2010 – 2011 Conference

This year’s state meeting occurred on Saturday, October 16 from 10:30 am – 4:00 pm. Meeting organizers Kate Reynolds and Katy Naples-Mitchell spoke alongside Joshua Rubenstein, Northeast Regional Director of Amnesty International, who provided an overview of Amnesty International’s role in the human rights movement and a look ahead to the 2011 50th Anniversary of AI. Keynote speaker Allyson McKinney, Yale Law School Visiting Fellow, spoke about her work with orphans and mothers in Uganda. Workshop leaders Ebony McClease, Vincent Woods, Brian Harmon, and Bo Chamberlin spoke about activism resources in Connecticut. After lunch Ebony McClease led a workshop on student outreach in CT, Bo Chamberlin presented on the death penalty in the US and the human rights movement, and Brian Harmon and Vincent Woods jointly led a workshop on lobbying. Helen Jack concluded the day with an overview of AIUSA priority campaigns. In the final discussion, we talked about better ways to recruit members, coordinate with other Amnesty chapters, network, collaborate, and accomplish our goals.

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