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.
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!
Denise, 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!
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!
3. Donate: 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.
Back in May I took a trip out to British Columbia with my Dad to visit my brother, Jonathan.The two of them are looking to buy some property about two and a half hours north of Vancouver where my brother lives. Jonathan thought it would be a good idea to drive up some old logging roads he knew to get an aerial view of the property. Slowly up the mountain we crawled in his 4x4. When we got to the spot we jumped out and headed for the edge. Much to our surprise there was about a dozen people up there relaxing, hanging out and about 4 of them parasailing.My dad an avid sailor has recently reacquired his pilot’s license after a few decades and was quite fascinated with these guys.He got chatting with one and the guy offered to take him up. I sat on the side of the mountain looking up.
When my dad rejoined us he said, “ Maybe one day I’ll give that a try”.
My brother said, “Oh, I could never do it”.
I said, “ I’d do it, it looks awesome”
My father replied, “ Ok, then do it ”.
“What right now?”
“Why not right now, you’re here, he’s here, and the weather conditions are perfect.
About twenty minutes later I was strapped in and running off the edge of the mountain. It was beautiful and exhilarating up in the air far above trees taking in the bird’s eye view. For one instant the thought of something going terribly wrong slipped into my consciousness but immediately the reply was “If this is my time to go so be it, there’s worse ways to go and this is just too amazing to miss”
I guess I was up there about 30 minutes but I had lost track of man’s time. I was just one with the mountains, the trees, the birds and all of nature.
This is the position I will take to my writing. When an idea comes and my inner voice says that would make a good story one day, I will answer back “Why not now?”When I complete something and think I will submit it one day, I will answer back “Why not now?” And once I have put in my best effort and done the research to find the best places to submit my work, then I will let it go. I will put out of my mind things going terribly wrong and getting rejection letters. I will remember that if I don’t go for it I might miss something truly amazing.
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CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO
STOP THE YULIN FESTIVAL
OF EATING DOGS IN GUANGXI
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