Amnesty International Club Participates in Banner Drop

Mae Jiang, Editor

The Whitney Young Amnesty International Club is a human rights club at Whitney Young. It is a chapter of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots human rights organization, Amnesty International. The primary campaigns of this club are refugee rights and ending gun violence.


On November 20, Universal Children’s Day, Amnesty International Club participated in the End Child Detention Banner Drop. A time-honored strategy of deploying a message in a public space, a banner drop gets a simple statement out in a creative and artistic way to reach potentially hundreds or thousands of people in the community. The Whitney Young Amnesty International Club was given materials to decorate a banner and participate in this drop alongside several other Amnesty chapters around the country. The banner wrote, “Families belong together and free,” and was signed by numerous Whitney Young students who support ending child detention.


Members of the club were very excited about this project.


“I’m very passionate about ending family separation and child detention,” remarked Gia Doruelo, ‘21, vice president of the club.


“It was such a fun activity for our first meeting,” stated Faith Lee, ‘23.


“I’m glad the club is spreading awareness on such a pertinent issue,” said Mrs. Trine, the sponsor of the club.


The banner drop is pictured below.