Midwest Regional Conference

Saturday, November 9th, 2019 – Sunday, November 10th, 2019
Crowne Plaza Columbus North

6500 Doubletree Ave, Columbus, OH, 43229

 

It is our sincere pleasure to invite you to this year’s Midwest Regional Conference. Join us on Saturday, November 9th and Sunday, November 10th, 2019, as we stand shoulder to shoulder in Columbus 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 Midwest Regional Conference agenda is coming soon!

View the 2-day Agenda outline

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 $30 – $60. Please note that the Early Bird Registration Rates end 9/30 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 10/28 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.

SUBMIT APPLICATION

This year’s conference will be taking place at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North.

Conference Lodging

Crowne Plaza Columbus North is our host hotel. Our room rate is $112 (subject to applicable state and local taxes) for single, double, triple, and quadruple occupancy. You can reserve your room by clicking this link: Amnesty International of the USA and following these steps:

  1. Select Check in/Check out dates.
  2. If you need more than one room or have more than one guest click *more options tab* do not fill in any other tabs.
  3. Select *Book*Then select your room type (group name will show on the top right side of page and group rates will show on the left side)

*If the link doesn’t work please call the reservation line at 1-866-309-1866. Give the reservation department your group code “AM9” and your arrival/departure dates.

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.

travel

By Air

The closest airport to fly into is John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) which is located 18 minutes away from the venue by car. You can also use an Uber or Taxi.

By Train/Bus

At Airport Baggage Claim, use the AirConnect Bus to N 3rd St & E Spring St. At this stop, walk towards N 4th St & E Spring St and take the bus towards 4 Indianola Lockbourne to State Route 161 and Busch. Your stop will be Boardwalk St & Shapter Ave which is a 24 minute walk from the hotel. For more information, please visit https://www.cota.com/trip-planner/?

By Car/Parking

If you would prefer to drive to Columbus , please visit http://www.cpcolumbusnorth.com/location for driving directions to the venue. Parking rates are outlined here (subject to applicable state and local tax):

All hotel parking is complimentary with airport shuttle available.

Taxi Services

Quick Columbus Taxi
(614) 822-8666

Yellow Cab of Tallahassee
(614) 500-7222

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.

SUBMIT APPLICATION