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Monday, December 5, 2011

Write for RIghts!

For fifty years, Amnesty International has been a beacon of light for prisoners of conscience around the world.  The organization investigates and publicizes the unfair treatment of  people whose just, reasonable or well intended actions are met with harsh, unfair or abuse, and takes action to help.  Their actions have saved many lives.  Every year, through their Write for Rights campaign, Amnesty International supporters send letters around the world asking government officials to release prisoners of conscience, give them a fair trial and / or cease abusing them.   I participated for the first time a couple of years ago and wrote about a dozen letters.  It was empowering to know that each of my letters would be joined by many others.  The 2011 Write for Rights campaign is underway now and Amnesty is asking you to join the more than fifty thousand of people around the world who are participating in their annual Global Write-a-thon  to write letters that can save lives.

"Write letters to amplify the voices governments are attempting to silence. Write letters demanding freedom. Write letters of solidarity. There are many governments around the world that like to think their prisoners are forgotten, and that their unjust actions go unnoticed. Help us shine a light on human rights abuses. Join us and write for rights.

SIGN UP to Write for Rights! Participate as an individual, host an event with friends, family, and members of your community, or attend a scheduled event. Check out our Write for Rights map to find an event near you, and RSVP to attend an event.  SPREAD THE WORD! Tell everyone that you plan to Write for Rights on Facebook and/or Twitter. Encourage others to sign up for Write for Rights by texting or emailing this registration link:
Get your RESOURCES. Everything you need to participate in Write for Rights will be available on this website, including case summaries, sample letters, promotional materials, and helpful tips for holding a successful Write for Rights event. Participants will receive an email when these additional Resources become available. If you'd like hard copies of these items or have questions, email us:  WRITE and MAIL your letters. (December 3-11 are the key dates, but feel free to start later.)"

To join me in Amnesty International's Write for Rights campaign, writing letters to help free prisoners of conscience around the world, Click Here!

Thank you for reading my blog today. Please be kind to yourself and to others. Share your visions of peace and justice with the world. Strive always to leave each place you visit the better for your having been there! - TCK

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