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10 Ways You Can Write for Rights on December 10!

    Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 12:08

    By Catherine Brunelle, Write for Rights Support Team

    Have you ever wanted to make a difference, but then felt totally overwhelmed by that massive idea? We all have the potential to impact our world for good, often by simply supporting a cause already in motion. 

    Amnesty International is inviting you to help change lives on December 10, International Human Rights Day, with the world's biggest grassroots event for human rights: Write for RightsLast year we sent 3.2 million letters and messages for human rights from 143 countries. Here's a list of 10 ways you can get involved:

     

    1. Start with the simple stuff

    Sign up at Writeathon.ca! From there you can sign e-petitions and stay in the loop on cases to be featured on December 10. Check out stories like that of Albert Woodfox’s; he has been in solitary confinement for forty-three years
     

    2. Use your face

    Not as weird as it sounds. We’ve designed a profile picture overlay, which you can easily add to your Facebook, Twitter and other social accounts.

    Visit Writeathon.ca/social to grab your new profile picture and check out other ways to promote Write for Rights via social media. You won’t just be spreading news of the event; you’ll look good doing it! 
     

    3. Tell people about Write for Rights

    When people ask you ‘what’s up?’ be sure to tell them! You are writing letters on December 10, and it’s going to help change people’s lives. Tell your friends, family, classmates, coworkers and more. Invite them to sign up, too.

    Find more ideas at writeathon.ca/social. By using the hashtag #Write4Rights on your social media channels, you'll also be connected to a global movement of human rights supporters that are writing letters all over the world. 
     

    4. Gather your people

    Buy some paper, grab some pens, and pop some popcorn. If you’re at work during the day, make a brown bag lunch out of the event and invite your colleagues. If you are in school, bring in your teachers and classmates – maybe challenge other homerooms or grades. 

    If you’d rather get social in the evening, invite folks over for some conversation, music, food and letter-writing. 
     

    5. Attend or volunteer at a local event

    Find a local Write for Rights event in your area on the Writeathon.ca map at and take a few friends! Local event organizers may be looking for volunteers to help with promotion, food or day-of needs, so get in touch with them if you have some spare time to help. We've listed some of the bigger events here!
     

    6. Start your own event!

    Partner up with your favourite local vendor, library, coffee shop, or company and together work on inviting members of your community to join in during Write for Rights. Put up posters well in advance of the event, and if you can send can an email to your partner’s mailing list – do it! The more people aware of Write for Rights, the better. Check out 10 Tips for Hosting an Amazing Write for Rights Event!

    On the day of the event, be sure to share pictures online with hashtags #Write4Rights and #W4R. 
     

    7. Get Virtual

    Don’t have time to organize a get-together? Create a Facebook Event and invite your friends to attend online, or join the conversation on Twitter using #Write4Rights and #W4R. Be sure to join our Twitter party on December 10th from 7-8pm EST!

    This not only raises awareness, but brings people together virtually to share pictures of their letters, discuss the cases for which you are writing, and cheer one another on. You can also promote the actions on facebook and take action directly via twitter. Learn more here! 
     

    8. Get drawing

    Are you more about art than writing? Malaysian cartoonist Zunar has asked that his supporters draw pictures for him and post them on Instagram. Use the hashtag #Zunar and #W4R so Zunar can see your photo.
     

    9. Blog all about it

    Have a blog? We have great cases for you to share. Whether you want to discuss child brides in Burkina Faso, #LGBTQ rights and the situation of Kostas from Greece, detained Burmese student activist Phyoe Phyoe Aung, or the right to defend human rights activists like blogger Raif Badawi’s lawyer, Waleed Abu Al-Khair, who is imprisoned in Saudi Arabia – you’ll find stories that matter. By sharing them with your reading audience you are helping to better those lives. Check out some blogging ideas here.
     

    10. Do what you do best

    As Zunar says: “People normally ask, ‘what can they contribute?’ Everybody can play their part. What they need to do is what they know best: I am a cartoonist, I draw a cartoon.” Ask yourself, “What can I do best?” 

    We look forward to seeing what you can do! Share your work, events and ideas with us @Amnestynow on Twitter and AmnestyCanada on Facebook with the hashtag #Write4Rights.