Monday, September 29, 2008

Groovefest, Troy Davis, and other updates

Thanks so much for making Groovefest such a huge success! The weather was perfect, the music was great, and I heard a lot of positive comments about the theme & discussion that was generated in the park. Thanks especially to everyone who volunteered along the way researching the theme, painting signs, setting up the displays, working the booth, cleaning up, and talking to folks about Amnesty. Groovefest couldn't have happened without you! Our school paper covered it today, and though the article is a bit confused on some points it is still good that we got some publicity so people can keep an eye out for the spring event. We got some good advance publicity on KGOU's website, in the Gazette, and in the Norman Transcript.

Troy Davis Update
According to this article from an Atlanta newspaper, the Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision on whether it will hear Davis's case. The article gives some of Davis's back story and explains some of the legal questions at stake in the case. We'll keep you updated as we get information.

World Neighbors Events
World Neighbors will be offering a special presentation tomorrow called "The Food Crisis in Africa: Effective Solutions from the Field" on Tuesday, September 30 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at their headquarters building (4127 NW 122nd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73120). The evening's featured speaker, Qureish Noordin, a member of World Neighbors Kenya-based team, will discuss the current impact of the food crisis on African women, and why the way World Neighbors responds is so vital to long-term solutions. Your RSVP welcomed by September 30 to Kylie McBride at 405.418.0489 or
Also, don't forget the fair trade event WorldFest this weekend Friday-Sunday October 3-5 at the Bricktown Event Center in Oklahoma City. Many of us will be going up to Oklahoma City to volunteer, so if you can offer to drive or need a ride, please contact Chris Schroeder at so we can try to carpool.

Regional Conference
If you are interested in attending the Regional Conference in Memphis from October 31-November 2nd, please check your schedule and decide by THIS FRIDAY so we can get a head count, start planning for travel and accomodations, complete our group's registration, and get on the waiting list for some possible travel subsidies from AI. Also, be thinking of fundraisers we could do to raise the gas money. I know most of us don't have much money, but if we plan ahead and put a little work into raising the funds, I think we could get it covered so we don't have to rely on money out of pocket. If you are interested in going, please reply to this email or call me at (405) 816-1613. For more information about the conference, visit amnesty's website.

Upcoming Meetings
We have a letter writing meeting coming up on Sunday, October 12th - time and place TBA. Which means, if you have any suggestions, I'm all ears. Our next general meeting is on Sunday, October 19th at 5pm in the Heritage room of the Union.

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