NWSA: APRIL 3-7, 2023

On campuses nationwide, AIUSA student groups organize and take action for human rights. During National Week of Student Action, groups will come together in creative, public and impactful actions focused on AIUSA’s priority campaign to free Leonard Peltier. National Week of Student Action is an opportunity to make an impact on a critical human rights issue. When we take action together, our voices are amplified! You will plan actions with a focus on influencing President Biden to grant clemency to Leonard Peltier. A Native-American activist, Leonard Peltier has been imprisoned in the United States for over 46 years, some of which were spent in solitary confinement, serving two life sentences for murder despite concerns over the fairness of his trial. He has always maintained his innocence.

We’ll amplify the power of our voices by educating our campus communities, making phone calls, writing postcards, making social media posts, publishing op-eds in student and local papers, and raising visibility of this issue in your schools and community. Your group could plan a week of action with different actions planned each day, or one big public event that week. NWSA is a way to educate your community about Leonard’s case in a creative way, and inspire people to join you in taking action.

Ready to join NWSA? Complete the form below and we’ll follow up with resources, materials and one-on-one organizing support. We have AIUSA materials for you (banners, stickers, pens); issue-specific information (campaign toolkits, petitions, talking points); and support for your creative actions – fun stuff like sidewalk chalk, yellow duct tape, banner-making supplies, and more. Did you miss the training on planning actions? View the recording and slides here! View NWSA resources here, including calls to action and other tools for your group. Contact [email protected] with any questions.   Did you take action? Report out here!