitted on the night. They covered the Human Rights Act, support for the United Nations, sale of arms to poor countries, campaigning for peace, nuclear weapons, UK policy on the Middle East, Israel’s relations with Palestine, climate change and the legalisation of euthanasia.
The meeting was ably and firmly chaired by barrister and R&T Amnesty member, Dermot Main Thomson.
Representatives from the three organising groups came together to plan the occasion. Special thanks must go to Catherine Dolan and Hilary Evans who, supported by a team of hardworking volunteers, gave freely of their time in order to make arrangements for the smooth running of the event.
We are enormously grateful to the staff at Teddington Baptist Church for their cheerful and unflagging support at all times and to Chris Pocock, a member of both the Church and Kingston Amnesty Group, who generously set up the sound system for us, free of charge.
R&T AMNESTY MAY MEETING
Our next meeting will be on Thursday 14th May from 8 - 9.30pm at St Mary's Church Hall, Church Street Twickenham, TW1 3NJ.
We shall be discussing current actions and signing letters and petitions and will hear from our representative at Amnesty's AGM, which took place last weekend in Warwick.
AMNESTY STALL AT HANDS FAIR, TWICKENHAM
The Fair will be on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25th., so we shall be planning for this event at our May meeting. We need members to run the stall, so please come along if you can and help with the planning and/or at the Fair on the day.