Protect the Human Week is 17-23 October this year. You can join Amnesty supporters everywhere by having a party during Protect the Human Week which will be a week of celebration to raise money and awareness for Amnesty International. The party kits are now available from www.amnesty.org.uk/protect
If you have an event planned please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and i’ll put it on to the blog.
Yesterday was the International Day of the Disappeared (30 August), and the UK Government has still failed to sign a United Nations Convention that could bring justice to thousands of people across the globe. The UK Government is one of only two western European states not to have signed the treaty – the other is Switzerland. To call on the UK Government to do so go to http://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions_details.asp?ActionID=622
Stratford On Avon Amnesty group have a workshop on the Dignity campaign at their September meeting. This will be on Wednesday 9th September 7.30 p.m. for meeting 8.00 p.m. for workshop. The location is the Quaker Meeting House, 37 Maidenhead Road, Stratford on Avon. All welcome to attend. Details on www.amnesty.org.uk/stratfordonavon
Want to get more media coverage for your local Amnesty group events? A great free resource for local groups wanting to get media coverage is the Media Trust’s Community Newswire. All you have to do is submit your press release, with contact details online . The most newsworthy are written up into news stories by Press Association journalists and sent out via the Press Association newswire to thousands of journalists every day. For further information see http://www.mediatrust.org/community-newswire
Mid-Warwickshire Amnesty International Group have been busy collecting signatures, raising awareness and even giving talks on stage at the Leamington Peace Festival in June. You can find out further details and a photo gallery on their website http://midwarwickshire.amnesty.org.uk/
On Friday18th September, The Royal Cinema, Leamington Spa has agreed to show the acclaimed film Burma VJ. This will be accompanied by a talk from a prominent Burmese activist from Burma Campaign UK and a Question and Answer session. Pre-screening talk from 7pm. Please come and support this important venture.
The Burma VJ Film will also be showing in Wolverhampton (Mon 31st Aug – Thurs 3rd Sept) and Birmingham (Tues 13th October). See http://burmavjmovie.com/ for more information
On Monday 26th October the Malvern Amnesty International group will be holding a forum titled ‘Asylum in the UK’. This will see a panel of four experts discussing issues such as detention, destitution and deportation. The panellists will be Kate Allen (Director at Amnesty International UK), Juliet Cohen (Medical Foundation), Emma Ginn (Medical Justice) and Steve Symonds (Immigration Law Practitioners Association), chaired by Mike Kaye from Still Human Still Here. It will take place at Malvern Theatres starting at 7.30pm with tickets costing £9.50 (£8.50 concessions). Tickets can be booked by calling the Amnesty bookshop in Malvern on 01684 563507 or by going to the Malvern Theatres website http://www.malvern-theatres.co.uk. Click on this link to download the Flier and on this for background information
From Saturday 22nd August to Monday 31st August 2009 there will be the annual Art for Amnesty exhibition in Malvern. The exhibition will be open 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (weekdays), 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm (Sunday) at the Friends’ Meeting House, Malvern. This year’s art exhibition has a new month – but maintains the same outstanding quality. All are welcome to have a look around. For further information see Worcester Amnesty International’s website at http://www.worcester-amnesty.org.uk/
Solihull Amnesty International attended the Knowle Park Festival in June 2009 raising £66 with a ‘Milking’ competition (see photograph). For more information on Solihull Amnesty International see http://solihull.amnesty.org.uk/
The West Midlands Amnesty International conference will be held on Saturday 10th October at Library Theatre, Birmingham. The morning session will be of more interest to local group members and the afternoon will be all Amnesty members. Highlights of the day will include feedback from the International Council Meeting late morning, a presentation on how Amnesty works with Individuals at Risk and a special guest speaker. Watch out for further information.