Are You Going to Chicago for the Midwest Regional?

amnesty st. louisEvery year, Amnesty International has both a national conference (known as the Annual General Meeting) and a regional conference. This year’s Midwest Regional Conference is at Northern Illinois University in Chicago on Nov. 9 and 10. Our chapter is going, and we’d love for you to join us and hundreds of other activists from the region to learn more about what Amnesty International is doing, and what more we can do for human rights. This year’s conference theme is, “Same Mission, New Technology.”

If you want to attend the conference, make sure to register online. Of course, you can just show up and register there, but it’s always better to register online. It costs $25 to attend, $15 for students and seniors.

Below is the schedule of events for the Midwest Regional Conference, as well as additional information regarding travel and accommodations. We hope to see you there!


4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Registration and Member Services

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Ideas Fair


Midwest Regional Conference Welcome & Opening Reception
o NEIU President (Invited)
o Ed LeMaster, Former Prisoner of Conscience

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Amplify Your Activism – Training & Skill Building Session
Program and Campaign Roundtable – Michelle Ringuette

8:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

Resolutions and Dessert
o Tom Benner, Midwest Resolutions Representative, AIUSA

8:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

Human Rights Festival – An evening of fellowship with musicians, poets, a film screening, a photo booth and ice cream social


8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Registration and Member Services

8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Ideas Fair

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Townhall & Breakfast with Regional Planning Group (RPG) –Nick Kissel

9:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Opening Plenary – Same Mission, New Technology
o Kyra Stoddart, Online marketing Manager, AIUSA
o Emma Ruby-Sachs, Campaign Director at
o Joe Baker, vice President of Causes and Advocacy at Care2
o Jackie Zammuto, Program Assistant for WITNESS

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Workshop Session I

Social Media (runs until 1:30 p.m.)
• Kyra Stoddart, Online Marketing Manager for AIUSA
• Chris Eaton,

Writing for Rights Write-a-thon and Event Planning
• NEIU Student Group

Fundraising: Inviting People to Join the Largest Human Rights Organization in the World – US!
• Nick Kissel, Chair RPG
• David Stamps, North African Coordination Group Chair

Womens’ Rights in South Asia, special focus on Pakistan, Afghanistan & Sri Lanka
• Alice Dahle, AIUSA Women’sHuman Rights Co-Group
• Jim McDonald, AIUSA South Asia Co-Group, Sri Lanka Country Specialist
• Ellen Bennett, AIUSA South Asia Co-Group, Pakistan Country Specialist

Abolition of the Death Penalty: Learning from the Illinois Victory and Beyond
• Jeremy Schroeder, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

National Board of Directors Strategic Plan Session – Rafia Zakaria

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Workshop Session II
Now or Never!: Effective Rapid Response
• Michelle Ringuette, Chief of Campaigns AIUSA

MENA Update and Strategic Action
• Beth Ann Toupin, Iraq & BahrainCountry Specialist
• Elise Auerbach, IranCountry Specialist

Human Rights and the LGBT Community
• Nancy Matthews, NEIU Professor
• Erin Hamilton, Student Group Coordinator AIUSA
• Dr. Shelly Bannister, Moderator
Building Bridges- Outreach and Publicity Techniques
• Mohamad Badreddine, Student Group Leader AI U of M Dearborn

Effective Public Speaking: Speaking for Activists
• Hamzah Latif – former SG Coordinator U of M Dearborn

4:10 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.

Resolution Plenary – Tom Benner, Regional Representative National Resolution Committee

7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Closing Ceremony
Charge to the Members – Michelle Ringuette,
Chief of Campaigns AIUSA
Final Awards Presentation


If you’ll need some help with travel and accommodations, below is some information about that. We understand the list of hotels originally secured has sold out for the weekend; therefore we have secured a limited number of rooms at another hotel with the rate of $99.00 + tax.  If you are still in need of a room see the information below.  The deadline to reserve a room is November 2, 2012. 


Holiday Inn

5300 W. Touhy Ave

Skokie, IL 60077


Group Code: AMN


There will be parking available on campus at NO CHARGE.  We are awaiting the University to notify us of the specific parking lot, once we receive notice we will provide the information to the members (and on our blog).


There will be shuttle service provided from the hotel to the University each morning and evening during the conference.


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