It is our sincere pleasure to invite you to this year's Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. Join us November 13-15, 2015, as together we experience three days of human rights learning, networking, and discovery, in the great city of Baltimore, MD. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference is a three day conference bringing together hundreds of Amnesty members and other human rights activists from around the country. With our Regional Conference Planning Committee and Regional Office as co-hosts, together we will continue our tradition of engaging in networking opportunities, inspiring plenaries, outstanding keynotes, and hands-on skill-building workshops as well as shaping the policies of the organization.
Through interactive programs and workshops, exceptional speakers and engaging exhibits, the Regional Conference will facilitate discussions about human rights issues in the United States and around the world and motivate us to take action. As activists, we will be challenged to initiate change within our own communities. This will only happen with you - we need you there!
Don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @AIUSAMARO.
We would like to thank our Program Committee and our Art for Activism Committee for their work:
Rita Coeling, Casey Grage, Amrita Minhas, Samantha Shewmaker, Jonathan Hutto, Lydia Derfler, Chelsea Inglis, Debra Torol, Malaika Elias, Jessia Farley, Brittany Oliver and Jaleel Brown.
Schedule for 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
The official program will begin at 8:30 am on the morning of Saturday the 14th and end at 2:00 pm on Sunday, the 15th. We recommend arriving the evening of Friday, the 13th, to get settled in, explore the beautiful neighborhood, and to ensure that you will be there on time for the early morning programming the next day.
Below are some of the exciting sessions that are planned to happen at every regional conference this year:
Amnesty Moving Forward Plenary: A robust discussion on Amnesty USA's future that will touch on our 2016-2019 strategic planning process and member engagement.
Hate Crimes in the Heartland: An award winning documentary film and community outreach project that explores our national epidemic of hate crimes through the lens of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
From Moment to Movement Plenary: A presentation with activists from an array of protest movements on elevating the ways in which we sustain activism and drive impact in the human rights movement.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference full agenda is coming soon!
Action Alley & Ideas FairSaturday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
The Action Alley is a forum to learn about and take action on human rights issues, current AIUSA priorities, and a space for AIUSA groups to creatively display their ideas and accomplishments. We invite and encourage all attendees - including local groups, student groups, country specialists and thematic coordination groups, other member leaders, and community organizations - to apply for a space at the Action Alley. The Action Alley provides an opportunity and location for the sharing of ideas and insights that cannot be accommodated by conference programming. Past displays have shared particularly successful community events and activities, human rights promotion ideas and techniques, and information on human rights-related topics.
If interested please fill out and submit the application by October 16th. However, available slots are limited, so be sure to apply today! Once approved, you will receive further information from AIUSA.
Always wanted to hone your Twitter skills? Now you have a chance to do that and win some sweet prizes— both individuals and groups can participate by livetweeting through the conference. So get your handles, phones and laptops ready for November.
Registration rates are the same across all five regional conferences and include full access to the conference.
Member Rate: This rate is for current dues-paying members. Not sure whether you are a current member? Call 1-800-AMNESTY or email firstname.lastname@example.org to verify your membership status. Member rates are available for General tickets, discounted Student/Educator/Senior Citizen/Fixed Income tickets (S/E/S/FI) and Goodwill Supporter packages.
Non-Member Rate: Non-members can purchase General tickets, discounted Student/Educator/Senior Citizen/Fixed Income tickets (S/E/S/FI) and Goodwill Supporter packages.
Student/Educator/Senior Citizen/Fixed Income Rate: This discounted rate, available for members and non-members, is for students, educators, senior citizens, and individuals living on a fixed income.
Goodwill Supporter: Help make it possible for youth and future leaders to attend a conference! This package includes one registration for you to attend a conference and two scholarship tickets. The two scholarship tickets will be awarded by AIUSA. To show our thanks, we will list your name on selected event materials.
Travel & Lodging
November 13th - 15th, 2015
Sheraton Inner Harbor, 300 South Charles Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201 (map)
2015 Mid Atlantic Regional Conference Subsidy Applications
Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is providing limited subsidies in the form of lodging and transport for Friday and Saturday night (November 13-14) of the 2015 Mid Atlantic Regional Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The subsidies are intended for active AIUSA members and activists or those hoping to become active who otherwise would be unable to attend the conference due to financial constraints.
You will receive a confirmation message after submitting your information and we will notify you via email regarding the outcome of your application. If your application is successful, your entire group will have to register for the conference within 48 hours.
Subsidies for Individuals and Small Groups (3 or less)
DEADLINE TO APPLY: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21st, 5 PM EST.
This subsidy is for individual attendees of the conference that are seeking financial assistance for transportation and lodging to the conference in Baltimore, Maryland. This subsidy intended for individuals that reside outside of Baltimore. All individuals will be housed at Hosteling International, a short walk from the venue which is at Sheraton Inner Harbor. See it here: Hosteling International
For more information the subsidies for individuals and small groups (3 or less) please click here.
Subsidies for Groups of 4
DEADLINE TO APPLY: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10th, 5 PM EST.
To be eligible for a subsidy you must apply with a group of four people who are committed to registering and attending the entire 3-day conference, working a 3-hour volunteer shift each day, and meeting the requirements included in the application below. The group of 4 will be housed together in a double room at the venue, the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel.
For more information the subsidies for groups of 4 please click here.
You can reserve your room online or call the resort directly at (410) 962-8300. Make sure to mention "Amnesty International" and the conference to get the special rate! Space is limited and the special rate expires 5:00 PM on October 30th, so book your room today! Remember that the hotel may require a credit card for hold for damages when you check in, so be sure to ask how much it would be when you reserve your room(s
The rates are $149 for single or double occupancy, $169 for triple occupancy, and $189 for a quad. If you’re a group of 4, your costs would be about $47 a night. If you’re still looking for subsidized lodging deals for yourself and/or your group, check out the subsidies information below.
The closest airport to fly into is BWI, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, which is located 15 minutes away from the venue by car. There is also a light rail system at BWI that is very convenient—you can take it to the Pratt St stop, and the venue is 0.3 miles away by foot, about a 7 minute walk.
From DC, you can take the MARC rail (16 dollars roundtrip, and special rates for students and senior citizens) from Union Station to Baltimore Penn Station, after which you can take a taxi (approximately 8-10 dollars) to the venue. The MARC train leaves at the hour and is about a 50 minute ride into Baltimore, and there are also regularly scheduled Amtrak trains from DC (approximately 25 dollars one way) if that is preferable for you. From the rest of the Mid-Atlantic region, you can find train schedules with Amtrak or use Megabus or Greyhound, both of which have service to Baltimore.
If you would prefer to drive to Baltimore, our venue is offering free parking to conference attendees. Collect your coupon at the registration desk and you're all set.
Driving and Carpooling
If you would prefer to drive to Baltimore, our venue is offering free parking to conference attendees. Collect your coupon at the registration desk and you're all set. If you have space in your car and can offer a spot to another human rights activist, please fill out this form and we’ll connect you! If you need a ride, please e-mail Noor at email@example.com with your name and exact location.
Meals during the conference
Lunch and dinner will be provided on Saturday the 14th, and light snacks for the road at the end of the program on Sunday the 15th. There are many affordable dining options around the venue.
E-mail Noor Mir at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding travel, lodging and subsidies. You will receive a response within 24 hours.
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:
Consider Joining the Planning Committee
Please contact Suhayl Santana at email@example.com if you'd like to join the Planning Committee for Regional Conferences 2016.
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, along with 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!
If you'd like to join the Regional Conference Host Committee, please click here! Link to Regional Conference Host Committee Application.
Submit a Resolution
One of the exciting things about Amnesty International is that, as a grassroots membership organization, members have a voice in what Amnesty does. Resolutions are the means by which members of AIUSA have the power to affect policy decision-making at the regional, national and international levels. Submitting a resolution is your chance to exercise your democratic right as a member of AIUSA.
Please note that the deadline to submit a resolution for the 2015/2016 year was September 1, 2015 for non-students, and September 15, 2015 for students. The deadline is the same every year (Sept. 15 for students, Sept. 1 for non-students), so if you want to submit a resolution next year, you can get started early.
It's easy to submit a resolution! You provide the idea, and we'll help you put it in the proper format. Please contact the National Resolutions Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like more information about how to submit a resolution.
Submit a Proposal for a Session
AIUSA members and staff are invited to propose, help develop, and organize the sessions that you'll attend at the 2015 Regional Conferences. Your submissions help create a diverse and inclusive agenda for each conference every year while also helping to shape the regional dialogue for human rights activists.
If you are interested in completing an RFP for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, you may access the proposal form via the Activist Resource Community (ARC).
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Planning Committee is looking for volunteers to help out at the Regional Conference! If you are interested in volunteering for the Regional Conference, please fill out and submit the application by October 16th. Volunteers are expected to volunteer for at least three hours, and in return, will receive free registration. Volunteers will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. There are a limited number of spaces, so we encourage you to apply early. Once your application is turned in, a representative from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Planning Committee will be in touch to provide further details.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Regional Conference, please contact Savannah Fox at email@example.com or 202.509.8141.
The more people attend our Regional Conference, the more we will accomplish for the human rights movement and the better experience everyone will have, so we all need to spread the word! Challenge yourself or your group to sign up at least 1, 2, or 3 more people! In fact, a good percentage of our current members and activists first learned about Amnesty International at a Regional Conference! Let's get to it!
Interested in making a monetary donation or donating 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 helps to demonstrate a company's support for human rights, 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 JohnnyGonzales@aiusa.org or 212.633.4181 for more information.
For more information on this year's regional conference, contact Savannah Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.509.8140.