One of the goals set forth by Amnesty International has always been to address societal issues. AIGCC recently kicked off their 2016 film series on Feb. 23. Throughout the years the club on campus has put on various events to bring awareness and educate students, faculty and the general public along a broad spectrum of humanitarian efforts and struggles. These events are held with the intention of invoking social change.
“This club means a lot to me. For me it’s a way to research and learn about different human rights topics, and share them with the people of our campus, and community,” AIGCC President Rachel Wetle said on what Amnesty International means to her.
The Amnesty International club here on campus is in fact just a small chapter of a bigger picture. Although a small a fraction, it is still a driving force in the movement.
The Nobel Peace Prize winning organization has 55 years of history and has molded itself with the issues faced throughout time since. The organization states they have over 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries. According to their website, Amnesty International USA itself has over 250,000 members making it largest country section.
Right here on campus, the Amnesty International club, AIGCC, currently has 6 members and 2 advisors who are dedicated to bringing the same message the organization sends across the country and the world.
AIGCC was first established here on campus in 2008, according to AIGCC President Rachel Wetle.
“The main goal for AIGCC this year is to raise awareness of Human Rights violations both locally, nationally and internationally, as well as having a greater impact on campus, to draw more people into the fight for human rights,” Wetle said. “We plan on achieving this goal by doing the film events and collaborating with other club’s,” Wetle added.
The club commenced their 2016 their first film series Feb. 23 with “Film and Speakers Series: My Father’s Island.”
“As a human rights group we are trying to bring awareness to the issues of statelessness in the Caribbean and issues of migration throughout the world,” AIGCC member Teresa Flores asserted.
The next film to be presented will be “Black in America.”
“This episode looks at the sometimes turbulent relationship between law enforcement and communities of color” AIGCC President Rachel Wetle said.
“We will be having a panel with guest speakers and because it’s a current issue with our community we wanted to get as many people to this event as possible” Teresa Flores said.
There were nearly 1,000 officer involved shootings in 2015 with 956 incidents proving to be fatal, according to The Washington Post.
“We are in need of people to join the club to help with a greater impact as well as fill officer positions for the Fall Semester” Wetle said.
AIGCC is open to anyone who wants to make a difference on campus and become part of a much larger movement.
“It is important for people to become informed and aware of the topics our club tackles, because in our society today we find people who are unaware of certain issues and in a sense dis in-tuned with the struggles of humans around the globe,” Wetle said.
“Black in America”, the next film and presentation put on by Amnesty International, will take place April 6 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on campus in room SU-104E located inside the student union.
AIGCC meetings take place 12:30 p.m. Fridays in SU-123 and is open for any students.