Rob Hallam

Newsletter 2014-11-14: Food Banks Q&A, Jamnesty Preview, Newsletter Update

Special Notice

Special notice: We are still collecting for Maryhill Food Bank this week, so please keep up the generosity and bring along cans and packets of food on Tuesday at 5! Thank you!

The newsletter got sent out without formatting due to an oversight in settings, so this will probably be the second copy you receive- apologies for that! The template needs a bit of tweaking, but this will suffice for this week.

Welcome to another instalment of the newsletter! Hopefully this week the newsletter will actually reach more than half of our lovely subscribers (that’s you!); if you were following the situation or are subscribed to the mailing list with a Yahoo or Hotmail address, you’ll know that the newsletter wasn’t delivered last week. My apologies to anyone affected by this. In the meantime, we’ve moved to MailChimp for newsletter delivery.

There will be a bit of a transition while we get used to how MailChimp works. The design of the email version of the newsletter may change a bit, but hopefully delivery should be rock solid. If you have any feedback or want to report any issues please do contact us.

Last week saw the kickoff of our third chosen campaign for the first semester: food banks. This is a completely new campaign for us, so it’s really exciting to start getting our teeth into it. A big well done to Rebecca and Seb for putting together an interesting and varied meeting! It was extremely provocative. Those that missed the meeting or would like a reminder can find more info in our weekly blog writeup.

As I promised in the last newsletter, I will try and keep this as brief as possible, so on with the show!

This Week: More on Food Banks – Q&A and the Situation Elsewhere; Then Crafting!

Tuesday 18th November 2014 5PM, Committee Room 1, QMU

Maryhill Food Bank

Last week we saw the video wherein Julie Webster talks about Maryhill Food Bank, the running of it, some of the cases of people who use it and so forth. This Tuesday we’re hoping to get her along to the meeting to do a brief talk and Q&A session, which is a great opportunity to learn more about food banks in general and Maryhill Food Bank in particular. Get your thinking caps on for those questions!

We will also have a brief talk about the situation on food banks elsewhere- Sarah’s mention last week of laws prohibiting the feeding of homeless people caused a not inconsiderable amount of consternation, and we’ll take the opportunity to revisit that in a little more detail.

Lastly, we are at time of writing only 12 days away from Jamnesty! So after the food banks chat there will be a crafting session to bank the big banner for the night. If you could also save and bring any plastic bottles you have, we could really use those for decoration! Thank you.

Jamnesty Is Getting Near

Wednesday 26th November 2014, Stereo, Renfield Lane

Jamnesty 2014 Banner

You may have seen a number of brave souls enduring the wind and rain on Library Hill, going around shops and cafes and handing out one of our lovely fliers:

Jamnesty 2014 Flier FrontJamnesty 2014 Flier Back

These awesome folk are the people doing the flyering. Big time kudos to them all! If we want to pack out Stereo – which we do – we need to make people aware that this big amazing event is happening on the 26th. So if you haven’t already get inviting’! If you have them, please bring plastic bottles along to the meetings so that we can use them for decorations.

Jamnesty Social & Preview: MINI-JAM with Harry & The Hendersons and Twister!

Twister!
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/673470369433251/

So as above you’re all undoubtedly inviting your friends, family, coworkers, acquaintances and people on the street, telling them to buy tickets and spread the word further. But they’re not sure about the music, or how cool we are. Maybe they think it will be a night of proselytising? Well, you can allay their fears! We’ve got a preview social for you.

Come along and hear one of the fabby bands playing on the 26th – Harry & The Hendersons – and join us for bingo, twister, drinks and possibly more!

If nothing else, come along on the 26th and enjoy yourself 🙂

Coalition for Syrian Refugees Meeting

Wednesday 19th November 2014, 4PM, Fraser Building

We’re only a few weeks away from the end of term, and the Syrian Week is pretty close to the start of semester 2. The week is taking shape, but if you or someone you know would be interested in being involved in organising events for the week there is a meeting this Wednesday at 4 in the Fraser Building. Please feel free to come along even if you haven’t before.

International Women’s Week 2015

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It’s a while away yet – International Women’s Day is March 8th – but the planning for International Women’s Week 2015 will be starting soon. As with last year there will be an organising committee forming to coordinate all the various events, and if you’re interested please let us know by email. Otherwise keep an eye on Facebook as we will be posting information on meetings etc there.

It’s a great opportunity to be involved in a big-impact very visible event or the whole week of events, and last year there was a big team made of up of lots of different societies so you’ll have platy of support. Don’t be shy!

SPB Poster Competition Winner, Kaitlyn Hair!

We have a winner in the Secret Policeman’s Ball 2015 Poster Competition:

SPB 2015 Poster Competition Winner

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Hair for her winning entry! It’s bold and eye-catching, which is just what we want in a poster for a bold night of comedy! Kaitlyn wins two tickets to the Secret Policeman’s Ball. Well done to all the other entrants too; the quality of entries was high and it was a tough choice this year, as ever.

Upcoming Events

These are reminders from last week, but since most folk didn’t get the newsletter I reckon this is fair game.

GHRN: Sakharov Prize 2014

Thursday 20th November 5.30PM, Room 916, Adam Smith Building, University of Glasgow

Since this is coming up through the Glasgow Human Rights Network, I thought I’d mention it as it may be of interest to some to go along and hear about the nominees.

The European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded every year to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression. This year the European Parliament awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to the Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege, who helps thousands of rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Students on the MSc Human Rights & International Politics course will set out the case for each nominee for the Prize. This will be followed by a Q&A session, a public debate and vote.

The discussion will be followed by a wine reception. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to attend, please register on Eventbrite.

These events are a good way to meet other folks involved in human rights work and research; or network 🙂

Reminder: Reclaim the Night March

Thursday 27th November 2014, Starting at Botanic Gardens 6:15PM

I mentioned this in a previous newsletter, but it’s worth bearing in mind.

This year’s march will take place on Thursday 27th November (that’s the day after Jamnesty!) with assembly at 6:15 PM outside Botanic Gardens on Great Western Road (opposite Oran Mor).

You can see photos from last year’s march which we took part in after a Tuesday meeting.

Thanks for Reading

Given the news this week, I thought the following image would be appropriate:

The image shows comet 67P/CG acquired by the ROLIS instrument on the Philae lander during descent on Nov 12, 2014 14:38:41 UT from a distance of approximately 3 km from the surface. The landing site is imaged with a resolution of about 3m per pixel.

The image shows comet 67P/CG acquired by the ROLIS instrument on the Philae lander during descent on Nov 12, 2014 14:38:41 UT from a distance of approximately 3 km from the surface. The landing site is imaged with a resolution of about 3m per pixel. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR

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For the first time, humanity has landed a robot on a comet. We have automated robots on the surface of Mars – Opportunity has been going for over ten years at this point – and now we have a robot on a comet. We may see a lot of terrible, desperate things as an Amnesty International group, but the way I see it is this is one of the things that makes you proud to be a human. Nice work, ESA.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback you can always get in touch either via the website or on Facebook or Twitter.

Tomorrow’s meeting, sleepout, gig night and ceilidh!

Hello Amnestiers!


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See the full set of photos here!

Thank you and well done to all those who took part in the Arms Trade Treaty campaign on library hill on Friday. Your enthusiasm paid off as we collected dozens of signatures and more importantly, raised lots of awareness and interest.

This week’s meeting

This week’s meeting is in Committee Room 1 in the QMU, Tuesday at 5pm. In preparation for International Women’s Day next week (follow this link for more info: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/), we’re focusing on women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and on Amnesty’s new campaign to fight against the women’s driving ban in Saudi Arabia.

As well as this, we’ll take action for some urgent actions, and prepare a banner for the sleep-out on Friday!

Coming up

– Amnesty International and STAR sleepout, 2nd March on the steps of the Wellington Church: Our annual sponsored sleepout with STAR (Student Action for Refugees) is to raise money for Positive Action in Housing (http://www.paih.org/). Its a chilly but brilliant night full of chatting, singing and attempted sleeping! Here’s the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/245263332220635/.

– GU Band Society gig in aid of Amnesty, Mon 5th March, 8pm, £4, 13th Note: The brilliant Band Society is putting on a gig in aid of Amnesty. We had one last year and it was a resounding success! Here’s the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/153395158112770/.

– GU Amnesty, Red Cross and STAR ceilidh, Thurs 8th March, 7:30pm, £4/5, QMU: Get your dancing shoes on- the annual joint charity ceilidh is back! All the money raised will be going to help Refugees at the Glasgow Refugee service. Follow this link for the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/115036801958974/ .

See y’all tomorrow!

Catherine

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!