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Write for Rights–and keep your noggin bright

December 7, 2012

The holidays are a jumble of deadlines—we’re all rushing to get gifts, attend parties, and travel to see loved ones. Before you dive into the season, consider a deadline that can be met by sitting down and picking up a pen: December 10th. That’s Human Rights Day, and Amnesty International is encouraging people to get involved by joining their Write for Rights campaign.

Amnesty’s Write for Rights is a tribute to the power of the written word. According to Amnesty, it’s also the biggest human-rights event of the year. There’s still time to participate—sign up online to write cards and letters in support of human rights, either on your own or as part of a group. You can also register a Write for Rights event, or join one—such as the Comox Valley Action Circle’s Write for Rights in Comox, B.C., or Southminster United Church’s event in Ottawa, Ont. Amnesty will provide instructions on how to write the letters, and a host kit for those organizing events. It’s the sort of thing that everyone can get involved in, and we think it’s a great way to start the season.

Among the cases on which this year’s write-a-thon will focus are:

-The torture and assault of members of the youth-group Girifna in Sudan

-The imprisonment of Narges Mohammadi, a women’s rights activist in Iran

-The devastation of the village of Bodo in Nigeria due to a leaking Shell Oil pipeline

To complement Write for Rights, December 10th is also a day to wear the colour yellow. Amnesty’s yellow banner and logo are iconic—the organization uses yellow because it conveys urgency and stands out. They encourage everyone who wants to show support for human rights to include a shot of brightness on the 10th—and throughout the year.

One way you can do this is by wearing Amnesty’s yellow toque—it’s a great gift, it’ll keep you warm during the long winter, and its purchase supports Amnesty’s fundraising efforts. We sourced this union-made toque from a manufacturing facility on the east coast of the U.S., and we’re proud that it’s part of Amnesty’s yellow movement.

Many things lay claim to our attention at this time of year; it’s easy to get stressed and distracted. Amnesty’s yellow toques offer an easy and ethical way to look after some of your gift list, and just a few words on a card let you Write for Rights. What better way to launch the holidays?


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