Amnesty International's Mid-Atlantic Region
Voices From The Amnesty Movement: Stephanie Viggiano
Each month, we'll profile one of the outstanding Amnesty members working hard for human rights in the Mid-Atlantic region. If you want us to "shine a light" on someone you know, please send your suggestions to Jiva Manske, with the subject, Shine a Light!
From Stephanie Viggiano's long list of Amnesty leadership roles and achievements, it's impossible to know much about her struggle to find her voice. As a Student Area Coordinator (SAC) for the state of Pennsylvania, Steph not only leads her own student chapter at Bryn Mawr College, but also mentors other students, participates in regional trainings, and was a part of the planning committee for this year's Annual General Meeting (AGM) in San Francisco in March.
We Need Your HELP to Abolish the Death Penalty in Maryland!
We are very close to abolishing the death penalty in Maryland! We need YOUR help to make sure that this horrific human rights violation is finally off of the books. We need a lot of support, and you don't have to be from Maryland to join the cause! We need volunteers to phone bank, attend rallies, and more! This is an amazing opportunity to see exactly how your hard work can contribute to a major victory for human rights! Contact Jiva Manske for more details.
MARO Special Focus Case: Free Filep
In May 2005, Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage were sentenced to 15 years and 10 years respectively for raising the West Papuan independence flag at a peaceful, non-violent demonstration. While Amnesty International takes no position on the political status of any province in Indonesia, it believes the right to freedom of expression includes the right to peacefully advocate independence.
Amnesty International considers Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage to be prisoners of conscience and calls on the Indonesian authorities for free them immediately and unconditionally.
After years of relentless advocacy and campaigning efforts, Yusak Pakage was released on July 7, 2010.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Office
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Office works with Amnesty International USA activists in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia to mobilize and educate people. The goal of the office is to support our local groups, student groups, and volunteer leaders, and provide information and resources to the general public. We do this through direct interaction with our members, education, media, public speaking, events, and outreach to and with other organizations and communities.
Regional Planning Group
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Group (RPG) is a volunteer body which acts as a voice for the membership (local and student group and action team members, network members, volunteer leaders, and individual members) and as an advisory board to the Regional Office. The RPG helps formulate policies and programmatic goals for the region and to craft a regional budget, which reflects these policies. The Regional Office consults the RPG on all fundamental policy matters relating to their program, including long-range and annual plans, major policy or program changes or initiatives, and program evaluation. Contact the RPG
Help Support Amnesty's Regional Planning Group
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Group seeks to fill several open spots. Each new member serves a two-year term with an option to renew one time. The RPG functions as a diverse advisory body to the regional staff and members. Members of the RPG are activists from all over the region with different interests, genders, ages and varying levels of experience. The RPG charter provides most of the job description.
Our tradition in this region is to seek members who have few other AIUSA volunteer leadership responsibilities, so they can devote the necessary time to doing the RPG work. Members need to spend several weekends (Fall leadership meeting, one all-day RPG organizing strategy meeting in the Summer, the regional conference, and on monthly conference calls (usually one to one and half hours)) on RPG business. RPG members are also strongly encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting.
Please apply by including the following information:
- Why do you want to join the RPG and what qualities would you bring to the RPG work?
- What is your AIUSA experience? What leadership roles have you held?
- What other responsibilities (AI and non-AI) will you have in next two years? What gives you confidence that you will be able to meet your PG responsibilities in addition to these responsibilities?
- What is the greatest challenge that faces AIUSA and/or the Mid-Atlantic Region? How would you help solve/address it?
Begun in 1997, the Human Rights Education Service Corps (HRESC) is a unique Amnesty International, USA program designed to promote human rights issue awareness through classroom education. Currently, we partner with high school teachers in the Washington D.C. school system to facilitate an interactive 8-10 week curriculum that uses the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as its framework. Students develop critical thinking skills while learning about human rights issues on a local, national, and international level. Activities are designed to include history, writing lessons, and information that relate back to the D.C. Standards of Learning (SOLs)
A Call for Volunteer Graphic Designers and Web Developers
The MARO office is looking for creative and talented web designers and graphic artists to assist with upcoming special events and projects. Work will include design and development of event logos, web pages, and other materials. Use your creative skills to fight for human rights!
To Apply: Contact Emilia Gutierrez at 202-544-0200 ext. 344
There are also a number of other volunteer positions availabe.