Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

November 16, 2019
Virginia Commonwealth University
907 Floyd Ave, Richmond, VA 23284

It is our sincere pleasure to invite you to this year’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. Join us on Saturday, November 16th, 2019, as we stand shoulder to shoulder in Richmond to make a lasting human rights impact. The goal of all Regional Conferences is to create a transformative experience focused on human rights education, skills-building, networking, and inspire action.

As activists, we will be challenged to initiate change within our own communities. This will only happen with you – we need you there!

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @AMNESTYUSA.

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Submit a Request for Proposal!

Application Deadline: Monday, August 26th at 11:59pm EST.

Thank you for your interest in helping to shape programming at Amnesty International’s 2019 Regional Conferences. The goal of all Regional Conferences is to create a transformative experience focused on human rights education, skills-building, networking, and inspire action.

This year’s conference theme is Be Bold, Act Now, Organize for Human Rights! When creating your conference proposal, consider how it addresses the conference theme. Being bold, acting now, and organizing is about empowering participants with the knowledge, skills, networks, and tools needed to mobilize grassroots action at the community level.

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Agenda

The full Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference agenda is coming soon!

View the 1-day Agenda outline here.

Resolutions

One of the exciting things about Amnesty International is that, as a grassroots membership organization, members have a voice in what Amnesty does. Resolutions are the means by which members of AIUSA have the power to affect policy decision-making at the regional, national and international levels. This is your chance to exercise your democratic right as a member of AIUSA.

Submit a Resolution

For information on how you can submit a resolution please see below.

Please note that the deadline for submitting resolutions is Sept. 1 for non-student members, and Sept. 15 for student members. Student members should send a notice that they plan to submit a resolution as early as possible.

RESOLUTION SUBMISSION FORM

Vote on a Resolution

In order to participate in the membership resolution process, you must be a dues-paying member of AIUSA. The good news is, it’s not too late to become a member!

BECOME A MEMBER/RENEW MEMBERSHIP

Group Authorization Form

At the AIUSA Regional Conferences, resolutions may be voted on by Individual Voting Members and by one designated delegate from each registered AIUSA Student or Local Group.

To obtain a Group Voting Card at the RCs, the Group Coordinator/Chair must submit a completed copy of this authorization form. The recommended deadline is the Wednesday before the relevant conference. The purpose of this form is to indicate who the authorized Group delegate will be at the RC. You will be asked to also indicate 2 back-up delegates in the event that the Group delegate is unable to pick-up the card. At the conference, the Group delegate should report to the personnel at the Member Services table. As Group delegate, you will be asked to sign your name in order to receive the group voting card.

Please discuss the resolutions with your group before the conference. The Resolutions to be considered at the RCs will be found on the Member Center prior to the conferences.

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Subsidies

Application Deadline: Monday, September 30th at 11:59pm EST.
Subsidies are intended for active AI members and activists who otherwise would be unable to attend the conference due to financial constraints. For the 2019 Regional Conferences, AIUSA will be offering each person/group chosen for a subsidy either one-two nights of lodging accommodation or $75-$200 for travel reimbursement per application.

Eligibility Requirements

    • Active AI Membership – defined as a card carrying, dues paying member with a verifiable membership id number.
    • Only one person per officially recognized student group or local group may apply for a subsidy on behalf of the group (up to four people).
    • If you are applying on behalf of a group, you cannot also apply as an individual.
    • Local group member ( please list your group name or number in order to be verified) (up to four people).
    • If selected for a subsidy, you (and your group members if applicable) must submit your registration confirmation numbers within 2 days of being selected, otherwise you forfeit your subsidy.

Please note: if you (or a member of your group) are 17 years of age or younger and applying for a subsidy, AIUSA requires that a chaperone or guardian must accompany you (and your group) for the entire duration of the conference. AIUSA does not assume responsibility for unaccompanied minors and we require the presence of a chaperone or guardian on site with minors at all times. All subsides and hotel rooms will be registered under the chaperone and/or guardian’s name. To check into the hotel, guardians and/or chaperones must be present at the time of check-in.

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Ticketing

Conference Registration

Regional Conference registration is now available!

Registration prices vary between $15 – $45. Please note that the Early Bird Registration Rates end 10/7 at 11:59pm EST. Early Bird Rates apply to General and Student/Educator/Senior Citizen/ Fixed Income (S/E/S/FI) tickets.

Online registration will end 11/4 at 11:59pm EST.

For more details on registration rates, please click the “register” button below.

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Disclaimer: Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Minor Waiver Required

If you (or a member of your group) are 17 years of age or younger, AIUSA requires that this waiver agreement be completed by a legal guardian and that a chaperone accompany you for the entire duration of the conference. AIUSA does not assume responsibility for minors.

Subsidies

Application Deadline: Monday, September 30th at 11:59pm EST.

Subsidies are intended for active AI members and activists who otherwise would be unable to attend the conference due to financial constraints. For the 2019 Regional Conferences, AIUSA will be offering each person/group chosen for a subsidy either one-two nights of lodging accommodation or $75-$200 for travel reimbursement per application.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Active AI Membership – defined as a card carrying, dues paying member with a verifiable membership id number.
  • Only one person per officially recognized student group or local group may apply for a subsidy on behalf of the group (up to four people).
  • If you are applying on behalf of a group, you cannot also apply as an individual.
  • Local group member ( please list your group name or number in order to be verified) (up to four people).
  • If selected for a subsidy, you (and your group members if applicable) must submit your registration confirmation numbers within 2 days of being selected, otherwise you forfeit your subsidy.

Please note: if you (or a member of your group) are 17 years of age or younger and applying for a subsidy, AIUSA requires that a chaperone or guardian must accompany you (and your group) for the entire duration of the conference. AIUSA does not assume responsibility for unaccompanied minors and we require the presence of a chaperone or guardian on site with minors at all times. All subsides and hotel rooms will be registered under the chaperone and/or guardian’s name. To check into the hotel, guardians and/or chaperones must be present at the time of check-in.

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This year’s conference will be taking place at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Below is a list of recommended economical hotels that are also conveniently located nearby our regional conference venue.

Conference Lodging

Hilton Richmond Downtown is our host hotel. Our room rate is $179 (subject to applicable state and local taxes) for single, double, triple, and quadruple occupancy. You can reserve your room by calling their number 1-804-344-4300 and mentioning Amnesty International Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in your reservation or by clicking this link here.

A block of rooms has been reserved for the conference. The special room rate will be available until 10/25, or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Please note that prices and availability are subject to change without notice. It is recommended that guests book a place to stay as soon as possible to ensure their lodging for the conference.

Conference Travel

By Air

The closest airport to fly into is Richmond International Airport (RIC), which is located 15 minutes away from the venue by car. You can also use an Uber or Taxi, which will cost approximately $20-24.

By Train/Bus

From the airport, you can take the 7A Laburnum/Nine Mile bus or 7B Nine Mile bus towards 7th and Marshall where you can transfer to 5 Main/Cary bus towards Main and Harrison. From here, you will walk for 1 minute to the Student Commons.

By Car

If you would prefer to drive to Richmond, please visit https://maps.vcu.edu/ for driving directions to the venue.

Taxi Services

Airport Taxi
804-233-4444

Mimi Taxicab
804-873-2477

Volunteers

Application Deadline: Monday, September 30th at 11:59pm EST.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! We are looking for volunteers to help in various roles at this year’s Regional Conferences. Volunteers are required to commit to a 2-hour shift. Conference registration fees will be waived for approved volunteers. Please note that we will not be able to reimburse registration fees.

There are a limited number of volunteer spots so we encourage you to apply early. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this form and submit by no later than the deadline indicated above.

Once your application is submitted, we will be in touch to provide further details.

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