In December I picked up my pen for justice and participated in my first Write for Rights letter campaign. The following email is from Michael O'Reilly, the Senior Campaign Director, Individuals at Risk for Amnesty International. I don't think he would mind a post sharing the wonderful news in this form letter, as a result of the actions of people all over the world!!
The Write for Rights stories are pouring in! We've enjoyed hearing about all the great Write for Rights activities that took place around the world - in coffee shops, libraries, schools and homes, we all came together to defend human rights. Collectively, our actions resulted in a thrilling human rights victory: the December release of Femi Peters in Gambia.
When you picked up a pen for justice this year, you made a real difference not only for Femi Peters and his family, but in the lives of so many others. No number of letters is too small: Every letter counts in the fight against injustice.
Your participation in this year's Write for Rights campaign helped give Femi Peters' son, Femi Junior, the "biggest Christmas present ever": getting his father back. "On behalf of my family, the Peters family, on behalf of myself," he said, "I want to thank Amnesty International from the bottom of my heart... It's good to have my dad back."
These kinds of human rights successes can't happen
unless we present a united front worldwide. The letters you sent
and the care that you demonstrated were matched by fellow Amnesty
members around the globe:
This year, 1,300 Write for Rights events took place across the US.
And many more people participated as individuals, writing and sending
their letters from home.
Thank you for taking the time to participate in this year's Write for Rights campaign.
Your letters delivered hope to Femi Peters and his family. And your letters also
carried a message of justice that will continue to be heard around the world.
Senior Campaign Director, Individuals at Risk
Amnesty International USA