Bowdoin’s Amnesty International Club recently hosted its annual fundraiser in the form of a dodgeball tournament called, “Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Defend Human Rights!”
Every year, Bowdoin’s Amnesty International Club organizes a fundraiser to send money to Amnesty International to support its work fighting human rights abuses around the world. In previous years, the club has organized a “Jamnesty” concert for the fundraiser. This year, however, the club decided to have the Jamnesty as a coffeehouse in one of the college houses. The idea for the dodgeball tournament evolved as the club looked for an energetic event that would draw in groups from all around campus, according to co-president Emily Ausubel ’13.
The event, in Morrell Gym, attracted seven teams and a total of 35 players. The winning team – the men’s track team – walked away with a $50 gift card to Big Top Deli in Brunswick. The tournament raised about $150.
Bowdoin has had an Amnesty International Club for years, but the club has picked up speed in the past three years, starting when co-president Jillian Berkman ’12 took over leadership her sophomore year. Since then, the club has organized various events on campus including Jamnesty concerts, urgent action letter Write-A-Thons, film screenings and invited speakers.
The club has also done a lot of awareness raising through posters, chalking and tabling in the Student Union – one of the primary goals of the club is education. In the past few years the Amnesty club has steadily built up its membership to about 20 students who meet on a weekly basis to discuss current events relating to human rights and to plan awareness-raising campaigns.