On November 10th, human rights activists across the United States will gather for Amnesty USA’s 2012 Regional Conferences. These powerful annual events bring together Amnesty activists and members to network, learn from issue and organizing experts, vote on Amnesty’s future direction, and come away inspired to build a human rights movement in their own community. We hope you’ll join us this year!
Staff and volunteers have been working around the clock to plan the five gatherings that will be held in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Register now.
Atlanta – The Southern Regional Conference will include workshops on human rights in the Middle East, racism in the death penalty, working to free prisoners of conscience, and strategies for human rights organizing. Several amazing speakers will also be present including Opul Tometl from Black Alliance for Just Immigration and Anthony Graves, a Texas Death Row exonoree and founder of Anthony Believes.
Boston– The Northeast Regional Conference will host a variety of workshops on topics that include North Africa and the Middle East, with speakers such as Rhouda Roumani, a freelance journalist who has covered Islamic issues for several years. Workshops will also focus on the rights of immigrants and refugees, including speaker such as Anita P. Sharma, an asylum attorney at the Political Asylum/Immigration Reform Project.
Chicago – The Midwest Regional Conference will feature a variety of informative workshops including how to fundraise, LGBTQ rights, ending violence against women and how to become a better public speaker. The conference will include remarks from Jeremy Schroeder of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
San Francisco – The Western Regional Conference will include caucuses for a variety of groups, including young professionals, and new members. Workshops will cover a wide variety of topics such as campus organizing and engaging in legislative advocacy with your elected officials. Speakers include Lhamo Tso, a campaigner for Tibetan political prisoners and Bu Dongwei, a Chinese activist.
Washington D.C – The Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference has a variety of workshops lined up, including building diversity in the movement and issues of Islamaphobia. Speakers include the Dreamers, brave activists who have been working tirelessly on immigration reform.