16 June 2021

Minutes for June 2021 Meeting

 Wednesday, 16 June 2021 (via Zoom)

In attendance: Jeff, Barbara, Bob, Frank, Heather, Tilo, April, Marsha

Welcome and Introductions

  • Marsha sent an e-mail to our list earlier today about an AmnestyLA event this weekend
    • virtual film screening and discussion panel of The Last Passenger
    • Sunday, June 20, noon PDT
    • more details and registration at this link 
  • Discussion about when/how to start meeting in person again
    • Jeff: possibility of meeting at MessiahLutheran in Downingtown (he had talked to them about this before the COVID shutdown)
    • Discussion of tech logistics of running a "hybrid" meeting (some people in person, others joining by Zoom).
    • Possibility of reaching out to local churches to see if we can "take over" their services one week (with Jeff's musical friends helping out).
    • Maybe do monthly meetings online, with quarterly in-person meetings? (like for Write for Rights, Nowruz, film viewings, etc.)
  • Barbara will be attending a rally in Pottsdown this weekend about fair funding for schools in PA (details here)
    • PA is 2nd or 3rd from the bottom in equality of public school funding
    • There's a formula that's supposed to give equal money to all schools in the state, but that doesn't happen. Schools that are primarily African American get less money.
    • In September, a lawsuit about this is going to the PA Commonwealth Court (details here)
  • Algeria update (from Jeff): Marksen has had great success connecting with Amnesty-related people who have some knowledge of N.Africa / Algeria. Amnesty can't get anyone into Algeria, so Marksen and his colleagues are working to gather information (with encouragement from the U.S. Department of State). 
  • Juneteeth celebration at the Melton Center this weekend (from Barbara): Saturday, June 19, 9 a.m. (details here)
  • "Sahrawi Activist at Risk of Further Assault" (Morocco: UA 33.21)
  • "Journalist Facing Torture After Abduction" (Belarus: UA 57.21)
  • "Artist Named Prisoner of Conscience" (Cuba: UA 55.21)
  • "Activist and Lawyer Held in Cruel Conditions" (Egypt: UA 132.19)
  • "Activists May Face 100+ Years in Prison" (Thailand: UA 134.20)
  • "Protestors Tortured and Unjustly Detained" (Iran: UA 66.21)

Next meeting (online): Wednesday, 21 July 2021, 7:30 p.m. 

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