​​    Monthly Meeting Minutes

Champlain Valley Amnesty International Local Group
Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:00 AM
Brownell Library, Kolvoord Room

Donald I. (co-chair), Tina S., Caroline B. (case commitment coordinator), Fran P. (urgent action coordinator), Lynn B.

No new members/guests

Happy Dollars:
Happy dollars and thoughts were shared.

Treasurer’s Report:
No report - Tom & Betty T. were on vacation

Last Month’s Minutes:
Donald I. reviewed
All present approved minutes for April, May & June

Save the Dates:
  • South End Art Hop Sub-Committee meeting will be held on either August 2 or 3 at 2:00pm at Carolyn & Richard's. Please let Carolyn know if you can make it or are interested in being on the committee.
  • CVAI will table the South End Art Hop on September 7 & 8. Volunteers are needed for both days but are in high demand for Satuday.
  • Northeast Regional Conference will be held on Saturday, October 27 in Boston.

Urgent Action:
No Urgent Action this month as the letter that Fran P. had created for us, asking Governor Kasich to commute the death sentence for Raymond Tibbetts was carried out a couple days prior!

AI Updates:
  • Tina presented an update regarding Guantanamo Bay & Separated Children
  • Members presented reflections of Cynthia's visit for our Q&A session - very inspirational!

Open Mic:
  • Lynn B. mentioned there will be an Essex Resists meeting on July 30 at Bridget Downey Myer on Pleasant Street
  • Caroline B. mentioned The Young Writer's Project was interested in figuring out a way to collaborate (?) to have Human Rights be a possible topic for their young writers to write about.
  • Caroline B. mentioned the 14th Amendment was ratified on July 9, 1868 and suggested CVAI host a party next July in celebration of the 14th Amendment.

Case Commitment Updates:
Caroline B. (Case Commitment Coordinator) asked everyone to think creatively about who to write to in the future as well as other possible future actions. This inspired a brainstorming session about linking our tabling at the Art Hop to our DR case commitment. 

Other possible high profile people to address include: US Ambassador to DR, State Department officials responsible for human right report (no mention of DR).

Sandy to contact Julia Alvarez

This month's action was a letter to the Minister of Education on behalf of Jessica.

Next Meeting:
Sat., August 18, 2018, 10 am, Brownell Library, Kolvoord Room.  ​​