March 2020 meeting updated

Here's a brief summary of March's meeting, thanks to Steph for writing it up.

1. We will be looking to have a 2 hour street collection on 10 October by the railway station.

2. Monica and Peter have given two School Speaker presentations to schools in the last month  The latter one was to a room filled with 150 students and about 8 staff (clearly not for the faint hearted).. The Amnesty material presented and emotional nature of the items discussed mean that the room is filled with young adults who eagerly sign postcards and want to get involved. Amazing stuff that really makes a difference.

3. Pride in Surrey. We will be getting people to sign petitions, postcards and raise awareness and possibly take donations.  We have had some response but probably could do with another 4 people if possible

4.AGM Resolution - Keith & Peter gave a fascinating talk on the European Convention on Human Rights and European Court of Human Rights and the fact that the UK is highly likely to want to remove itself from both convention and court, so the resolution is 4 - fold:

 

  • continue membership
  • promote the Act and Court in Amnesty and wider
  • enshrine the convention/court into our laws (which it is today but the government wants to remove it and replace it)
  • set up an amnesty international campaign to do a-c above.

Becca mentioned that last year's Reith Lectures by Lord Sumption are worth listening to as they go into some level of detail about the reasons why UK wants to remove itself.. worth listening to!

5. AGM - June 20-21 in Nottingham- Monica, Keith, Jan and Keith are all going which is great.  Its a really worthwhile event to go to, full of fascinating presentations, workshops and stalls.  Great to connect with likeminded people.  Bookings are now open - https://www.amnesty.org.uk/national-conference-and-agm-2020.

6. We are potentially looking to join forces with Guildford AI group to hold a Quiz Night.. such was the success of last years.. May be in September if that works out.

7. We are aiming to increase our membership. We will contact Woking News & Mail and Chobham News & Mail to get our monthly meeting advertised on the Events page.

8. The accounts for 2019 were distributed by Lynda - thanks - it showed a healthy balance of almost £400 and we were able to donate just over a £1,000 to Amnesty UK which was an improvement 2018.

Next month's meeting on April 6th will be focused on Palestine. We all took actions to look into it and come to the meeting with updates on the situation.

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