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Write letters against the death penalty this Tuesday. Take action for Mordechai Vanunu this Saturday. Please confirm attendance at fundraising dinner on Wednesday 21st May by Monday 12th May.
Dear friends

On this Tuesday 13 May there will be a letter writing meeting at CB2, 7.30pm. Please join us to write letters with regards to anti-death penalty cases. Writing letters together means not only that you know that together you are having more impact, but also if you have questions there is someone to help you out. (More details here)

On a different human right's subject, it has been 10 years since Mordechai Vanunu was released from prison after serving his full sentence of 18 years (11 in solitary) for revealing that Israel was manufacturing nuclear weapons, which he opposes. Upon release he was immediately placed under draconian restrictions which violate his rights to freedom of expression, assembly and movement. He cannot help but breach the restrictions, each time he speaks to tourists in Jerusalem or participates in online chats. He longs to travel abroad, outside Israel.  

To support his case we will take a photo of ourselves leaving a space for an extra person in our midst with a sign saying "Reserved for Mordechai Vanunu" at this Saturday 17th May market stall, at noon. We will send this to the Israeli authorities, but also publish it widely on facebook etc. Please join us at noon, for this original, effective and quick action. 

The Amnesty Cambridge City group has an active subgroup which campaigns, often virtually, for human rights in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. To join, please e-mail Sheila Hakin on smh1003@cam.ac.uk. You will receive news as well as letter writing details. 

We are also in the process of organising a film festival at the Arts Picturehouse, most likely to take place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June. We've just had confirmation that the director Jezza Neumann will be with us for a Q&A for the showing of "Warchild", a shocking portrait of Palestinian children living in the aftermath of war. Click here for a film trailer. Further information to follow.

A little while ago you got an invite to the first Cambridge Amnesty Social/Fundraising meal out - 21 May, 7.30pm, Tulip Restaurant, Mill Road, Cambridge. Further specifics here.. It costs £15 of which around £2.50 is a donation to the local group funds - anyone who is feeling skint can opt out, no questions asked :) This covers a three course meal, but not drinks. 

It's a nice way to get to know others in Amnesty locally, whether or not you're an active member of the group or an occassional attender, and if you're new to town or new to Amnesty you're especially welcome. Please book by Monday 12 May to secure a place for yourself (and any one else you'd like to bring along) by emailing Lissy (elisabethklaar@yahoo.co.uk).

Hope to see you there, but first at the letter writing and the market stall!

Liesbeth ten Ham
Chair
Amnesty International Cambridge City Group


Ps All event dates for May are below, including some new dates for June which include a Global Day of Action in Support of Victims of Torture and Ronnie Scott's Jazz comes to Ely.


 

Diary Dates 2014

 

Tuesday 13th May, 7.30-9.30pm

Upstairs in the CB2 bistro on Norfolk Street (just off East Road, opposite the Grafton Centre) 

Amnesty Letter Writing Meeting on anti-death penalty campaign actions

The letter writing meeting will focus on urgent actions for individuals at risk of being executed and anti-death penalty campaign actions. By writing a letter, you can challenge the practices that lead to human rights violations and bring about change. Newcomers are welcome - no previous letter writing experience required! Information, writing paper and envelopes supplied. You are welcome to bring and pass on information about cases in other countries. Donations to cover the cost of postage are welcomed. 
Contact: Sue Woodsford, sue.woodsford@ntlworld.com
 

Tuesday 13th May, 7.30-9.30pm

East Hall, St John's Centre, St John's Street, Bury St Edmunds

4 short films, followed by discussion:

Yemen: DRONES (2013)
Yemen: People Smuggling (2013)
Mali: Targeting Islamists (2013)
Rwanda: Police State (2010)
For more information, please email amnestyburysteds1@yahoo.co.uk

 
Saturday 17th May,  10.30am-1pm
Market Square, in front of the Guildhall

Market Stall & Action for Mordechai Vanunu at noon

Meet the Cambridge City Group, buy second hand books and sign letters and petitions on behalf of human rights defenders and individuals at risk.  

On 21 April 2014 it was 10 years since Mordechai Vanunu was released from prison after serving his full sentence of 18 years (11 in solitary) for revealing that Israel was manufacturing nuclear weapons, which he opposes. Upon release he was immediately placed under draconian restrictions which violate his rights to freedom of expression, assembly and movement. He cannot help but breach the restrictions, each time he speaks to tourists in Jerusalem or participates in online chats. He longs to travel abroad, outside Israel. To highlight his situation we will take a photo of ourselves at the stall at noon leaving a space for an extra person in our midst with a sign saying "Reserved for Mordechai Vanunu". This will be distributed to the Israeli authorities and put on facebook etc.
Contact: Evvy Edwards, evvyedward@aol.com

 

Wednesday 21 May, 7.30pm - RSVP by Monday 12th May

Tulip Restaurant, 54 Mill Road, CB1 2AS

First Cambridge Amnesty Social/Fundraising Dinner

£15/£12.50 (unwaged)

Here's an invitation to the first Amnesty Social/Fundraising dinner - hope you can come! You are most welcome to bring along a friend or more, and we specially welcome people who don't make it to the group meetings but would like to be part of the Amnesty activities locally. 

Tulip is a friendly restaurant, run by a Kurdish family, serving traditional Anatolian food - plenty of choice for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Their localsecrets.com review and info can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/mq5vajh
And their own site with menu is here: http://www.tuliprestaurant.co.uk/

They are charging us £12.50 per head (this covers three courses, but not drinks) and I propose charging £15 per head with £2.50 per person to go towards fundraising - anyone unemployed, a student or otherwise a bit skint (I won't be demanding proof so just decide for yourself) can simply pay the £12.50. We'll have jugs of water on the table so if you don't fancy buying drinks you won't need to, although I love their Ayran (yoghurt drink). It is just possible the £12.50 will come down slightly if we get high numbers booking so do drag some mates along : ) 

I'll need firm bookings by Monday 12 May so please get back to me by then if you would like to come. We're also inviting the student groups and the Amnesty Bookshop volunteers so there should be plenty of new people to get to know. 

Hope to see you there!

Cheers, Lissy

Contact: Elizabeth Klaar,  elisabethklaar@yahoo.co.uk
 


Saturday May 31st, 7.30pm

Theatre Royal Writers' Group present poetry and prose in "A Vision of Peace"

Unitarian Meeting House, Churchgate Street, Bury St Edmunds

Tickets £8 available at the door, or tel: 01284 725380 
More information: amnestyburysteds1@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 14th June, 10.30am-10pm
Meet the Cambridge City Group, buy second hand books and sign letters and petitions on behalf of human rights defenders and individuals at risk.   
Contact: Evvy Edwards, evvyedward@aol.com
 

Sunday 22nd June, 4-6pm

The Old Fire Enginge House, Ely

Ronnie Scott’s comes to Ely for an afternoon of summer jazz

Amnesty International Ely City Group and The Old Fire Engine House are delighted to announce that, following last year’s sell-out concert, we are once again bringing members of Ronnie Scott’s All Stars to Ely for an afternoon of amazing jazz.
 
Heading the line up will be James Pearson, resident pianist and Artistic Director at Ronnie Scott’s famous Soho Jazz Club. Joining James will be other members of his Trio, plus other exceptionally talented R&B singers and musicians.
 
This unmissable event will take place in the gardens of the Old Fire Engine House restaurant in St. Mary’s Street from 4 - 6 p.m. on Sunday 22nd June. Tickets are £17.50 per head and include a cream tea or gluten-free alternative. They are available from The Old Fire Engine House Restaurant, and online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/272050.
 
The concert will go ahead rain or shine (no refunds), and all ticket holders are asked to bring a blanket or folding chair. Gates will open at 3.30 p.m. and there will be a licensed bar, plus craft stalls and a raffle with some fantastic prizes. All profits from the event will go to Amnesty International.


Thursday 26th June, 7.30pm
Upstairs in the CB2 bistro on Norfolk Street (just off East Road, opposite the Grafton Centre) 

Global day of action in support of victims of torture: letter writing and campaing planning

Amnesty International has campaigned against torture for over half a century. Thirty years ago we helped to secure an historic global ban. But the governments that signed up to it have failed to live up to their promises. They still use torture to obtain ‘confessions’, to silence opposition – or simply to punish. This May Amnesty Launches a Stop Torture campaign for the third time in it's existence. 

At the meeting in CB2 we will write letters on the five cases on which the campaign is focusing initially, but we will also discuss our plans for the duration of this 2 year campaign. If you would like to be involved in any way, please e-mail liesbet7200@gmail.com or come to the meeting.



12th July, 16th August, 13th September, 11th October, 15th November, 13th December, 10.30am-1pm 
Market Square, in front of the Guildhall

Market Stall

Meet the Cambridge City Group, buy second hand books and sign letters and petitions on behalf of human rights defenders and individuals at risk.   
Contact: Evvy Edwards, evvyedward@aol.com
 
NIGERIA: FIND AND PROTECT ABDUCTED SCHOOLGIRLS
 

Over 240 schoolgirls are still missing, weeks after they were abducted from their school by armed militant group Boko Haram. The group kidnapped eight more girls this week.

We now know that Nigerian security forces had more than four hours warning, but did not do enough to stop their abduction.

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Taking action Afghan Women Human Rights Defenders – Cambridge International Women’s Day Event 2014

 
Friends and supporters of Amnesty attending the March 8  IWD event at Anglia Ruskin University ran a photo action stall to support the Afghan Women’s Rights campaign.  Members of the CamIris womens photography group lent their expert help, and took over 40 photos for Amnesty.
 
We also had letters for the county’s MPs asking them to contact the Foreign Secretary to prioritise support for women human rights defenders in the country specific plan.
 
Everyone who came to find out about the campaign was genuinely shocked to hear about the extent of danger faced by women’s rights defenders, the extent of death threats, and the poor level of investigation of deaths.  “Holding a sign with a woman’s name on it brings home just how brave and determined these women have to be, it’s shocking that women have to make the choice to face death threats in their ordinary work”, said one supporter.
 
The IWD event included musical performances by Women of Note, and poetry from local poet Amanda Jervis (pictured) and rap poet Josephine 'Realitie' Rollings.


 

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