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!
October 24th - 26th, 2014
Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel & Suites (map)
Regional Conference registration is now available!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like more information about how to submit a resolution.
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.
We Need 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.
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!
If you have any questions, please contact us at (312) 427-2060 or email@example.com.