Sunday, 12 April 2015

Next AI-QI Pub Quiz on 12 April at The Water Poet pub!

We are happy to announce that our next Pub Quiz is going to take place on Sunday, 12 April 2015. 
Tickets are now on sale  at £5.50 including the booking fee and can be purchased from on the following linkPlease note that tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.
Where: at The Water Poet pub, 9-11 Folgate Street, London E1 6BX.
When: on Sunday, 12 April 2015.
Doors open at 6.00pm for enthusiastic quizees and quiz will start at 6.30pm promptly.  We are planning to finish around 10.30pm. 
All of you - our group members, friends, family members and interested people - are very welcome to join us! Get your team of 4 to 6 together or come on your own and we will place you in a team.
Start the New Year with Amnesty & see you there!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Did you know that, as a woman, you can be put behind bars if you are wearing trousers?

Or that in some countries, such as Iran, you can be imprisoned for trying to watch men’s sport matches?
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the Tower Hamlets and City Amnesty group nestled in Shoreditch and invited passers-by to learn what kind of acts are women punished by imprisonment for in other countries. Each of those scenarios we, in the UK, consider to be acceptable. We also asked members of the public to hold a sign, noting one of the 'crimes' those women committed, whilst standing behind prison bars for a quick photo.
We experienced a high turnover of interested pedestrians, including some special visitors: Elaine Bagshaw and Teena Lashmore from the Liberal Democrats in Tower Hamlets. By posing in our  ‘Women’s prison’ and tweeting the photos, they helped us raise awareness of those sad cases.
Beside the photo action, people could sign our petition for a young, imprisoned Iranian painter, who had been on hunger strike protesting the violence and injustice she faced. With a nice bunch of signatures, we’ve sent the petitions to the Iranian authorities.
To sum up, with our simple action, we managed to approach many people and engage them in our action, while making them think about how basic rights of women in other countries are cruelly violated.

Please join us in taking action for this Iranian woman, who in the meantime, has stopped the hunger strike, but her health is still very poor and she is still in jail for exercising her right to freedom of expression.

Elaine Bagshaw from the Liberal Democrats of Tower Hamlets

Teena Lashmore from the Liberal Democrats of Tower Hamlets

Monday, 16 March 2015

Amnesty Book sale - 24 March (11am-3pm) - Volunteers wanted!

Amnesty has had to close its bookshop in Hammersmith and so there are a lot of books that need to be sold off to make some storage space.
A book sale is being organised for Tuesday 24 March. Book dealers and members of the public will be coming between 11am and 3pm but we urgently need some volunteers to help set up from 9am and then to clear up at the end. You will also have the opportunity to pick up some unsold books at a good price.
Please let Gill know if you will be available for any part of the day. It would be particularly helpful to have some extra people in the morning. We would really like to have some idea of who can make the commitment to help out. In case of any questions, please email Gill.
Hope you can join us!

New dates for your diary!

Please find below some new or updated dates for your diary!
Beside the regular meetings, some exciting events are also coming up in the next months! 
So please be aware of any changes or additional details, which might emerge later on.
Tuesday 24 March 2014  Book sale at HRAC & our usual monthly meeting in Cable Street, 8pm. 
Sunday 12 April 2015  AI-QI Pub Quiz, The Water Poet pub, 6.30pm.

Some upcoming highlights
AI-QI Pub Quiz '15 – The Water PoetSunday 12 April 2015
We have just agreed on the date of the next pub quiz! Please book soon your ticket under the following link to avoid disappointment:  
Annual AIUK C&TH social - Sunday 10 May 2015
Further details will come soon!

Recent events:
International Women’s Day Action - Shoreditch, Sunday 8 March 2015
We invited the public to explore the different activities for which women are in jail around the world, which we would not consider to be a crime e.g. driving a car in Saudi Arabia. 
Film showing and panel discussion on women's rights in Iran - AIUK HRAC, Tuesday 10 March 2015
We watched the documentary “Women on the Front Line” which explores the struggles Iranian women have fighting for equality. Then, we engaged in a conversation with Human Rights experts. 
AI-QI Pub Quiz '15 – The Water PoetSunday 18 January 2015
We came together again to challenge our brains and to have fun! You find more information about the event in the dedicated blogpost.

Monday, 2 March 2015