Southern Regional Conference

Southern Regional Conference

This year, join hundreds of supporters in solidarity for Amnesty International USA's 2014 Southern Regional Conference in Atlanta! Come out to hear inspiring speakers such as AIUSA’s Executive Director, Steven Hawkins and participate in informative workshops to help combat gun violence and create meaningful social change! Saturday and Sunday morning will both be packed with dynamic speakers and engaging workshops! Make your voice heard in the governance of Amnesty and network with like-minded activists. We look forward to seeing you there!

Conference Agenda


7:15 – 8:00 Yoga! Location – Mary Gay C – Facilitators: Nancy Loughlin

8am to 4pm Registration

8:30am - 4pm Ideas Fair

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome to the Southern Regional Conference!-Location Decatur Ballroom B

9:15 - 10:30 Opening Plenary - Activism in all forms – Location Decatur Ballroom B

10:35 - 11:45 Workshop Block A

1) Human Rights Violations and US Supplied Weapons

2) Fundraising is Human Rights work 

3) Afghan Women, /ˈæf gæn/ˈwɪm ɪn/: Understanding and Engaging with Women’s Human Rights– Room

4) Non Violent Direct Action 

11:45 - 12:00 Break

12:00 - 1:30 Enjoy lunch while learning more about AIUSA through our governance! – Location: Decatur

1:35 - 2:50 Plenary- Ending Gun Violence – Location Decatur Ballroom B

2:50 - 3:50 Bringing Human Rights Home: Human Rights Action

3:50 - 4:00 Break

4:00 - 5:10 Workshop Block B 

1)Telling your story: Public Narrative

2)Write for Rights 2014: Race, Policing and Justice in the Americas

3)We the People: Lobby to win human rights victories

4)Freedom of expression in the Middle East and N. Africa.

5:10 - 5:15 Close for the day


7:00 – 7:45 Yoga

8:00 – 9am State Caucuses

9am - 11:30  V & B: Voting plenary & Breakfast Location

11:30 - 12:00pm Words from our Executive Director, Steve Hawkins

12:00 – 12:10pm Break

12:10 - 1:15 Workshop block C

1) Strategizing on Human Rights: AI's next global strategic goals

2) What is a Prisoner of Conscience? An Introduction to Write for Rights and the Individuals & Communities at Risk Program

3) What the #Hashtag?: Advanced Social Media Workshop

1:15pm-2:30 State Caucus Part B

2:30pm – 2:35 Closing 

Accommodations/Conference Travel

November 8th & 9th, 2014
Courtyard Marriott Decatur (map)

Conference Prices:
General Amnesty Member
General Non-Member
Student Amnesty Member
Student Non-Member


Book your stay at the host hotel for $129 a night. More information on surrounding hotels and rates will follow soon!

Action Alley, Ideas Fair and Action Stations

Saturday 8:30am to 4pm

The ideas Fair is a forum to learn about and take action on current AIUSA priorities and a space for AIUSA groups to creatively display their ideas and accomplishments. Visit the Ideas Fair in the pre-function area to get ideas for your group and learn about events and actions taking place across the entire Southern Region! 

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:

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!


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.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Regional Conference, please contact Ebony Brickhouse at or 404-876-5661.

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 for more information.


The two people who post, Instagram, and tweet the most using both #Amnesty2014 and #AmnestySouth prior to the Regional Conference will win AIUSA swag.  First place will win a large basket filled with Amnesty gear from our store!  Second place will go home with an assortment of AIUSA goodies!  Winners will be announced Saturday morning, November 8, at the beginning of the Southern Regional Conference.  Winners must be present and an attendee. 

Make sure to follow us for updates and ideas on postings!

Below are a few suggestions:

·Promoting and inviting your friends to the conference

·Informing your friends why you are going to the conference

·Posting information about the speakers and workshops

·Documenting your trip to Atlanta

·Taking photos of the ideas fair and people taking action at the conference

·Creating your own photo action promoting the conference or about one of our campaigns

·Posting your photos on the Southern Regional Conference Facebook Page 

Conference Registration

Regional Conference registration is now available!

Are you excited for the upcoming Southern Regional Conference?  Let us know you’re coming, share your excitement, and tell us what you’re hoping to see or learn about at this year’s Regional Conference on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #Amnesty2014 and #AmnestySouth

Participate in our first ever Southern Regional Conference social media contest and be eligible to win fun prizes, to learn more please click on the Contest tab, above.

Contact Us

Southern Regional Office Phone: 404-876-7271
Email: Ebony Brickhouse