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Write for human rights

Join the global chorus at Amnesty International’s write-a-thon at U of M

December 4, 2019 — 

Every year on International Human Rights Day, Write for Rights mobilizes the power of letter-writing to influence world leaders to protect individuals or communities whose human rights have been denied. All of this year’s 10 global cases will focus on young people under the age of 25 who are a leading force for change. Among those spotlighted are the youth of Grassy Narrows and their ongoing fight for clean water.

This year on Dec. 10, the U of M community has the opportunity to join with hundreds of thousands of people from around the globe, says Ilaneet Goren, human rights and conflict management advisor at U of M’s Bannatyne Campus. AI Canada has dedicated this year’s campaign to Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows) First Nation and their fight for clean water.

“As a university that works toward the elimination of racism and all forms of discrimination, it’s important for us to locate our work in the larger social and global context,” adds Goren.

“By participating in this event, we express our solidarity as part of a global community, linked by our collective desire to live free from violence and oppression.”

Last year Write for Rights participants sent more than 5.9 million letters and actions for human rights.

The event is hosted by the U of M’s Office of Human Rights & Conflict Management and the John Neil Maclean Health Sciences Library at Bannatyne Campus. All campus community members are invited to join the Write for Rights event on Tuesday, December 10, 12-1 pm, in collaboration with Amnesty International Canada, at the Bannatyne campus.

Please see poster for details or visit: https://act.writeathon.ca/events/um-write-for-rights

 

DETAILS

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Noon – 1 p.m. main event (kick off remarks/speaker, video, letter-writing instructions)
  • 1 – 4 p.m. drop-in write-a-thon, guidance and materials provided throughout
  • Location: Level 300 of the NJM Library – Indigenous Health Collection space
  • Light snacks, coffee and tea provided

To register online: https://act.writeathon.ca/events/um-write-for-rights 

RSVP is encouraged to help ensure we have enough supplies.

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