Group Newsletter November 2019

Welcome to the latest newsletter.
The next meeting  is on Thursday 14th November 2019, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda –  Quiz night, letter writing, Write 4 Rights events and other planning.
This is a slightly earlier and shorter newsletter, as the day after our next meeting we have a….
This is organised for Friday November 15th, 7.30 for 8.00 prompt at the Branksome Liberal Club, 1 Salisbury Road, Upper Parkstone, BH14 0DP
For those unfamiliar, our quizzes are informal but competitive!  We have a new venue, The Branksome Liberal Club, which successfully hosted our speaker event (see below). Please help planning by reserving your tickets asap via Eventbrite. As ever you pay on the night.
Teams of up to 7, entrance £5 a person. If you aren’t in a team they can be adjusted/formed on the night to ensure no one’s on their own..

South America Newsletter

The November edition of the South America Regional Newsletter is now on the blog. Our group has focused on South America since its inception, which is also reflected in our case files and the letters we write. It reports that there have been 4 further arrests in relation to last year’s murder of the human rights defender Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes. This is our case file – see below for more details..

Marielle Franco

As reported in the newsletter, there have been further arrests relation to the murder of Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes. Marielle was born and raised in a favela in Rio, Brazil. An elected councillor, she worked tirelessly to promote the rights of black women, LGBTI and young people.Marielle refused to stay silent about police killings and continued to speak out against injustice right up until hours before her brutal killing in March 2018. A car pulled up beside hers, and Marielle was shot four times in the head. Her driver Anderson Pedro Gomes was also killed.

People who defend human rights in Brazil, like Marielle, are often attacked or threatened. The authorities do not respond adequately – and most of these crimes go completely unpunished. Two ex military policemen are currently under arrest, but we need to maintain the spotlight on her case.
Its still important to keep up pressure on authorities in Brazil. They have yet to make any meaningful progress in identifying those who ordered the crime and their motives. Please add your name to this petition:-

You can take different actions and read more about Marielle Franco on our letters page.