Amnesty International 2019 Lobby Day in Washington, D.C.!
The 2019 Lobby Day will equip Amnesty International USA’s members and supporters across the country to lobby Members of Congress to support human rights. A day long training will take place on Sunday, May 5th, where participants will have the opportunity to hear from human rights and advocacy experts, while also building community with fellow Amnesty members from across the country.
On Lobby Day we’ll be lobbing Members of Congress to:
- Halt US arms sales to the Saudi-UAE coalition in Yemen specifically through support of the Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Act
- Work to end gun violence specifically supporting S. 42, Background Check Expansion Act
The application for Lobby Day 2019 is now live.
Lobby Day 2019
Dates: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Monday, May 6, 2019
Location: Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 I St SW
Sunday May 5th
Training workshops 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Breakfast and lunch are included.
Dinner on your own.
Monday May 6th
Lobby Congress 8:00 AM – 5:00PM
Breakfast and lunch are included.
Capitol Skyline is our host hotel where our event takes place and all participants will be lodged, located in Washington, DC. Amnesty International USA will fully cover lodging, food, and travel for participants unless their application indicates otherwise. All participants will be placed with another participant for May 4, 2019 (check-in) – May 6, 2019 (check-out).
10 I St SW
Please indicate on your application if you intend to sponsor your own stay.
In order to attend Lobby Day 2019, you must apply on or before April 8th, 2019, at 5:00 PM EST. As the application will be a rolling application, we encourage you to apply early. We are excited to be able to fully cover travel (bus, air, or train) travel for all Lobby Day 2019 participants in addition to lodging (shared room) for Saturday, May 4th, and Sunday, May 6th in Washington, DC. Participants are welcome to extend their trip at their own expense.
We are hoping to have AIUSA members and supporters attend who are interested in learning more about AIUSA priority issues, and want to lobby with us not only in May but beyond. We look forward to having participants from across the country and will have limited slots per state, so please apply early – everyone is encouraged to apply!
DEADLINE TO APPLY IS APRIL 8TH, 2019 AT 5:00PM EST
For more information, including the selection process, please read the Frequently Asked Questions below prior to submitting your application.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I’d like to stay in my own room?
Amnesty International USA is covering all lodging costs for all participants. If you’d prefer your own room, you will be responsible for half of the room costs (estimated at $100 a night). Further accommodations will be made on a case by case basis.
Can I be under the age of 18 and still participate?
Yes! Amnesty International USA strongly encourages everyone to participate. Please note that as a minor, you are required to have a chaperone accompany you. In order to register as a chaperone, they will have to fill out an application of their own. If accepted, a waiver must be signed by your chaperone and sent to [email protected] no later than April 22nd.
What meals will I have to pay for?
Meals covered by Amnesty International USA include a Saturday night reception with hors d’oeuvres, breakfasts for both Sunday and Monday, and lunch for both Sunday and Monday. Any other meals will be on your own.
How do I get from the airport to the hotel? Will AIUSA be covering that?
No, AIUSA will only cover the cost of your city to city travel (bus, train, plane). In addition to Uber, Lyft, and other taxi services, you can use a shuttle service (GO the Airport Shuttle; SuperShuttle).
When will I get my schedule of meetings?
A schedule will be provided at least one week in advance of Lobby Day. There will also be a pre-event webinar to help prepare you for a day of lobbying on the Hill.
What if I’d like to extend my trip and stay at the hotel?
The Capitol Skyline is at capacity in the days preceding and following Lobby Day. If you wish to stay in D.C. longer, you will have to find your own lodging.
I still have questions, who do I contact?
Please feel free to email us at [email protected] with any additional questions.
Amnesty International USA welcomes participants who are 17 years of age or younger, but require a waiver form be completed by a legal guardian and that a chaperone accompany you for the entire duration of the event. AIUSA is unable to assume responsibility for minors. Please read the waiver carefully. If you will be under the age of 18 on May 5, 2019, please sign the waiver and email a copy to [email protected] no later than April 22nd, 2019. Additionally, make sure your chaperone knows to fill out an application. If you have any questions or concerns, contact [email protected].
Disclaimer: Attendees who do not email or bring the signed waiver to Lobby Day will not be allowed to participate.
We look forward to having you join us for Amnesty International USA’s 2019 Lobby Day!
We are excited to be hosting Lobby Day in Washington, DC. The links below provide resources that can help in your planning, including information about traveling to and around the conference.
Transportation from Airport to Capitol Skyline Hotel
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – 5.2 miles southwest
Dulles International Airport – 31.8 miles northwest
From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
- Take George Washington Memorial Pkwy, 1-395 N to I St. SW in Washington
- Continue right on I St SW to your destination
- Destination will be on left.
- Take the Yellow towards Fort Totten from Reagan National Airport Metro.
- Get off at L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station
- Take the 74 Bus towards Nationals Park from the 7th ST at Maryland Ave SW stop.
- Get off at M St. SW & Delaware Ave SW
- Walk 0.4 mi to destination.
From Dulles International Airport
- Continue to Dulles Access Road
- Take George Washington Memorial Pkwy to S Capitol St SW in Washington. Take the exit toward So. Capitol St/ Nationals Park from I-695
- Take I St SW to your destination. Destination will be on right.
Rental Car Services
The hotel offers secure on-site parking at $35.00 per night.