On Saturday (10th July) the Central Birmingham Amnesty International group will be at Moseley Festival. Whilst there they will be fundraising through selling books and refreshments including iced tea and cakes. If you can volunteer your time on the stall, bake cakes or have books they can sell please contact email@example.com
A good post on Central Birmingham AI blog on finding out about rights. See http://amnestybrum.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/finding-out-more/
Last night I attended the Central Birmingham Amnesty International group meeting. The guest speaker at the meeting was Kim Manning-Cooper who is Amnesty International UK’s Campaign Manager for both LGBT Rights and the Death Penalty.
The three main countries that AIUK are taking action on currently are Lithuania, Malawi and Turkey. Kim explained why these three countries are important. Lithuania has been important because it has introduced section 28 style legislation relating to the promotion of homosexuality. It has also recently seen Baltic Pride which took place last weekend after overcoming a legal challenge to the march. Amnesty activists from around the world took part in order to show solidarity and a photo is shown above. Activists from the UK including Kim and AIUK Director, Kate Allen, took part.
Malawi is important because two men have been arrested for holding a traditional engagement ceremony. If convicted they face up to fourteen years imprisonment with hard labour. This made me realise how lucky we are to live in such a tolerant and open society in the UK. You can write a letter on this case at http://amnesty.org.uk/actions_details.asp?ActionID=682
Finally we had another piece of good news from Turkey where a judge had ruled that the LGBT organisation Black Pink Triange good stay open. The judge said it was because LGBT people also have the right of association so ruled against the application to close it.
For more information on Amnesty’s work on LGBT rights see www.amnesty.org.uk/lgbt
Central Birmingham Amnesty International are currently preparing to take part in Birmingham Pride Parade and collect letters for the Malawi case in the LGBT trust community tent on Saturday 29th May. To find out more contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their blog at www.amnestybrum.wordpress.com – everyone welcome.
The Central Birmingham Amnesty International group is coordinating Amnesty’s presence at Birmingham Pride. Birmingham Pride which takes place over the weekend of 28th-29th May will see us take part in the parade on the Saturday (11am for 12 noon start) and have a stall on the Sunday. The proposed theme from a recent planning meeting is prisoners with identification of countries that imprison people on the basis of their sexuality. All are welcome to take part in our presence at Birmingham Pride. The next planning meeting will be Thursday 6th May at 7.30pm at the Birmingham Midland Institute, Margaret Street. For further information please email email@example.com
I have recently been informed of changes in local group officers.
In Bromsgrove and Redditch local group Alison Rea is the new group secretary. She takes over from Tony Armond who I know has been a committed and passionate secretary of the group for many years.
At Central Birmingham AI group the group chair Charlotte Wetton has stepped down. She has overseen a year of renewal in the group. Bill Miller, who has been vice-chair replaces her.
I would like to thank Charlotte and Tony for all they have achieved in their roles and wish Alison and Bill all the best in taking on their new roles. To find out who your local group are and to know more about what they do visit www.amnesty.org.uk/localgroups
The Central Birmingham Amnesty International Group have made some updates to rebrand the group’s communications tools. Their contact details are now:
Blog – www.amnestybrum.wordpress.com
Twitter – www.twitter.com/amnestybrum
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
And in addition they have a new group chair. Charlotte their existing chair is standing down after a fantastic year in the role to be replaced by Bill (current vice-chair) who I am confident will oversee the group’s growth and development.
A new Central Birmingham Amnesty International group member James is keen to raise money for Amnesty. He’s doing a sponsored run called the Dursley Dozen – this involves a multi-terrain race of 12 miles over hillsides, roads, woodland, open country, mud and solid rock.
This is all the more impressive as James was involved in a serious accident a few years ago, and didn’t know if he’d walk again.
Now he’s doing this run and I for one salute his efforts and commitment to human rights. Good luck!
To sponsor James, with money going to Amnesty UK, see http://www.justgiving.com/James-Foster (secure site for online giving).
The Central Birmingham Amnesty International ‘Rock for Rights’ fundraiser gig went successfully and I had a fabulous evening there. See http://amnestybham.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/it-was-a-dark-and-stormy-night-oi-oi/ for a report on the event.
Central Birmingham and Bournville A.I Groups are hosting The Burma Play on Friday 14th August at 7pm at The Birmingham Library Theatre, Central Library Birmingham. Whilst we await the decision in the new trial of Aung San Suu Kyi please support our efforts to raise awareness of the plight of the Burmese people by attending the play. Please see the leaflet for more information including obtaining tickets from John Bodycote. There are also more details on www.theburmaplay.com including quotes from rave reviews!
One of the best uses of new media to promote the work of Amnesty International in the UK is the Central Birmingham Amnesty International Group. They have a thriving blog, popular facebook group and well-followed Twitter feed. And they aren’t just using these to promote e-activism they are using them to support the real-life group’s activities. The result a more dynamic and thriving group. I would certainly not say these ideas will work equally well for all groups. However, if you have people who are interested in trying these ideas out it seems they are worth trying out. For more information see www.amnestybham.wordpress.com