Posted by Eva Tabbasam, Wednesday, 2nd January 2013 @ 1:23pm
Happy New Year! What a year 2012 has been. We have seen outstanding courage from people all over the world from individuals like Mala Yousufazi and to peaceful protesters from Syria, Egypt and India, the list is endless! We also saw punk band Pussy Riot participating in protest showing us that freedom was disappearing in Putin’s Russia. We also watched with anticipation for the first ever global arms trade treaty to be enacted as law for it to only be snatched away at the last minute.
We have all worked together with thousands of others around the globe tirelessly putting pressure on the governments, showing solidarity with prisoners of conscience as well as raising money in order to allow Amnesty International to continue their work of raising awareness and campaigning on Human rights.
So here’s to another great year ahead, achieving even more than 2012!! We Brookes Amnesty look forward to seeing you all in Semester 2, to make more noise on campus and to continue raising awareness and campaigning for Human Rights!
In Peace & In Solidarity,
Posted by Eva Tabbasam, Wednesday, 17th October 2012 @ 1:35pm
Wonderful to meet you all on our first meeting! And looking forward to meeting some new faces at our next meeting!
We have lots of things that need to be done to ensure MAXIMUM impact on campus about raising awareness of Amnesty!
We are focusing on the Death Penalty for the first few weeks of the semester, looking at the case of Reggie Clemons.
On 7 April 1991 19-year-old Reggie Clemons’ life changed forever. The trainee mechanic was taken from his home by police for questioning about the killing of two young women a couple of nights earlier. Two years later he was sentenced to death as an accomplice in the murder of Julie and Robin Kerry. WE NEED TO STOP REGGIES EXECUTION NOW.
There are huge question marks surrounding his conviction, We’re calling on the State of Missouri to commute Reggie Clemons’ death sentence. We believe they should do this because of these question marks, and because we oppose the death penalty unconditionally, in all circumstances.
We will be doing an action in cornmarket street (town center) getting the general public to sign petitions while wearing a Troy Davis mask ( Troy Davis, 42, was executed by lethal injection soon, despite significant doubts over the safety of his original conviction. Execution went ahead despite a high-profile “Too Much Doubt” campaign, with over one million people worldwide signing a petition).This will Saturday 27th October 2012.
We have yet to decide our next campaign action , but we want you all to decide what you would like to campaign on so have a look at Amnesty's website and let us know at the meeting!
Some other news is that we have the student conference, so bring your smiles, your energy, your inspiration, your opinions and a sleeping bag and join 250 of your fellow students at this years' conference. Hearexpert speakers discuss and debate the human rights issues of today,
llearn new campaigning skills at a range of interactive workshops,Meet students from all over the UK + find out what other student groups are up to,Take action on the streets of London to show your solidarity for Women's Rights in Afghanistan ,Participate in the Student Action Network Annual General Meeting + Student Action Network committee elections and finally Dnce like nobody's watching at the Circus Space conference party with live bands and acts to keep you smiling and entertained all night long
So please register your interest at the next meeting there are LIMITED SPACES!
There is also a screening of "Over the Wall" - a documentary about football, Palestine and borders...
Oxford Students' PalSoc and Oxford Brookes Palestine Society invite you all film screening of the documentary "Over the Wall" followed by a Q&A session with its two directors, Jasper Kain and Matthew Kay.
Link to film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u83usIzPI6E
We are looking to have a collabaration with the debating society, we will keep you updated on when this will happen but if you have any motion that you would like to put forward please let us know!
And lastly we have a Radio show slot caled JAMnesty INernational on brookes radio, if you would like to get involved please let us know! You can talk about anything you would like (as long as it is humanitarian related or something in the news youve read) and play anything you like! So get in touch yall!
Thats all for now, Look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting.