GTA Amnesty International Newsletter – November 2021

Write for Rights 2021 Every year around Human Rights Day on December 10thAmnesty International supporters around the world send letters, emails and petitions in support of people at risk of human rights abuses. Last year, we took 4,496,875 actions. Our letters changed lives.
Whether you want to write on your own, join an event, or organize something of your own, there’s many ways to participate in Write for Rights. Sign up for Write for Rights 2021!   Amnesty Youth Ambassadors Training Program Wednesday November 3rd, 8pm EST

Please mark your calendar and plan to join the next Amnesty Youth Ambassador training session on Wednesday, November 3rd!

This interactive session will focus on organizing and hosting a Write-a-thon for this year’s global Write for Rights campaign. Learn from fellow youth about this important annual event, hear about the ten urgent cases we’re working on this year, and explore how you can encourage others to participate in defending human rights. 

Brought to you by the National Youth Action and Advisory Committee (NYAAC) and Amnesty International.  

Guest presenters: Abonti Nur Ahmed and Elaheh Sajadi, National Organizers Program.   Time: November 3rd, 2021, 8PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)   Join Zoom Meeting:   Meeting ID: 826 0036 1203
Passcode: 585526   Amnesty “Climate Justice” Workshop Series! Sunday November 14th, 4:30pm EST

Join AI Canada activists and special guests for our “Climate Justice” series, with one workshop taking place approximately every two months from November 2021 to May 2022! During this series, we will hear from those directly impacted, including activists on the front lines. The series is being organized by members of AI Canada Climate Justice and Corporate Accountability Specialized Team. All Amnesty members, supporters and activists are welcome to attend any or all of these online workshops. Events are free.     “Climate Justice and Human Rights” is our first workshop in the series and will take place on Sunday November 14th, between 4:30pm – 6pm EST.

Join us as we look at why Amnesty is involved in these issues; examine the interconnectedness of climate justice, environmental racism, and gender-based violence; consider the impact on food/water security and the right to a clean environment; examine lessons from the pandemic in the struggle for climate justice.

Sunday November 14th, 4:30pm – 6pm EST event – zoom registration here.

Time zones: 1:30 – 3pm Pacific; 2:30 – 4pm Mountain; 3:30 – 5pm Central; 4:30pm – 6pm Eastern, 5:30- 7pm Maritimes     AITO Monthly Meeting Thursday November 18th, 7pm EST

Please join us for our September monthly AITO members meeting taking place Thursday November 18th at 7 PM EST. All groups, teams and networks are encouraged to attend to share a report on your plans and activities. For new members and volunteers, there are many learning opportunities and it is a great way to discover how the organization works and how you can become more involved.  Registration is required in advance at this link.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. For more information please contact     Mark your calendar! Film Screening! Saturday November 20th, 4:30pm EST

The AI Gender Rights ST is excited to invite you to screen the documentary “White Torture” by prominent Iranian human rights defender, Narges Mohammadi and to join us for a post screening discussion with guest speakers Narges Mohammadi and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Shirin Ebadi.

Screening the film: 
The film will be available to watch 48 hours before the post-screening discussion and you will get a link to access it once you register.   Post-screening discussion: with guests human rights defender Narges  Mohammadi and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Shirin Ebadi When: Saturday November 20th, 4.30 pm EST Where: Please register here.   The film “White Torture” was made after the release of Narges Mohammadi from prison in October 2020.  However she is now at risk of arbitrary arrest and torture for an unjust conviction, which includes a 2.5 years prison sentence and 80 lashes, solely for her peaceful human rights activism.   The film includes interviews with former political prisoners and prisoners of conscience who shared on camera their experience of solitary confinement and torture.    NEW Resources for educators

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Climate Justice Teacher’s Guide. It features three
60-minute lessons that introduce climate justice, campaigning for a just transition, and defending individuals who are working to protect human rights and the environment. The guide features an outline for each lesson, background notes, suggested exercises and actions, and links to key additional resources
Access Resources HERE