November 14, 2013
Dear Activists and Friends,
On behalf of the AIUSA Midwest Regional Office, thank you all for attending this year’s Midwest Regional Conference. Without your participation, your support, and, most importantly, your dedication to human rights, none of what Amnesty does would be possible. It was both a pleasure and an honor to meet and work with all of you this past weekend.
We hope you enjoyed attending the conference this year just as much as we enjoyed planning it; Cincinnati is a beautiful city with a rich history grounded in its dedication to personal freedoms, apparent in its past as a major hub for the Underground Railroad. Bordering the slave state of Kentucky, Cincinnati became a gateway to escaped slaves seeking their freedom. We believe there was no place more fitting to hold our conference this year as AIUSA joins the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign, November 25-December 10, to end oppression and violence against women both at home and abroad.
However, this conference is only the beginning. We hope that with the tools we’ve given you this weekend, you’re ready to continue the fight for human rights! Amnesty International’s global Write-A-Thon begins on December 2, and you, your school group, or your community can take part in shining a light on the human rights abuses happening right now in places like China, Russia, and right here at home in the United States. For more information about how you can get involved or to download your toolkit, visit www.amnestyusa.org/WriteForRights.
Additionally, we are proud to be hosting this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Chicago, Illinois. We hope you’ll consider joining us from April 4 to April 6 to further expand your activist skill base and engage directly with AIUSA activists from all across the nation. Keep an eye out for registration dates – we look forward to seeing you!
Finally, your feedback is important to us. With your thoughts, we can make next year’s Midwest Regional Conference even better than this year’s! Please complete the Midwest Regional Conference Evaluation Form and as always, ‘like’ us on Facebook (Amnesty International Mid-West Office) and follow us on Twitter (@AmnestyMWRO) to keep apprised of all things Amnesty and human rights related.
Ernest & Katie
Midwest Regional Field Organizers, AIUSA