Amnesty Success Stories
• Abolishment of the death penalty-the 16th state
to abandon capital punishment.
• Darsi Ferrer-prisoner of conscience-released
from Cuban jail for organizing protests critical of
• Mohammed al-Odaini: Held without charge by
U.S. in Guantanamo for 8 years.
– “…with Amnesty International’s support–and your
support–we persuaded the government to return Mr.
al-Odaini to Yemen and reunite him with his family.”
• Thousands die from hunger and
• No clean water, education or work.
• These arise from human rights violations
perpetrated by governments, corporations
and international institutions.
What Is The Demand Dignity
• Women’s Health: every 90 sec. a women dies in pregnancy and
during childbirth around the world in deaths that are preventable.
• Corporate Accountability: Privatization and economic globalization
have given companies access to new territories. Regulation of
companies that ensure respect for human rights has failed to keep
• Rights of People Living in Slums: people live in inadequate housing
and are very likely to be thrown out without notice.
“We in the U.S. have an obligation to ensure that our government
respects and promotes an international human rights framework that
prioritizes the human rights of poor and marginalized communities,
and as a membership-based organization Amnesty can make a
unique and powerful contribution towards this goal.”
• Amnesty works to end the death penalty
worldwide. The campaign looks to end the cycle
of violence created by a system riddled with
economic and racial bias and tainted by human
• It is currently common in most of the U.S. (34
• Since 1990, an average of three countries each
year have abolished the death penalty, and
today over two-thirds of the world's nations
have ended capital punishment in law or
…Individuals at Risk
• A former neighbor and a key witness in the trial
of Basilia Ucán, an indigenous woman in
Mexico, have been put under pressure by
representatives of the State Prosecutor’s to
make statements against her.
• Amnesty International is concerned for their
safety as they continue to resist the pressure of
officials andfears Basilia Ucán will be denied a
…Countering Terror With Justice
• Closing Guantanamo Bay:
– the U.S. government violated both
international and domestic prohibitions on
torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading
treatment in the name of fighting terrorism.
– Detainees held at Guantanamo must either be
promptly charged and given fair trials in U.S.
federal courts, or be released, to countries
where they will not be at risk of human rights
• Palestine-Israeli Conflict:
– Israeli air strikes over the Gaza Strip killed and injured
hundreds, including over 300 children.
– Over 1400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed
during the conflict in Gaza and southern Israel – three
of the Israelis and the majority of the Palestinian
fatalities were civilians.
– The international community of nations has failed
and betrayed the people of Gaza by allowing justice
to be stalled and the Israeli blockade on the Gaza
Strip to continue.
– Amnesty International continues to call for an
international justice solution for all victims of this
What Will We Be Doing?
• JAMnesty Music event or Concert
• Hiking for Human Rights
• Amnesty Tea/Coffee House Event
• Adopt a Prisoner of Conscience
• Host a Well-Known Speaker
• Candlelight Vigil
• Table at Robinson, Fairs, Festivals, etc.
• Walk and March
• Visit legislators and participate in an AI lobby
• Visit People at Immigration Detention Centers
• Get On the Bus: D.C. –April 15th
• Chalk Sidewalks
• Dance Marathon/Night
• Paint a Human Rights or Justice Themed Mural
• Universal Declaration of Human Rights Graffiti Competition
• There’s so much we could do!
-World Health Day-Take action to combat the worlds biggest health inequity-women
dying during childbirth.
-Mother’s Day-Honor moms in this country and around the world by fighting against
• Take brief minutes of each meeting and
take care of any major correspondence
concerning the group as a whole.
• Ensure the group members know what’s
• Photocopy and distribute necessary
campaign documents to group.
• Take notes during meetings.
• Determine Amnesty’s budget including price of
annual assessment fee, postage, guest
speakers, publicity, etc.
• Keep a record of all financial documents and
submit all financial records to the Financial
Affairs Office when required for audit.
• Sign all financial documents.
• Turn in all financial records for re-issue to the
new secretary or treasurer when required or
• Act as liaison in regards to school administration
and business’s role in organizing events.
• Coordinate w/ treasurer in ensuring group
assessment fee of speakers and other
necessary expenses is raised through the
organization of fundraisers.
• Organize events within the Robinson network,
which will raise awareness for group’s current
• Locate Amnesty events outside of school in
which our group may participate.
• Act as a liaison to the campus newspaper.
• Ensure that all group events and meetings
are well publicized through campus
newspapers, bulletins, announcement
boards, posters, fliers, and by other
means this includes various efforts to
recruit new members.
New Member Coordinator
• Collect contact information as members join
• Ensure they stay informed through group
• Organize group’s various forms of social
networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Email
and Google Groups in order to ensure student
body is aware of Amnesty’s presence and
current members stay informed.
Protect the Human.
Robinson Amnesty International