GOTB 2020 speakers will be listed here. 2019 speakers are listed below:
Tibet/China: Lhamo Dolma will be returning as a guest speaker at Get on the Bus. Dolma is an 18-year old college student and activist. She is the daughter of Tibetan filmmaker and former prisoner of conscience, Dhondup Wangchen, and activist, Lhamo Tso.
In her own words, Dolma has shared a reflection on what brought her to activism, and what sustains her activism:
"My dad was my biggest inspiration in becoming an activist because of his bravery and devotion for Tibet and human rights -- it inspired me to become one as well. Tibetans who have sacrificed themselves so the rest of the Tibetans could have better futures and not have to live under the oppression of Chinese Government are my motivation to continue being an activist, representing them, and spreading awareness about the hardships that Tibetans go through."
Nazia Shaheed, Activist/Musician
Nazia Shaheed is Amnesty International member and a first-year student at New Jersey Institute of Technology, majoring in Biology and minoring in History. She is on a premed track, and hopes to go to medical school after college. Nazia also is training to become an EMT and a medical scribe.
In her own words: "I have been a part of Amnesty International since my freshman year of high school. When I first heard about Amnesty at my school, it was an advertisement for a trip to Boston for the Northeast Regional Conference. Being a high school freshman, I joined the club for the mere reason to go on a trip to Boston. Little did I know that this experience would impact the rest of my time in high school and carry with me to college. I became very much involved in high school and, in my sophomore year, was elected president of our Amnesty club. I worked with other members to raise awareness about Amnesty in the school and what we do. We held benefit concerts on campus in collaboration with a club that I founded with one of my best friends called MERACL (Middle Eastern Relief And Care Liaison). We also held bake sales and a movie night. Through our fundraisers, our clubs were able to raise a little over $2000 which we donated to UNHCR for refugee relief. We also held a winter clothing drive for refugees where we collected donations from our peers and classmates to be sent to charities in the Middle East. Most of our actions focused on refugees and migrants since most of our club members were very vocal about their feelings towards these issues.
Last April, one of my friends and I planned to perform at GOTB as sort our last performance together before we both went off to college. Unfortunately, she couldn’t make it because she had a driver’s test. So, I went on by myself and performed some of my favorites from the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s. These songs helped to unify a nation struggling with segregation and race conflicts back then so, I figured why not sing them to bring people together now, at this divisive time? I didn’t expect people to start singing along but, when they did, it nearly brought tears to my eyes. That was one of the best moments of my life and it made me thankful that I’m part of Amnesty International."