Last Tuesday, Amnesty International at The University of Michigan-Dearborn hosted an event in Kochoff Hall to raise awareness for different issues throughout the world.

There were different stations set up that described an issue and had a petition to sign to bring assistance to those who need it. The stations included maternal mortality, torture, right to an education, freedom of expression, and the diamond industry.  Each area had informational posters, creative examples, and a symbolic bead to add to a key chain or bracelet to show support.

There were different stations set up that described an issue and had a petition to sign to bring assistance to those who need it. The stations included maternal mortality, torture, right to an education, freedom of expression, and the diamond industry.  Each area had informational posters, creative examples, and a symbolic bead to add to a key chain or bracelet to show support.

The purpose of this event was to not only educate students on current issues in the world, but to get others involved to be part of the change. Along with the petitions, there were social media campaigns and videos.

Each member running a station created their own representation of an issue. The “right to an education” display showed the differences in education in the United States and then in Third World countries. The visual illustration gave a better understanding of the failing education systems in other countries, as well as allowing students to appreciate their current opportunities. In lieu of a bead, there was a puzzle piece to add to a keychain or bracelet. The “freedom of expression” bead was colorful and creative on one side and black on the other to symbolize the differences that Americans experience in comparison to other nations.

Amnesty International meets weekly. For more information about membership or events, contact President Afifah Latif and Marketing Director Sarah Bellaire.