This is a great opportunity to network with other activist, share ideas & resources, and build organizing skills!
Keynote Speaker will be Luis Zavala De Alba who is a lifelong activists from Mexico and will discuss his work in promoting human rights in the Mexican Armed Services.
9:30 am: Meet & Greet (light refreshments will be served)
10:00 am-10:30 am: Keynote Speaker
This year's keynote will be Professor Luis Zavala De Alba who is a visiting fellow with the Global affairs program at Yale University. Professor Zavala is a lifelong activist who has worked to promote human rights policy in the Mexican armed services. He will discuss his experience as an activist conducting Human Rights trainings with soldiers and advocating for protections for civilian life. In addition, he is the editor of the book "Public Policy and Human Rights in Mexico."
10:30-11:00 am: Overview of AI and NE Region (review of priority campaigns, resources, important organizing dates for 2013, structure of NE region)
11:00 am-11:30 am: Death Penalty Workshop
Robert Nave is a professional educator from Connecticut, currently serving as Department Coordinator for Social Studies at Terryville High School in Terryville, Connecticut. He became Amnesty International's State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator in Connecticut in 2001 and the Regional Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator in 2007. He served as Vice-Chairperson of the Program to Abolish the Death Penalty for Amnesty International for five years. He was a Steering Committee member for the National Weekend of Faith in Action for four years. He was the Executive Director of the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty from 2002 through 2009 and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the CNADP. He was given the Walter Everett Humanitarian Award by the CNADP in 2009, and was given the Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace Award by the Connecticut Education Association in 2007.
11:30 am-11:45 am: Break
11:45 am-12:30 pm: Women's Rights Workshop
Lyric Thompson is a member of Amnesty International USA's Women's Human Rights Coordination Group, an expert group of volunteers who support the organization's efforts to promote and defend women's human rights. Outside of her work with Amnesty USA, Lyric is a writer and advocate on global women's issues. She has worked for women's rights with a variety of organizations, including the International Center for Research on Women, the U.S. Institute of Peace, Women for Women International and TrustLaw Women, a project of the Thomson-Reuters Foundation.
12:30-1:00 pm: Networking Lunch (volunteer leadership opportunities)
1:00pm-2:00 pm: Organizing Workshops
Cynthia Gabriel Walsh, AI's Northeast Field Organizer and Alex Emmons, AI's Student Area Coordinator for Connecticut will lead sessions on organizing and advocacy skills for student and local groups, and individual activists.