It is our sincere pleasure to invite you to this year's Northeast Regional Conference. Join us on November 7, 2015, as together we experience a day of human rights learning, networking, and discovery, in the great city of Boston, MA. The Northeast Regional Conference is a one-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!
We would like to thank our Host Committee members for their work:
Damaris Cardi, Scott Hall, David Huang, and Hannah Malyn
We would like to thank our Planning Committee members for their work:
Rana Abdelhamid, Shabana Bachu, Sylvia Hahn-Berman, Kelly Lhungay, Deirdre Steiglitz, and Elias Tyrrel-Walker.
We would like to thank our Goodwill Supporters for their contribution:
Sarah M.Gates and Joshua Kennedy.
Tentative schedule for 2015 Southern Regional Conference
The following agenda is not final and the contents may change leading up to the conference.
Friday, November 6th, 2015
Friday, November 6th 2015. 6:30pm-9:30pm AI’s Boston Leadership and Boston University AI will host a “Welcome to Boston Write4Rights” open-house at The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cambridge, MA.
We will have a traditional Write-a-thon surrounded by a city scape view of Boston overlooking the Charles River. There will be soft drinks and a cash bar for alcoholic beverages. With music, light refreshments & good conversation –it will be a great opportunity to meet new activists from all over the world, and take ACTION on 12 featured cases from the AI’s 2015 Global Write for Rights! Please stop by if you arrive on Friday evening.
Saturday, November 7th 2015
Official conference launch, Agenda TBD
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.
Northeast Regional Conference full agenda is coming soon!
Action Alley & Ideas Fair
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 Northeast Regional Conference is closed.
This year’s conference will include a special drawing to win a free flight and registration for the 2016 Annual General Meeting in Miami!
Got Social Media Savvy? If you consider yourself a social media star, consider live tweeting during the conference. Anyone who live-tweets while at the conference will be entered into a drawing to win free registration for next year’s conference. Bring your phones and lap tops and get ready for the hashtag details when you arrive. Drawing will take place during the closing session of the conference.
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.
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 email@example.com 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
November 7th, 2015
Boston University's George Sherman Union Building, 775 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 (map)
The Hyatt Regency Cambridge is our host hotel. Located directly across the Charles River from Boston University, this is the most convenient option for conference attendees. Reservations can be made by calling the Hyatt Regency at 617 492 1234. Make sure to mention the Amnesty International USA Northeast conference for a special room rate. Space is limited and the special rate expires October 15th, so book your room today!
By Public Transportation
You can get to the conference easily using the MBTA Green Line- Boston College to the Boston University East stop. The Boston University East stop is approximately 10 minutes away from the Park Street MBTA stop which connects to the Red Line. The Red Line connects to South Station and the Silver Line airport connections.
The nearest airport is Boston Logan International. Participants flying into Boston Logan should use the silver line and then follow the above public transportation directions to the conference venue.
Those taking Amtrak or regional rail should use Boston's Back Bay Station, which is located near the conference venue. If your train goes only to Boston's South Station, please follow the above public transportation directions.
We are happy to offer our Amnesty member and conference attendees a direct bus from mid-town Manhattan to Boston, MA for the conference. The bus will pick up one block from Penn Station and will bring participants directly to the conference. Busses leave NYC at 5:00am and will return at approximately 10:30pm. The cost of this bus is $25 and must be paid by check. Registration for the bus is required and seats will be reserved on a first-come first-served basis. You can register for the bus trip 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Please contact Suhayl Santana at EventSupport@aiusa.org if you have any questions about the Host Committee.
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 email@example.com 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 Northeastern Regional Conference, you may access the proposal form via the Activist Resource Community (ARC).
The Northeastern 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 9th. 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. Once your application is turned in, a representative from the Northeast Regional Conference Planning Committee will be in touch to provide further details.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Regional Conference, please contact Cynthia Gabriel Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917.815.7118.
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 Cynthia Gabriel Walsh at email@example.com or 917.815.7118.