• Press Release

Harry Belafonte, Annie Lennox, Laura Poitras, Piper Kerman, Jesse Williams, and Nusrat Durrani to Re-launch Art for Amnesty at Amnesty International USA’s 50th Annual Gathering

March 3, 2015

“Moment to Movement” – Featuring Activists From Ferguson to Hong Kong

CONTACT: Mandy Simon, 212-633-4162; [email protected]

NEW YORK– Legendary musicians and some of the world’s top artists, and filmmakers including Annie Lennox, Harry Belafonte, Oscar winner Laura Poitras, Jesse Williams, Piper Kerman, and MTV World GM Nusrat Durrani will join Steven W. Hawkins, the executive director of Amnesty International USA, for a press event scheduled during the organization’s 50th Annual General Meeting. A plenary discussion, “The Gatekeepers of Truth,” featuring the musicians and artists will immediately follow the press event at 4 p.m.

The gathering coincides with the relaunch of Amnesty International USA’s Art for Amnesty program in partnership with the global Art for Amnesty, which works with artists, musicians, filmmakers, museums, art galleries, and entertainment industry non-profitsaround the world committed to human rights. By adding their voices to the organization’s campaigns, artists help reach out to their audiences. Using their exceptional skills and talents, they spread the human rights message across countries and continents and inspire people to act.

The Annual General Meeting will be held in Brooklyn, N.Y. from March 20-22 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. AIUSA will be celebrating 50 years of gathering human rights activists from around the country who come together to engage in networking opportunities, actions, inspiring plenaries, outstanding key notes, and hands-on workshops as well as to shape the policies of the organization.

The theme of this year’s AGM is “From Moment to Movement” because AIUSA believes every action taken to defend and advance human rights makes the global human rights movement stronger and ever more unstoppable. We will elevate all the ways we sustain activism and drive impact while celebrating our collective power to create solutions that respect everyone’s human rights.

The Annual General Meeting gives AIUSA members, staff and allies the opportunity to come together to take action, participate in workshops and hear from experts, policymakers, celebrities and activists on pressing human rights issues.

In the past year, AIUSA has been at the forefront of human rights developments both in the U.S. – including observing the protests in Ferguson, Mo. and calling for reparations for those tortured decades ago while in the custody of the Chicago Police Department – and abroad, including calling for the protection of civilians terrorized by the armed group Boko Haram in Nigeria and urging for the release of imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia.

Updates to the conference schedule, including event descriptions, notable guests and media opportunities, will be posted regularly to www.amnestyusa.org/events/human-rights-conference

WHAT: Press Availability with Artists for Amnesty leadership during Amnesty International USA’s 50th Annual General Meeting

WHEN: March 21, 2015, 3:00 PM EST followed by 4:00 PM plenary with the artists, actors, musicians, and filmmakers moderated by Touré

WHERE: New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

RSVP: Amanda Simon, [email protected]or Robyn Shepherd, [email protected]

Follow AIUSA’s Art for Amnesty at www.twitter.com/ArtforAmnestyUS

Follow along with updates using the hashtags #ArtForAmnesty and #AmnestyM2M