Action for Dhandup Wangchen – Fri 6 Dec

The Ealing Amnesty Group are planning a rally on behalf of a prisoner of conscience, Dhondup Wangchen, in front of the Chinese embassy in London. Dhondup is a Tibetan film maker who has been imprisoned for producing a documentary on life in Tibet under Chinese rule.

You can find more information on his case, as well as his documentary here:

http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=6oJCLQPAJiJUG&b=6645049&aid=13745

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANZZa5IabJ4&list=PL5060722BF441A13F

The event will take place on Friday, 6th December, from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, at 49-51 Portland Pl, London W1B 1JL. As it is a Central London-based event it is hoped support of a wide range of local groups in the area, and as always with campaigning, the more attention, the better!

Please publicise the event and get in touch with Rob Dickinson (rob-dickinson@hotmail.co.uk), who is part of the organising team, and ideally let him know if you plan to attend and let him know if you can help out with making some placards.

 

Volunteers wanted for Greenwich Market Stall

The Amnesty Blackheath and Greenwich group have got a stall in Greenwich Market to involve local people in our Write for Rights campaign. On Sunday 8 December from 10am till 4pm we will be running the stall in Greenwich Market. To make this event work we need volunteers to help out across the day from set up at 9am to finishing at 4pm. If you can help out please email us at aibg.enquiries@googlemail.com

Good News: Yorm Bopha released on bail

Yorm Bopha, a Cambodian activist, who was imprisoned on false charges to keep her quiet, has been released after more than 13,000 people signed the Amnesty petition.

Thank you for helping get Bopha home to her son and husband. But she has only been released on bail and the charges haven’t been dropped.

For further details see the Amnesty UK website

Film: Dirty Wars – Sunday

On Sunday at 3pm there is an interesting film with speakers and discussion at the Greenwich Picturehouse. The film is Dirty Wars and is a documentary on the War on Terror where investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill embarks on a chilling and revelatory journey in Afghanistan into its dark underbelly.

For full details see the Greenwich Picturehouse Website

Leave to Remain on at Goldsmith’s College on Thursday (28th)

Location and time: Thursday 28 November, 7pm, RHB 309 Goldsmiths College (Richard Hogart Building, entrance on Lewisham Way close to junction with Dixon Road)

Here’s a link to the film’s website: http://leave2remainthefilm.com/

Leave to Remain began life at a film academy that gave unaccompanied minors who were seeking asylum in the UK the chance to train in filmmaking. Frustrated by the attempts to apply tired debates on immigration to the young people he met, director Bruce Goodison conceived of a 3 year project to train cast and crew for a film that would tell the unique stories of teenage asylum seekers. Utilising his experience in documentary filmmaking to narrative story telling, the film tells the stories of Omar, Abdul and Zizidi, all played with great emotional intelligence by three bright new talents. Supported by more established actors, including Toby Jones, in the adult roles and featuring a soundtrack by Mercury award wining Alt-J, Goodison’s film is a dramatically absorbing and poignant contribution to contemporary discussions on immigration in the UK.

The film screening will be followed by a Q and A with the director, Bruce Goodison and actors from the film.

It is kindly requested for there to be no personal questions directed to actors on their experiences of the asylum process.

Thanks to everyone for a successful book sale!

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At 10am as the book sale started there was already a long queue to get in, as you can see above. The day went on to raise £3464.16 which will help us as Amnesty International to continue to work to improving human rights around the world. In addition over 100 letters were signed for our Write for Rights campaign action.

We would like to thank everyone who has donated books, those that bought books or refreshments, our amazingly hard working volunteers who put many hours into making today’s event possible, the Church of the Ascension for allowing us to use their hall and everyone online and offline who has helped us promote the event.

The date of the next book sale will be Saturday 21 June 2014 9am – 5pm. Please get it in your diary and encourage your friends to join us for that. And enjoy the rest of your weekend!