Thanks to all those who participated in the “Write for Rights” events held in Whitehorse on December 10, International Human Rights Day.
Amnesty International is an international human rights organization which seeks to support prisoners of conscience – that is, people who have been imprisoned on the basis of their beliefs – in many countries around the world. Amnesty International has learned that the simple act of writing a letter can ultimately have an enormous effect in influencing governments.
For the sixth year in a row, Vanier Secondary teacher-librarian, Janet Clarke, organized letter-writing sessions in the library for students on December 10. In all, they wrote 177 letters to governments in various countries on behalf of prisoners of conscience.
The local letter-writing group sponsored an evening event at the United Church. As a result of this gathering, 54 letters were sent to governments and 23 greeting cards were sent directly to prisoners of conscience.
For those who wish to participate in the local letter-writing group, we meet on the last Tuesday evening of each month from 7 – 9 p.m. upstairs at the United Church. Newcomers are always welcome.