Archive for May 2009
Tuesday 12 May, 2009
Attendees: Abigail, Allison, Christoria, Susanne, Yuki, Nick, Chris, Takashi, Forrest, Hiro, Jasmine, Takemi (Minutes taker)
Venue: AIJ Office
Day/Time: May 12th, Tuesday, 19:30-21:00
1 Guest speaker: Abigail O’Hanlon (AI IS). Asia Pacific Youth Network (APYN)
Abigail is currently in Japan to promote the APYN here before moving to Hong Kong. APYN is supported by AI, but is an autonomous, broad group organized and led by youth in the region (no membership fee). Launched in Aug 2008, from a core of 30 people, uses networking sites (Facebook, Mixi, etc.) to organize and publicize. Now claims 8,000(!) members. Produces material in multiple Asian languages. Already done a photo-petition against DP, and made a DVD about the UDHR. Next action is a postcard drive aimed at the Burma (Myanmar) govt. protesting human rights abuses by the military against the people, especially ethnic groups.
When we meet young people, we should introduce them to not only AITEN but also APYN.
2 Board of Patrons – The Next Step
– Making a list of companies: David already contacted “Chambers of commerce.” If anyone knows any business owners, let Chris, David and Yuki know. (Your own employers, business already support other NGOs, etc.)
– Will polish the package of materials.
3 Next gig: June 14th, Sunday @What the Dickens.
3.1 Theme: Burma
3.2 Bands: Forest Nelson+”The Sign”(from Tasmania)+”CHILLAX”
3.3 Raffle: Yuki will organize Raffle. Region-free DVD player for the first prize, Abigail will send us some items.
3.4 Publicity: Title will be “AITEN Benefit Concert”. Chris will help Nick to prepare materials. \1,000 admission. Yuki will prepare Poster, upload it on our web and send the data to APYN.
3.5 Letter-writing: Use postcards prepared by the APYN. Need to prepare basic facts + one individual case with a photo, (case of comedian from Wire is good). Takemi will prepare materials and organize the session.
3.6 Short speech: Nick.
4 Gaijin card meeting+rally
4.1 AIJ is sponsoring in conjunction with other NGOs.
4.2 Changes in the proposal: To find foreigners illegally living in Japan.
– IC chip with more personal information will be imbedded in the Gaijin card. Detectable from a distance. Identity may be stolen by criminals/hackers.
– Every foreigner must carry it, up-to-date, all the time. If not, detained and/or fined up to 200,000 yen.
– Rally details are still under discussion. Interpretation into English will be available.
5 Upcoming Movie Nights:
– May 31st:Documentary about the conflict in Sudan: “The Devil Came on Horseback”.
– June 28th: Documentary on Uganda: “War/Dance”.
6. Good News: A POC, Iranian-American Roxana Saberi” has been released today.
7. Next ATIEN Meeting: June 9th, Tuesday. 19:30- @ AIJ Office. Finishing touches to the next gig.