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Write for Rights with Amnesty International
December 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Amnesty International USA – NYC Groups 9 & 280‘s Annual “Write for Rights” event (this year, Sunday, Dec. 8th) to mark Human Rights Day (annually on Dec. 10th)!
Sometimes a letter can change someone’s life. That’s the premise of “Write for Rights”, Amnesty International’s annual global letter-writing campaign.
Every December, to mark Human Rights Day (the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948), Amnesty supporters across the globe continue a long tradition of sending out appeals in support of people whose basic human rights are being attacked.
Each year, Amnesty identifies 10 urgent cases where global activism can make a huge impact, and supplies information on each case, along with pre-written letters. This year, we’re throwing our might behind the children and young people who are fighting some of the world’s biggest crises, people like Yasaman Aryani, a 24-year-old activist sentenced to 16 years in prison for campaigning against forced veiling, and Magai Matiop Ngong, just 15 when he was sentenced to death in South Sudan. Many have stepped in where adults have failed to lead, and are facing terrible danger as a result. Your letters really can change their lives, and we invite you to participate in this year’s Write for Rights event. The human rights defenders in this year’s cases are counting on you. Some are in jail. Others are under dire threat. All of them targeted for their human rights work.
Please join us Sunday, December 8, at 1pm in New York Society for Ethical Culture‘s Ceremonial Hall to let the people in this year’s 10 cases know they have not been forgotten. Amnesty will supply pre-printed letters, envelopes, printed address labels, pens, case histories and refreshments. All you need to bring is yourself (return address labels are optional). International stamps for letters you sign would be greatly appreciated, but are not required.
Write for Rights is the biggest human rights event in the world, uniting supporters from more than 100 countries. Together, we have freed prisoners of conscience, saved the lives of human rights defenders under attack, stopped torture, and put an end to some of the world’s worse human rights abuses. Please join us.