Live From The Field

October 29, 2012 in main by Martin Lennon

Friends, Students, Activists,

Here we go again for another week of GU Amnesty fun. We’re back in our usual time and place, Tuesday 5pm in QMU Committee Room 1, and we’ve got a typically full and diverse meeting planned.

After seeing ‘Blood in the Mobile’ last week I know I’m feeling a bit more informed on conflict minerals and raring to go with it. Just as I’m writing this we’ve gotten a reply ffrom one of our Freedom of Information Requests. Updates will follow at tomorrow’s meeting.

This Week’s Meeting

It’s a veritable smorgasbord of a meeting this week:

– I’ll be doing a presentation on Forced Evictions. It’s related to the Roma Rights issue of a few weeks ago but in a more global context. – Louise, eager for your poster competition entries, will be doing a poster brainstorming session. – Robert and Cat will be doing some filming for Cat’s activist video – Ruth and Siuan will be making a backdrop for our Conflict Minerals campaign video

And last but not least – We’ll be pulling names out of a hat for who want to go collect our Raise-Off Award at the student conference in London.

Coming Up:

– 6th November – Guest Speaker at main meeting – Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China – 7th November Glasgow Human Rights Group Talk – 11th or 18th November – Pub Quiz in Jim’s Bar – 16-18th November UK Student Conference – 21st November Dialectic Panel Dicsussion – 27th November SPB Screening and Christmas Party

– 9th February Secret Policeman’s Ball!

I’ll see you guys tomorrow,

Martin

Newsletter – Week Beginning 22 October 2012

October 22, 2012 in main, news by Martin Lennon

Hey everybody,

It’s with a heavy heart I have to tell you I won’t be coming to the meeting tomorrow, I’m away on holiday. Don’t fear though, I’ll be back next week. In the mean time you guys are being left in the capable hands of our own Elena.

This Week’s Meeting

We’re changing up the format this week and screening ‘Blood on the Mobile’. It shows the connection between our phones and the civil war in the Congo. Director Frank Poulsen travels to DR Congo to see the illegal mine industry with his own eyes. He gets access to Congo‚Äôs largest tin-mine, which is being controlled by different armed groups. It comes highly recommended by the Conflict Free Campus Campaign and our own Ruth.

It’s at our usual time of Tuesday at 5pm, but we’ll be in the luxurious surroundings of Boyd Orr Room 412.

Coming Up

– Our Dialectic Society event is on 21st November, if any of you guys have any contact with groups interested in Consumer Ethics, give us a shout.
– On Wednesday we’re having a bake sale on Library Hill. Jana will give you details tomorrow
– Our Poster Competition for the Secret Policeman’s Ball is now live. If you guys have ideas for a poster send them to publicity@guamnesty.org,uk for your chance to get 2 free tickets!
– We are having a screening of the 2012 SPB in the Williams Room on the Tuesday of Week 11

See you guys next week!

Martin

Newsletter – Week Beginning 15 October 2012

October 15, 2012 in main by Martin Lennon

Hey everybody,

We’ve got a slightly less busy line up this week. Obviously we’re still going to be in* QMU Committee Room 1* at* 5pm* on *Tuesday* for our usual meeting, but other than that there’s not too much planned. Btw, I’m writing to you from our shiny new email address, which we’ve got just before our website gets a revamp. So if you just can’t get enough GU Amnesty, checkout *guamnesty.org.uk* over the next few weeks while we get some more fun (and human rights related) content up.

*This Week’s Meeting:*

Although we’re going to be keeping up our Conflict Free Campus campaign, we’re also going to be looking at other things this week. It’s good to keep it fresh so we’ll be doing a pretty broad range:

– I’ll be talking about* Roma Rights* (against one of the few surviving forms of socially acceptable racism) and there will be a campaign action on that – *Siuan, Jana *and* Louise* are going to be making some *GU Amnesty merch* that we’re going to sell for the student raise off – *Ruth, Cat *and* Robert* are going to be working on the Conflict Free Campus *campaign video* and hopefully get some actual filming done

*Coming Up:*

– We are currently planning an event with the *Dialectic Society* on ethical products/consumerism for the *21st Novermber*. If you know any groups that might want to come along (enviromentalists, vegan groups, fair trade groups) please get in touch with us – *Bake sale next week*. Jana is keen to have our first old fashioned bake sale of the year and it looks like it’ll be next *Wednesday*. So if you enjoy *cake* or general bakery foodstuffs, give her your chat. – We are also planing a *pub quiz funraiser* in the *near future*. Me and Nathan are writing it so it’s porbs best to start reading up on * Twilight* and *Scottish football trivia*

See you tomorrow,

Martin