Amnesty International Regional Conference (Washington, DC)

Amnesty International Regional Conference (Washington, DC)

Join hundreds of other activists in our Nation's Capital from November 7-9th, 2014 for the biggest, most exciting Regional Conference yet. Washington, D.C. will play host to an exciting three days of action, learning and networking with hundreds of Amnesty and non-Amnesty members and human rights advocates from the region and around the globe. With international experts sharing the stage with local activists and dozens of interactive workshops for you to hone your activist skills, the Regional Conference will truly embody the connection between Human Rights education and activism. You will leave with a renewed sense of purpose and inspired to continue working in the field of human rights for all.

 

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Conference Agenda

This year's human rights conference will be jam-packed with exciting opportunities. Here are some highlights!

View the full schedule of events!

Friday

Get on the Bus with Amnesty members in DC and rally at the embassies of Myanmar, Guatemala, Egypt and Morocco!

A social for some of our newest members hosted by DC's Young Professional Group and Member Leaders from around the Region.

Arts and Activism featuring percussion, spoken word with the amazing Jon Tucker and a workshop with DC's own artists and social activist, Rose Jaffe and Graham Boyle.

 

Saturday

Where do we even start? You'll kick off the day with not one, but two free yoga sessions to start your morning off just right.

The Activism Panel will be incredibly inspiring, featuring movers and shakers from all around the country and the world.Ben White is an acclaimed author and academic who will tell us about his work on Israel/Palestine, Cherrell Brown is an incredible youth organizer around criminal justice reform and advocacy and offered much wisdom and skill to organizers in Ferguson, Missouri and Sofia Campos is the chair of United We Dream, the first and largest network of undocumented youth.

After blocks of workshops ranging from LGBT* rights, anti-oppression, freedom of expression and mastering social media, we'll move into the Gun Violence Panel. We are honored to be joined by Sarah Clements, who is the daughter of a Sandy Hook survivor, student activist for safer communities and gun violence prevention advocate, Janaye Ingram, Acting National Executive Director of National Action Network (NAN)and Aquib Yacoob, AIUSA's current Ladis Kristof Fellow .

You'll put the skills of the Arts and Activism workshop to use as we march to the White House to rally around police accountability. Check out photos from last year's march to the White House.

The march and rally will lead up to The Envisioning Safer Communities Town Hall which will bring a diverse group of panelists together with DMV residents and Amnesty International members to discuss a solutions-based approach to police militarization, police accountability and gun violence.
Featuring Panel Speakers:
Prof. Lisa Crooms - Howard Law
Ronald Hampton - National Police Accountability Project
Dr. Zoe Spencer - Virginia State University

Sunday

We'll be so sad to see you go, but not before we gather for some more morning yoga, workshops on Guantanamo Bay, drones and mass surveillance, reproductive rights and more!

2014 Regional Conference Planning Committee

The following members have put in hours of planning into make these three days of conference programing a success. We would like to highlight their commitment to human rights and Amnesty International:
Khaled Sobhy
Natalie Green
Rita Coeling
Mara Domider
Camilo Lopez
Nick Geballe
Emily Bambury
Asma Mian

2014 Host Committee

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our 2014 Host Committee Members for all their work to make this conference the largest yet:
Lydia M. Casmier Derfler
Priscila Castilho
Charlotte Suffys
Zunaira Arbab
Leo Francis Dodd
George Washington University
Georgetown University Law School
Samantha Nichols

Accommodations

The Washington Court Hotel (map)
525 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20001-1527

The Washington Court Hotel is an excellent venue conveniently located in downtown Washington D.C. The majority of the Regional Conference sessions and programming will take place in the hotel. To book your room at The Washington Court Hotel call (1-800-321-3010) or book online. Don't forget to ask for the special AIUSA room rate of $149/night! Space is limited and the special rate expires October 17, 2014, so book your room today!

Getting There

Train
The venue is conveniently located only a few minutes walking distance from Union Station in Washington D.C. Union Station serves as the desitination for Amtrak trains.

Get On The Bus
If you live outside of DC, we have an exciting and cost-friendly solution for you to get to the Regional Conference. Get on the Bus is an Amnesty tradition that allows for activists from around the region to come to the the Capital and engage in an afternoon of rallies at embassies of countries where human rights are at risk. This year, instead of chartering buses, Get on the Bus will let attendees arrange for their own travel (luckily, there are tons of buses to DC for very affordable prices) and reimburse attendees for $25 of their total travel costs upon arrival in DC. You will still have to pay a $10 registration fee to participate in Get on the Bus, as there will be lunch provided and you get a t-shirt. It'll start at 1 pm on Friday, November 7 and end around 5 pm, after which the Regional Conference will begin! Register here: http://www.amnesty536.org/bus/register.php

Rideshares
Looking for a cheap ride to Washington DC? Want some company in your car? Check out our Rideshares below if you have a spot in your car or if you need one!
Pittsburgh
Philadelphia
Baltimore
Charlottesville
Richmond
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport

Action Alley

We are excited that you are interested in participating in this year's Action Alley, sharing your ideas with fellow human rights activist! We encourage all AIUSA groups- including, butnot limited to, Local Groups, Student Groups, Young Professional groups, Country Coordination groups, and Member Leaders- to apply for a space at the Action Alley.
We also urge our fellow human rights organizations to join our Action Alley to allow our members to learn about your issues/campaigns and to connect!
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis in the order they are recieved. The last day to submit an application is 5:00pm (EST) on Sunday, November 2nd. All applicants must be registered for the conference to recieve a table.


To Apply please fill out the application form.

Hotel Room Subsidy

We are providing a limited number of hotel subsidies. If you are interested in applying for a subsidy, you can fill out this application. We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis on Friday, October 3rd. The deadline for filling out the hotel subsidy form is October 15th at 12:00pm. Please note that you must have registered for the conference before your application will be considered.

Travel Subsidy: Get On The Bus

If you live outside of DC, we have an exciting and cost-friendly solution for you to get to the Regional Conference. Get on the Bus is an Amnesty tradition that allows for activists from around the region to come to the the Capital and engage in an afternoon of rallies at embassies of countries where human rights are at risk. This year, instead of chartering buses, Get on the Bus will let attendees arrange for their own travel (luckily, there are tons of buses to DC for very affordable prices) and reimburse attendees for $25 of their total travel costs upon arrival in DC. You will still have to pay a $10 registration fee to participate in Get on the Bus, as there will be lunch provided and you get a t-shirt. It'll start at 1 pm on Friday, November 7 and end around 5 pm, after which the Regional Conference will begin! Register here: http://www.amnesty536.org/bus/register.php

Ways to Support

The more people and support we secure for our Regional Conference, the more we will accomplish for the human rights movement, while ensuring an optimal experience for our attendees. Your participation in the conference is crucial to its success, so we all need to spread the word!

Here are a few ways you can help and show your support.

Join The Host Committee

If you are attending the conference and can assist Amnesty International USA by promoting the event to your network of friends, family, and colleagues – you can join our Host Committee! This is the easiest way to show your support and it takes very little effort. Sign up now to have your name recognized on certain conference promotions including the event page.

We ask Host Committee members to confirm the following:

  • if you are an individual, we ask that you confirm at least 6 attendees
  • if you are an organization, we ask that you confirm at least 10 attendees

Amnesty International USA provides an email-able invite, Facebook and Twitter instructions to help you reach your goal. We will also provide you with a report to view all the attendees that confirm you as their Host Committee member.

Thank you for considering this opportunity, especially since a good percentage of our current members and activists first learned about Amnesty International at a Regional Conference!

Volunteers

Volunteers will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and there are a limited number of spaces, so we encourage you to apply early.

Street Teams
Want to volunteer before the conference? Join our street teams! On the Saturdays before the conference we will meet at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office for some food and design our plan of attack. All volunteers will receive an Amnesty T-shirt and by participating you will get a chance to win free conference tickets!

 

Conference Volunteers
We are looking for fun, energetic volunteers to participate in making this conference the best in years! We couldn't put on this conference without our wonderful volunteers and its never "all-work and no-play" at the Regional Conference as our volunteers are at ground zero of all the action. Come get to know staff, member leaders, presenters and workshop facilitators while gaining new skills. Interested? Sign-up now before all the spots are filled!

 

Have a developed skill set around outreach or event planning? Please contact Noor Mir at nmir@aiusa.org or 202.509.8141 for us to develop a volunteer position just for you.

Interested in donating a monetary donation or in-kind services?

Our Regional Conferences count on the support of individuals like yourself to ensure we have another successful year. If you are a business owner or work for a local business and are interested in providing support to the conference via an in-kind gift, pro bono service or a monetary donation, we would like to hear from you. Event support from businesses enables us to enhance our conference and improve our attendees’ experience, while keeping the costs down for our members.

We tailor each partnership to offer unique and highly visible marketing opportunities. Support for Amnesty International USA highlights a company’s corporate responsibility, while exposing its brand to hundreds of our loyal supporters, community leaders and members.

We are looking for businesses to assist with the following (this is a list of a few opportunities): videography, photography, underwriting a block of tickets/stays for youth to attend, venues to host social events, and companies interested in supporting the conference as local corporate supporters.

Please contact our Director of Events, Johnny Gonzales at (212) 633-4181 or JohnnyGonzales@aiusa.org for more information.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Scavenger Hunt

Participate in our first ever Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Scavenger Hunt! Running from Friday night through Sunday morning (November 7-November 9), score points by updating your Facebook status, sending tweets, and sharing pictures on Instagram of you doing the activities on our Scavenger Hunt Activities list. The person who completes the most activities will win a large basket filled with Amnesty gear from the Amnesty International store! Second place will go home with an assortment of AIUSA goodies! Winners will be announced Sunday morning during the welcoming remarks. Winners must be present and an attendee.

How to Play:

  1. Snap photos of yourself completing the activities on the Scavenger Hunt Activities list
  2. Share your photos and thoughts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
  3. Make sure to include #Amnesty2014 and #AmnestyEast in your post!
Bonus Points will be awarded for creativity and originality!

 

Scavenger Hunt Activities

  • Introduce yourself to one of the speakers on the Activist Panels
  • Find and thank one of the hotel staffers who helped put on this event
  • Mention a quote from the Gun Violence panelist that you thought was moving, interesting, or thought-provoking on Facebook or Twitter
  • Take a funny photo with one of the Amnesty volunteers or staff members and share it on Instagram
  • Meet someone from Philadelphia, Newark, Charlottesville, or Pittsburg
  • Take a photo with a representative from one of our Partner Organizations
  • Tweet or update your Facebook status and tell us about the coolest moment you had at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
  • Have your “Shining a Light On” photo taken in our Instagram booth
  • Speak to one of our Country Specialists
  • Instagram a photo of you with one of our Student Activist Coordinators and tag @Amnesty_Youth, our AIUSA Youth page
  • Tweet a picture of yourself at our march in front of the White House
  • Take a picture at the New Member Social or Arts & Activism Community Workshop

 

Conference Registration

Regional Conference registration is now available!

Contact Us

For more information on this year's regional conference, contact Savannah Fox at sfox@aiusa.org or 202.509.8140.

 

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