Amnesty's 50th Anniversary Meeting Kicks Off!

Our 50th anniversary Annual General Meeting kicks off tonight in San Francisco!  Over 1,400 Amnesty International activists from across the country (and across the sea!) have already registered, making this the biggest annual meeting we’ve had yet.

At tonight’s opening ceremony we’ll be honoring one of Amnesty USA’s founding members, the fabulous Joan Baez for a lifetime of human rights activism and solidarity.

We’ll also be celebrating our 50th anniversary – that’s 50 years of hard work by you, our members and activists, in shining a light on human rights — in addition to a packed agenda with panels to help us strategize for our continued fight for human rights everywhere.

We look forward to seeing you there! If you can’t make it, check in on this blog where we’ll be posting updates throughout the event.  You can also follow the AGM Twitter feed @AmnestyAGM for updates from the conference or hashtag #agm11 to join the conversation.

Celebrate 50 Years of Human Rights History

The count down is on, and we are only 16 days until Amnesty International’s 50th Annual General Meeting and Youth Summit.

Meet us in San Francisco for an exciting weekend where you will hear from inspirational speakers, attend workshops on human rights advocacy and community organizing, and network with other Amnesty activists from all over the country.

Still thinking, “why should I attend?” Hear what some fellow Amnesty members have to say:

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Human Rights, San Francisco, And You

Calling all human rights activists and supporters!

You’re invited to San Francisco, March 18-20, 2011
for Amnesty International USA’s biggest and most exciting annual conference yet. This year, we’ll celebrate our 50th anniversary – that’s 50 years of hard work by you, our members and activists, in shining a light on human rights.

Take advantage of special early bird rates by registering now!

It’s not just an amazing event for connecting with fellow Amnesty supporters from around the country, it’s a valuable opportunity for gaining essential skills in human rights advocacy, volunteering and community organizing.

Here’s just a taste of what you’ll find in San Francisco:

Amazing speakers – including Amnesty’s brand new International Secretariat Salil Shetty, prominent human rights leaders, and special celebrity guests.

Powerful panels – discussing our core human rights campaigns and new strategies for mobilizing the human rights movement on both local and national levels!

Memorable experiences – looking back at the legacy of our work; the challenges we’ve overcome to reach key human rights victories — and setting a course for another 50 years of protecting all rights for all people.

Register now for our 50th Anniversary conference — let’s celebrate 50 years of hard work and strategize for our continued fight for human rights everywhere.

Can’t wait to see you in San Francisco.

Last Call for New Orleans: Bring people together and save

All Rights for All People human rights conference in New Orleans

All Rights for All People human rights conference in New Orleans

Online registration for the All Rights for All People conference has been extended until April 2nd!

That means there are only a few more days left to reserve your spot with us in New Orleans. To achieve the goal of all rights for all people, we need everyone to contribute. We want to bring as many people together as we can in New Orleans April 9-11th to share ideas, inspire and support each other, organize communities, and speak out on behalf of those who cannot.

Here are some ways you can help us make this possible and save big in the process:

You won’t want to miss out on all the cool opportunities to connect with human rights supporters from around the world and participate in critical human rights discussions, including:

  • Confronting the cycle of poverty – exposing slums, maternal mortality and corporate accountability
  • Assessing the human rights situation in New Orleans post-hurricane Katrina
  • Simulating crisis response strategies for the upcoming elections in Myanmar (Burma)
  • Lobbying 101 and legislative tactics for connecting with elected officials
  • Engaging the media to cover social issues and best practices for communicating your message
  • Exploring a multimedia art fair on human rights

And don’t forget a special celebrity guest will be joining us in New Orleans!

After you register, share the news on Facebook and post on Twitter using the hashtag #agm10.

Learn the newest and best strategies for human rights advocacy and mobilization from people who live the movement every day. There’s no better place than New Orleans to get inspired for helping all people achieve all rights!

An Interrogator Speaks

I should have felt triumphant when I returned from Iraq in August 2006. Instead, I was worried and exhausted. My team of interrogators had successfully hunted down one of the most notorious mass murderers of our generation, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq and the mastermind of the campaign of suicide bombings that had helped plunge Iraq into civil war. But instead of celebrating our success, my mind was consumed with the unfinished business of our mission: fixing the deeply flawed, ineffective and un-American way the U.S. military conducts interrogations in Iraq. I’m still alarmed about that today.

The quote is from former interrogator Matthew Alexander’s piece in the Washington Post last November, “I’m Still Tortured By What I Saw in Iraq.”

Mr. Alexander is the author of ”How to Break a Terrorist: The U.S. Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Burtality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq” and we’ve recently confirmed that he’ll be one of several speakers at Amnesty International USA’s Annual General Meeting, March 27 – 29, in Boston.

Hope to see you there.