GTA Amnesty International Newsletter – April 2023

There are countless opportunities to get involved with Amnesty International. Our Activism Guide is your resource for the latest campaigns and actions. 

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Thursday April 20th, 7pm EST
Please join us for our monthly AITO members meeting, taking place Thursday, April 20th at 7 PM EST. All groups, teams and networks are encouraged to attend to share a report on your plans and activities. For new members and volunteers, there are many learning opportunities and it is a great way to discover how the organization works and how you can become more involved.    Registration is required in advance  at:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  
AITO Annual General Meeting and Call for Board of Directors Nominations
Are you looking to become more involved with Amnesty International Toronto?  Are you passionate about Human Rights? Amnesty International Toronto Organization (AITO) is holding its annual elections for the Board of Directors at our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 7:00 pm.   The AITO Board manages and controls the affairs and business of AITO on behalf of the membership and makes recommendations to the AITO members. The Board ensures that the goals, objectives, and strategies of AITO are implemented and that the finances of the organization are properly planned and managed.   AITO Board members must have the willingness and ability to take on leadership roles on various AITO teams and committees. Members of the AITO Board must also attend/participate and support other AI community initiatives in the GTA; as well as promote the national priority campaigns determined by AI Canada. Please note this is a working Board and there is a significant time commitment involved.   If you wish to serve on the Board of Directors please email the Nominations Committee at (corrected link): with your information, your intended post and the name of the member who nominates you.  Please include a brief description of yourself including your experience and qualifications.   The following positions need to be filled with enthusiastic, energetic and dedicated volunteers! Chair (2-year term) Treasurer (2-year term) Director-at-Large (Maximum 5, 1 year term each)   If you have any questions or would like more information or a detailed position description, please email  All inquiries will remain confidential.   The deadline for nominations is April 30th.  After April 30th, nominees will be posted and elections will be held at the Amnesty International Toronto AGM on May 18th.    AITO is committed to diverse and inclusive representation of the communities we serve.  We welcome applications from suitably qualified people of all ages, from all sections of the community, including Indigenous peoples, people of colour, all genders and the gender non-conforming, LGBTQ2S+, and persons with disabilities.  We offer an inclusive and accessible recruitment and selection process.  If you are invited to attend an interview and require accommodation, please advise us in advance of our meeting.   Thank you in advance for your interest!
Amnesty International Canadian Section (English-Speaking) is seeking interested and qualified individuals to join our Board of Directors and to do the important governance work that keeps the organization healthy and able to carry out its human rights work.

We are seeking individuals who bring a deep and abiding commitment to tackling systemic issues affecting marginalized communities with a specific lens of anti-racism, anti-oppression, feminism, intersectionality, decolonization, and accessibility through their governance contributions.

We are also seeking qualified candidates to participate in Amnesty’s global governance structures as a member of our 2024 Global Assembly Delegation.

For details please check by clicking on this link. Deadline April 28th.

WEBINAR: Stories from the frontlines of life-protecting struggles to defend lands & water
Join us on Sunday April 30th, 4:30pm – 6pm EDT (TBC) – the event is free!

With guest speakers: ·       Juana Zúniga, of the Environmental Committee of Guapinol in Honduras.  Juana and other community members continue to face death threats, surveillance, and lethal attacks as they seek to protect the Guapinol River from the impact of an iron ore operation that has been set up in a biodiverse protected area. ·       Rosa Marina Flores Cruz, of the Assembly of Indigenous Peoples of the Isthmus in Defense of Land and Territory in Oaxaca, Mexico and the Indigenous Futures Network.  Marina is an Afro Zapoteca woman defender involved in community resistance to energy megaprojects that continue to dispossess Indigenous peoples and violate their rights. ·       We will also hear from a land and water defender from Indigenous territory in Canada (details to be confirmed).

Background Amid the urgency of the climate crisis, Indigenous, Black and other racialized and marginalized communities are leading the way, defending lands, water, forests, clean air and climate justice. It puts them on a collision course with powerful companies, authorities, and economic interests who continue to put short term profits before human rights. Defenders are under attack but their courageous struggles continue.

Register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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2023 CALL FOR SUBMISSION!  The Matchstick will consider all work connected to justice, human rights advocacy, and the power of activism. We especially encourage submissions that align with the following Human Rights Campaigns: Indigenous Rights, Refugee Rights, Women’s Human Rights Defenders, Indigenous Water and Land Defenders, Climate Justice, Anti-Black Racism and Corporate Accountability. To learn more about Amnesty’s campaigns you can refer to our Activism Guide. 
If you are interested in submitting your work to The Matchstick, please check the guidelines and fill out our submissions form before 11:59 pm, April 30th, 2023. 
Deadline for submissions is May 15th.

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