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17

Apr

Student Activist Coordinators

We are currently looking for Student Activist Coordinators (SAC) for each state throughout the Mid-West region.

SAC’s are experienced organizers responsible for implementing and leading Amnesty International USA’s student and youth activism in their assigned states and across the country. In their assigned areas, SAC’s recruit new school groups, educate and mobilize people around campaign opportunities, support Amnesty members to be aware of policy-related issues, and act as a spokesperson for AI where appropriate. They represent youth activists in their state and work closely with the National Youth Action Committee.

If you are interested in this position, please let us know! Send us a message, contact your Field Organizer, or the Mid-West Office!

"Beneath the Blindfold" Film Screening

Come see “Beneath the Blindfold” this Monday, April 21st at the Chicago Cultural Center!

Student Group Registration Form

Hey AI Student Groups! It’s Time to Re-Register Your Student Group for  2014-2015!  

Get a head start and ensure that your student group continues to be a part of AIUSA’s Student Program this fall!

Follow the link below to register!

14

Apr

Time to End the Death Penalty in New Hampshire

What You can do for New Hampshire!

The vote on the New Hampshire Death Penalty Repeal bill is this Thursday, April 17 and Amnesty International is working hard to try and move a few more votes in the Senate. Below is a list of ways members and activists can help:

Do you know someone in New Hampshire?! As we tell State Senators to vote yes (HB 1170) to end the death penalty, we need constituents to make calls to their Senator. If you know someone who lives in New Hampshire or might have family and friends who live there - tell them to take action with us at: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=6oJCLQPAJiJUG&b=6645049&aid=520747

As well as call their State Senator. They can find out who their Senator is by using the following link: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/members/wml.aspx

Stand in solidarity with New Hampshire! For those who do not live in New Hampshire, but would like to stand in solidarity with us, take action at: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=6oJCLQPAJiJUG&b=6645049&aid=520747

For more information, please visit:

Susan Sarandon’s Blog: http://blog.amnestyusa.org/us/join-susan-sarandon-end-the-death-penalty-in-new-hampshire/

"After Death Row in Texas, I’m Fighting to End the Death Penalty" by Kerry Max Cook: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kerry-max-cook/after-death-row-in-texas-im-fighting-to-end-the-death-penalty_b_4837891.html

09

Apr

Dead Man Walking

Please attend:

DEAD MAN WALKING: The Conversation Continues

with Sister Helen Prejean

Featuring a performance by DePaul Universiyt students from the activist group Looped.Together

Tuesday, April 29 | 6:00 PM

Harold Washington Library Center

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

400 S. State St. | Chicago

For more information, email Rachael@SisterHelen.org

04

Apr

Stay tuned during the AGM for our Amnesty Trivia contest to win a free shirt! Follow us on Instagram and Twitter! #amnesty2014

Stay tuned during the AGM for our Amnesty Trivia contest to win a free shirt! Follow us on Instagram and Twitter! #amnesty2014

Please join us today - 12noon at the Daley Plaza!

Please join us today - 12noon at the Daley Plaza!

03

Apr

Chicago & Illinois: A 10-Point Human Rights Agenda

This report outlines ten human rights issues and recommends steps for immediate action by city, state and federal officials.  It focuses on:

1) Torture: Reparations for survivors of torture by Chicago police from 1970’s to 1990’s of more than 100 suspects;
2) Gun Violence: An array of human rights impacted by gun violence in Chicago;
3) Education: Potential violations connected to school closures, including lack of access to education and children at risk of violence or death;
4) Criminal Justice: Human rights challenges in the Illinois criminal justice system, including a prison population that has quadrupled over a thirty year period; 
5) Racial Profiling: Concerns about investigatory street stops in Chicago;
6) Tasers: Use of tasers by law enforcement officials;
7) Solitary Confinement: Use of prolonged and indefinite solitary confinement in Illinois;
8) Juvenile life without parole: The sentencing of juveniles to life without parole in Illinois;
9) Immigration: Concerns about immigration detention, including at three immigration detention facilities in Illinois; 
10) LGBT: Gaps in addressing hate crimes and policing practices related to gender identity and sexual orientation in Chicago.