Action For Change weekend and AIUK National Conference

Hello everyone,

We have some hot of the press information about a few upcoming national Amnesty events.

Firstly, Action For Change weekend

The Action for Change weekend provides essential activism training for Student Groups and is a unique opportunity to gain a wide range of campaigning skills and learn more about the work and structure of Amnesty International. I personally highly recommend this, have bee myself and it’s such an awesome inspiring weekend. Great for anyone considering running for the committee next year or just wanting to get more involved!

Key Details:

When: Friday 11th March – Saturday 12th March
Where: The Human Rights Action Centre, London
Accommodation: Crash pad accommodation for the Friday night
Cost: Free entry to the event and free food throughout the weekend so travel costs will be the only expenditure.

Travel will need to be arranged down to London. And we can only send a maximum of 4 delegates and the event is extremely popular so we need to book our places ASAP. Anyone who is interested get back to me and once we’ve a group of people who want to go, travel arrangements can be made.

For more info check out this link: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=11169

Secondly, AIUK National Conference and AGM 2011

This main conference is open to all Amnesty UK members (not just students) and is a chance to celebrate the achievements of the year and look forward to the work ahead. The programme includes speakers, workshops, and opportunities to influence Amnesty’s future work

Key Details

When: Friday 6th – Sunday 8th May (Exam time – boo)
Where: Belfast
Cost: £50 for two nights accommodation and all food + travel separately

Another great opportunity if anyone is lucky enough not to have exams!

More info at: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=10159

Any interest, just let me know!

Week 6 and Conference Info

Hi everyone,
Week 6 in Brief:
  • Monday 25th October, Protect the Human gig night, The 13th Note, 8.30pm, £3.50 (for directions and travel arrangements see below).
  • Tuesday 26th October, meeting, committee room 1, QMU, 5pm. Troy Davis and the death penalty flash mob preparation. Please print off Troy Davis mask by opening the attachment.
  • Wednesday 27th October, 11am-2pm, Flash Mob and signature collecting.
  • AIUK Student Conference, 12th-14th November, London.
Itty Bitty Details:
Protect The Human

Protect The Human!

Protect The Human Gig (Monday 25th October)
http://www.facebook.com/?sk=messages&tid=1552414063922#!/event.php?eid=155659441137836. Please invite everyone you know along to this promised to be awesome event! Music from Michael Timmons, Iona Bain, Overtone and Floor 16 it’s a night not to be missed! Tickets are £3.50 with all proceeds going to Amnesty International.
The 13th note can be found at 50-60 King St, Glasgow, G1 5QT, just down from Trongate. Check Google Maps.
If anyone fancies helping to decorate, a few of us will be heading there for 7.30pm. Either come along to the venue for then or if you wish to head down with me I’ll be at Kelvinbridge underground at 7pm and consequently at St Enoch underground at about 7.15pm. Anyone opting for that text me on 07842094672. Will be much appreciated!
Anyone else wanting to be directed, Jen will be leaving at 8pm from Kelvinbridge underground station (by the ticket machine as entrances get confusing) and thus also at St Enoch at 8.15pm. Anyone fancy that let me know also, 07842094672.
Otherwise hopefully see you all there!
Tuesday 26th Meeting
Following our recent death penalty campaign focus we shall be using Tuesdays meeting to prepare for a flash mob to take place the following day. Information on the campaign can be found at the following link: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=11458.
We shall be making placards, banners, props etc. so if anyone has any cardboard boxes/card/crafty things in general please bring them along. Anyone who is free on Wednesday and up for taking part in the flashmob then please open the link and print off the Troy Davis face which we will then make into masks on Tuesday. The picture is colour but if we all just do black and white then we’ll be a unit.
Wednesday 27th Flash Mob
All the details shall be decided Tuesday so I shall send them out Tuesday evening so all can join in.
Student Conference
This years Amnesty UK’s student conference will be in the Human Rights Action Centre in London. We have 11 places to send people down so i will ask that if you’re interested please e-mail me back and we’ll arrange places.
The weekend will allow you to hear inspirational speakers discuss and debate today’s human rights issues, learn new skills, take action, vote and meet Amnesty students from across the UK. I highly recommend it, it’s always a great weekend!(http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=11635)
Conference places cost £20 per person, which includes:
  • Crashpad accommodation – bring bedding to make yourself comfortable (e.g. sleeping bag, mat)
  • All food for the weekend, from an evening meal on Friday through to a packed lunch on Sunday
  • Entry to the social events on Friday and Saturday evening
  • Transport between the conference centre and crashpad
Of course there will then also be the cost of traveling to London, by which means of transport can be decided. We will be able to apply for some funding from the SRC but it will involve presenting receipts so anyone wanting to go will need to be able to pay upfront in order to reclaim costs back. Not sure how much they will offer us either but if trains are booked early or people are up for mega busing it then travel needn’t be expensive! 🙂
Finally, thank you very much everyone, and thank you for all your continued dedication to the group. A win for the letter-off and a cracking fundraising start with the Isle of Arran we’re well on the way to a successful year!
Rob Hallam

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