Midwestern Regional Conference

It is our sincere pleasure to invite you to this year's Midwestern Regional Conference. Join us October 23-25, 2015, as together we experience three days of human rights learning, networking, and discovery, in the great city of Minneapolis, MN. The Midwestern Regional Conference is a three-day conference bringing together hundreds of Amnesty members and other human rights activists from around the country. Working with our Regional Conference Planning Committee, 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 expand social awareness and initiate change within our own communities. This will only happen with you - we need you there!

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter at @Amnestymwro.


We would like to thank our Host Committee members for their work:

Linda Bloom, Bushara A Dosa, and Alison Kirgis.


We would like to thank our Planning Committee members for their work:

Emily Beck, Brittany Kimzey, Hamzah Latif, Paul Moriarty Akriti Panthi, Aaron Tovo, and Marcus White.


We would like to thank our Good Will Supporters for their contribution:

Paul Bloom, Wilbur Ince, Gary King, Peter Lund, and Frank Prochaska.


Conference Agenda

Tentative schedule for 2015 Midwestern Regional Conference
The following agenda is not final and the contents may change leading up to the conference.

2015 Midwestern Regional Conference Agenda

We are excited to announce that this year's conference will feature the following workshops:

40 Years of Solitary - Albert Woodfox Story
Fundraising for your Group
We the People - How to Lobby your elected officials
Violence Against Women is South Asia
Sex, Gender and Human Rights
Show me What Solidarity Looks Like
Organizing on Syrian Refugees & Resettlement
Israel/Gaza Accountability

Below are a few of the exciting sessions that are scheduled to take place at all regional conferences:

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.

Action Alley & Ideas Fair

Friday: 5:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 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 Midwestern Regional Conference is closed.


Social Media Contest will be held during the Midwest Regional Conference.

Grand Prize will be 1 hotel room for the 2016 AGM

2nd Prize $100 Amex Gift Card

Check your registration packet for more information

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.

Conference Registration

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 aimember@aiusa.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.

Ticket Information

  Members Non-Members
General $15 $25
S/E/S/FI $10 $15
Goodwill Supporter $45 $55

Travel & Lodging

October 23rd - 25th, 2015

Doubletree Bloomington-Minneapolis South, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55439  (map)

2015 Midwestern Regional Conference Subsidy Application

The subsidy application for the Midwestern Regional Conference has closed.

Conference Lodging

You can reserve your room online with the special rate code AMI or call the hotel directly at +1-952-835-7800. Make sure to mention "Amnesty International USA" and the conference to get the special rate of $99.00! Space is limited and the special rate expires October 1st, so book your room today!

Conference Travel

By Air
The nearest airport is Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport, which is located 15 minutes away from the venue by car. A wide range of travel transportation is conveniently located at the MSP Airport.

By Train/Bus
Participants can get on a Light Rail Transit train to get into the city.

By Car
For driving directions from any other locations to Doubletree Bloomington-Minneapolis, please click here.

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 ssantana@aiusa.org 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 resol@aiusa.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 Midwestern Regional Conference, you may access the proposal form via the Activist Resource Community (ARC).


The Midwestern 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 2nd. 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.

Recruit Others

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.



Conference Registration

Contact Us

For more information on this year's regional conference, contact Ernest Coverson at ecoverson@aiusa.org or 312.435.6386.

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