Weekly Updates

Hi everyone,

The arrival of all this snow has made me feel very festive and this weeks Amnesty happenings are a definite reflection of that!

Tuesday 30th November: Greetings cards – Amnesty UK’s annual greetings card campaign is underway and we’re also hoping to make some lovey Christmassy cards to sell on Friday so this Tuesday’s meeting well be nice a crafty. Come along to get creative and to send a message of hope to prisoners of conscience across the globe.

Friday 3rd December: Winter Folk Night, The Halt Bar, 7pm, Open Mic.


Friday 10th December: Troy Day – Edinburgh, 1.30pm


The 10th of December is human rights day and all the Scottish Uni Amnesty groups are gathering to hold a day of solidarity for Troy Davis. A group of us shall be travelling through, leaving Glasgow around 12pm. If anyone is interested follow this link:


for more information and sign up either on Tuesday or by getting back to me. Group discounts on the train!

I realise many people have exams and deadlines and it’s a bit of a rubbish time of year. If you’re lucky enough (like me) to be free though this should be a great day and a fantastic chance to get some justice for Troy Davis.

GU Amnesty.

Updates For Week 7


Weekly updates in the land of GU Amnesty…


  • Tuesday 2nd Novembers meeting: Flash mob prep completion (please print off Troy Davis mask templates if you have not done so already)
  • Tuesday 2nd November: Love is a human right dance party! Nice N Sleazy, £3, 11pm-3am ‘GET KRUNK FOR EQUALITY!’
  • Wednesday 3rd November: Death Penalty flash mob (rescheduled date), weather permitting, 11am-2pm, Library Hill
  • Saturday 6th November: AIUK’s Scottish regional conference, Scottish Trade Union Congress Building, 333 Woodlands Road, 10am-4.30pm, free/£5 if you want lunch, pre-booking necessary so let me know if you’re interested, (I’m definitely going so do join me :))
  • Friday 12th-Sunday 14th November: AIUK’s student conference, London, still places available but need to book so let me know ASAP.


Tuesday’s meeting this week:

After the huge amounts of enthusiasm last week where we all ended up splashing lots of paint around we soon realised that props would not dry or anywhere near ready for a flash mob the next day so it was democratically decided to postpone the flash mob until this coming Wednesday the 3rd November and to use this Tuesday’s meeting to finish off our creations. Come along and help out as we prepare to petition for Troy Davis and his urgent case (http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=11458).

And please print off your Troy Davis mask templates if you’ve not already by opening the attachment. Resources to make them into masks will be provided on Tuesday.

Love Is A Human Right!Tuesday 2nd November – LOVE IS A HUMAN RIGHT DANCE PARTY

What better way to spend your Tuesday evening than to go out have a few drinks, a wee boogie and a fun night with some friends than to also be doing it in the name of human rights? Raise some money for Amnesty and show some awareness about equal rights for the gay, lesbian and transgender community.

And if that wasn’t enough to tempt you then we’re going to have pre-drinks at myself and Jens flat to use this chance for some Amnesty socialising and chat. Everyone is welcome, 9pm, we’ll then all head to Nice N Sleazy together as it’s not too far away! My number is 07842094672 if you want to get in touch and I’ll let you know where to find us!

Wednesday 3rd November – Troy Davis Flash Mob

Again, details will be arranged on Tuesday but the general idea is to commune for a 2 minute demonstration on the hour of 11am, 12pm and 1pm. That way we’ll catch the rush and everyone can come along even if you have a lecture. Then we’ll use a rota system to gather petition signatures through the remaining time. It’s going to be highly visual and so will hopefully have a high impact and result in lots of signatures!

Saturday 6th November – AIUK Regional Conference

Amnesty staff and volunteers hold a range of conferences around the UK across the year, offering a great way to meet other active supporters, share your interests and passion for human rights, and to learn more about Amnesty’s campaigning work. This year the conference is to be held in our very own West End and running from 10am-4.30pm this Saturday it’s too handy to miss! If you’d like to come along just let me know and I’ll book us in a few places.

Friday 12th-Sunday 14th November – AIUK National 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 travelling 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! 🙂

Thank you!Troy Davis Mask