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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Statewide Conference in Stillwater

The statewide conference was really inspirational. We got some valuable information and listened to some really talented speakers, as well as getting to know other human rights activists from other chapters across the state.

Jennifer McLaughlin from the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault gave a really informative presentation on the some of the problems highlighted in Amnesty International's "Maze of Injustice" report. We really felt inspired to continue working on this campaign, and hopefully now that Oklahoma's legislature is in session we can do some lobbying to bring attention to the issues she presented.

Adiyah Ali, our AI regional coordinator, put on a fundraising workshop that gave us some great ideas and tips for fundraising, which is a really important aspect of human rights work - after all, human rights work costs money! Fundraising is one thing that our chapter really needs to work on, so it was great to get some help in that area.

Rockey Robbins was the keynote speaker at the conference, drawing on his experiences working in Native American communities to bring our attention to other ways of thinking about our relationship to human rights work. He is currently an Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology here at OU.

After the conference, we went out for Thai food with students and professors from several other schools. We had some great conversations, and ate a lot.

Who knows, maybe we can host next year's conference...

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