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Raise money for a donkey ambulance in Afghanistan
In memory of a former student at York university’s Centre for Applied Human Rights
Frozan Ali from Afghanistan died in Liverpool in 2013 after graduating from York University. She had been granted asylum in the UK in 2013 following threats to her life in Afghanistan due to her work for Afghan women but died from a chronic medical condition not long afterwards. Frozan would no doubt be a great supporter of the “donkey ambulance”.
Pregnant women in some areas of Afghanistan face a difficult decision when they go into labour: either to deliver at home in unhygienic conditions without immediate access to medical expertise, or to travel in all weathers up to four hours by donkey over mountainous terrain to the health centre. Until recently, many women risked their and their babies’ lives by opting for home births because the long trip involved sitting on a hard saddle between sacks of straw.
Then HealthProm, a UK development organization, came along (All quiz money raised will go to them.) They designed this “donkey ambulance” with an inflatable saddle allowing pregnant women to travel to the health centre safely and comfortably. This low-cost solution is noticeably reducing maternal and infant mortality in remote areas of Afghanistan.
Where: Shoulder of Mutton pub, Heworth Green, York YO31 7TQ
(small pub car-park; pay car-park on East Parade and free parking in nearby Wood Street)
When: Tuesday, 24th February 7.30pm for 8pm start
Teams of four people @ £20 per team
Booking and payment strictly in advance: mail Barbara email@example.com
ALSO – RAFFLE WITH GREAT PRIZES!
Quiz organised by members of the Amnesty International York group
York local group of Amnesty International UK will
have a stall in St Sampsons Square from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. as part of
a world-wide campaign by Amnesty International to “Stop Torture”. A
North African dance group will perform, world music choir CheCheLeLe
will sing and you will be able to learn more about the issue and to take
action by signing petitions / letters.
Please pop by and say hello – perhaps before or after visiting the Fair
Trade Forum nearby in St Helen’s Square, details of which Margot kindly
To see the trailer for this film click:
On February 15th, 2003, up to 30 million people, many of whom had never demonstrated before in their lives, came out in nearly 800 cities around the world to protest against the impending Iraq War. The New York Times called this movement the “Second Superpower”.
How did this day come about? Who organized it? And was it, as many people claimed, a total failure?
This fearless, thought-provoking documentary followed by a Sateilite Q&A Session tells the remarkable inside story behind the first ever global demonstration, and its surprising and unreported legacy. The film features testimony from a unique cast of direct participants, including organizers, activists, high-profile figures, and of course the public, filmed in seven countries – Italy, Spain, Egypt, Sweden, Australia, UK, and the USA.
Extraordinary testimony from activists in Egypt reveals how on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, the global anti-war protests inspired those in Tahrir Square to go on to engage in the massive democratic movement that ultimately led to the Arab Spring. In the UK, the government was defeated over the proposed invasion of Syria, a historic event that might not have transpired without the legacy of those demonstrations a decade ago.
The star-studded list of contributors includes Danny Glover, actor Mark Rylance, film director Ken Loach, Prof. Noam Chomsky, musicians Brian Eno and Damon Albarn, writer and Vietnam Vet Ron Kovic (author of ‘Born on the 4th of July’), Rev. Jesse Jackson, Richard Branson and Colin Powell’s former Chief of Staff Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, amongst others.
This bold documentary by Amir Amirani charts the birth and growth of the new people power movement, now sweeping the world, taking us up to the Arab Spring and Syria, a little over 10 years after that historic day.
It is being shown in Screen 3 at City Screen York which has the smallest accommodation, so book as early as possible.
For more information see the websites:
<www.yorkagainstthewar.org.uk> and <www.picturehouses.co.uk>
“WE ARE MANY” Repeat showing on Sunday 7th June 2015 at 13.00 York City Screen Picturehouse – 119 minutes
On 15 February 2003, over 15 million people marched through the streets of 800 cities around the world to try to avert the war in Iraq. Director Amir Amirani’s fearless, thought-provoking documentary reveals the remarkable inside story behind the biggest protest in history, and chronicles its surprising social and political legacy.
The events leading to this unprecedented global demonstration are compellingly recounted in captivating interviews with the organisers, activists and direct participants. High profile figures in political pro-war circles and the anti-war community give an account of the road to war. The star-studded list of contributors includes Danny Glover, Richard Branson, Mark Rylance, Ken Loach, and Prof. Noam Chomsky. Filmed in seven countries and featuring previously unseen footage, this fascinating film charts the rise of the people power movements sweeping the world, all through the prism of one extraordinary day.
This Thursday (10 December) is Human Rights Day and York’s Amnesty local group and Tibet Support Group York team up to run the cafe and stalls at St Crux Hall in the city centre.
Fairly traded tea, coffee, cake and sandwiches (including vegetarian and gluten-free options) will be served from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Bejazzled will perform live jazz music from 2.00 to 4.00 pm and books, bric-a-brac, plants, gifts, home-made chutneys and cakes will be on sale all day. All proceeds will be divided equally between the two groups.
You will also be able to write a postcard to a prisoner of conscience – for example political cartoonist Zunar who faces decades in prison for cartoons he posted on Twitter, making fun of the decision to jail an opposition leader in Malaysia. This is part of “Write for Rights”, when Amnesty International supporters all over the world write letters and cards for people whose human rights are threatened.
The venue is at the bottom of the Shambles, near Marks & Spencer. The address is St Crux Parish Hall, Pavement, York YO1 9UP.
– 6pm Thursday 10th in St Helen’s Square
After last week’s vote – day rally, York Against The War are hosting a protest on Thursday, including a ‘die-in’ for those who want to join in. From Wikipedia: “In the simplest form of a die-in, protesters simply lie down on the ground and pretend to be dead, sometimes covering themselves with signs or banners”. Donations will go to local refugee groups
– 6pm Thursday 10th in St Helen’s Square
After last week’s vote-day rally, York Against The War are hosting a protest on Thursday, including a ‘die-in’ for those who want to join in. From Wikipedia: “In the simplest form of a die-in, protesters simply lie down on the ground and pretend to be dead, sometimes covering themselves with signs or banners”. Donations will go to local refugee groups.