If you have yet to attend an Amnesty business meeting this year, then this is the meeting to attend. Tomorrow will be an action-packed meeting where we will not only plan events and actions, but we will also figure out what issues we’d like to focus on for the rest of 2013. Please attend if you have ideas or you want your say included.
The first half of the meeting will be a legislative update from our Legislative Coordinator Kevin Ellison. Afterward, we will transition to talking about the Arms Trade Treaty. Please be prepared with ideas on awareness events and other actions we can take around the proposed Arms Trade Treaty.
We will have guests joining us to talk about actions we can take around the Arms Trade Treaty. We will have two representatives from the Peace Economy Project, along with members from the Instead of War Coalition. They will be partnering with us on this issue to build awareness in St. Louis.
From March 18 – 28, world leaders will convene to negotiate the first ever treaty that will help prevent keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers, such as armed groups and government forces that put children into combat. We will be part of this to ensure that President Obama will be involved in putting together a treaty that will help prevent more children recruited as soldiers, more women raped in conflict zones, more mass displacement, and more senseless deaths. And a treaty that, despite NRA lies, will have no impact on gun rights in the US.
As always, our business meeting is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Hartford Coffee Company. We will be meeting in the back study area, passed the children’s room and through the door. We hope to see you there, as our chapter will make a big difference this year!