01 July 2013

MInutes from June 2013 Meeting

Meeting minutes for 19 June 2013
In attendance: Gina, Bob, Tilo, Barbara 

Our treasurer Tilo reminds us that dues are now payable. Suggested amount is $25/yr. If you wish to make this donation, please bring it the next time you come. 

Barbara reported on upcoming activities for Torture Awareness Month (June). 

Healing a Culture of Torture 
Date: Tuesday, June 25 
Place: Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol Street, Washington, D.C. Reception: 6:30 p.m.
Presentation: 7:00-9:00 p.m. 
Featured Speaker: Juan Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture 
Panel Responders: Aileen Diez-Bacalso, Secretary General of the International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances; Zeke Johnson, Director, Security and Human Rights Program, Amnesty International; Rev. Mike Neuroth, Policy Advocate for International Issues, UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries’ Office 
Sponsors: AIUSA, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition 

Public witness in front of the White House, June 26, noon-2pm 

Barbara is planning to do tabling at the People-for-People Picnic, Saturday, July 13, 4-7pm, at Hoopes Park, West Ashbridge St. & Hoopes Park Lane, West Chester, PA 19380. Members should let her know if they also plan on participating. If coming, please bring a food item to share. 

Gina reported reported that Karen Berry (Bethlehem group) has reported that letters sent by her group to Siti Zainab Binti Rupa have been returned. Rupa is Bethlehem group's case file as well as ours. 

Reviewed AIUSA’ s Spring Action Guide. http://www.amnestyusa.org/sites/default/files/swhr_action_guide_spring_2013.pdf 

Reviewed death penalty actions sent by Brendan. Discussed possibility of a movie night. Suggestions included The Lady (about Aung Sun Suu Kyi) and Bordertown (Ciudad Juarez murders). Tilo said that Unitarian Congregation of West Chester facilities are available to us. 

Next meeting: Wednesday, 17 July 2013.

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