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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)

  • Twitter: Amnesty Canada (@AmnestyNow) | Twitter
  • Facebook: Amnesty International Kitchener Waterloo Chapter, Group 9
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  • YouTube: Amnesty International Canada (@amnestyinternationalcanada4524) | YouTube
  • TikTok: Amnesty (@amnesty) | TikTok
  • E-mail: groupnine9@gmail.com
  • 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)

    Podcast

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

    Index

    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).
    (single)
    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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    CKMS Community Connections for 6 December 2019 with Sandee Lovas of Amnesty International Group Nine

    Show Notes

    Sandee Lovas at the microphone
    Sandee Lovas

    Sandee Lovas, Amnesty International

    The interview starts at 0m25s.

    Online

    Twitter: @AmnestyNow
    Facebook: Amnesty International Kitchener Waterloo Chapter, Group 9
    Websites:


    Grassy Narrows Write For Rights poster

    Join the Write For Rights letter writing campaign with Amnesty International Group Nine:

    What: Amnesty International Group 9 Write for Rights
    When: Saturday, 7 December 2019 from 11:30am to 4:30pm
    Where: Seven Shores Cafe
    Location: Unit 4 — 10 Regina Street North, Waterloo, Ontario

    Come to the monthly meetings:

    When: 7:30pm on the first Tuesday of the month — Next meeting: 7 January 2020
    Where: The Fretz Seminar Room (4224), Conrad Grebel College
    Location: 140 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, Ontario

    Podcast

    Some technical difficulties at the start of this podcast, and lots of noise from construction in the studio building.

    Download: ckms-community-connections-2019-12-06.mp3 (52 MiBytes, 37m57s, episode 29)


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    Write For Rights with Amnesty International

    Write For Rights -- Amnesty International
    Amnesty International — Write For Rights
    Write for Rights is the world’s largest human rights event. It’s a moment when Amnesty International’s seven million supporters around the world join together in a letter-writing blitz calling on governments to respect the rights of selected individuals at risk.

    We have had many successes over the years including the release of political prisoners, the ending of torture in specific cases and in bringing human rights offenders to justice.

    Drop in to Seven Shores Café and find out about the 10 cases we are highlighting this year. All of our cases this year focus on youth. International focus will be on each of these ten cases, including one in Canada: the ongoing crisis of mercury contamination in Grassy Narrows First Nation.

    What: Amnesty International Group 9 Write for Rights
    When: Saturday, 7 December 2019 from 11:30am to 4:30pm
    Where: Seven Shores Cafe
    Location: Unit 4 — 10 Regina Street North, Waterloo, Ontario

    You can make a difference by signing letters to governments defending the rights of refugees, indigenous peoples, and human rights workers! We will also have petitions for you to sign!!

    Support human rights defenders and their families by sending them messages of hope and solidarity. We will post pictures of solidarity actions on our Facebook page.
    Children are welcome – we will have a creative activity for them to participate in.

    Thank you to Seven Shores Café for their support of human rights and Amnesty Group 9! This is our fourth year of holding our Write to Rights event there. Buy some coffee, lunch and yummy treats to sustain you as you write and sign letters on December 7.

    Group 9 Write for Rights Saturday December 7, 2019 | Facebook