Video project about to start !
Last meeting on September 13th, we met with Mariko, the AI Youth coordinator. Plans are afoot to work on making videos for young people together in both English and Japanese. The youth group has university and high school members and has some exciting plans for a youth camp in December on gender issues and a workshop tour by Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese civil rights activist who now lives in the USA. The Tokyo date is October 29 (Sun) and there will be a session on the 28th in Kamakura.
We finished the evening by writing letters about a young student imprisoned in Thailand for sharing an article about the King on his blog – and a US citizen facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia despite lack of evidence.
At the next AITEN meeting – October 3rd (Tue) – we want to bring together all those who’d like to get involved in any way in the video making project. We especially need people with camera skills (and equipment!) to realize this plan and it will be an active session, trying out ideas and drawing up detailed plans. So please try to come – and if you can’t, let us know any other ways you might be able to help. Bringing more young people into AI is a very important priority. We hope we might get other schools involved – YIS and ISSH for starters perhaps.
March against the Conspiracy Law September 15th
Conspire for Freedom: A protest march on the new Conspiracy Law went from Hibiya Park to Ginza on Friday evening (15th). Amnesty International joined with Greenpeace & other groups. The Justice Ministry predicted at the outset that this law could affect NGOs working on human rights & the environment!! Many rights are likely to be eroded and there’s a dangerous lack of clarity as the law stands.
Upcoming AIJ events of interest
* Film events on Oct 11th and 25th and Nov 9th & 28th – public showing of sections of The Human Rights, a series of live concerts with U2 and other amazing musicians between 1986 and 1998. These will be held in Shimokitazawa Garden. Tickets are 1,800 in advance and 2,300 on the day. More info on this later.
* On Dec 27th AIJ plans a huge live-house event in Shibuya. Watch this space.
Keep your eye on the many on-line AI campaigns and please think of how you can help our new video project.
Finally: On Oct. 1st (Sun) 6pm AITEN will appear onstage at What the Dickens. The plan is to read a few poems on Human Rights issues. Please join us if you can. If not PLEASE SEND YOUR SUGGESTIONS.