Performing a rap at November meeting for Amnesty International Sheffield!

See the intro rap here!

As Amnesty International Sheffield Secretary, I am keen to find new ways to raise money to support the valuable work Amnesty Sheffield. As a fan of the UK hip-hop and grime scene, I thought challenging myself to create a rap with any words or phrases suggested would be a fun and innovative way to raise money! I will be performing the first section at the November meeting. So far, the following words or phrases have already been included:
• British Standard 14181
• Double-Glazing
• Shortie George

You can propose a word to be added to the rap and donate to Amnesty on the JustGiving page here.

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Iran Event a big success!

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On Thursday 2nd November, Amnesty International Sheffield, South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group, and the University of Sheffield Politics Society hosted the latest in a series of talks examining the causes of the refugee crisis – this time focusing on Iran and the human rights situation there. Continue reading “Iran Event a big success!”

Come Along This Thursday – Iran & Refugees Event

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This is a joint event organised by SYMAAG, the University of Sheffield Politics Society, and Amnesty International Sheffield. We will discuss the Human Rights struggles in Iran, and why so many Iranians are forced to become refugees.

Speakers include Amnesty International researcher Raha Bahreini and journalist Yassmanie Mather. There will also be excellent Persian music from Arash Sabet!

Please come along, FREE EVENT no tickets required.
Thursday at 18:00–20:00
The Arts Tower Lecture Theatre 5 (basement floor), 12 Bolsover Street

Film Showing

the penaltyWe had a great turnout of around 60 people last week at a very powerful film about the death penalty in the United States which followed the family of someone murdered, a defence lawyer, and someone incorrectly accused and on death row for 15 years.

Dr Katherine Ebury from the English Department at the University of Sheffield hosted the evening with support from Amnesty Sheffield. It took a few minutes to collect our thoughts after the film, but we had a discussion including topics around public opinion on the death penalty (and other human rights concerns including refugees), years on death row, and our reactions to the individual stories. Continue reading “Film Showing”

Books of the month on the Amnesty bookshelf – The Magicians

Support Amnesty Sheffield this weekend and buy a second-hand book from our bookshelf in the lovely Mugen Tea House on Scotland Street (map).

There are some great books on offer. This month’s pick is the ‘The Magicians’ trilogy by Lev Grossman, which takes a dark and funny look at what Hogwarts would really be like – the books are currently being adapted as a TV show on SyFy.

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We had a Brilliant Sheffield Pride 2017!

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Yesterday we celebrated Pride once more, and had a wonderful response from the great people of Sheffield! Over 400 of you signed action cards to demand an end to the arrests and torture of gay men in Chechnya (read more here) and loads of you took part in our campaign asking Japan to bring in measures to protect LGBTI people from discrimination (see more on LGBTI rights in Japan and sign the petition here).

Thanks so much everyone for supporting us and for helping improve LGBTI rights around the world!