I have very fond memories in college and in the year after high school of sitting at tables, doing letters by hand for Amnesty International. I've been a member and contributor to AI now for nearing 20 years. They do amazing things in the world, always have, including some awesome work with domestic violence.
To give you some background on what letter writing for them is all about:
quote:A mother in the Congo fights against a military responsible for assaulting her children.
A priest in Eritrea is humiliated - stripped of his role in the Church by a government violating basic laws and principles.
A teacher in Myanmar is serving life in prison simply for criticizing the authorities.
Stories like these deserve happy endings. Help write those endings by joining the Global Write-a-thon.
These cases and others will be the focus of Amnesty International's upcoming Global Write-a-thon on December 5 - 14, 2008. In the days surrounding International Human Rights Day on December 10, tens of thousands of caring people around the world will take part in the world's largest letter writing event. Please join this worldwide effort. Be a part of the Global Write-a-thon.
During last year's Global Write-a-thon, people in more than 30 countries sent over 150,000 letters, postcards and emails on behalf of prisoners of conscience, human rights defenders, and others at risk. At least three of the prisoners were freed because of your support.
You might remember that this time last year, student leader Zmitser Dashkevich was in prison in Belarus for his peaceful political activities. Just weeks after his case was included as a Global Write-a-thon action, authorities released Zmitser.
That's the power of this event. Help make this year's Global Write-a-thon even stronger!
Last year, your letters made a difference. Now others need your help. Register today for Amnesty International's Global Write-a-thon and make a real difference in someone's life.
We could share letters written here at the site, perhaps even organize an online chat while we do this, the works. I'll do this myself, regardless, but I'd love for us to participate as a pledged group. If I hear back from at least 10 of you, I'll put us in as a group.
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I group I am a part of on campus did this last year, it was a really great experience! I would love to be a part! Everyone else should too...Seriously!
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