- Amnesty 101: "End the Safe 3rd Country Agreement" Campaign
Join us April 25 at 6:30pm in room 2-05C for another installment of Amnesty 101! This month we will be covering Amnesty's campaign "End the Safe 3rd Country Agreement". The Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) requires that refugee claimants who arrive in Canada or the US request protection in the first country in which they arrive. However, it does not bar refugee claimants from seeking protection in Canada if they do not enter Canada at an official border crossing, thus encouraging refugee claimants to cross the border unsafely and irregularly, putting lives at risk. In response to the harsh, xenophobic immigration polices of President Donald Trump’s administration, many refugee claimants have turned to Canada for protection. Because they would be sent back to the United States if they make a claim for refugee protection at an official border crossing, many have resorted to crossing the border between official border posts. During the winter months, this is particularly dangerous: people have had amputations due to frostbite, and at least one woman believed to have been attempting to cross the border has died. Amnesty International, along with the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Canadian Council for Churches, is challenging the STCA in Federal Court. We need you to help us call on Canada to end the STCA in the lead-up to the hearing this May. https://www.amnesty.ca/blog/call-canada-end-safe-third-country-agreement
- Amnesty 101: "We Defend" Campaign
Join us for a introduction to Amnesty's global campaign, We Defend! Human rights defenders are people who stand up for justice in sometimes extraordinary circumstances. But they are under attack. Around the world, these brave people who take a stand are being undermined by smear campaigns, government surveillance, unjust imprisonment and forced disappearance. Thousands have been killed. We all want to live in a world where justice is possible and human rights are protected. But that is only possible if human rights defenders are protected. We must defend the defenders. This meeting will introduce you to our global campaign and give you resources and information to get involved! in room 2-05c https://www.amnesty.ca/wedefend
- Human Rights Movie Nights - Green Book
Join us for another installment of Human Rights Movie Nights (HRMN)! We'll be attending Cineplex Eau Claire Market to see Green Book for the 8:45pm showing on Thursday, February 21. Fieldworkers Arunan and Shelby will be in the lobby for about 8:30pm and will have AI branding on, so you can find us easily! We usually go out for a coffee or drink afterwards to unpack the content, but this will be up to the attending participants. From Rotten Tomatoes: When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on "The Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger-as well as unexpected humanity and humor-they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.
- Have a Heart Day
Have a Heart Day is an annual appeal for all First Nations kids to have the opportunity to have a healthy and safe childhood. Lead by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, Have a Heart Day calls on the federal government to end the widespread and systemic underfunding of basic services that First Nations children and families need and deserve, from safe, quality schools to culturally-appropriate family supports and services. Individual actions and community events take place on and around February 14th (Valentines Day). Last year at least 70 Have a Heart Day events were held across Canada and more than 10,000 Valentine`s cards and messages were sent to Parliamentarians to show that Canadians care about fairness and justice for First Nations children. Amnesty International is proud that our members have supported this appeal each year through events and individual letter-writing. Here's how you can get involved. END THE LONG-STANDING UNDERFUNDING OF CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES IN FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES In January 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the federal government’s longstanding underfunding of child and family services in First Nations communities is discriminatory and must end. This landmark ruling created the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of First Nations children and their families. NO MORE BROKEN PROMISES Every year an alarmingly large number of First Nations children are taken from their families and placed with foster parents or in state institutions. The most common reason is what service agencies call “neglect” – the fact that parents are unable to adequately meet basic needs such as housing or supervision. In such cases, the drastic step of removing children from their families is supposed to be the last resort. However the federal government’s long-standing underfunding of services in reserve communities and the Yukon often means that the kinds of supports needed to keep families together are simply not available. Federal funding for First Nations family services is much less per child than provincial and territorial funding for services in predominantly non-Aboriginal communities. This is despite higher costs associated with providing services in small and remote communities and the often greater need created by the history of mistreatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada, including the lasting effects of the residential school system. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has now ruled that the federal government must take immediate action ensure sufficient funding to meet the real needs of First Nations children and families. This includes immediately implementing “the full meaning and scope of Jordan’s Principle”, a Canadian standard which says that jurisdictional differences should not stand in the way of the best interests of the child.
- Write 4 Rights
Every year around December 10, Amnesty supporters send letters on behalf of people they’ve never met. Our messages help convince government officials to release people imprisoned for expressing their opinion, stop the use of torture, and end other human rights abuses. Letter writing has always been at the heart of Amnesty International’s work, and 54 years of activism shows us that words have power. Find out more information about the cases and W4R on our website: http://writeathon.ca/
- Vera & Friends - benefit supporting South Sudanese community
*** THIS EVENT IS NOT HOSTED BY AMNESTY, PLEASE MESSAGE THE ORGANIZERS DIRECTLY WITH YOUR QUESTIONS*** VERA & FRIENDS A VARIETY SHOW Hosted by Darryl Janz and Michelle Cameron Wednesday, November 7,[masked]:30PM-9:30PM @ Bella Concert Hall Calgary This non-profit event is supporting a team of South Sudanese from Calgary who are being trained to pilot Vera Goodman’s Story Circle Model of Education in a large refugee camp in Ethiopia. Please join us for an exciting evening of fun and inspiration, where you will be entertained by ten of Vera Goodman’s incredibly talented friends. Look forward to acts of comedy, circus, singing, dancing, a fashion show and more! Every performer will present a different kind of act. We’re not mentioning names, because like a good story, we want you to be on the edge of your seat asking, “What Next?” Creative Producer, Murray Ord, is excited to be invited to keep the show flowing smoothly. Legendary Trumpet Player Al Muirhead and his band, who have recently returned from their 2018 Canadian Jazz Festival Tour, will provide the musical background for the evening.