by April 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0


The day will end with a rally for LGBT rights in Dupont Circle. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Amnesty International is holding its Third Annual “Get on the Bus” DC event on Friday, April 12.

Get on the Bus for Human Rights (GOTB) is an annual day of human rights education and activism. The group will meet at the Friends Meeting of Washington (2111 Florida Avenue NW) and will travel to the Embassies of Romania, Sudan and Indonesia before stopping in Dupont Circle for an LGBT rights rally.

“Get on the Bus DC has always been a day of contrasts. Seasoned Amnesty activists come out for one of their great loves —  spirited rallying at embassies. But each year we also have the joy of introducing students to the first protests of their lives. After that, there’s no turning back on making noise for human rights,” says Claudia Vandermade, co-chair of the event.

For more information on each of the issues addressed throughout the day, visit Amnesty International’s Get on the Bus website. The day will go from 8:30 am until 2:45 pm.

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by February 15, 2013 at 10:00 am 1 Comment

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]


The race is Saturday, March 30. (Courtesy of Amnesty International)

Hey all of you Borderstan runners: It’s time to lace up your shoes and venture across the river to run for human rights.

Amnesty International will host its inaugural 5K Run for Rights next month, Saturday, March 30. The run will begin at 8 am sharp and will start from Bon Air Park and Bluemont Park in Arlington.

“When I think about a group of people running on an Arlington trail on a beautiful spring day, I also think about the people we’re doing this for — the people in Sudan who have spent their entire lives running, the children who have never known a home and the satellite images we see of communities that once were,” says Claudia Vandermade, organizer of the race.

“I also think about the prisoners all over the world, from Myanmar to North Korea to any continent on the map, who are lucky to even take a step in a small cell so far from their homes and families. We will be running for all these people.”

Race Details and Features:

  • Team prizes
  • Individual prizes
  • Amnesty International T-shirt
  • Refreshments
  • Beautiful park setting, no roads to cross
  • Personal training session at 7:30 am to warm-up morning bodies

Registration is $20 before March 18 and $25 after. Visit the website to register online. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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