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How YOU Can Write for Rights on December 10!

Posted in: Write for Rights
    Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 16:02

    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 Rights

    Last year we sent 3.7 million letters and messages for human rights from more than 200 countries. Here's a list of 10 ways you can get involved:

    1. Start with the simple stuff

    Sign up at Writeathon.ca! From here you can sign e-petitions, watch videos about cases, download materials for organising and letter writing and stay in the loop on cases to be featured on December 10. *Note: If you register to organise an event we'll mail out a Write for Rights kit to you at the address you provide.

    2. Amplify your reach and engagement on social media!

    We’ve designed a profile picture overlay for Write for Rights, 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 different ways you can 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're getting ready to write letters on International Human Rights Day - December 10. Don't be afraid to talk about why you are taking time to engage with Write for Rights. Share with people why this is such an important annual event - that it's a moment for global solidarity and action, because on December 10 we join millions of people across the world to speak out for human rights. Through our letter-writing we can amplify our collective demands for equity, freedom and justice. Encourage your friends, family, classmates, co-workers and to participate and invite them to sign up, too.

    Find more ideas at writeathon.ca/social. By using the hashtag #WriteforRights 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

    Gather some paper, pick up some pens, and maybe pop some popcorn. If you’re at work during the day, make a brown bag lunch out of the event and invite your colleagues to join you. If you are in school, bring in your teachers and classmates – maybe ask other homerooms or grades if they're interested too! If you’d rather get social in the evening, invite some folks over for some conversation, music, food and letter-writing. 

    Check out some tips for organizing a great Write for Rights event, big or small!

    5. Attend or volunteer at a local event

    Find a local Write for Rights event in your area on our events map and invite a few friends to join you! Local event organizers may be looking for volunteers to help out with promotion, food or support on the day - so get in touch with them if you have some spare time to help. 

    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 in advance of the event, and if you can send can an email or feature a save the date in your partner’s mailing list/ newsletter – do it! The more people aware of Write for Rights, the better.

    You can find everything you need to host and promote your event the Write for Rights materials page under "RESOURCES FOR EVENT ORGANIZERS". 

    On the day of the event, be sure to share pictures online with hashtags #WriteforRights 

    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 #WriteforRights

    We have an international wave of solidarity taking place on Human Rights Day across online platforms. Want to join us? 

    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? Let your creativity fly and write directly to those we are supporting. The languages and countries in our Write for Rights campaign vary, but your picture says 1000 words and more, in any language. Share your pictures with us online with the hashtags #write4rights #w4r17 #Art4Rights so we 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 Hanan Badr el-Din who is defending the rights of the disappeared, call on Honduras to protect Indigenous Lena peoples who are defending their land rights, help stop the Site C Dam in B.C. or speak out for Amnesty International staff and other human rights defenders who are being persecuted in Turkey for defending the rights of others – you’ll find stories that matter. By sharing them with your reading audience you are helping to better those lives.

    10. Do what you do best

    As cartoonist 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 hashtags #WriteforRights

     

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