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How YOU Can Write for Rights on December 10!

Posted in: Write for Rights
    Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 16:02
    By Catherine Brunelle, Write for Rights Support Team

    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 3.7 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 there you can sign e-petitions and stay in the loop on cases to be featured on December 10. 
     

    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 and #W4R16 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. 

    Check out our 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 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. 
     

    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.

    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 #Write4Rights and #W4R16. 
     

    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 #W4R16. 

    We have an international wave of solidarity taking place on Human Rights Day through online platforms? Want to join us? Learn more about noon-time solidarity action, and be sure to register for our Twitter party on December 10th from 4-5pm 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? 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 hashtag #write4rights and #w4r16 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 Máxima Acuña defending her land in Peru, call for President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden, help stop the Site C Dam or speak out for the refugees on Nauru – 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 hashtag #Write4Rights.

     

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