Information about GET ON THE BUS 2019 coming soon. GET ON THE BUS 2018 was held on Friday, April 6th, and featured actions focused on Sri Lanka, Tibet/China, Iran, Sudan, Burma/Myanmar and the United States.
What is Get on the Bus?
Get on the Bus for Human Rights (GOTB) is an annual day of human rights education and activism organized by Amnesty International USA Group 133 of Somerville, MA and a dedicated team of volunteer community organizers. 2018 is its 23rd year. GOTB draws hundreds of participants riding buses, commuter trains, and carpooling to New York City to take peaceful action in front of embassies, consulates and corporate headquarters in NYC in support of human rights.
2018 Main Actions:
Sri Lanka: Justice for Ragihar Manoharan and the Trinco Five
Sudan/U.S.: Prevent the closure of IDP camps in Darfur; stop the attacks on civilians and end the destruction of their homes and property; allow the passage of humanitarian aid and respect the presence of UNAMID forces; and release detained human rights defenders.
Tibet/China: Release of prisoners of conscience Tashi Wangchuk and Shokjang (Druklo)
Iran: Release of human rights defender Narges Mohamadi
Burma: Call on Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing to order his troops to put a stop to the ongoing crimes against humanity/ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people
United States: End the practice of family detention of asylum seekers, with a focus on the Berks Detention Center
Download the action letters packet here.
Download event schedule here.
Register to volunteer here.
GOTB 2018 video: Anji Manivannan on the Trinco Five
Kip "11011001" Lyall
GOTB Leadership Team Member and Registration Coordinator
Sudan Action Coordinator
Sudan Action Coordinator and Sri Lanka Action Team Member
AIUSA Sri Lanka Country Specialist
GOTB Leadership Team Member and Tibet/China Action Coordinator
Honduras Action Coordinator and
Co-Chair AIUSA Central America and Mexico Coordinating Group
Sri Lanka Action Coordinator
GOTB Planning Team Member
GOTB Leadership Team Member and Grant Coordinator
Adam Ray Cross
Amnesty International Group 151
Christine Sarkissian, Kimberly Bowers, and Cooper Union
Detective Frank Bogucki
Goldman Environmental Prize
Lisa Leone, Bruce Barrows,
Rossie, and Sam
Marselha Gonçalves Margerin
Nancy Manera and the AIUSA Special Initiatives Fund Committee
Renee Pilotte and Fleming Printers
AIUSA Executive Assistant to the Executive Director
AIUSA Member Engagement, Membership Mobilization Department
AIUSA Managing Director for Government Relations
AIUSA Social Media Manager
AIUSA Senior Director, Organizing Unit
AIUSA Senior Campaigner for Refugee and Migrant Rights and Sudan Country Specialist
New York City Police Department, 17th Precinct
Tibet/China Action Speaker and Daughter of Tibetan Filmmaker and Former Prisoner of Conscience Dhondup Wangchen
AIUSA Field Organizing Assistant, Northeast Region
AIUSA China Country Specialist
Sudan Action Speaker + Amnesty International Senior Crisis Advisor
AIUSA Senior Field Organizer
Local Motion of Boston
Speaker and AIUSA Executive Director
Sri Lanka Action Speaker and Advocacy Director for People for Equality and Relief in Lanka
AIUSA Advocacy Director for the Americas
Amnesty International Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn, and Great Lakes
T-Shirt Printing and Graphic Design
AIUSA Security with Human Rights Director
Amnesty International Sudan/South Sudan Campaigner
Amnesty International, Research and Campaigns Assistant on Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka at the International Secretariat
USA/"No Ban, No Wall" Action Speaker and Wife of Yemeni Journalist Basheer Othman
AIUSA Security with Human Rights Associate Campaigner
Amnesty International Representative at the United Nations, New York
Amnesty International Crisis Response Team
Amnesty International Head of United Nations Office, New York
Honduras Action Speaker (via video) and Nephew of Slain Honduran Environmental Activist Berta Caceres
Tibet/China Action Speaker and Students for a Free Tibet U.S. Grassroots Coordinator
AIUSA Finance, Strategic Communications, and Digital Initiatives Executive Assistant
AIUSA China Country Specialist
AIUSA International Advocacy Director
Honduras Action Team and AIUSA Honduras Country Specialist
Amnesty International Nepal/Sri Lanka Campaigner at the International Secretariat
AIUSA Senior Director of Programs
Get on the Bus is a project of Amnesty International, Group 133, Somerville MA
GOTB is sponsored by The Cooper Union
Keep the pressure on governments and leaders throughout GOTB. If you have 10 minutes... please take action.
- Tweet using #gotb2017 @aiusa_gotb
- Be a Virtual Activist! Contact diplomatic officials via phone, fax, email, and social media.
- Spread the word and #ShowYourSolidarity in your community.