Every spring, Amnesty International holds its national conference, or Annual General Meeting (AGM). The conference is a great opportunity for Amnesty members and human rights activists around the country to gather and meet, learn more about various human rights issues, learn strategies for better activism and leave feeling inspired to do more! This year’s AGM takes place in Miami, Florida during the first weekend in April and this year’s theme is “Change Our World.”
The conference agenda isn’t set in stone, but prepare for a jam-packed weekend with great speakers and even better info to add to your human rights activism! Activities start at 10:30 a.m. EST, but the official opening isn’t until 3:30 p.m. Attend early if you’re in (or interested in) a leadership position with Amnesty. Otherwise, come at 3:30 for the official opening, or earlier at 2 p.m. for a human rights action (the specific details for the action are TBD).
How to Attend
There are a couple of things you need to know if you wish to attend the conference.
- Registration: You need to register for the event by March 28. Early bird registration costs $145 for non-Amnesty members and $120 for Amnesty members and ends Feb. 29. Membership is NOT INCLUDED in the registration fee. There are discounts for students, senior citizens and those on a limited income. You can register for the conference on Friday or Saturday of the event as well.
- Travel and Lodging: The conference is at a hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport and Convention Center. Amnesty does have a special rate for rooms at $199/night. Make sure to mention your Amnesty International affiliation to receive the special rate. The rate only lasts until March 4, so book as soon as possible. If the hotel is already full, then there are plenty of other options nearby.
- If you are a minor, or are considering bringing your children to the conference, then this waiver needs to be filled out and signed.
Amnesty STL Travel Arrangements
At this time, the St. Louis local group does not have any travel arrangements set. If you’re interested in attending the conference, then it’s best to plan your travel and lodgings on your own. We will announce any changes to the travel arrangements.
Hope to see you in Miami! Please contact us if you have any questions or comments regarding the conference!
It’s Annual General Meeting time again! This year’s Amnesty International conference will be held at The Hyatt Regency Bethesda near Washington, D.C. from Friday, March 22nd to Sunday, March 24th (note that the location has switched from the American University School of Law)! This year’s conference theme is Use Your Power, emphasizing how individuals can use their power to effect change in the world. Our chapter is planning on attending, so if you’d like to come with us or meet us there, then register today! Spaces are limited this year, so register early.
We don’t yet have a full agenda for the conference (we will post it once we know) but this year’s AGM is still going to be an exciting one. Don’t miss out on an amazing lineup of human rights defenders, organizers, and change makers during our conference sessions which address crucial human rights issues — such as discrimination against women as drivers of the MENA uprisings, the disappearance of trans-migrants in Mexico, the barriers preventing LGBT persons to access justice in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the role of the U.S. government in protecting human rights at home and abroad.
Congressman Jim McGovern, filmmaker Carlos Lascano, performer Luis Saldana and band members of Sins of the Loose Buttons are among our confirmed guests. You’ll also be given the opportunity to Use Your Power during a rally action for the Arm’s Trade Treaty, so if you haven’t been to an Amnesty conference before, or even in a while, this one is a must-attend. The AGM is one of the biggest events of the year for the chapter and for the organization, so make sure to register today or to let us know your interest in attending. Hope to see you there!
Just because the holidays are coming up doesn’t mean that we’re taking a break on our human rights activism. Far from it! We still have a few more events coming up in 2012, with one big one coming up in 2013 (see pic). We’re excited, and we hope you can attend at least one of them!
Saturday December 8, 4-9 p.m.- Mark this date, as this is when we will hold our annual ‘Write-a-Thon” to celebrate Human Rights Day. During the Write-a-Thon, we write letters on specific cases in conjunction with Amnesty International chapters around the country. This is meant as a big push on these particular cases so we can see some progress. We’ve previously held this event at the Schlafly Bottleworks
in Maplewood, so more details will be sent out once we get the green light from them. If you can, please come to this one to at least write a letter and to enjoy a free beer (last couple years we each got a free beer).
Yearly Holiday Party
In December, we only have one meeting instead of two because our second one if often too close to Christmas. This year, that one meeting is on Dec. 11, where our tradition is to bring desserts for a potluck and to write holiday cards to prisoners of conscience and their families. It’s out last meeting of 2012, so come if you can!
Annual General Meeting
At the Regional Conference in Chicago this past weekend, we received an official announcement on the 2013 AGM (Annual General Meeting
). Due to budget constraints, it will be held at American University’s Washington College of Law on March 22-24 in Washington, DC. There aren’t any additional details regarding programming. However, if people can make time on the Friday or Monday connected to the conference this could be an opportunity to meet and lobby our local members of Congress while in DC.