Follow these points when listening to Obama’s security speech today at 2pm. He will be talking about both Guantanamo Bay and Drones in his speech, so it is definitely something to pay attention to!
Check out Amnesty’s interactive timeline on Vladimir Putin’s determined crackdown on freedoms of expression, assembly and association in Russia at www.amnestyusa.org/russia
Are you ready to show your PRIDE at the 2013 Capital PRIDE Festival?! We will be at historic Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday June 9 and we would love your help in advocating for LGBT rights! If interested, please email MA1intern@aiusa.org with your availability from 9am-6pm. The shifts will be from 9-12, 12-3, & 3-6. Click here for LGBT PRIDE 2013 Activism Resource! Love is a human right <3
It is official: #MDRepealed! A huge thank you to Amnesty members for contributing hard work for decades to make this victory come to fruition! We could not have repealed the death penalty in Maryland without you!
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Office is seeking a student or youth volunteer to act as a Student Activist Coordinator (SAC) for Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. The SAC is an important volunteer position within the Amnesty International USA structure and is an excellent opportunity for young activists to become leaders and organizers not only on campuses, but in their local communities as well. As a SAC, you will deepen your knowledge of human rights issues locally and worldwide, as well as acquire valuable organizing and activist skills.
1. Cultivate positive working relationships with local groups
- Maintain monthly contact with student and youth groups to which you are assigned.
- Ensure that groups have a clear understanding of AI’s Mission and policies and are aware of current action opportunities.
- Assist groups in developing yearly goals, planning an action calendar, and developing and implementing fund-raising activities.
- Recruit and organize new members
- Empower other students and youth in leadership positions.
- Help build local networks between group activities and local coalitions engaged in human rights work.
- Encourage students and youth to become members and get involved in the AIUSA’s governance process.
2. Educate yourself about Amnesty International and its policy issues/decisions:
- Attend leadership training, State Meetings and Regional Conferences.
- Familiarize yourself with AI’s position on priority campaigns and key human rights issues through regional office mailings and regular visit to Amnesty websites: http://www.amnestyusa.org
What SACs Can Expect From the Regional Office:
- Training: We will work with you to meet all your training needs to help you be the best SAC you can possibly be.
- Materials and resources necessary to function as an SAC. This will include contact information for student groups and other AIUSA volunteer leaders.
- Prompt reimbursement for expenses incurred in carrying out the SAC responsibilities.
- Events and organization support by Regional Office staff upon request.
To Apply: please e-mail Jiva Manske (email@example.com) for MD, VA, and WV or Savannah Fox (firstname.lastname@example.org) for DC, DE, and PA!
A huge thank you to activists on the Delaware death penalty repeal campaign! On Tuesday the Delaware house committee voted to table the bill, so it’s future is in question. Check out Washington Post Article: http://ow.ly/kBkhp
Are you a target? Amnesty members gathered at the first public hearing on drones hosted by the senate judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Liberties, and Human Rights to demand answers on drones!
Malala’s on the cover of TIME!
“Malala is now where she wants to be: back in school. The Taliban almost made Malala a martyr; they succeeded in making her a symbol. The memoir she is writing to raise awareness about the 61 million children around the world who are not in school indicates she accepts that unasked-for responsibility as a synonym for courage and a champion for girls everywhere. However Malala concludes her book, her story so far is only just beginning.”
- Chelsea Clinton
While I often write you with urgent news and actions about alarming abuses, today, I want to share some positive news - three major victories you helped make happen.
You demanded justice for all women - not some.
You stood up to shameful efforts by some members of Congress to deny protection against domestic violence for Indigenous women, the LGBT community and immigrant women. Thanks in part to Amnesty activists, an inclusive Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized and signed into law on March 7. Find out more.
You helped end the death penalty in Maryland.
Amnesty International has led a global movement to end capital punishment since 1977 and our activists have been organizing grassroots abolition efforts in Maryland for decades. On March 15, Maryland’s General Assembly passed a death penalty repeal bill, which the Governor will sign soon, making Maryland the 18th state to abolish the death penalty. Find out more.
You helped bring to life a landmark treaty to keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers.
Just last week at the UN, an Arms Trade Treaty was adopted that prohibits arms transfers that would be used to commit genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes. This win caps two decades of rigorous advocacy by Amnesty International. Find out more.
These victories are emblematic of the human rights achievements we are striving for in our world. And while today we celebrate what we’ve accomplished, tomorrow we fight - against injustice and oppression wherever they occur.
Thank you for all that you do to protect human rights
Deputy Executive Director
Advocacy Policy and Research
Amnesty International USA
Amnesty International stands in solidarity with immigration reform because human rights have no borders! Immigrants’ Rights are Human Rights!