Registration is closing on November 9th—make sure you buy your ticket soon!
It is our sincere pleasure to invite you to this year's Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. Join us November 14-15, 2015, for two days of human rights learning, networking and growth in the great city of Baltimore, Maryland. The conference will bring together hundreds of Amnesty members and other human rights activists from around the region. 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!
We would like to thank our Host Committee members for their work:
Columbia International Relations Council & Association, Georgetown University Law School, University of Baltimore's Global Affairs and Human Security Association, Elonna Ekweani, and Hannah Malyn
We would like to thank our Program Committee and our Art for Activism Committee for their work:
Jaleel Brown, Rita Coeling, Lydia Derfler, Mara Domider, Malaika Elias, Jessia Farley, Casey Grage, Jonathan Hutto, Chelsea Inglis, Amrita Minhas, Brittany Oliver, Samantha Shewmaker, and Debra Torok.
We would like to thank our Goodwill Supporters for their contribution:
Kurt Bielefeldt, Michael Duffy, Pouneh Nouri, and Mike O'Reilly.
We would like to thank our Supporting Partners for their work:
American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU of Maryland), Council of American-Islamic Relations, Maryland, Delaware Repeal, and the Washington Peace Center.
Tentative schedule for 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
The following agenda is not final and the contents may change leading up to the conference.
The official program will begin at 8:30 am on the morning of Saturday the 14th, with an exciting night program off-site (more information below), 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 a few of the exciting sessions that are scheduled to take place:
Building Amnesty USA Together - Strategic Visioning: An interactive plenary where members can share their vision of what our shared future looks like. Meet the consultants who are helping us develop the strategic plan. Make your voice heard, listen to the perspectives of other members, and build the Amnesty USA of tomorrow.
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.
The attached agenda is not final. More details about the program will be available next week.
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.
The Action Alley application for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference is closed.
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. Drawing will take place during the closing session of the conference.
Got Social Media Savvy? If you consider yourself a social media star, consider live tweeting during the conference. Anyone who live-tweets while at the conference will be entered into a drawing to win free registration for next year’s conference. Bring your phones and lap tops and get ready for the hashtag details when you arrive. Drawing will take place during the closing session of the conference.
Take our survey for a chance to win admission and a round-trip ticket to our National Human Rights Conference in Miami, the Annual General Meeting 2016! The winner will be drawn randomly from survey submissions. Drawing will take place during the closing session of the conference.
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
The subsidy application for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference is closed.
If your group requires assistance for lodging at the conference, please contact Noor Mir at email@example.com no later than November 2nd at 5 pm
Lodging at the venue (Sheraton Inner Harbor hotel) is now fully sold out. We recommend reserving rooms as soon as possible at nearby hotels, such as the Days Inn Inner Harbor, Baltimore Harbor Hotel and Embassy Suites by Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, which are all within walking distance to the venue.
We would highly recommend Hosteling International Baltimore, right down the street from the conference, where the nightly rate for an individual is about 28 dollars a night! Check it out here
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 parking to conference attendees for $15 a day. If you need assistance to pay for parking, please e-mail Noor Mir at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 2nd.
Driving and Carpooling
If you would prefer to drive to Baltimore, our venue is offering free parking to conference attendees (see above). If you have space in your car and can offer a spot to another human rights activist, please fill out this form and we will 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).
Volunteer applications are closed.
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 email@example.com or 202.509.8140.