POST-CONFERENCE NOTE: If you couldn't make it on September 4, you can still gain access to all the video recordings of the day's sessions by purchasing a ticket now!

The Rehumanize Conference is an annual event dedicated to education, discourse, and action on a range of issues related to human rights. People from all walks of life attend to hear from trailblazing activists, academics, and educators with a particular emphasis on the voices of those who have experienced dehumanization and violence first-hand. With plenty of opportunities for engagement with speakers and other conference attendees, this event is sure to challenge your apathy, increase your knowledge, and expand your horizons. Along with these paradigm-shifting ideas, you will also be given practical guidance on how to go out and challenge the systems and institutions that perpetuate oppression and build a culture of peace and life in your own communities. 

Last year, we decided to host our conference online for the safety of our attendees, speakers, and team members. While it was initially difficult to think we wouldn’t all be together physically, the virtual conference allowed us to extend our reach further than we could have imagined. We had a diverse group of world-changers attending virtually from several countries and at least four different continents all engaging with some of the most important issues of our day. This year, we will be online again and you will have the ability to join in and participate both via chat and even on camera throughout the day if you choose. We hope you can join us!

A note about the Hopin platform

In order to use Hopin, it is necessary that attendees have a device that allows you access to the Internet, and an email address. In order for certain functionalities and features to work properly, a camera or microphone and a headset or loudspeaker must be on and not used by another application. 

Rehumanize International staff members have found that accessing Hopin through laptop or desktop computers is more reliable than using a mobile device. Hopin allows users to test their video and audio before joining calls, so we recommend that once attendees purchase their tickets, attendees also create Hopin accounts to test their video and audio before the start of the event.

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

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September 4, 2021 · Online via Hopin · All times listed in Eastern Time 9:30AM–9:45AM Reception 9:45AM–10:00AM Welcome and Introduction to Hopin Aimee Murphy, founder of Rehumanize International, gives a welcome address. 10:00AM–10:30AM Opening Keynote: Human Rights for All Human Beings Herb Geraghty, Executive Director of Rehumanize International, will give an introduction to the history and philosophy of the Consistent Life Ethic, and will urge the audience to get activated in the movement to protect the rights of every human being. 10:30AM–11:30AM Keynote Panel: Global Perspectives on Abortion Moderated by Maria Oswalt, this session will feature perspectives from activists from Serbia, Japan, Ecuador, and Ireland. Kristina Artukovic (Serbia) Stephanie Midori Komashin (Japan) Martha Cecilia Villafuerte (Ecuador) Luke Silke (Ireland) 11:30AM–12:00PM Networking Break Take the opportunity to visit our sponsor booths in the Expo tab, and connect with other attendees in the Networking tab. 12:00PM–12:45PM Breakout Session 1 (Pick one):

  • Personal Testimony: From Undocumented Abortion Worker to Advocate for Life
    Formerly undocumented, Mayra Rodriguez will give a personal testimony about her experiences in the abortion industry and explain what changed her mind on the issue. She will also talk about how the abortion industry persuades immigrants, especially in the Latino community, on the need for abortions.
  • Personal Testimony: Witness to Torture and Religious Persecution in Guantanamo Bay
    U.S. Army Chaplain James Yee details his experience at the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. His objection ot abuse and torture of prisoners at "Gitmo" would lead to his own arrest and imprisonment in solitary confinement by the U.S. military. Does America have the will to close Guantanamo?
12:45PM–1:00PM Networking Break 1:00PM–1:30PM Breakout Session 2 (Pick one):
  • Workshop: Organizing 101
    Greta Zarro of World BEYOND War will give an introduction to organizing, drawing on her experience in nonviolent activism and the anti-war movement.
  • Workshop: Walking with the Vulnerable
    Lauren Handy is the founder of Mercy Missions, a life-affirming and anti-racist organization that uses non-carceral solutions in the struggle towards collective liberation, which is the freedom to thrive in safe and sustainable communities from conception to natural death. Unashamedly pro-life, Lauren confronts the culture of death head on!
  • Workshop: How to Help End Executions in the US
    Some states are abolishing executions while others are resuming them with archaic forms of killing. Abe Bonowitz of Death Penalty Action will give an update on what's happening in the push to end the death penalty, plus tools and strategies for action.
1:30PM–2:00PM Breakout Session 3 (Pick one):
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation
    In this session, Tim Wainwright of Catholic Social Action will give a review of the nuclear nonproliferation movement, the state of that movement in recent years, and the position of the Biden administration.
  • Apologetics 101: Let's Talk About Abortion
    Join Stephanie Stone from Students for Life to learn more about having a dialogue about abortion on campus and in your community. In this session, we will go over a scientific and philosophical defense for protection of the preborn and talk about ways to bring that conversation to your community.
  • Feminists Choosing Life of New York Michele Sterlace will speak on behalf of Feminists Choosing Life of New York (FCLNY); topics will include the amicus brief on the Dobbs SCOTUS case, for which FCLNY served as an organizational amicus, the Women's Alliance Against Violence's pending US Constitutional Challenge to NY's Reproductive Health Act, and FCLNY's trafficking and domestic violence hotline poster campaign.
2:00PM–2:15PM Networking Break 2:15PM–3:00PM Keynote: Surviving Death Row
Hear the powerful story of Sabrina Butler-Smith, Death Row Exoneree and member of Witness to Innocence. Sabrina Smith was a loving teenage mother when she was wrongfully convicted in the death of her nine-month-old in Mississippi. She was later exonerated of all wrongdoing, after spending six and a half years incarcerated, two of those years on death row. She was the first woman exonerated from death row in the US. She now works to change legislation, determined to make the system better so others, especially youth, do not have to experience what she did. 3:00PM–3:15PM Networking Break 3:15PM–4:00PM Breakout Session 4 (Pick one):
  • Workshop: Mindfulness for Activists
    Join Space Anemone artist Sunrise Transparence for a short guided meditation and multi-instrumental soundbath, followed by discussion. Explore these ways to practice self-care and hold space; no meditation experience necessary!
  • Workshop: So You Want to Start a Rehumanize Chapter
    Join Savannah Ackerman of Rehumanize DC/Maryland/Virginia to learn about the process to become a Rehumanize Chapter.
4:00PM–4:45PM Breakout Session 5 (Pick one):
  • Deconstructing Three Myths about Abortion
    Monica Snyder of Secular Pro-Life reviews three tenacious pro-choice assertions: (1) we don't know when life begins, (2) late-term abortions are only done for medical reasons, and (3) laws restricting abortion don't actually decrease abortion rates. Monica will discuss where these ideas come from and then introduce us to the facts, data, and research that disprove each myth.
  • Just Defense
    Often referenced in discussions of the Consistent Life Ethic, Just War Theory is a hot-button issue that is regrettably misrepresented and misinterpreted. This presentation from Aimee Murphy of Rehumanize International will explore the philosophy of just defense as ethical theory and critically evaluate how this theory of defense has been used, form the micro/interpersonal scale to the macro/global scale.
4:45PM–5:00PM Networking Break 5:00PM–6:00PM Keynote Panel: Global Perspectives on Imperialism
Drawing on the global network of World BEYOND War affiliates, we present an international look at imperialism and war. Hamza Shaiban from Yemen will talk about the first-hand experience of war. Guy Feugap, Coordinator for WBW Cameroon chapter, will talk about the first-hand experience of violent conflict in Cameroon. Gabriel Aguirre from COSI Venezuela will speak about the impact of U.S. sanctions on Venezuela. Foad Izadi, a WBW board member from Iran, will talk about sanctions on Iran. 6:00PM–6:15PM Networking Break 6:15PM–7:00PM Keynote: Assisted Suicide and Disability Justice
Hear from Anita Cameron, Director of Minority Outreach for Not Dead Yet since January 2017. She has met with national and state policy makers and written persuasively about opposition to a public policy of assisted suicide from the perspective of communities of color who experience disparities in access to healthcare. 7:00PM–7:15PM Networking Break 7:15PM–8:00PM Breakout Session 6 (Pick one): 8:00PM–9:00PM Regional Rehumanize Breakout Groups Based on registration, we will be creating regional breakout rooms so you can connect with Rehumanize supporters in your area! 9:00PM–9:30PM Closing Remarks Herb Geraghty, Rehumanize International Aimee Murphy, Rehumanize International Maria Oswalt, Rehumanize International Sarah Slater, Rehumanize International 9:30PM–10:00PM Final Networking Session





GET TICKETS NOW

Tickets for the Rehumanize Conference are pay-what-you-want (starting at just $5!) and count as a tax-deductible donation that will help fund our work. 

All ticket levels give you equal access to the conference on September 4th, 2021, as well as the ability to view videos from most of the sessions after the event has concluded. Note: conference videos will not be made available until our team is able to caption and upload them all. This could take several weeks

After purchasing, you will receive a downloadable PDF via email that explains how to access this virtual event. When you get this email you will have to register for the event on Hopin which is the same platform we used for the 2020 Rehumanize Conference and other recent online events. If you attended any of these events you should already have an account. If not, you will need to create an account. 

On the day of the conference visit hopin.com/events/rehumanize-conference-2021

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POST-CONFERENCE NOTE: If you couldn't make it on September 4, you can still gain access to all the video recordings of the day's sessions by purchasing a ticket now!

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If you have any questions regarding registration, contact sarah@rehumanizeintl.org

financial aid

We do not want a lack of funds to exclude anyone from the 2021 Rehumanize Conference. If you need a scholarship please contact herb@rehumanizeintl.org

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APPLY TO BE AN EVENT SPONSOR

We are currently accepting sponsorships for the 2021 Virtual Rehumanize Conference. There are four levels of sponsorship, each with different perks. Read below to learn more.

 

Platinum Sponsorship

$1000 

  • Acknowledgment as a Platinum Sponsor with your organization’s name and logo on promotional materials and the ticketing and conference platform websites. 

  • A 3-minute time slot on the main stage to promote your organization. 

  • Ability to host a 30-minute breakout session on a topic related to human rights of your choice. This can be a presentation, workshop, or discussion group. Must be approved by the Rehumanize International team. 

  • Ability to “table” live or play a video from a virtual expo booth. There will be several networking breaks in the schedule where attendees are encouraged to visit sponsors' booths. You can watch a tutorial and learn more about the tabling experience at hopin.com/learn

  • At least 3 shout-outs for your organization on Rehumanize International social media pages. 

  • A ½ page ad in an upcoming issue of Rehumanize International’s magazine, Life Matters Journal

  • 10 free conference passes to use or distribute as you wish. 

Gold Sponsorship

$300 

  • Acknowledgment as a Gold Sponsor with your organization’s name and logo on promotional materials and the ticketing and conference platform websites. 

  • Ability to host a 30-minute breakout session on a topic related to human rights of your choice. This can be a presentation, workshop, or discussion group. Must be approved by the Rehumanize International team. 

  • Ability to “table” live or play a video from a virtual expo booth. There will be several networking breaks in the schedule where attendees are encouraged to visit sponsor’s booths. You can watch a tutorial and learn more about the tabling experience at hopin.com/learn

  • At least 3 shout-outs for your organization on Rehumanize International social media pages. 

  • 4 free conference passes to use or distribute as you wish. 

Silver Sponsorship 

$150 

  • Acknowledgment as a Silver Sponsor with your organization’s name and logo on promotional materials and the ticketing and conference platform websites. 

  • Ability to “table” live or play a video from a virtual expo booth. There will be several networking breaks in the schedule where attendees are encouraged to visit sponsor’s booths. You can watch a tutorial and learn more about the tabling experience at hopin.com/learn

  • At least 1 shout-out for your organization on Rehumanize International social media pages. 

  • 2 free conference passes to use or distribute as you wish. 

 

Bronze Sponsorship 

$50

  • Acknowledgment as a Bronze Sponsor with your organization’s name and logo on promotional materials and the ticketing and conference platform websites. 

  • 1 free conference pass to use or distribute as you wish. 

To purchase a sponsorship please send a check for the appropriate amount to the address listed in the footer of this page and email sarah@rehumanizeintl.org with your organization name, logo, and representative contact information. 

Redemption of any or all sponsorship perks is optional on the part of the sponsoring organization. The final date to purchase a sponsorship is August 27th. Gold and Platinum Sponsors must purchase their sponsorships before July 15th if they would like to hold a session during the conference. Rehumanize International has the right to refuse sponsorship to any organization for any reason.

Email sarah@rehumanizeintl.org with any questions about sponsorship. 

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