Call for Leaders: Arizona State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator
Amnesty International opposes the death penalty unconditionally because it violates the right to life and to be free from cruel, inhumane, and degrading punishment. We believe that it imitates and compounds the crime it condemns. Too often in the US some are denied our right to equal protection under the law. People of color and those living in poverty are overrepresented in our criminal justice system, including in the application of the death penalty.
Amnesty’s State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinators(SDPACs) are volunteer leaders who serve as local coordinators for abolition advocacy in their state. SDPACs collaborate with Amnesty staff, members, and criminal justice coalition partners to educate others about the death penalty, advocate and campaign locally and at the state level, and lead action to stop executions.
This volunteer position is an exciting opportunity to contribute your passion for death penalty abolition while leveraging and expanding your activism skills. You’ll get trained and supported by AIUSA and be part of a community of activists advancing human rights and social justice.
As Arizona SDPAC, you’ll work with partners to:
- Inform Amnesty members and staff of death penalty news in Arizona, i.e. upcoming executions and relevant legislation
- Coordinate on statewide strategies and help inform Amnesty’s national strategy
- Mobilize activists to engage in grassroots legislative advocacy and case campaigning
- Design and present death penalty education events for our members and your community
- Serve as Amnesty’s local representative in Arizona anti-death penalty coalitions
- Build relationships with local coalition leadership and members related to racial and criminal justice, Amnesty membership
You're the ideal SDPAC candidate if you have these qualifications:
- Arizona resident willing to commit to the role for a minimum of two years
- Thoughtful, committed team player passionate about death penalty abolition and eradicating discrimination from our justice system
- Experience with death penalty activism or organizing, and working with volunteers
- Willing to take initiative and develop creative solutions to challenges and work in coordination with others
- Willing to travel as needed and attend Amnesty trainings (travel expenses covered)
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Amnesty International, USA Mid-Atlantic Region
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Amnesty International's vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
In pursuit of this vision, AI's mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.
AI is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. It does not support or oppose any government or political system, nor does it support or oppose the views of the victims whose rights it seeks to protect. It is concerned solely with the impartial protection of human rights.
Amnesty International has a varied network of members and supporters around the world. Although they come from many different backgrounds and have widely different political and religious beliefs, they are united by a determination to work for a world where everyone enjoys human rights.
AI is a democratic, self-governing movement. Members and supporters across the nation, and throughout the world, are active in campaigns, events, and awareness efforts in the fight for human rights, supported by a global network of AI staff and volunteers. Movements such as the denouncement and end of torture, abolition of the death penalty, and prevention of violence against women are just a few cases of Amnesty's ongoing work.
This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.
September 9, 2021
- Orientation or Training
- 10-15 hours per month. A two-year commitment is highly encourages.
- Arizona resident willing to commit to the role for a minimum of two years. Thoughtful, committed team player passionate about death penalty abolition and eradicating discrimination from our justice system. Experience with death penalty activism.