Hordes of Amnesty International activists will be descending on Boston next week.
For the most part, they'll be quietly ensconced in the Park Plaza Hotel. But true to the organization's roots -- not least the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 -- the nearly 1,000 delegates to Amnesty's 2009 annual national conference, from March 27-29, won't stay entirely within their hotel conference rooms.
The conference will kick off on Friday afternoon, March 27, with a march by up to 500 activists from the hotel to the JFK Building in Government Center to protest the treatment of immigrants detained in the United States. The march, cosponsored by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, will follow the release of a report by the US branch of Amnesty entitled "Jailed Without Justice: Immigration Detention in the United States."
The three-day annual conference is open to the public at a cost of $25 for the Saturday session or $100 for the weekend. A central theme is how to seize on the arrival of a new administration to make human rights "the centerpriece of of reform and positive leadership," says Larry Cox, executive director of AIUSA.
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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