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CKMS Community Connections for 8 December 2023: Amnesty International’s Write For Rights with Margaret Jackson

Show Notes

Margaret Jackson wearing a bright pink N95 mask and headphones, with a "Write For Rights" button on her blue sweater.
Margaret Jackson

Margaret Jackson from Amnesty International‘s local KW chapter Group Nine talks to Bob Jonkman about this year’s Write For Rights campaign, describes some of the cases that are being written about, the petition to BC premier David Eby about the criminalization of the Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders, and gives some info on joining the Group Nine chapter.

Previous episode on Write For Rights: CKMS Community Connections for 6 December 2019 with Sandee Lovas of Amnesty International Group Nine

Website: https://amnesty.ca/ (Amnesty International Canada)

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  • Write For Rights | Amnesty International (black letters on a yellow background withthe Amnesty logo (a candle wrapped in barbed wire) at the bottom)

    Upcoming Events

    • Amnesty International KW Chapter (Group Nine) Write For Rights
      • When: 11:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday 9 December 2023
      • Where: Kitchener Public Library, Meeting Room D
      • Location: 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener, Ontario Map 1
      • E-mail: groupnine9@gmail.com
      • Package: Case letters for 2023 (PDF file, 172 kBytes)


    Download: ckms-community-connections-2023-12-08-episode148-Amnesty-Internationals-Write-For-Rights-with-Margaret-Jackson.mp3 (53 MB, 57m50s, episode 148)


    Time Title Album Artist
    0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
    CKMS Community Connections
    Steve Todd
    1m12s Joy To The World Joy To The World | Jamie Bonk (white letters on a red background, two lines of text separated by a ribbon of landscape photos).
    Jamie Bonk
    4m45s Margaret Jackson tells us about Write For Rights, focusing on ten cases for this campaign, sending a blitz of letter to government and other people involved in human rights abuses. This has been quite effective; half-a-million letters for each case can’t be ignored. Margaret tells us the details of some of this year’s cases. In some cases the letters get sent to the individuals directly, sometimes they go to a local Amnesty office and are forwarded to the recipient. These letters are always appreciated.
    24m38s Margaret reads her letter to David Eby, premier of British Columbia and former KW resident, to express her concern over the criminalization of the Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders.
    32m03 Christmas Comes By Rail Onion Honey | A Merry Little While (photo of a cottage nestled in snow-covered trees, with line drawings of snowmen in the foreground)
    A Merry Little While
    Onion Honey
    35m08s Margaret tells us how the Write For Rights works. It’s at the Kitchener Public Library, downstairs in meeting room D. People can sign pre-printed letters, add an illustration or other artwork on a postcard. The Group Nine chapter will take care of mailing them out.
    39m05s This year Margaret wrote the standard letters, based on ideas of what should go in the letters from the Amnesty International campaign. Margaret adds that these letters come from Kitchener-Waterloo, and adds some information about each case to help the people who come in. The last in-person Write For Rights was in 2019, the past two years it was held as a ten-day e-mail blitz. The letters were printed, signed, and dropped off in a mailbox at a member’s house. This year there’s an e-mail letter sent to the government of Tunisia. Letters don’t have return addresses, but people are encouraged to sign their name, city, country, and postal code.
    43m53s For people who can’t come to the library there are online petitions at https://writeathon.ca, all of the information is available there. You can contact local chapter Group Nine at groupnine9@gmail.com and they can send you a package of case letters. The mailbox is still available at the member”s house until 15 December 2023.
    47m32s Margaret tells us that the letters are generally received well, because Amnesty International has a good reputation world-wide; people trust the information they get from Amnesty. There is nothing Amnesty can do in the way of applying economic pressure or sanctions; but perhaps local chapters can apply pressure to their local governments to act.
    50m08s Group Nine meets regularly on the first Tuesday of the month at Conrad Grebel college. There are speakers, either from Group Nine or from other agencies. Group Nine also participates in local events, like the Multicultural Festival and the Waterloo Pow Wow. Group Nine consists of about twelve core people, another 20 who help out at events, and a large number of people who are signed up for their e-mail list. People can get involved by sending an e-mail to groupnine9@gmail.com to come to the meeting. There is no cost, but people who make a donation become Amnesty International members and get to vote at their annual general meeting. Group Nine was the ninth group in Canada, now there are hundreds of groups. Margaret gives a bit of history of Amnesty International.
    56m45s Margaret recaps the info for Write For Rights and Bob gives the end credits.

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