Sunday Lunch and Music, December 1st

Sunday Lunch and Music, December 1st, 1230~1530 The Pink Cow, Roppongi Following on the success of our previous Sunday “coffee & live music” event, we will take over the Pink Cow, Roppongi, for an even bigger bash! Buffet lunch, one drink, live and recorded music, and video are all included in the cover price.

Also opportunities to write in support of AI cases, buy AI goods and greetings cards, and socialize with other AI supporters in English and Japanese. All nationalities welcome!Tickets in advance/on the door. 2,500 yen. To reserve a ticket call 090-4744-7111 Download the poster (below) , put it up at your school, workplace. Tell your friends! Contact us for tickets to sell in advance. See you there!

Birthday Party & Fund-raiser

Amnesty International Tokyo English Network (AITEN) and
Asia Pacific Youth Network (APYN)
Birthday Party/Fund-raiser/チャリチライブ/忘年会

Sunday, 27th November, 2011
What the Dickens, Ebisu
Roob Building 4F, Ebisu-Nishi 1-13-3,Shibuya-ku. (03-3780-2099)

Have a Great Night Out and Support a Good Cause!

Amnesty International Tokyo English Network (AITEN)* this year celebrates 25 years as an English-speaking group of Amnesty International Japan.
Invite your friends and join us at our combined birthday party and bonenkai, at our favorite pub in Ebisu!
Food in hearty portions, a fully stocked bar, and a friendly international crowd.

Live music (Irish folk/rock) from “We’ll Be Fine”
Doors open at 6 pm, music from 7.30 pm
The best bonenkai you’ll attend this year! Admission 1,000 yen.

Amnesty International:
Amnesty International’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. 
In pursuit of this vision, AI’s mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses and to promote all human rights.
AI is an independent, self-governing movement of more than 2.2 million members and supporters in over 150 countries.
* [AITEN was formerly called Amnesty Group 78.]

Further Information:
AITEN: www.aiten.info
Asia-Pacific Youth Network: www.apyouth.net

Tell your friends on Facebook, Twitter, MeetUp and etc.
Download a poster for your pub, workplace, etc.
Poster here [PDF version(104KB)]

June Public Meeting

Archive for June 2009

Meetings

MEETING MINUES

 

July 7th Tuesday, 2009

    1. Five new supporters attended this meeting, as well as a special guest from Japan Times who will be writing a feature on AITEN for the Community page.

 

    1. Turnout was lower than usual due to a confusion around the meeting date, typically meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.

 

    1. Chris Pitts provided an introduction to AI and AITEN and hosted a discussion on whether suicide is or should be a human right.

 

    1. The group watched AI’s latest DVD on the Demand Dignity Campaign.

 

    1. The next film night will be held on Sun 26 Jul, a decision was made to also screen the DVD (see #4) and follow up with letter writing on the cases featured.

 

    1. The next benefits gig will be on 13 Sep, further planning to take place via email correspondence via the ‘active members’ list and also during next meeting (8 Sep).

 

    1. The next meeting wil be held on Tue 8 Sep.

Meetings

MEETING MINUTES

 

Wednesday 10 June, 2009

 

Attendees: Susanne, Chris, Peter, Hiro, Nick, Yuki, Hisako, David, Yoko, Masako, Takemi (Minutes taker)
Venue: AIJ Office
Day/Time: June 10th, Wednesday, 19:30-21:30

 

1       We watched a documentary film “Burma’s Secret War”. Broadcast in 2007 in UK.

 

2       Next gig: June 14th, Sunday @What the Dickens.

 

2.1  Theme: Burma theme: Chris will make an announcement from the stage, about the theme + letter writing during the 1st break and raffle @2nd break. Information on the sentence for Suu Kyi should be checked. àYuki followed up and sent us latest information the following day.

 

2.2  Bands: 1.Forest Nelson ”The Sign”(from Tasmenia)+”CHILUX”. Nick will be in charge.

 

2.3  Raffle @21:30. Yuki will be in charge. Region-free DVD player for the first prize, commercial DVDs, Human rights DVDs (Asia-Pacific Youth Network), AI Goods.

 

2.4  Publicity: Ad on Metropolis arranged, which will be published this Friday. David will contact Inter-FM as they are pro-Amnesty.

 

2.5  Letter-writing: Postcards prepared by the Asia-Pacific Youth Network. Basic facts + materials on the Zarganar case prepared by Hisako. Takemi and Hisako will organize the session. Yuki will prepare a big photo of the POC.

 

2.6  Members meet at 18:30. David will organize the door rotation. The banner found out.

 

2.7  AITEN will buy some of the new yellow+black AI T-shirts to provide them to volunteers at the events. (Approved by a vote)

 

2.8  We will give all participants a yellow AITEN card when they pay money at the door.

 

2.9  Chris will bring Sign-up sheets for mailing list. Donation box.

 

2.10      Takemi will bring copies of the membership application sheet.

 

3       Next movie night on June 28th, Sunday @Heaven’s Door in Shimokitazawa. “War Dance”. Oxfam will organize pub quiz after the movie.

 

4       Board of Patrons.

 

To raise funds for AI among companies to help their employees become aware of human rights. Presentation materials prepared by Yuki has been improved. We’re going to have a meeting with English-speaking chambers of commerce, hoping to generate 50 members, selecting members that comply with AI policy. We will try to reach people responsible for CSR in the company. Please let us know candidate companies. BOP Wine and Cheese Evening in September at FCC.

 

5       Next meeting: July 7th, 1st Tuesday.

April Public Meeting

Meetings

Meeting Minutes
April 14th Tuesday, 2009

Date/Time: April 14th Tuesday, 19:30-21:30
Venue: AIJ Office
Attendee: Hisako, Yoko, Christoria, Takashi, Midori, Allison, Nick, Elena, Susanne, Chris, Takemi (Minutes taker)

 

1.Report:
(1)Movie night: The Seige, good audience, discussion followed. Some stayed for the Oxfam Pub Quiz event.
(2)AGM: April 4th & 5th. Chris commentsà Not enough YOUNG PEOPLE. Felt the importance of FUND RAISING. AIJ loosing core members, but as a result of Direct Dialogue activity (recruiting members on the street), the number of membership increased slightly. However, these people may not be active members. AITEN can show how to raise fund and recruit young people.
(3)Freedom Toast Café: April 12th, Sunday. The theme was “Girls’ Education”. University/High School students participated. Made 3 groups for deep discussion. Midori, who attended the event, commented: “Didn’t understand the movie, but did understand the reading material.” One participant has become a volunteer at AIJ. AITEN members are highly encouraged to come and help this event. Next Café date: May 10th, Sunday about “Palestinian”. Any idea or cases, please contact Yoko or Chris

 

2.Upcoming Events:
(1)Letter-writing Party: Open to anybody, but specially to young people. Write letters on 2-3 cases. Human rights quiz with prizes for winners. Informal party will follow. Tom Holliday will perform from 20:00.
– Preparation for Cases: Allison, Christoria and Hisako will choose cases and prepare materials. Each will outline the cases they chose. Elena will talk about AI’s letter-writing policy.
– Prize: Box of cookies, AI Goods (T-shirts, chocolates, key rings, etc. also to sell) Prize: Box of cookies, AI Goods (T-shirts, chocolates, key rings, etc. also to sell)
– Allison’s idea: Prepare a big piece of paper and let participants write “What human rights to them.”
– Pub Quiz: Chris will prepare quizzes.
– Chris is taking car of publicity.
(2)  Movie night: April 26th, Sunday @Heaven’s Door (Oxfam quiz event follows). “Beyond the Call”. Please see http://www.beyondthecallthemovie.com/ for details.
Ideas for a bigger audience? à Need more publicity, such as Metropolis. Can do it online. Yuki will look into it.
(3) Next gig: June 14th, Sunday.

3. Letter-Writing
Attendees all wrote a letter on a case from Nepal.
4. Discussion:
(1) Board of Patrons
Yuki explained the background. Chris added further and detailed information. We have a presentation with detailed information on what AI does that Yuki has prepared.
The idea is that for companies donate (let’s say) \100,000/year, we offer invitation to selected AI events, etc. àWe are ready to go. àShould prepare a presentation package.
To everyone: Please identify suitable companies for this program.
5. AOB:
April 14th, Tuesday @AIJ Tokyo Office
6. Next meeting:
May 12th, Tuesday. 19:30- @ AIJ Office Need to make planning for the gig in June. The band is “The Sign” from Tasmania confirmed.

Directions to Amnesty International Japan Office

March Public Meeting

Meetings

Meeting Minutes
March 10th Tuesday, 2009

Date/Time: March 10th Tuesday, 19:30-21:00
Venue: AIJ Office
Attendee: Elena, Hisako, Christoria, Susanne, Thea, Nick, Takashi, Will, Yuki, Chris, Takemi (Minutes taker)

 

1.Discussion:
(1)AGM : April 4th & 5th, Sunday; Chris spoke briefly about resolutions.
①No resolutions seem to raise arguments.
②Volunteers are welcome to represent AITEN at AGM. àAppeal will be sent out.
(2)Human Dignity Campaign: It will be launched in May 2009. It is going to be a major campaign worldwide. Fairly new approach compared to traditional AI approach. Focus on poverty. à Brainstormed on what poverty is, what poor people don’t have. For details about the campaign, refer to the attachment “AI’s Goal: Campaigning for Human Dignity: End human rights abuses that keep people poor”.
(3)Letter-writing session: All participants wrote letters on cases from “Wire” etc. An appeal prepared by AIUK for Mr. Hakamada, 44th year of imprisonment, whose 73rd birthday coincidentally falls on today, was introduced. Nick wrote a letter for Yuyu, a Nigerian running a bar in Yokohama, arrested after a false claim of rape. It can be seen as a typical case of how badly black people could be treated in Japan. Please visit the website Nick prepared for him for details. “http://www.jc-i.jp/nigerian_enzai/”.

 

2.Upcoming Events:
(1)A documentary “Sour Strawberries” with English/Japanese subtitles (working/living conditions of immigrant workers in Japan) will be shown, with Arudo Debito’s talk followed by a discussion session. Tuesday March 24th @Ben’s Café. \500 donation will be collected at the door. Christoria will prepare an appeal for card signing.
(2)Movie night: Sunday March 26th, “The Siege”. Details are on our website. We will ask Heaven’s Door to provide “2 glasses of wine with cheese and crackers for \1,000” as it was popular last time. April movie to be decided.
(3)“Freedom Toast Café”: Sunday, April 12th: Theme to be decided.
(4)Letter-writing marathon: Sunday April 19th @Dickens. From 16:00- 18:00(18:30) Take recent cases from Wire. Invite young people, international school group members (Yokohama, St.Mary, etc.). No entry charge. HR Trivia Quiz. Bring anything to make it fun.
3.Next meeting:
April 14th, Tuesday @AIJ Tokyo Office

Other Amnesty Supporters in Japan

Other Amnesty Groups in Japan

There are four other English-speaking or bilingual groups (other than school groups) in Japan:
In Kamakura, Group 103.
In Osaka, Group 95: Email, Facebook group.
In Tsukuba, Group 131.
In Fukuoka: www.amnestyfukuoka.org

For further details please visit the Amnesty International Japan English page.

Amnesty Campaign Information

You can make a difference now! Use Your Freedom and write a letter to shine a light on human rights violations. Get involved in current Amnesty International Appeals and Campaigns. See the following links to go to Amnesty campaign information:

– Updated Appeals
– Current Campaigns
Urgent Action Network

Other Human Rights Sites

United Nations Human Rights Page


Other NGOs and Resources in Japan

FRANCA Japan

Tokyo Community News
The best website listing events of interest to progressive thinkers. The work of dynamic academic and campaigner, Sarajean Rossito of People for Social Change.

debito.org
The best site for up-to-the-minute comment and news on the struggle for human rights in Japan. The blog of academic, journalist and campaigner, Arudo Debito.

Japan Institute for the Study of Wrongful Arrests and Convictions
An excellent source of information on miscarriages of justice in Japan.

Japan Death Penalty Information Center
A great source of information on the death penalty in Japan.

Bands that have supported AI in Tokyo

The Infinite Happiness Orchestra
Ali-Mo
The Beautiful Losers
Be-b
Bluetalk
the Clockwork Flowers
Eden Rogue
Forrest Nelson
– Hitmen (email)
Invago
Max Blues
Tiernan

 

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.