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You are warmly invited to our fundraising

Pub Quiz

7:30pm Thursday 22nd June

at Bacchus Bar, Burlington Arcade, New St, Birmingham B2 4JH

Entry £5 per person, all proceeds to AmnestyBrum


Join in with this fun quiz to raise funds for AmnestyBrum’s work for human rights.  Quizmaster Tom will take us through a mixture of general knowledge and Amnesty-themed questions, in the unique underground atmosphere of Bacchus Bar.  You don’t need to have a team ready-formed (although you’re welcome to), you can simply turn up and we’ll get into teams on the night.

All welcome, come along and feel free to bring a friend!


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

Film: This is Exile

Thursday 8th September 2016 at 7:30pm

at Two Snowhill, Birmingham City Centre, B4 6GA


Register for free.

We are joining together with Wythall and Bourneville Amnesty groups to present a film screening of “This is Exile” about refugees, followed by a discussion of the issues and Amnesty’s new People on the Move campaign.

This Is Exile: Diaries of Child Refugees is an extraordinary, intimate portrait of the lives of child refugees forced to flee Syria’s civil war.  The documentary tells children’s stories in their own words, capturing the moving truth of how they deal with the loss and hardship of living in exile from their homeland.

This is Exile was funded by friends of Save the Children and filmed in Lebanon by the Emmy-award winning director Mani Benchelah.  Made by the independent production company Make Productions, the film offers an uncompromising portrayal of refugee children’s experiences.

Groups in the West Midlands have been helping build the campiagn for refugee rights for several years, and from September, People on the Move will be a key campiagn for Amnesty across the world.  So join us to learn more about the issues from the perspective of child refugees themselves, and then discuss how we can take action together.

Everyone is welcome to join us – we look forward to seeing you there.  If you are able, please register in advance for free.


If it’s you first time, or if you’d just like a friendly chat before the main meeting, we’ll be having a short pre-meeting 7:10-7:25pm at Costa Coffee on Comore Row (next to Snow Hill station). We’ll have a chat to welcome you, before heading over to the main meeting at 7:25 (so if you arrive later than that, just head straight over to Two Snowhill.)

Why not drop us an email at amnestybrum@gmail.com so that we know to look out for you and to be extra friendly!

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Amnesty UK’s LGBT network & AmnestyBrum invite you to

African Pride

3pm Saturday 28th May 2016

at Birmingham LGBT Centre, Holloway Circus, B1 1EQ

A showing of this inspirational film, with a discussion, and chance to take action to support LGBT people’s Human Rights around the world.  View the trailer below:

African Pride Trailer 2015 from Laura Fletcher on Vimeo.

“South Africa’s Constitution was the first in the world to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. But rights belie the reality for many. Homophobia has found violent expression in assaults, rape and murders. However this violence is being met with visibility by way of township prides and protests. Each person bearing a banner has their own reason to be visible. There are the loud activists and the shy ones, the lovers, the mourners and the survivors. It is through their stories that African Pride explores this determined, relentless and colourful movement.” IMDB


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You are warmly invited to our annual Write for Rights event:

Greetings Cards to Prisoners of Conscience

Thursday 10th December 2015 7-9pm

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

Keeping with our annual tradition, instead of a formal meeting in December, we meet in a more relaxed setting to take part in Amnesty’s Write for Rights campaign, and get to know each other.  Amnesty have chosen 12 cases of prisoners of conscience and other human rights defenders – we will be writing greetings cards to them, to send a message of hope and solidarity.  And in the friendly setting of a cafe, we can build freindship and solidarity amongst ourselves, to refresh our enthusaim for campiagning in the year ahead.
We will have some cards available, but if you can bring you own please do.  Remember that for some of the cases we are asked not to send a religious message or mention Amnesty (for the safety of the person recieving the card.) Please note that we are meeting in the city centre branch of Java Lounge – not the Moseley one.
All welcome, so come along and get involved! And 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!

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Amnesty Bournville and Freedom from Torture invite you to their annual

Christmas Concert for Human Rights

Saturday 12th December 11am – 1pm, Carrs Lane Church Birmingham city centre.

AI FfT concert 2015

You can book tickets online: all profits go to Amnesty International and Freedom from Torture.


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Refugee Week 13-21 June

Refugee week begins this coming Saturday – and there are lots of ways to get involved!

Kadialy Kouyate, who is headlining the Celebrating Sanctuary Festival celebrating-sanctuary.org.uk

Refugee Week happens across the UK every June: throughout the week there are arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK and promote better understanding of why people seek sanctuary.

There are events happening in Birmingham and across the West Midlands from 15-21 June, including music, exhibitons and film.

The grand finale is the Celebrating Sanctuary Festival, Sunday 21st June 2-8pm at Midlands Arts Centre.  This is a free event for all the family – we will have an Amnesty stall, alongside workshops, activities and live performances, including:

  • Kadialy Kouyate – From a great line of Kouyate griots in Senegal, Kadialy’s spellbinding blend of kora and voice has been welcomed in many prestigious venues around the world.
  • The Redeemed – Birmingham- based group with members hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their music reflects their heritage and creates a beautiful and soulful performance.
  • Harare – fronted by the exuberance and charisma of Zimbabwean singer and marimbist Kudaushe Matimba.
  • Hassan Salih Nour – Sudanese singer and musician – a talented and captivating performer.

And if you could help out on the stall at any part of the event, please get in touch: amnestybrum@gmail.com

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Thanks to everyone who came to our meeting on Thursday, where we mapped out our Summer of Human Rights.

Here are the key dates for your diary – more detail on all of these events  will go on this blog nearer the time, but if you are interetsed in any of them, please get in touch: amnestybrum@gmail.com

  • Birmingham Pride: Sat 23rd / Sun 24th May (daytime)
  • Monthly Meeting: Thurs 11th June (evening)
  • Fundraising Walk: Sun 14th June (daytime)
  • Refugee Week event at MAC: Sat 21st June (daytime)
  • How to campaign on the Human Rights Act: Thurs 25th June (evening)
  • Global Day of Action Against Torture: Fri 26th June (daytime)
  • Moseley Festival Street Fair: Sat 4th July (daytime)
  • Monthly Meeting: Thurs 9th July (evening)
  • Day of Action: Save the Human Rights Act: Sat 25th July (daytime)

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