Many thanks to RB for these. As ever they have been anonymised. If you would prefer a PDF version to read, you can get that here.
Minutes – 9th March
Present: RB, MDS, AL, FL, CC, CMc, DC, JGer, JCG, MR, CA
1. Previous minutes
JCG corrected the item 7, the treasurer’s report. It should have read
2. Treasurer’s Report
The group received a donation from a former member.Total funds at
present is £652.16. The additional £125 is being investigated. JCG now
has a PIN for the account.
There was a discussion around subsidy for AGM travel. Anyone needing
help with costs can contact JCG.
The Stand requires a cheque for £200 as a deposit for the comedy night.
3. Secretary’s Report
- The Amnesty Annual Report 2016/2017 has been published. This was
highlighted as a good resource for region-specific information.
- Action on Syrian prisons: publication of ‘Slaughterhouse: Mass
hanging an extermination in Syrian prisons.
There is an email action and petition on this.
- Reminder of the AGM on 8-9^th^ April. There are a few members
‘The Great Get Together’: UK wide events to commemorate the death of
Jo Cox MP during the beginning of Refugee Week (17-18 June).
Action: Events committee to plan event for this – suggestions of a
- Real Lives: additional letter writing actions for anyone who wants
to do more.
4. Motions for AGM
JCG registered to cast the group vote. MDS circulated a document which
summarised the motions pertaining to ‘campaigns’ and ‘policies and
reviews’. The group discussed a number of these and decided on the
(refer to document for full information
B1 – FOR if amended to a cal for research in this area; otherwise
B2 – FOR and also seek to amend to calrify Amnesty’s condemnation of
use of detention in this circumstance and reference sexual violence.
B3 – FOR
B4 – FOR only if amended to remove ‘priority’ status; otherwise
C5 – AGAINST on the grounds that the agreed policy from 2015 only
came into force in 2016. An update on this work should be sought.
C4 – AGAINST – MDS clarified that this motion was not brought by
5. Vacancy – Ali Arrass
Our adopted prisoner of conscience, Ali Arrass, still needs a new
adoptive parent. Please get in touch if you are interested.
6. Monthly Actions
MDS distributed the monthly actions:
- Syrian prisons
- Turkey (this was also the campaign for International Women’s Day)
7.1 Anti-racism march
Members will be attending at individuals and not under an Amnesty banner.
7.2 May Day rally
We have previously attended this event.
**Action: Stall to be organised. **
7.3. Documentaries/films of interest
- DC recommended the film ‘Septembers of Shiraz’.
RB highlighted ‘The White Helmets’ documentary which was awarded an
**Action: investigate collaborative screening at the University of
Glasgow with student group. **
8. Details of next meeting
13th April: A speaker from Interfaith Glasgow, Mohammed Omar, will
be joining us to talk about the Weekend Club project.