November 11, 2013
On behalf of the Western Regional Office of Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), I would like to sincerely thank you for attending this year’s Western Regional Conference (WRC). Your support and commitment to human rights defense is greatly appreciated.
The weeks leading up to the WRC were ones filled with impromptu coffee runs, hours of phone banking, and arduous late nights at the office. We know that you too worked to make this conference successful. You sold donuts to pay for gas for your 17 hour drive; prepared ideas fair and action booth stations; and missed work and school to come together in Los Angeles.
All of this hard work culminated in and was validated by the amazing effort and turnout from you, our activists. The late nights were worth it to see our new Executive Director, Steve Hawkins, high-fiving the crowd in the opening plenary or to witness 200 faces simultaneously in awe of the Security with Human Rights panel. The tremendous amount of work put into the various action booths resulted in hundreds of signed petitions, photo actions, and inspiration for groups across the region. In the face of local travesty, the success of the WRC 2013 is a testament to the power of us.
Our work does not stop with the regional conference. We are part of Amnesty International because we know that when we come together to act for human rights we can win. This December, we can win the release of Dhondup Wangchen, whose story we heard through the powerful voice of his wife this past weekend. The 2013 Write for Rights is happening from December 2-17 and you can sign up right now – as an individual or group, large or small, you can shine a light on human rights from China to Egypt to the USA. You have the power to change someone’s life by simply writing a letter, sending an email, tweeting or speaking to others about human rights. To pledge to write for rights and to download your toolkit visit www.amnesyusa.org/WriteForRights. When you do, you’ll join hundreds of thousands of people standing up for human rights and, with enough action, we will see the release of prisoners of conscience.
Also, to help us make the next regional conferences the best that they can be, please fill out the Western Regional Conference Evaluation Form, which can be found here. Stay in touch with us on Facebook or follow us on twitter @AmnestyWest, and have a Happy Human Rights Day.
William, Sara, and James
Field Organizers at Amnesty West
P.S. Take a look at this awesome video from the International Council Meeting (ICM)!
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