Group Newsletter December 2018

Welcome to the latest newsletter.
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. You may like to bring this to people’s attention as you go about your day …
Our next meeting  is on Thursday 13th December 2018, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. As usual in December we dedicate the meeting to….
Write for Rights
Every year Amnesty International has encouraged and helped groups send greetings cards to prisoners of conscience around the world in December. Traditionally there were just half a dozen names selected.  In recent years Amnesty has branded this as “Write for Rights” (W4R) and produced much more informative information leaflets, covering many more prisoners of conscience. We have always made this a mainstay of our December meeting.If you have been tempted to try one of our meetings, but never quite got there, this is an ideal opportunity.  We bring along seasonal “nibbles”, have a raffle and basically write cards to the various prisoners of conscience who have been selected.

We also try to have a public event in Bournemouth.  For the past few years we’ve been at Castlepoint – there is a “pod” you can book outside Marks and Spencers. This has partly due to difficulties doing anything in Bournemouth Square without having to pay! However, we have found a location where we can…  Join us or call and see us under the large clock next to MacDonalds, Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth on Saturday morning, 15th December 2018
For more information about W4R, and details of the cases if you want to work on them at home or elsewhere, go to the AIUK site:-
Autumn Quiz
Thanks to everyone who turned out for last months quiz at the Brunswick Hotel, Charminster. Over 40 people battled it out and the winning team triumphed by just 1/2 a point!Thanks to David Rogers for setting the questions, Lucy Freeman for running the raffle and Sally Hawksworth for being Master (or mistress?) of ceremonies on the night. Thanks again to the Brunswick for providing us with an excellent function room.We raised £250. With overseas postage now starting at £1.25 this is a great boost to our funds. And much more fun than doing a street collection! If you missed out, below are five of the more challenging questions to have a go at:-“The Silent Child” won an Oscar this year for best Short Film. It was written and directed by actors from which UK TV soap? Singer Aretha Franklin died in August. She only had one film role where she played a character called Mrs Murphy and wore pink fuzzy slippers. Name the film (or its sequel)?  Born in Cardiff in 1948, singer Michael Barratt, the UKs biggest selling singles artist of the 1980’s, is better known as who? He’s appearing at Bournemouth Pavilion next March.  Which is the only country in the world where cars drive on the right, but virtually every vehicle has right hand steering?The film “the Lost World” (adapted from a Arthur Conan Doyle novel of the same name), was released in 1925 and got its place in history for what? Was it? (1) First X rated film (2) First colour film on public release (3) First film used as in flight entertainment on a plane? answers below
Seyi Akiwowo ~ Abused Online for Defending Women
Seyi Akiwowo is a women’s rights activist who received a wave of online abuse after a video of her speaking at the European Parliament went viral. She reported more than 75 instances of abusive posts to social media companies, including Twitter. But Twitter failed to acknowledge or respond to her reports at the time.

Seyi Akiwowo is featured in W4R. However, you can send her a message of support online, or add your name to a petition asking Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey to make Twitter a safe space for all users by enforcing its own rules on hateful conduct and abuse.
Quiz answers (1) Hollyoaks (2) the Blue Brothers (3) Shakin’ Stevens (4) Myanmar (Burma) (5) three – First film used as in flight entertainment on a plane. Links to the full quiz (and answers) are on our blog