About Columbia University Amnesty International
Columbia Amnesty International strives to carry out the goals of the larger Amnesty organization. To do so, CUAI plans speakers panels, lobbying trips, film screenings, arts nights, and many other events to raise awareness and petition for governments to change their laws and stop abuse of human rights.
Each semester, we choose an issue to focus on. In the past, these issues have ranged from more international crises like the genocide in Darfur, to things that hit closer to home - like maltreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
Every Wednesday, we meet from 9:15-10PM in Earl Hall, on Columbia University's campus. Meetings consist of conversations about pertinent human rights issues, speaker visits, "Urgent Action" letter presentations (to help Amnesty International with their famous letter-writing campaigns), and announcements of events in the area.
During the second half of our weekly meetings, we break up into committees - as a member of the General Body, you can get involved right away by coming to the meetings and joining one of these. All members choose from the following committees:
- Plan lobbying trips to offices in New York, New Jersey, and Washington, DC, to speak to representatives and garner their support for bills having to do with our semesterly issue
- Speakers and Films
- Plan speakers events and panels as well as film nights according to the semesterly issue
- Help create a monthly news letter - check out previous issues here!
- Skull & Bones
- Think of more "creative" ways of spreading awareness on the topic of the semester...it's a secret ;)
- Arts Initiative
- Plan artistic events for Columbia students to raise awareness about the issue of the semester - most importantly, this means planning the very popular bi-annual musical event, Jamnesty!
If you'd like to participate in a group where you can get involved right off the bat, CUAI is for you. We love new members, and can't wait to introduce you to the rest of our Famnesty!