from the

Mid-Atlantic Regional Office

Week of February 21 - 28th, 2011


Around the Region

- Get On The Bus-DC Happy Hour @ Madam’s Organ was successful! Raised almost $400 for GOTB!

- Annapolis Lobby Night - Nearly 30 Amnesty members talked to their senator & delegates about repealing the death penalty--the repeal bill introduced later in the week had 61 co-sponsors in the house and 24 in the senate!

- Global Day of Action for Egypt took place in cities all over the world, including in front of the White House!

What’s new this week?

Continue your solidarity and action with human rights activists across the Middle East!

Check out the Egypt Activist Guide or follow AIUSA’s blog for updates

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Want to plan for the rest of the month? Check out our new calendar!

Want us to include your next event? Submit it to the AIUSA Event Center today!

Did you know?

The United States has the highest number of incarcerated people  in the world, with nearly 3 million people in prison

Group Organizing Tip:

Create  three main long term goals that your group wants to accomplish.  This could be related to membership recruitment, fundraising, human rights victories, or all of the above! Revisit these goals at the beginning of every meeting to track progress,

discuss what has been done, and figure out what the next step is.

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*Look for more ideas in the

Spring 2011 Core Action

Keep in Mind

Have you sent in your annual group assessment fee yet? If not, now's the time! The deadline is March 15, so make sure to send it right away! These fees help us support all groups around the Mid-Atlantic region to strengthen their human rights activism

Click HERE for more information

Many thanks to those groups that have already sent us your annual group assessment fee!!!

Register for the 2011 Annual General Meeting!

Come celebrate Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary at the AGM in San Francisco, March 18-20. There’s still time to Register!! Click HERE for more info!

To read more about the Mid-Atlantic Region’s AGM representative, superstar activist Stephanie Viggiano, click HERE!

Death Penalty Action Weeks Are Here!

It’s time to end the death penalty. Take action now!

Visit HERE to learn how to become an even better abolition activist!!

The Messenger has a new look!

In an attempt to make the Messenger more user friendly we decided a re-vamp was needed! We realize this is a process of change and we gladly accept all forms of feedback about the new format. Here’s what you can expect to see in the coming weeks:

- Member profiles, creative events, and more from around the region

- Interesting facts relating to Amnesty issues and Group Organizing Tips

- Links included throughout the text, including links to MARO’s Facebook page, Twitter feed, and webpage

-Do you have something you want us to include?  If your group is organizing an event we should know about, if you know a great Amnesty volunteer we should profile, or if you have a great piece of Amnesty lore to share, send it to us today!


Want to know what's going on in with AIUSA? Check out this month's issue of CONNECT for updates on priority campaigns, plus updates on uprisings in Egypt and across the Middle East!

For more info. on anything in the region, or to subscribe to this weekly newsletter, contact aiusama@aiusa.org

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