The written word can be a powerful thing.
The Moose Jaw chapter of Amnesty International held a two-day Write for Rights event. People could come to sign petitions that will go to various countries in support of human rights causes. The campaign is a global endeavour and the Moose Jaw chapter was focusing on the persecution of Columbian indigenous peoples because of natural resource extraction operations, some of which are Canadian corporations.
According to the Write for Rights official website, the event is the largest human rights event of the year. There were more than 400,000 letters written globally.
It’s great to see people around the world and in Moose Jaw playing a role in trying to make lives better for the less fortunate. Clearly the event is a good way to mobilize people into doing something about it.
It’s the Christmas season and giving tends to be on a lot of people’s minds. But those people in Columbia, for example, are dealing with abuse and death for more than just one season. For some of those people, those things are a daily occurrence all year-round.
It’s important to remember those people and try to do something about it for more than a one- or two-day event out of 365 days in the year. For instance, get involved with Amnesty International for more than one season and volunteer time even when it’s the middle of the summer.
But being involved with Amnesty International isn’t for everyone. Neither is volunteering. That doesn’t mean there isn’t something everyone can do year-round. Sometimes something as simple as holding a door open for someone or giving someone a friendly, “Good morning” with a smile can make someone’s day.
After all, it is the little things that tend to count the most.
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