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You are warmly invited to our annual greetings cards event:

Write for Rights Brum

6-8pm Thursday 13th December 2018

at Java Lounge cafe, 124 Colmore Row, Birmingham city centre, B3 3SD

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Every year, Amnesty run Write For Rights, a campaign over November and December where we’re encouraged to write messages of support to people around the world who have suffered injustice, and take action for their campaigns for justice.  This year the focus is on women human rights defenders.

It’s always a relaxed and enjoyable evening in the cosy Java Lounge cafe. We’ll provide all the details of the human rights defenders you can write to, including information about their case, names and addresses, and suggested messages. Simply bring yourself, some greetings cards and a pen! Please note that for some of the cases, we’re asked not to use a religious card and / or mention Amnesty, so neutral cards are best.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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You are warmly invited to our monthly letter-writing meeting:

Letters for Human Rights

6pm Tuesday 27th November 2018

at Java Lounge cafe, 124 Colmore Row, Birmingham city centre, B3 3SD

You are welcome to join these informal evenings, where we sign for prisoners of conscience around the world.

Simply turn up, grab a coffee if you’d like one, and join us for action and chat. We’ll provide pre-printed letters, based on research carried out by Amnesty’s international team. We start around 6pm, but you’re welcome to drop in at any point: we’re usually done by 7:15, and the café closes at 8pm.

Thanks to Java Lounge management for accommodating us.

Our Write for Rights event, where we write greetings cards to prisoners of conscience will be onThursday 13th December.

Dear [your MP’s name here: https://www.theyworkforyou.com for details]

I wish to express the deepest possible concern at the Prime Minister’s statement of 19th November about EU27 citizens working in the UK being “queue-jumpers”.
  • This is a deeply offensive, disturbing and inaccurate statement.
  • Inaccurate, as it does not acknowledge that those citizens have come to the UK under reciprocal rights arrangements (see Guy Verhofstaedt’s comments in the same BBC page) and applied for work alongside others.  This is not queue-jumping.
    Offensive, as it appeals to a disturbing dangerous strand in public feeling which has been stirred up and furthered following the EU referendum result.  There has been a noted increase in hate crimes towards EU27 citizens in the UK, and others, and reported expectations of crime to come when the withdrawal date is nearer.
    The Prime Minister’s comments suggest that these citizens are getting preferential treatment and are not contributing fairly or legitimately.  This is not the case and belittles the hard work, humanity and rights of all these citizens, working for example in the NHS, hospitality, agriculture, education, culture and business sectors, contributing more than fully and enriching the common life of the country.
    Now they are being misrepresented in the most unpleasant way by the person occupying the highest political post in the country.
    I would like to call upon you to make the strongest possible representations in Parliament for the Prime Minister to withdraw her comments, and to make a full and unreserved apology to EU27 citizens in this country, and to put the record straight regarding the reciprocal rights to live and work within the EU.
    These are rights which the Prime Minister is about to withdraw from UK citizens, whilst increasing anxieties and uncertainty for EU27 citizens and their friends, families, colleagues and other across the country (and of British citizens in EU27 countries).
    Thank you for your help and attention.
    Yours sincerely,
    …..

    Our friends at Amnesty Bournville & Freedom from Torture are holding their annual fundraiser:

    Christmas Concert

    Saturday 8th December 11am – 1pm

    Carrs Lane Church Birmingham City Centre, B4 7SX

    Adults £7 / Under 16s Free – all proceeds to Amnesty International & Freedom from Torture

    Enjoy world music, singing, inspirational words and entertainment

    Featuring:

    • The Skylarks Choir,
    • performance poet Matt Windle,
    • The Choir With No Name,
    • Tom Martin from the Tower of Song,
    • Kate McWilliam of Quill
    • and an inspirational speaker.

    For tickets email john@johndolan.co.uk

    Refreshments and fair trade goods available

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    You are warmly invited to our November Meeting where the focus will be:

    Wrapping Up & Looking Forward

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    Thursday 8th November 2018 at 7:30pm

    at Peace Hub, 41 Bull St, Birmingham, B4 6AF

    It feels as if the ink is barely dry from our last letter-writing session, but it’s already time for November’s AmnestyBrum planning meeting.  This is our last formal meeting of the year, so we’ll be looking back at what we’ve done in 2018, mapping out our plans for 2019, and finalising the details for our annual Write for Rights greetings card event in December.

    Everyone is welcome to join us – if you’re interestd in help organise events, or are just curious as to what it’s all about, we’d love to see you.

    If it’s you first time, why not drop us an email at amnestybrum@gmail.com so that we know to look out for you and to be extra friendly!  If you’d  like to join us for a friendly chat beforehand we’ll be having  a pre-meeting from 7:00 on the ground floor of the Peace Hub, 

    Please note that there are stairs up to the meeting room.  If you have any accessibility needs, please let us know at amnestybrum@gmail.com and we will make sure we can meet your needs.

    You are warmly invited to our next Amnesty letter-writing meeting.  Please note that this will be on Tuesday 30th October 2018, which is the fifth Tuesday of the month (so a week later than usual).

    As usual we’ll meet at Java Lounge cafe, Colmore Row, Birmingham city centre from 6pm for about an hour.  We’ll bring letters in support of Amnesy cases for everyone to sign.

    Our Refugees Welcome stall is postponed until next Saturday (13th october)

    Due to a combination of poor weather and some campaign materials not arriving in time, we have decided to put off our stall till next Saturday.  It will be the same time & place (1-3pm outside the old WH Smiths, Birmingham High St).  If you’d like to help out with the stall, drop us an email at amnestybrum@gmail.com