Summer 2021 Activism Guide

Welcome to your Summer 2021 Activism Guide! 

Our Secretary General, Ketty Nivyabandi, has written a special message for activists to share her hopes and challenges for a new season as Amnesty Canada addresses systemic racism within our section. 

Our vital human rights work still continutes. The Activism Guide contains everything you need to take action with Amnesty International this spring and summer. 

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 Activism Planner A calendar to help you map out the season.     Take Action     Key campaign activities for the winter and spring.     Ongoing Actions    Campaign activities that will continue throughout the year.      Activist Opportunities      Upcoming opportunities to deepen your engagement.

ACTIVISM PLANNEROur Activism Planner can help you organize your activities for the season, featuring key dates along with resources and upcoming training opportunities. Activism PlannerIn MAY, take action for Mining Justice Month

In JUNE, reigster for Amnesty’s AGM and mark World Refugee Day

All SUMMER, keep the protest online for Pride 2021.  

TAKE ACTIONSpeak Up for Environment Defenders Under AttackEnvironment defenders in Latin America risk their lives to protect the environment on which our human rights and shared future depends.

Join Amnesty in solidarity with environment defenders across Latin America. Read MoreRights for People, Rules for BusinessThe Canadian government must do more to prevent human rights abuses by Canadian companies overseas. 

This May, join Amnesty for Mining Justice Month and take action for corporate accountability. Read MoreImmigration Detention Campaign LaunchEvery year, thousands of people are detained by Canada for reasons connected to their immigration status.

In time for World Refugee Day, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch will release a joint report and launch a campaign to bring about meaninful change on this harmful practice.Read MorePride 2021: Keeping the Protest OnlineThe COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted LGBTI people and now is forcing Pride activites online for the second year. 

The need for virtual communities of care and solidarity has never been greater. Join Amnesty during Pride season to take action in support of LGBTI rights! Read MoreCrisis and Tactical Round Up: Spring Solidarity Amnesty monitors, researches, and takes action on urgent and emerging situations around the world. 

Learn more about how to #StandWithBelarus, show #MyanmarSolidarity, help #BanTheScan, and support a #PeoplesVaccine among other critical actions. Read MoreTake Action for Climate Justice Climate change is one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time. 

Learn more about how you can take action for climate justice this spring. 

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ONGOING ACTIONSRecharge for RightsAmnesty’s campaign on powering a just energy transition continues. 

Learn more about how Canada can take a climate justice approach to transportation. Learn MoreStolen Sisters: Take Action Close to HomeMore than a year on, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls still awaits a federal response. 

Amnesty launched a campaign guide to help you take action at the local, provincial, and territorial levels. Learn More

ACTIVIST OPPORTUNITIESAnnual General MeetingRegister for the Annual General Meeting! 

Amnesty will be hosting our 2021 AGM virtually on June 5th and 6th. 

Registration is now open and more information will be sent out to registrants in advance. Register and Learn MoreHuman Rights CollegeAre you engaged or interested in human rights activism? Are you between the ages of 15 and 25? If so, we invite you to participate in the 2021 Amnesty International Human Rights College, happening from from May 31 to June 3

This year’s event is FREE, completely online, and being planned by youth for youth. 

You will hear about some of the important human rights issues Amnesty members and others are working on around the world, acquire skills that take your activism to new levels, and meet youth who, like you, are inspired and motivated to make a difference.Registration is currently full, but you can join the waiting list.  Join the Waiting List60 Candles for 60 YearsAmnesty International’s iconic candle-and-barbed-wire logo is recognized around the world. And this year Amnesty and its candle turn 60. Sadly, we can’t gather to mark the occasion, except online. So that’s where this special 60th anniversary art exhibition will be located.

We invite all artists to submit a high resolution photo of an original artwork or photo that in some way presents or represents a candle that we can bring together with 59 others in an online exhibition we’re calling 60 Candles for 60 Years.Learn More
CONNECT WITH USActivism TeamYouth Fellow: Serisha IyarAction Coordinator: Ailish Morgan-WeldenLeadership Development Coordinator: Elena DumitruOutreach & Training Coordinator: Don WrightActivism Network Coordinator: Shauna MacLeanDigital Activism Coordinator: Daniella BarretoCampaigns TeamWomen’s Human Rights and Gender Rights: Jackie HansenBusiness and Human Rights: Fiona Koza and Tara ScurrHuman Rights Law and Policy: Justin MohammedMexico, Central, and South America: Kathy PriceCrisis and Tactical: Hilary Homes