Amnesty International Midwest Regional Conference (St. Louis)

Amnesty International Midwest Regional Conference (St. Louis)

It is our sincere pleasure to invite you to this year's Midwest Regional Conference. Join us October 24-26, 2014, as together we experience three days of Human Rights learning, networking, and discovery, in the great city of St. Louis. The Midwest Regional Conference is a three-day conference bringing together hundreds of human rights activist from around the country. With our Regional Conference Planning Committee and Regional Office as co-hosts, together we will continue our tradition of providing exceptional educational workshops, opportunities to network with like- minded individuals, and gain new momentum while expanding your activism to another level.

Through interactive programs and workshops, exceptional speakers and engaging exhibits, the Regional Conference will facilitate discussions surrounding existing human rights abuses 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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Conference Agenda

Schedule for 2014 Midwest Regional Conference
 
Friday, October 24, 2014
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm Registration Open
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Community Action
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Conference Opening Session
Hear from keynote speaker Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm Gun Violence is it an Epidemic?
Hear from leading experts and activist engaged in ending gun violence in our communities. Learn why it’s an issue and what you can do to help end the violence.
8:45 pm -10:00 pm Documentary Film – No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka
Saturday, October 25, 2014
8:00 am - 3:00 pm Registration Open
9:00 am -10:15 am Plenary – Activism in the 21st Century
10:30 am -11:45 am Workshop Session I
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Networking Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Resolutions Working Parties
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Workshop Session II
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm Workshop Session III
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm DINNER (on your own)
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm Social: The City Museum (The Most Amazing Place on Earth!!!!)
Sunday, October 26, 2014

8:00 am - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast

9:00 am -11:15 am Your Voice Matters – Voting Plenary

11:30 am -12:45 pm Plenary: "Ferguson... Where Do We Go From Here?"

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm Closing

 

Featured speakers include:

Capt. Ronald Johnson, Missouri State Highway Patrol
Rosa Clemente
Tef Poe, Hip Hop artist & Community Activist
Dr. Marva Robinson
Professor Brendan Roediger

Panel Discussions to include:
Domestic & International Gun Violence – A World Apart But So Much In Common
Ferguson…Where Do We Go From Here
Activism in the 21st Century - Are You Ready for a Revolution?

 

Accommodations/Conference Travel

October 24th - 26th, 2014
Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel & Suites (map)

Conference Prices:
General Amnesty Member
$35
General Non-Member
$40
Student Amnesty Member
$20
Student Non-Member
$25

Accommodations

Downtown St. Louis and the Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel is the host for this year’s conference. The Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel is located at 400 S. 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103. Rooms are available for conference attendees at a special rate of $85/night + local taxes and fees for singles, doubles, triples, and quads. You can reserve your room online or call the hotel directly at (314) 231-5007 make sure to mention "Amnesty International" and the conference to get the special rate! Space is limited and the special rate expires Saturday, September 20, 2014, so book your room today!

Conference Travel

By Air
St. Louis International Airport (STL) is located 18 miles from the Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel & Suites. It is served by most major airlines. There is no hotel-provided shuttle; however, a suggested service Go Best Express (314-989-1500), which costs $37 one-way or Metrolink Transit, which has a stop across from the Sheraton, which costs $3.00 one-way.

By Train/Bus
Amtrak & Greyhound Station is located at 430 S. 15th Street, which is directly across the street from the Sheraton Hotel. Megabus (www.megabus.com) is another accessible and economical mode of transportation. Megabus stops at Clark St and 21st.

By Car
We hear that road tripping to the Midwest Regional Conference is one of the most memorable Amnesty experiences for individuals and groups (but only when being safe and planning ahead of course--print maps, rent a GPS, rotate drivers and always wear seatbelts!). Be sure to plan well in advance! Parking will be $10.00 overnight self-parking at the Sheraton.

Action Alley, Ideas Fair and Action Stations

The Midwest Regional Conference Planning Committee invites all attendees--including local groups, student groups, country coordination groups, and member leaders--to apply for Action Alley. 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 Friday, October 3, 2014. However, acceptance is rolling, so be sure to apply today! Once approved, you will receive further information from the Regional Conference Planning Committee.

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!

Submit a Resolution

Submit a resolution by Monday, September 1, 2014 (September 15 for students)!

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. This is your chance to exercise your democratic right as a member of AIUSA. Submit a resolution about anything that you want to change about the policies or the work of the organization.

It’s easy! As long as you provide the idea, we’ll help you put it in the proper format. Please contact Tom Benner at tombennerlaw@yahoo.com if you have questions or would like more information about how to submit a resolution.

Volunteers

The Midwest 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 Friday, October 3, 2014. 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 and there are a limited number of spaces, so we encourage you to apply early. Once your application is turned in, a representative from the Midwest Regional Conference Planning Committee will be in touch to provide further details.

Recruit Others

The more people at 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 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.

Contest

More information coming soon.

Conference Registration

Regional Conference registration is now available!

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us at (312) 427-2060 or aiusamw@aiusa.org.