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Apply to be an Amnesty Student Activist Coordinator

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.

Responsibilities:

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:

  1. Training:  We will work with you to meet all your training needs to help you be the best SAC you can possibly be.
  2. Materials and resources necessary to function as an SAC. This will include contact information for student groups and other AIUSA volunteer leaders.
  3. Prompt reimbursement for expenses incurred in carrying out the SAC responsibilities.
  4. Events and organization support by Regional Office staff upon request.

To Apply: please e-mail Jiva Manske (jmanske@aiusa.org) for MD, VA, and WV or Savannah Fox (sfox@aiusa.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

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!

Continue to take action to prevent unlawful killings with drones here! 

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!

Continue to take action to prevent unlawful killings with drones here! 

mercycorps:

halftheskymovement:

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

So deserved.

mercycorps:

halftheskymovement:

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

So deserved.

Thanks to you, Amnesty activists!

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

Sincerely,

Frank Jannuzi
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!  

Amnesty International stands in solidarity with immigration reform because human rights have no borders! Immigrants’ Rights are Human Rights!  

Will Delaware be next to abolish the death penalty?

 

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These past two weekends, April 6th and April 13th Amnesty International USA Mid-Atlantic Office organized and ran two different student trainings! The first took place in Richmond, VA on April 6th at Virginia Commonwealth University. Students attended from all over Virginia, from George Mason University to Charlottesville High School! The second took place at the Amnesty office in D.C. and included students from Washington D.C. and Maryland from GWU to University of MD College Park!  These were a day full of activist training, using Amnesty International’s new organizing model, as well as interactive workshops on issues we are working on right now! These workshops included discussion on ending the death penalty in Virginia and, eventually in the United States; how to close Guantanamo Bay under the Obama administration;  and a solidarity action for Noxolo Nagwaza, a woman from South Africa who was brutally beaten, raped and murdered two years ago because she was a member of the LGBTI community in South Africa. These core issues are what Amnesty International is currently working on, and the students were so excited to get involved in the movement and brainstorm ideas on how to bring more awareness to these various human rights abuses! The students from both trainings were very enthusiastic to take what they had learned at the trainings and apply it to their schools and activist work to help grow the human rights movement! 

Amnesty International, Witness Against Torture, and others gathered in front of the White House today for the April 11 Day of Action Against Guantanamo, and to stand in solidarity with the Guantanamo prisoners’ hunger strike (currently at 64 days). DC was one of 25+ actions taking place across the country today. A full list of actions can be found here

We support President Obama’s decision to close Guantanamo. It’s time to get the job done. He should use the certification process and waiver provision to transfer detainees and work with Congress to remove the remaining transfer restrictions. All detainees must either be charged and fairly tried in US federal court, or be released.

Call your Representative and two Senators with the same message (look them up at Thomas.gov). Want to learn more? Visit www.amnestyusa.org/security.  

April 11 Day of Action Against Guantanamo

Today is the April 11 Day of Action Against Guantanamo - 
And here’s how you can help end human rights violations in our names at Guantanamo:

1) Call the White House at 202.456.1111 or 202.456.1414 (if lines are busy please keep trying!) and say you want President Obama to:
- Fulfill his promise to close Guantanamo without further delay
- Ensure the detainees are either charged and fairly tried in civilian court or released
- Appoint and empower an individual within the White House to lead this effort

2) Come to one of the 24+ events happening today:
DC: White House from Noon - 1PM 
NYC: Times Square from 3 - 5PM
SF: New Federal Building at 4:30PM
Other cities: http://witnesstorture.org/events/ 

3) Tweet Dear @BarackObama @WhiteHouse I support the decision to close #Guantanamo - keep your promise!

4) Send an email about Shaker Aamer to the President:www.amnestyusa.org/aamer

5) Keep the pressure on: support AIUSA’s Congressional Lobby Week later this month!

Thank you for taking action to defend human rights, justice and real security for all of us!