January Public Meeting

AITEN Monthly Meeting Minutes : January 2009

1.Date/time: January 13th, 2009, 19:30-21:30
2.Venue: AIJ Office
3.Attendee: Chris, Takemi, Yoko, Peter, Juliet, Allison, Peter Dunning, Susanne

4.Report

(1)December gig : Successful.
– @Turnout: Around 100 participants, Raffle sales: \37,000, AI goods sales: \5,000
– AMusic: Forest Nelson, Amy and her band. Good.
– BLetter-writing: Made a big seasonal greeting card for Hakamada-san (a Japanese prisoner on the death row), wrote 15 postcards to the Minister of Justice of Japan asking not to carry out the death order of Mr. Okunishi and approve his retrial. The big card will be sent to Mr. Hakamada by his sister, the only family member who’s allowed to contact him.

5.Upcoming event.

(1)AIJ Film Festival 2009l: 17, 18 January.
(2)Movie night: “Standard Operating Procedure”, January 25th, Sunday, 17:00- @Heaven’s Door in Shimokitazawa
(3)Letter-writing marathon: Coordinating with Youth Network. Yoko will think about how.
– @Date/Venue: March 15th, Sunday. 19:00- @What the Dickens.
– ATheme: e.g.1,000 letters for peace, 1,000 letters for children’s need.
– BAllison will send out an invitation mail to all members/supporters.

6.Discussion:

(1)AITEN new website update: Almost ready except for AITEN general information and contact. Chris will send updated information to George. We will have information for 2008 and onward on the new website but will keep all data from the current one separately. Domain name transfer will be taken care of by the end of March by George. The cost of website/domain
(2)Gig schedule: Fundraising gig with live music in June 14th, September 13th, December 13th, all Sundays.
(3)Monthly meeting
– @Schedule: 2nd Tuesday each month.
– ASpeaker suggestions are welcome.
– BLetter writing: Members in turn talks about a particular case to write letters on. Allison will in February. We can select a case and follow. Chris will see to it through AIJ.
– CMake book/DVD swap a meeting routine.
(4)Membership renewal: Ask Yuki draft an appeal, Peter will check, and Allison will send it out to current members/supporters.

7.Next meeting: February 10th Tuesday, 2009.

AITEN Meeting Minutes

Meetings

Meeting Minutes
Tuesday 9th December 2008

Venue: AIJ Office
Attendees: Chris, Yuki, Miki, Hisako, Takemi, Itsuki, David, Will, Susanne, Yoko.

Reports
1. November Movie Night: 6 people attended. Technical problem. Movie night organizer, Yuki will line up movies for the coming few months and test them on the DVD player. Yuki and Paul, the venue owner, will discuss how to increase attendance. (quiz prize). Publicity material on our activities should be there. Scheduled on the last Sunday each month next year.

2. School group activities:
– ISSH Festival: The group members prepared long information on cases.
– Yokohama International School: 15-20 people attending at the group meeting. Tomone, the group leader created awareness this year. She is graduating from school next year. She needs help to continue the activities. Yuki will contact Tomone.
– International University of Japan: Chris was invited to talk. Some are interested in starting a school group. Chris is talking with Makoto, who says they need to get involved in AI network.

Upcoming Events

1. December 10th, Wednesday: AI Charity Concert for UDHR 60’s Anniversary with Taiko drums and Ainu music.

2. Dec. 14th, Sunday: Symposium on Death Penalty (in Japanese) 13:00 @Meiji University Liberty Tower 1013. http://www.amnesty.or.jp/modules/piCal/index.php?action=View&event_id=0000002027

3. What the Dickens Gig: Chris, Takemi, Hisako, Susanne, Yuki, Miki, George, Will, Yoko, David will be there.
– How to talk to people about opposing death penalty. Presentation by Chris. Long discussion followed.
– Raffle : Chris will take care of tickets, prizes(DVD player, AI goods), sales .
– AI Goods Sales : George.
– Letter-writing: Hisako, Miki, Takemi. Background information prepared. 2 cases chosen. We will send huge Xmas cards to a prisoner on the death row and will write Japanese Government for another case.
– Photo/video: Will
– Door rotation: David
– Posters/Signs: Yuki.
– MC/Annoucement: Chris, Itsuki.
– Staff will wear green AI T-shirts.
– Bands: ready to roll.

4. Film Festival: 17, 18 January. Cards/leaflets to hand out are available. Many of the films are in original language with Japanese subtitle. Some should have English subtitle, because they come from the UN Film Festival. We will ask Sonoko Kawakami. Miki/Susanne will translate the schedule into English.

We need a new membership secretary. Discussed at next meeting.

Next meeting: January 13th Tuesday, 2009.

December Public Meeting

Meetings

Meeting Minutes
Tuesday 9th December 2008

Venue: AIJ Office
Attendees: Chris, Yuki, Miki, Hisako, Takemi, Itsuki, David, Will, Susanne, Yoko.

Reports
1. November Movie Night: 6 people attended. Technical problem. Movie night organizer, Yuki will line up movies for the coming few months and test them on the DVD player. Yuki and Paul, the venue owner, will discuss how to increase attendance. (quiz prize). Publicity material on our activities should be there. Scheduled on the last Sunday each month next year.

2. School group activities:
– ISSH Festival: The group members prepared long information on cases.
– Yokohama International School: 15-20 people attending at the group meeting. Tomone, the group leader created awareness this year. She is graduating from school next year. She needs help to continue the activities. Yuki will contact Tomone.
– International University of Japan: Chris was invited to talk. Some are interested in starting a school group. Chris is talking with Makoto, who says they need to get involved in AI network.

Upcoming Events

1. December 10th, Wednesday: AI Charity Concert for UDHR 60’s Anniversary with Taiko drums and Ainu music.

2. Dec. 14th, Sunday: Symposium on Death Penalty (in Japanese) 13:00 @Meiji University Liberty Tower 1013. http://www.amnesty.or.jp/modules/piCal/index.php?action=View&event_id=0000002027

3. What the Dickens Gig: Chris, Takemi, Hisako, Susanne, Yuki, Miki, George, Will, Yoko, David will be there.
– How to talk to people about opposing death penalty. Presentation by Chris. Long discussion followed.
– Raffle : Chris will take care of tickets, prizes(DVD player, AI goods), sales .
– AI Goods Sales : George.
– Letter-writing: Hisako, Miki, Takemi. Background information prepared. 2 cases chosen. We will send huge Xmas cards to a prisoner on the death row and will write Japanese Government for another case.
– Photo/video: Will
– Door rotation: David
– Posters/Signs: Yuki.
– MC/Annoucement: Chris, Itsuki.
– Staff will wear green AI T-shirts.
– Bands: ready to roll.

4. Film Festival: 17, 18 January. Cards/leaflets to hand out are available. Many of the films are in original language with Japanese subtitle. Some should have English subtitle, because they come from the UN Film Festival. We will ask Sonoko Kawakami. Miki/Susanne will translate the schedule into English.

We need a new membership secretary. Discussed at next meeting.

Next meeting: January 13th Tuesday, 2009.