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!
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Schedule for 2015 Midwestern Regional Conference
Midwestern Regional Conference agenda is coming soon!
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.
If interested, complete and submit an application by October 2nd Space is limited so be sure to apply today!
More information coming soon.
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
October 23rd - 25th, 2015
Doubletree Bloomington-Minneapolis, 8700 Normandale Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN (map)
2015 Midwestern Regional Conference Subsidy Application
DEADLINE TO APPLY: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2nd 5PM EST
Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is providing limited subsidies in the form of lodging for Friday and Saturday night (October 23-24) of the 2015 Midwestern Regional Conference in Minneapolis, MN. 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.
To be eligible for a subsidy you must apply with a group of four people per room committed to registering and attending the entire 3-day conference, working a 3-hour volunteer shift, and meeting the requirements included in the application below. If you have fewer than 4 people traveling in your group, we may assign you to share a room with someone else in need of assistance. We will consider applications with fewer than four individuals on a case by case basis.
Please note: if you (or a member of your group) are 17 years of age or younger and applying for a subsidy, AIUSA requires that a chaperone or guardian must accompany you (and your group) for the entire duration of the conference. AIUSA does not assume responsibility for unaccompanied minors and we require the presence of a chaperone or guardian on site with minors. All subsides and hotel rooms will be registered under the chaperone or guardian's name. To check into the hotel guardians and/or chaperones must be present at the time of check-in.
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!
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.
Participants can get on a Light Rail Transit train to get into the city.
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 email@example.com if you'd like to join the Planning Committee for Regional Conferences 2016.
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 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.
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 Ernest Coverson at email@example.com or 312.435.6386.