Event of Interest: Defending the Innocent – Gareth Peirce and Chase Madar

On Wednesday 13 November 6.30pm at Southbank

Continuing our exploration of the relationship between the state and the individual, Gareth Peirce and Chase Madar discuss key cases involving miscarriages of justice, and their implications. Chase Madar is a solicitor based in New York and author of The Passion of Bradley Manning. Gareth Peirce is a British solicitor best known for her work with the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, Moazzam Begg, the Birmingham Six and Julian Assange.

For more information and to book tickets see the Southbank Website


Tell Putin to Stop the Crackdown

In January a group of people gathered in St Petersburg to have a snowball fight. The police responded by banning it and dispersing the crowd – calling it an “unauthorised gathering”. This may seem a ridiculous one off event but it isn’t. The space for freedom of assembly, association and expression is rapidly shrinking in Russia

Since Vladimir Putin returned to office as Russia’s President he has introduced laws that:

  • severely limit freedom of assembly
  • stigmatise the LGBTI community
  • criminalise insulting the feelings of believers
  • broaden the definitions of treason and espionage so that human rights activism could potentially be criminalised

Russia is clearly restricting the civil and political rights of its people. Find out more and take action at http://action.amnesty.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1194&ea.campaign.id=23177

Islington Hackney Amnesty Group – Amazing Comedy night on Tues 12 Nov

On Tuesday 12 November the Islington and Hackney Amnesty Group’s comedy night returns for the fifth year running with another cracking night of live stand-up comedy to raise awareness of Amnesty’s Burma campaigns and brighten up an otherwise dull November evening.

And once again – the ENTIRE £12.50 entry fee goes directly to Amnesty International, with all comedians, organisers and the venue giving their time for free.

Find out full details and book your ticket at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/241737

Please note that this event clashes with the Amnesty Blackheath and Greenwich regular group meeting which is the same night.

Book Donations for November Book Sale

The group have decided to only accept donations for the November sale on the Thursday 21 November between 7.00pm and 9.00pm if donors bring books to the Church of Ascension, Dartmouth Row, SE10

If you have books you wish to donate to Amnesty but can’t make that time then please consider donating them to Books for Amnesty in Hammersmith

You can of course (if you have space) save the books up for our 40th Book Sale event in June next year.

Syria Refugee Crisis – take action now

Thousands of men, women and children flee Syria every single day. The majority are living in refugee camps hosted in neighbouring countries.
As the crisis continues, space is shrinking. These countries cannot be expected to shoulder this responsibility alone.

We want you to ask the UK government to do more for Syrian refugees.

To find out more and take action please visit this link