Wednesday, 20 May 2015

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 26 May 2015   AI TH&C AGM, Cable Street, 8pm. 
Sunday 14 June 2015  Kahaila Café, Brick Lane, 10.30am. 

Some upcoming highlights

Annual AIUK TH&C AGM - Tuesday 26 May 2015 
We are going to elect or re-elect the group's treasurer and secretary, and we will talk about other roles  and tasks which have recently emerged within the group. Planning of new events is also on the agenda!
Film showing and panel discussion on women's rights in Iran - AIUK HRAC, Monday 15 June 2015We are going to watch the documentary “Women on the Front Line” which explores the struggles Iranian women have fighting for equality. Then, we are having a conversation with Human Rights experts. The events starts at 7pm sharp (doors open at 6.30pm), and ends after a small drink reception around 9.30pm.

Recent events:
Annual AIUK TH&C Social - Sunday 10 May 2015
We gathered in the cosy restaurant, had amazing food and nice chats. We agreed to organise similar events far more often!
AI-QI Pub Quiz '15 – The Water PoetSunday 12 April 2015
We came together again to challenge our brains and to have fun! You can find more information about the event in the dedicated blogpost soon.
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. 

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Experiences from an amazing AI-QI pub quiz

On 12 April, we occupied again one of the rooms of the The Water Poet pub. I should admit, we are already regulars there:).

So, six great teams competed against each other by trying to identify flags of different countries, figure out which berries they are tasting and to guess who composed The Hebrides Overture.
We also took photo actions for our Iranian prisoner of conscience, Behareh Hedayat and collected some money for the Mexican priest, Fray Tomás Gonzalez.
We closed the evening with a very generous raffle and promised to our friends to get together again in a couple of months for the next quiz.



Tuesday, 21 April 2015

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