Amnesty International’s Global Write-a-thon, December 7-10, 2007: Support a "Terra-ist"

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

UPDATE, 11/15/07:

Updated to include Daniel McGowan’s unit # on his mailing address:

Daniel McGowan
#63794-053, Unit I
FCI Sandstone
P.O. Box 1000
Sandstone, MN 55072

Thanks to Jenny for the correction!

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In honor of International Human Rights Day (December 10th), Amnesty International is holding a “Global Write-a-thon” through December 7-10, 2007.

The details:

On or around International Human Rights Day (December 10) activists from around the world write letters on behalf of individuals at risk of human rights abuses. The Global Write-a-thon was initiated by Amnesty International Poland in 2002 and was a huge success. It became a global, annual event that involves tens of thousands of participants from more than thirty countries. The goal is that this intense and concentrated pressure will elicit positive change in the lives of human rights defenders, prisoners of conscience, and other victims of human rights abuses.

Everyone can participate. It’s easy! Follow the 5 simple steps below:

1. Register for the write-a-thon as an individual or as a group. Watch as your pledges help light up the Amnesty candle.

2. Spread the word! Encourage your friends and family to get involved.

3. Check out the write-a-thon resources online starting the week of November 12th. You’ll find everything you need to participate on this site including case sheets, sample letters, a checklist for how to plan an event, and promotional materials. For hard copies, please email us at writeathon [at] aiusa.org

4. Write and mail lots of letters on Dec. 7-10.

5. Report back: Let us know how many letters were sent.

While Amnesty International focuses its efforts on prisoners of conscience who have been jailed for their human rights activities (for example, some of this year’s cases include “a prisoner of conscience from Myanmar, a disappeared student from Chechnya, and a survivor of rape from the Democratic Republic of Congo”), why not organize an event to generate letters of support for jailed animal rights and eco-activists instead of in addition to AI’s suggested targets? Better yet, register your event with Amnesty International and report your letters to the org – tell them that animal rights activists, tree huggers, and other “terra-ists” are important to you, too!

Interestingly, the same day that Amnesty International emailed their announcement of the Global Write-a-thon, Last Chance for Animals (LCA) sent out an action alert urging supporters to “Reach Out to an Animal Activist in Prison!” You can find that email – along with additional resources for AR prisoner support – after the flip.

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Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Action Alerts

Amnesty International: Demand safety for environmental activists in Ecuador

DawnWatch: Outstanding veggie coverage on DC NBC affiliate 7/31/07

National Wildlife Federation: Pass a Wildlife-Friendly “Energy Independence Package”

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Urge Your Representative to Vote YES on a Stronger Energy Bill!

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS): Who will your representative listen to? You or corporate interests? [Talking points]

United Poultry Concerns (UPC): Protest Orthodox Union Event

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VegCooking.com: Recipe of the Week: Crepes With ‘Cream’ Filling and Tart Cherry Sauce

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Amnesty International: Demand justice for environmental protesters in Sudan

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Via Amnesty International:

Demand justice for environmental protesters in Sudan

On June 13th, demonstrations against the construction of the Kajbar Dam in Farraig village, Sudan, resulted in police and security forces firing on protesters and detaining several lawyers, journalists, and activists. Security forces have targeted members of The Committee Against the Building of the Kajbar Dam, a group campaigning on behalf of affected villages. Arrested in their homes, there has been no word as to where they are being held or whether they have been charged with any criminal offense. A group of journalists and lawyers who traveled together to investigate the violence and arrests were also arrested and their exact place of detention is unknown. Amnesty International is deeply concerned that these men are at significant risk of ill treatment and torture.

Click here to learn more and take action.

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Amnesty International: Environmental Defender in Peru needs urgent support

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Via Amnesty International:

Environmental Defender in Peru needs urgent support

Amnesty International is gravely concerned for the safety of Javier Rodolfo Jahncke Benavente, a human rights and environmental defender, who has received a death threat linked to his work to protect the rights of communities affected by mining projects in northern Peru.

Javier Rodolfo Jahncke works for the Red Muqui, a support group in the Piura department that works to ensure that communities there have access to information about projected mining activities, and to a transparent and fair consultation before any such activities are carried out. On March 15, he received an anonymous call to his mobile phone from a man who told him, “Vas a morir” (You are going to die).

Most mining in Peru is for metals and the mining projects covered by the organizations in the Red Muqui include the extraction of copper, zinc, lead and gold. The communities are worried about the environmental impact that these projects may have in their region – a fear that is compounded by a lack of access to information and consultation prior to any decisions being made about mining activity in their communities.

Around the world, corporate and development interests are inflicting a devastating toll on human rights and the environment, and a disturbing trend has emerged whereby environmental defenders like Javier Rodolfo Jahncke are persecuted for their efforts.

Please take action today to help ensure the safety of Javier Rodolfo Jahncke and other members of Red Muqui and to order an investigation into any threats.

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Amnesty International: Send a message to Chevron and Dow Chemical for World Water Day

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Via Amnesty International:

Send a message to Chevron and Dow Chemical for World Water Day

Today, in honor of World Water Day, we ask you to send a message to Chevron and Dow Chemical, demanding that they fully address contamination left by their subsidiaries.

We all know the importance of clean water to human survival. But around the world, access to clean water has been threatened by corporate contamination. For instance, thousands of residents in Bhopal, India are drinking water laced with mercury and trichlorobenzene as a result of contamination left by Dow Chemical’s subsidiary, Union Carbide. In Ecuador, Chevron Corporation has turned its back on Amazon communities poisoned by contamination left by their subsidiary, Texaco, over 20 years of operations, and many complain of serious health problems related to drinking polluted water.

Remind both of these companies that communities around the world are relying on them to operate in ways that protect the environment and human health. They can’t wait another second for clean water in their communities – their lives depend on it.

Send a message to Chevron »

Send a message to Dow »

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Amnesty International: Don’t let Dow off the hook for Bhopal clean-up

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Via Amnesty International:

Don’t let Dow off the hook for Bhopal clean-up

On May 10th the executives at Dow Chemical Company will gather their most influential investors in Midland, MI to celebrate their profits and pat themselves on the back for another year of avoiding responsibility for the contamination in Bhopal, India. But we won’t let them off the hook – Amnesty International will be there to set the record straight and call attention to the company’s outstanding liabilities, by tabling a shareholder resolution about the Bhopal disaster that will be voted on by all of the company’s stockholders.

Here’s the catch: we must garner at least a 10% vote (extremely high and very hard to hit) in order to ensure the company cannot ignore the resolution. If we miss our mark, we can’t raise the issue again in a resolution until 2012.

You can help us meet the 10% target by sending letters of support to some of Dow Chemical’s top shareholders.

Click here to learn more, and here to take action.

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