Geoff Campbell represents Amnesty International Mount Allison at U2’s Final 360 Tour Concert in Moncton, NB

via Geoff at Mount Allison:

On Saturday I was the only member of Amnesty International Mount Allison to make it out to volunteer at the U2 360 Concert in Moncton. It was rainy, miserable weather for a couple hours but then the rain finally stopped and we were able to get enough signatures to surpass the goal of 200,000 supporters of a petition to the president-elect of Peru to increase funding for Maternal Health over the North American leg of the tour. Here’s us in the mud right in front of the Amnesty tent.

Then we were thanked for our efforts with a pass to the “Inner Circle” right next to the stage thanks to Bono’s support of Amnesty.
There were some reports that Neil Young was there but I find that doubtful. We did run into John Paul Tremblay

To give you another clue of how wet and muddy things were, here’s me in front of the Amnesty tent.

And to give you an idea of what 85,000+ people looks like here’s a small section of the audience.

After volunteering I was chosen to walk on stage during the section of the concert Bono talks about Amnesty. There was a section like this (minus the happy birthday intro):

and then this specifically at Moncton:

and here, thankfully, is the view from where we walked on the platform. You can’t see anybody’s face very well but I’m third from last on the left.

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Mount Allison represented at Amnesty International Human Rights College

The trip I took to Amnesty International Canada’s Human Rights College and AGM was covered in a piece on the Mount Allison website. I’ve included it below. I’m really excited for what I hope will be a great year for the group.

-Geoff Campbell

Mount Allison represented at Amnesty International Human Rights College
2011-06-16 09:22:55

Geoff Campbell, President of Mount Allison’s Amnesty International group, recently attended Amnesty International’s national youth leadership training and General Meeting in Montreal. The annual training brought together 30 human rights activists from across the country. This year’s topics included: The Role of Youth in Social Change in the Middle East and North Africa; the Death Penalty and the Wrongly Convicted; Aboriginal Land Rights and the Lubicon Cree; Why Maternal Health is a Human Rights Issue; Citizen Journalism; and Public Speaking for Human Rights.

“Going to the training and conference really refreshed how I think about social activism and has really informed me on how Amnesty will operate this year. After a presentation on Aboriginal rights, I was able to speak to the presenter about the Mount Allison group and he agreed to speak here later this year.”

When Campbell was contacted by the national office about the possibility of attending the Human Rights College, which featured founder of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) Jenni Williams, he was thrilled.

“I have been involved in Amnesty since high school, but being at Mount Allison has allowed me to study what I’m really interested in, and going to this conference was really an extension of what I learned in the classroom.”

At the conference he talked one-on-one with Williams about the recent uprisings in the Middle East and her insistence on non-violent protest as opposed to the active conflicts.

This year Amnesty will be holding awareness-raising events throughout the year and bringing in a speaker with support from the Centre for International Studies. In addition to preparing for next year’s activities on campus, Campbell will be volunteering for Amnesty’s Demand Dignity Campaign, specifically in its effort to end sexual violence against girls in Nicaragua.

If you are interested in volunteering with Amnesty this summer, or the upcoming year, you can contact the group at amnestyintl@mta.ca. Find more related clubs at International Relations or the SAC list of clubs and societies.

PHOTO CAPTION: Geoff Campbell (R) with Amnesty International Canada President Sarah Beamish.

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Amnesty International Canada Annual General Meeting 2011

After the Human Rights College was a great Annual General Meeting. The Ottawa office has a series of great blog posts about what happened so I won’t reinvent the wheel. I think it was a great presentation of the work that Amnesty Canada does. All said it was a very inspiring HRC and AGM and I’m looking forward to leading our group this year.

– Geoff Campbell

Jenni Williams, founder of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) was the keynote speaker.

Jenni Williams
Courtesy of AI Canada

Amnesty International Aboriginal Rights Campaigner Craig Benjamin spoke on the implementation of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Amnesty International Canada AGM

I met Amnesty International Canada (English Section) President Sarah Beamish.

Amnesty International Canada AGM

Amnesty International Women’s Rights Campaigner Lindsay Mossman speaks about Amnesty’s Campaign against Sexual Violence Against Girls in Nicaragua.

End Sexual Violence Against Girls in Nicaragua

Courtesy of AI Canada

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Amnesty International Canada Human Rights College 2011

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I’d like to write a little about my experience at Amnesty International’s Human Rights College in Montreal (May 25-27, 2011). It is AI Canada’s flagship youth and student training program. To give you an idea of what we covered here’s … Continue reading

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Amnesty International Canada Human Rights College 2011 Draft Agenda

Amnesty International Canada HRC 2011 Draft Agenda

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Panelists at Amnesty International Canada AGM 2011

Panelists at Amnesty International Canada AGM 2011

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Amnesty International Canada’s Human Rights College (HRC) and Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2011 in Montreal

I will have much more to write after the events in the upcoming weeks.but for now I thought I would share the fact that I applied and was accepted to join a small group of other youth leaders at Amnesty International Canada’s annual leadership training. The Human Rights College takes place immediately before the Annual Human Rights College which begins May 28th, 2011 in Montreal.

Again, I’ll have more to report on after the fact but for now I’ll share the Agenda for the AGM below. I’m really looking forward to celebrating the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International next week.


Geoff Campbell
President
Amnesty International Mount Allison

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