17 November 2021

Minutes for November 2021 meeting

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 (in person and via Zoom)

In attendance: Jeff, Barbara, Bob, Heather, Marsha, Bill, Struan, Tilo, April

Greetings and Personal Updates

Treasurer's Report (Tilo): Wells Fargo almost closed our account because of inactivity, but Tilo fixed it. Some discussion about what to do with the money we have in there. Decided to keep using it for postage, stationery, event supplies/fees.

Amnesty News (Barbara): Discussion of new (published last month) book Know Your Rights and Claim Them: A Guide for Youth, by Amnesty International, Angelina Jolie, and Geraldine Van Bueren.

Coordinator's Report (Jeff): Our group's monthly meetings are now planned by committee (Jeff, Barbara, and Bob). Agenda will include time limits for each topic to help us stay on track, as well as a section called "Priority Campaigns and Issues" with topics that we are following throughout the year.

Priority Campaigns and Issues
  • Gun violence (Bob): There are lots of regional/state groups focusing on gun violence. Maybe we can build alliances with them? Attend their protests/events?
  • Refugee and migrant rights (Jeff): (Jeff will start this next month.)
  • Free people from ICE detention: (We need someone to be in charge of this topic.)
Updates: Planned to get Kabylia update from Marksen and dealth penalty update from Brendan, but neither is at this month's meeting.

Reviews: Bitter Lake documentary (directed by Adam Curtis) about why the USA got involved in Afghanistan
  • Jeff watched this recently (based on Struan's recommendation)
  • Connections to Wahabism in Saudi Arabia
  • Lots of old documentary/video footage
  • Struan: all of Adam Curtis's stuff is on YouTube; also check out his six-part BBC series on protest
Write for Rights: Tonight we signed cards and letters on behalf of five of the case files (Belarus, Thailand, Guatemala, Ukraine, Israel)

Next meeting: 15 December 2021, 7:30 p.m., via Zoom

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