Write for Rights
Saturday December 8, 2018 2:00-4:00
Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria Street, Aurora, ON
Thank you to all those who came out to join us for our version of the annual Amnesty event that is observed around the world on or around December 10. A good number of letters and personal notes to prisoners of conscience and their supporters were written.
Some of the participants with Mary holding the lighted candle, a symbol of hope to those who find themselves under threat or imprisoned for advocating and/or pursuing basic human rights, that we so often take for granted living in Canada.
Write for Rights – Fall 2018
Amnesty Aurora/Newmarket Write for Rights were present at the Aurora Public Library, Saturday October 13, 2018 as a participant in the One Book Aurora activities during the month of October. People were invited to learn more about what they can do to help with human rights issues around the world, sign a petition, write a letter, and join our local group.
Children were also invited to join in making a community art project.
Amnesty members at the Aurora Farmers Market September 8, 2018
December 2017 – Write for Rights
On November 7, 2017 the Newmarket/Aurora Amnesty group hosted an evening as part of the Holocaust Education. We were privileged to have Dr. Les Jacobs (professor at York University), an expert in human rights discuss the events that led to the passion of the 1948 UN Declaration of Human Rights and its relevance as a pivotal moment in a post-Holocaust era.
Hamid Hassemi-Shall is an Iranian-Canadian computer technician who was arrested by Iran on espionage charges in 2008 and sentenced to death the following year. A number of our group joined with Amnesty International in a letter-writing campaign on his behalf to have his execution reversed and have him returned to Canada. The Canadian government and senate also became involved. October 2013 saw him returned to Canada. On May 11, 2017 Hamid and his wife, Antonella, visited the Newmarket/Aurora Chapter to express their gratitude to members who were involved with the letter writing and to talk about his experience. Letter writing really does work!
The Annual Write for Rights – December 10, 2016 was held at the Aurora Public Library.