I got this e-mail today from Amnesty International and I had to share it with everyone!
Earlier this month, three women were named recipients of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for promoting women’s rights and women’s participation in peace-building. Yet, the winner of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize, Chinese human rights defender Liu Xiaobo, still languishes behind prison bars for seeking to promote peaceful political and social reforms in China.
In the days surrounding International Human Rights Day (December 10), you can shine a light for Liu Xiaobo and for others whose rights have been denied.
We’re asking you to take one simple action: Write a letter.
This can be a letter of passion and outrage to a government guilty of repressing free expression and denying other human rights.
Or it can be a letter of solidarity and hope sent directly to someone who needs reassurance that they are not alone.
Liu Xiaobo is just one case featured in this year’s annual Write for Rights – Global Write-a-thon – Amnesty’s largest global human rights event. Sign up now and let your letters be counted!
Since Amnesty’s founding 50 years ago, people throughout the world have joined together in classrooms, coffee houses and community centers to take action. They were united by a simple, yet powerful, tool for change – the letter.
Need proof that written words are powerful? Look no further than Liu Xiaobo – whose words of hope and freedom are seen as such a threat by authorities in China that they have imprisoned him because of them.
Now he and others need you to carry their torch by picking up a pen. You don’t need to be a Nobel Prize winner to Write for Rights! Stand with human rights supporters around the world by joining the Global Write-a-thon.
What an awesome way to help others! I am going to join the Write-a-thon and I suggest you do too.
Also, if issues like woman’s rights, gay marriage, taxes and so on bothers you, then write your local congressman. It works and is an easy way to get your voice heard to help others. Here is a list of all representatives.