Activism Guide – Spring 2021
Amnesty International is built on the idea that people coming together against injustice can be a game-changer! The sum of each of our actions creates a powerful force that has proven to be effective in igniting positive social change. Use this guide to take action this year, and check back frequently for updates and new actions!
View Resources for Amnesty Groups to support your activism during COVID-19.
Check out the AIUSA Events Calendar for opportunities in the coming months.
Guns are killing more and more Americans every day. In 2020 more Americans died from gun violence than in the past two decades. Homicide is the third leading cause of death for children and teens of all races in the US and the leading cause of death for Black children and teens. The legacy of gun violence in America is not one our youth should have to carry forward.
Communities have the power to end gun violence, but they need long term financial and political support. Heroes in communities across the country have been working with lifesaving programs as violence interrupters, conflict interveners, mentors and support systems for many young people affected by gun violence.
Amnesty International is urging the 117th Congress to introduce and pass the Break the Cycle of Violence Act, which will provide $5 Billion dollars over 8 years to fund evidence-based violence prevention and intervention programs. These programs offer life-changing opportunities and facilitate collaboration among communities of color, hospitals, police and other public institutions.
Take action by email, phone, and Tweet, calling on your Representative and two Senators in Congress to introduce and pass the Break the Cycle of Violence Act.
Share the story of the Heroes doing work in communities across the country.
More than 100 days into his term, President Biden has taken some welcome steps to reverse anti-immigrant policies of the past, but he must fulfill his campaign promise to create a just and humane immigration system and advance racial justice in the United States. Over 20,000 immigrants and asylum-seekers, most of whom are Black and brown, are still locked up by ICE, and this number continues to rise at an alarming rate when it should be going down. With well-documented reports of assault and abuse, unsafe and unsanitary conditions, and negligent medical care in ICE facilities, the COVID-19 pandemic has only made detention all the more dangerous. Meanwhile, the detention of immigrants and asylum-seekers continues to be a booming business for private prison companies who run the majority of ICE detention facilities.
Amnesty’s advocacy and activism has shone a light on the egregious harms caused by the current system of detention, helping many get released. We have the power to convince our country’s leaders and government officials to reset the immigration system for good. Now we must double down on our call to the Biden administration to free immigrants and asylum-seekers from ICE detention and end ICE contracts with private prison companies and county jails.
Amnesty International has launched a global campaign called Ban the Scan, calling for a ban on police use of facial recognition technology (FRT). This technology uses existing cameras in combination with new software and commercial databases to track almost any individual by face, comparing footage to millions of images stored in government databases and scraped from social media accounts without consent.
Police use of FRT is a fundamental threat to our right to privacy, as it allows the law enforcement to conduct indiscriminate mass surveillance. It can also have a chilling effect and seriously deter peaceful protest, thereby undermining the right to peaceful assembly and the right to expression. Finally, it has a disproportionate impact on Black activists and other marginalized groups, given the extent to which Black and Brown communities are already over-policed and over-surveilled.
The Ban the Scan campaign launched on January 26th in New York City, calling on the New York City Council to ban NYPD’s use of this technology. Over the coming year the campaign will expand to cover different cities and regions worldwide, including New Delhi, the West Bank and Ulaanbaatar.
Every year Amnesty International USA celebrates Pride with LGBTQI+ activists around the world– celebrating our pride and standing for our rights! This year as the world opens back up, let us show our PRIDE and build a better “normal” where LGBTI rights are fully protected, respected, and fulfilled.
Amnesty International USA is highlighting four focus cases during Pride month this year:
Check out our Pride Activism Page for actions you can take, ideas for organizing, and resources to learn more about LGBTI rights. Take Action!