Ever feel overwhelmed by the problems of the world? Well here's a way you can make a difference today.
Today is International Human Right's Day and I am spending some time today to write some letters with other members of Amnesty International to help support those who have been wrongfully detained throughout the world.
If you have a few minutes today (or even tomorrow or later this week) click on the links below and please consider taking a look at the different cases and writing even just one letter. It will only cost you a bit of time and the price of stamps. And best of all it really does work.
I will never forget reading of one woman who had been unlawfully detained saying how after the first bunch of letters arrived the beatings stopped, after the second bunch of letters came she was given back her clothes, after more letters arrived she was given a decent meal and eventually she was released.
It seems authorities will often behave differently when they know the world is watching and cares
The links will also leading you to this year's greeting card campaign which I participate in each year. Sending cards across the globe knowing that it wil truly bring a smile to someone's face and possibly make a profound difference in their life is one of my favourite activities of the holiday season.
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Today is International Human Rights Day.
Let's Write for Rights!
Don't forget to register the letters you've written! Click here.
Over 34,000 Canadians are Writing for Rights today. Here's why:
I write because its right and I have been helped by these writings in the past. Good works.
Mutang Urud (former Prisoner of Conscience) - Victoria, BC
I will be at a hockey practice, and I will be writing letters with other hockey moms. It is important to show our children that human rights apply to everyone.
Jonquil - Rockland, ON
Last year was my first time writing for Write for Rights. It was truly inspiring to see how much change something so simple could make. I can't wait to do it again!
Chantelle - Winnipeg, MB
Check out our Coast to Coast map and more comments from letter writers like you!
Thank you for being part of this historic event!
This is a record year for global actions - we're projecting over ONE MILLION LETTERS written today in 80 countries around the world! Watch the global action counter rise on the Write for Rights website.
Here's what you can do today:
1. Write for Rights:
Choose from any or all of our 14 featured Write for Rights cases.
Full details and mailing addresses are inside each case's page. Remember, you're making a real impact on real people suffering from human rights violations!
View the full list of cases for letter-writing in 2011
Click here for some great letter-writing tips to help you today
Report the number of letters you've written
2. Shine a Light:
Artists for human rights
Visit the artists page to learn more about artists getting behind Write for Rights.
Artists include: Sting, Margaret Atwood, David Usher, Stephen Fry, Rise Against and more!
"I love texting, tweeting, blogging and emailing as much, if not more, than the next person, but there are some occasions when nothing, but nothing, can replace the power of the hand-written letter .... these can work surprisingly well."
- Stephen Fry, British Actor and Writer
You can celebrate Amnesty International's 50th anniversary with us!
Check out these resources for making your own lanterns for Shine a Light.
There are over 300 letter-writing events in Canada today. Find a Write for Rights event close to you, or if you're in the Toronto or Niagara area today, join in a special Shine a Light event.
Watch as Niagara Falls is lit in Amnesty yellow this evening from 5:30pm, or join in a flash mob at the intersection of Yonge and Bloor in Toronto at 6:45pm tonight.
Tell governments that you won't stand for anyone infringing upon your human rights - or anyone else's - and help Amnesty International continue its work for another 50 years by making a donation to the Write for Rights campaign today.
Amnesty International is 100% funded by our members - we accept no government money under any conditions. Put simply, without you there would be no Amnesty International.
4. Spread the word:
Write for Rights is making waves on social media today. Please spread the message! Here's what you can do:
Use the hashtag #4Rights.
Visit this page for ideas on what to tweet.
And don't forget to follow @AmnestyNow for updates!
Use the Facebook "Like" buttons at the top of each case page.
Post a special message on your wall. Click here for an idea of what to post.
We have an open Flickr pool where you can view photos of Write for Rights uploaded by people from all over the globe - and you can upload your own!
View photos and add your own to the group pool here.
Create your own Write for Rights video and upload it as a response to our video, "Letters".
Upload your video response here.
Amnesty International Canada
www.amnesty.ca | firstname.lastname@example.org
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