General Assembly (January 18, 2023)
To kick off the new year, AISU held a General Assembly at De Vagant. We discussed the events we hosted in the past months, as well as plans for the future. Each committee introduced their upcoming events and articles. Afterwards, there was time for everyone to mingle and play some games.
Write For Rights (December 2022)
In December 2022, AISU hosted several Write For Rights Events. Write For Rights is Amnesty’s biggest annual campaign. Activists across the worldwide write letters to stand up for the rights of selected people whose human rights have been wronged. This year Amnesty supported 13 individuals. AISU, however, chose to focus on four individuals. Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, a Cuban artist jailed for protecting freedom of expression. Yren Rotela and Mariana Sepúlveda, two trans women from Paraguay who are fighting for trans rights in their home country. Lastly, Aleksandra Skochilenko, a Russian woman arrested for peacefully protesting against the war.
The biggest AISU event was held at Buurtcentrum Rosa. Activists came by, drank some tea with us and wrote many letters. AISU sent over 200 letters this year. Thank you for your help!
Let's Talk About Yes Workshop (December 1, 2022)
On December 1st, AISU, Let’s Talk About Yes Utrecht, and SV Euphorion, hosted a workshop on consent at Utrecht University. We learned about affirmative consent, talked about how to create a safe sexual environment, and discussed our own boundaries and experiences.
National Student Day in Amsterdam (November 26, 2022)
On November 26th, there was a National Student Day at the Amnesty national headquarters in Amsterdam. Many of AISU’s (board-)members attended this event. The focus of this N.S.D was Write For Rights.
European Borders Action (November 19, 2022)
On November 19, 2022 at 12 o’clock, AISU held an Europe Borders Action at Domsquare. This action was simultaneously held by Amnesty groups in 15 cities across 9 European countries. The goal of the action was to demand that Europe secure everyone’s right to seek asylum, and to show solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers, and the families of those who died on Europe’s borders. AISU read aloud the names and stories of some people who have died on European borders, handed out flyers, and held posters.
General Assembly (October 6, 2022)
On October 6, 2022 AISU hosted our first General Assembly of the 2022-23 year. During the event, members got to meet each other and received more information about the upcoming year plan. We were lucky to get a presentation from De Voorkamer Project in Utrecht about the work they do.
National Student Day in Amsterdam (September 17, 2022)
On September 17th, the AISU board and many of our members went to the Introduction Day for Amnesty Student Groups hosted at the Amnesty headquarters in Amsterdam. We heard about Amnesty’s upcoming campaigns, learned about the do’s and don’ts of activism, attended workshops, and met fellow Amnesty members. We even got to join the RightToProtest demonstration on Museumplein.
Introduction Workshop (September 1, 2022)
On September 1st, AISU hosted an Introduction Workshop as part of the UU Welcome Week. In the workshop, we introduced AISU and all participants had a chance to experience what it would be like to be an AISU committee member!