SPOTLIGHT: Hull Amnesty Group

Hull Amnesty Group is stepping up their campaign to raise awareness of human rights during City of Culture 2017 with a series of events.

The team is planning to have a presence at more festivals in the year while the city is expected to be busier.648_Amnesty_logo_400px.jpg

As well as being an advisory partner for Freedom Festival and having stalls at Refugee Week (19-25 June) and Green Fair (Saturday 20 May), Hull Amnesty is planning to attend a new event that has been introduced as part of City of Culture 2017.

Secretary of Hull Amnesty Group Anne Lasckey said: “This year we hope to have a presence at the UK Pride event in July also.”

Hull Amnesty is a team who not only raise awareness of human rights locally, but also seek support for their petitions and raise money for their larger body Amnesty International.

To raise funds, the group also organise their own events which Ms Lasckey says “contribute to the varied cultural life of Hull”.

Hull Amnesty have regular classical music concerts and they have an annual gig at the Adelphi. The team also hold an event where people can write to prisoners of conscience identified by Amnesty International called Write for Rights.

Over the past three years Hull Amnesty Group have published an anthology of poems based on peace and human rights called Small Candles, and a volume of local history essays called Not Just Wilberforce. These essays highlight the lives of human rights champions from Hull and East Yorkshire.

The publication of Not Just Wilberforce was funded by a grant from The Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal. The volume also has a separate edition, which was distributed free to all local secondary schools.

One of Hull Amnesty Group’s most recent campaigns highlighted women’s suffrage. The campaign was revolved around Dr Mary Murdoch, who is a subject of one of the essays in Not Just Wilberforce.

The team got local artist Steve Elliott to create a giant sculpture of Mary Murdoch for the campaign, which was funded by a grant award from the Marsh Trust and personal donations from supporters.

Anne Lasckey from Hull Amnesty Group said it has been a main attraction at some events and special exhibitions at The History Centre, Beverley Minster and The Freedom Centre so far.

Hull Amnesty Group usually meets on the last Thursday of every month at 7pm at the Vintage Cafe, on Chanterlands Avenue. Anyone is welcome to join the group.

To keep up to date with what Hull Amnesty Group is doing, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hullamnestygroup.

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