Amnesty International USA held its Annual General Meeting in Brooklyn, New York a few weeks ago. During the award luncheon on March 21, it was announced that Gerry Rivadeneira has been selected for the 2015 Ladis Kristof Memorial Fellowship. New York Times journalist, Nicholas Kristof and his daughter Caroline were on hand to make the announcement. In addition, Gerry gave a brief acceptance speech.
Gerry Carolina Rivadeneira was born in Ibarra, Ecuador, and migrated to Miami, Florida at the age of 7. She is a Posse Scholar and a junior at Mount Holyoke College, where she is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Law, Public Policy and Human Rights. She learned about Amnesty International in high school and joined the leadership team in 2012 as the Student Activist Coordinator for Western Massachusetts. In the past she has worked with “Strong Women, Strong Girls” to create cycles of mutual empowerment for women and girls, and with “The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts” to help advances social change philanthropy to create economic and social equality for women.
Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 18-20, 2011 in San Francisco. Aside from the typical AGM fanfare of plenaries and sessions, it was also a celebration of Amnesty International’s 50th anniversary.
The first evening was kicked off with a bang through a musical celebration to honor Joan Baez for her lifelong activism in human rights and her work to establish Amnesty International on the West Coast of the US. The celebration came alive when AIUSA presented her the Joan Baez Award for Outstanding, Inspirational Service in the Global Fight for Human Rights.
Submitted by AIUSA Western Regional Office
Amnesty International is proud to announce Hamzah Latif as the winner of the first annual Ladis Kristof Memorial Fellowship for Organizing and Activism. Not unlike Ladis Kristof himself, Latif has, at a young age, already been exposed to a bevy of international experiences which ultimately led him to call the United States home. While Ladis Kristof faced a daunting gauntlet in post-war Eastern Europe, Latif grew up moving about the Gulf States, from Qatar to Pakistan, with his family. This formative time prompted him to consider such dichotomies as living in overtly oil rich nations but witnessing poverty and mistreatment of working class immigrants.
From March 18-20, 2011, Amnesty International USA members will take to the streets of San Francisco to celebrate AI’s 50th anniversary at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)! The gathering will be at the Fairmont Hotel, the birthplace of the United Nations. Participants will gain essential skills in human rights advocacy, volunteering and community organizing.