David H welcomed everyone, which included some newcomers. They were encouraged to leave their email addresses in the attendance book so that they can be contacted via our website. 14 people attended.
Apologies Received From Joanna
Minutes Of Last Meeting. Agreed
- County Hall Refugee Demo before resolution on Syrian asylum seekers.
DH attended the demo on behalf of the group.
The County Council decided to bring 50 Syrian people to the County.
- Letters to companies mining Lithium and Cobalt in the DRC.
DH and JK had received replies which were considered inadequate.
DH has written again to Apple.
- Police Violence in Brazil. The case of Jorge Lazaro.
We wrote letters at last month’s meeting. The latest information is that Jorge’s third son was shot last month but survived. This case has highlighted institutional racism by police/military authorities.
Hundreds of black people in Brazil are killed each year. There is an AI on line petition against police brutality – AIUK A father’s nightmare on the AI website. We were all urged to sign it.
Romani families in Naples. DF presented this case about the forced removal of Romani families to a totally unsuitable location Letter writing action circulated.
Short Paper On Turkey
DF presented a paper on the latest political situation in Turkey after the recent coup attempt. He summarised the previous political system during the Ottoman Empire and related this to the 19th and 20th centuries and emphasised the strategic importance of Turkey as its straddles Asia and Europe. This was followed by a discussion. We were encouraged to sign the AI on line petition against police brutality, already signed by 31500.
Guantanamo Camp – latest releases
JM reported that following recent releases 40 prisoners were still detained. Obama is clearly trying to empty the Camp before the end of his Presidency.
Uzbekistan. No writing this month.
Developing contentious policies. DH presented a report asking the question – How does AI deal with contentious issues such as abortion, sex working, individual cases. We agreed to explore this at a future meeting.
Letter Writing Action
DF circulated details of the case of Paulin Makaya in the Congo who had taken part in a political demonstration.
- Pride Day. DY reported that the day had been very successful and the actions had been well supported.
- PSC meeting. DH announced that a meeting will be held against racism and Islamaphobia at Chapelfield Methodist Church at 7pm on Sept 14th
- Welcome Refugees March. London Sept 17th. This is an AI sponsored march, perhaps with other organisations, starting at Park Lane at 12.30. It is due to end at 5pm in Parliament Sq. Will all those wishing to go please contact DH at email@example.com
- Quiz. This was to be held on Saturday 24th Sept at St Thomas Church Hall, Earlham Rd. Details to follow. Please note that this date is incorrect and should be Sat 19th November.
- Lego Event. DB reported that the committee has suggested a Lego building competition as a fundraiser. He will prepare a flyer to circulate at the quiz to gauge interest.
- HR Exhibition. “We are all born free” Millennium Library Jan 23rd – 5th Feb 2017
- Possible event with the Writer’s Centre. DB is pursuing this idea.
Letter Writing Session
9 people stayed on to write letters about cases given out at the meeting.
The meeting closed at 9.25pm
Next Meeting – Wednesday 21st September 2016 at 7.30pm