Events: Where you can write

Write #4Rights is a powerful experience when done by yourself, but can be even more special when you join with others.

These events can happen anywhere – at home, in classrooms, coffee shops, community centers and more. Invite anyone who wants to make a difference for human rights. In the days surrounding Human Rights Day (December 10), our goal is to have hundreds of thousands of people writing letters for human rights. Join us!

Need help organizing an event? Check out these Resources.

 

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PETERBOROUGH, NH
Sunday, December 2 & Thursday, December 6
7:00 PM
All are welcome to join us for our annual nights of action for human rights!
Peterborough Unitarian Universalist, 25 Main Street, 03458
Contact Julie Flood Page at 603-899-9759 or juliejfp@juno.com for more information.

ORLANDO, FL
Monday, December 3
6-8pm
Join Local Group 519 for a night of much needed work and a great time as we write letters of encouragement to Prisoners of Conscience around the world
Marks Street Senior Center, 99 East Marks Street, 32801
Contact Alicia Koutsoulieris at Akoutsoulieris@aol.com for more information.
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ATLANTA, GA
Tuesday, December 4
6-9:30pm
Several Atlanta student and local groups will be partnering GFADP (Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty) to host a Holiday Potluck.
Phillip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Avenue, Suite A, 30307
Contact Savannah Fox at sfox@aiusa.org for more information.

WASHINGTON, DC
Friday, December 7
5:30-9:30pm
DC area local groups and the American Association for the Advancement of Science are hosting activists and POC speakers at this annual event.
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1200 New York Ave NW, 20005
Contact Elizabeth Lee at jemeppalleliz@gmail.com for more information.
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SANTA FE, NM
Friday, December 7
8AM-1PM
Join local Amnesty members for the annual write-a-thon at the Baking Company. Materials will be provided.
Santa Fe Baking Company, 504 West Cordova Road, Santa Fe NM
Contact susan.ai122@gmail.com for more information.

PAYSON, AZ
Saturday, December 8
8AM-6PM
Join Payson Amnesty for a marathon day of letter writing for human rights! We will also have a human rights film at 2PM.
Payson Unified Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy Street, Payson AZ
Contact paysonamnesty@gmail.com for more information.

TUCSON, AZ
Saturday, December 8
6:30PM
Tucson Local Group 88 is holding their annual holiday potluck and write-a-thon. Please bring a snack to share and art supplies.
Private residence, please email mjghory@gmail.com for location and more information.

ENCINO, CA
Saturday, December 8th 2012
11am -2pm
Amnesty International Group 92: Human Rights Day Holiday Picnic
We will have AI tables to display posters, banners, letters, sign petitions, and more. Please bring friends, family, colleagues, neighbors and dogs are welcome!
Lake Balboa Park, Encino, CA 91316 [Meet at Picnic Table #2]
Contact Mihoko Tokoro at mihokotokoro@hotmail.com or Patricia Dungo at patricia.dungo@gmail.com for more information.

Pasadena, CA
Saturday, December 8, 2012
9AM - 3PM
Local Group 22 invites you to join us to write letters for prisoners of conscience. All are welcome to drop by for coffee, conversation and activism. Zephyr Coffee House and Art Gallery
2419 East Colorado Blvd
Pasadena CA 91107
Contact Lucas Kemp at 626-795-1785 or for more information.
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Miami, Florida
Saturday, December 8th
Anytime from 10:30am-1:30pm
Join local group 248 as we write to people unjustly imprisoned from all over the world.
Location: Books and Books-927 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach Fl, 33139
Contact Michael Andrews at mandrews17@mindspring.com for more information. Learn More

LAS VEGAS, NM
Saturday, December 8
1-3:30PM
Join local Amnesty members for a solidary card-writing celebration. Materials will be provided!
Tome on the Range bookstore, Las Vegas NM
Contact Carrol, (505) 425-8980 for more information.

Cincinnati, OH
Saturday, December 8
11:30am-1:30pm
Program will include a former Prisoner of Conscience, Ed LeMaster,
imprisoned in Angola in 1961. A light lunch will be served. $3 suggested donation.
Community Friends Meeting, 3960 Winding Way, Cincinnati OH 45229
Contact Amnesty International Cincinnati at 513-300-5181 or 513-332-8579 for more information.

CORVALLIS, OR
Saturday, December 8
12-4PM
Join AI members for the 6th annual Write for Justice Corvallis write-a-thon. Pre-printed letters will be available.
Sunnyside Up Café, 116 NW Third Street, Corvallis OR
Contact LoErna at (541)619-1379 or L.simpson@comcast.net for more information.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Saturday, December 8
9-11pm
Charlottesville local group and student group members are joining forces for an evening of music, street theater, and action for human rights.
Southern Café and Music Hall, 103 South 1st St, 22902
Contact Gene Osborn at 443-962-7017 for more information.

PRESCOTT, AZ
Sunday, December 9
2-5PM
Prescott High School Amnesty is hosting a write-a-thon at the public library. All are welcome to join!
Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin Street, Prescott AZ
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TEMPE, AZ
Sunday, December 9
12:30-2PM
Everyone's invited, anyone can come! All you need is to be able to sign your name, lick a stamp and stuff an envelope. We'll provide all materials.
Boulders on Broadway, 530 West Broadway, Tempe AZ
Contact aitempeaz@gmail.com for more information. Learn More

Irvine, CA
Sunday, December 9th, 2012
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Join the Group 178 Write-a-thon! Write a letter, get a cookie! Cookies and eggnog provided.
Irvine United Congregational Church
4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine, California 92604
Contact jacques.kilchoer@aiusaoc.org for more information.

Long Beach, CA
Sunday, December 9, 2012
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Write for Rights with Local Group 175 and shop your conscience at the simultaneous Fair Trade Fair!
Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach, 5450 Atherton St., Long Beach 90815
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CHICAGO, IL
Sunday, December 9
Noon-4PM
Join the CAN, Local Group 113, Maine West HS, and U of Chicago Lab Schools student group for music and a talk on Nabeel Rajab by Beth Ann Toupin.
Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams Street, 60661
Contact Jim McDonald at jmcdonald@aiusacs.org for more information.
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SEATTLE, WA
Sunday, December 9
2-4PM
Group 4 will hold its annual write-a-thon at Chaco Canyon. Writing materials and snacks will be provided.
Chaco Canyon Café, 4757 12th Avenue NE, Seattle WA
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Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
Monday, December 10
9-2pm
The students, faculty, and staff of the University for Peace will take action in solidarity for human rights by participating in the Global Write-a-thon!
UN University for Peace
Contact Rob Manauis at empathysaves@gmail.com for more information.

College Park, MD
Monday, December 10
7-9pm
Join AI-University of Maryland for a celebration of International Human Rights day as we culminate a weekend of letter writing and action!
Nyumburu Multicultural Center, College Park, MD 20742
Contact Kelly at kellykshih@gmail.com for more information.

ASHEVILLE, NC
Monday, December 10
9:30am-12:30pm
Stop by and join the members of Local Group 714 for our annual Write #4Rights! Enjoy some good human rights work, along with your favorite baked good!
West End Bakery- 757 Haywood Rd. Ashville, NC 28806
Contact Virginia Himmelheber at vhimmelheb@aol.com for more information.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Monday, December 10 and Tuesday, December 11
10AM-2PM (both days)
On Human Rights Day, join us to write letters and we'll provide you with delicious treats (and a productive study break) for every letter you write!
Winning Coffee, 111 Harvard SE, Albuquerque NM
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BEND, OR
Monday, December 10
2-8PM
Join us to write letters for Individuals at Risk. Cookies, brownies, coffee and hot chocolate will be provided to keep you fueled for saving lives.
Deschutes Public Library, 507 NM Wall Street, Bend OR
Contact Phil at (541)388-1793 or phil@tiedyed.us for more information.

PITTSBURGH, PA
Monday, December 10
6pm-9pm
Pittsburgh local groups are collaborating on their 26th annual Write-a-thon, including a candlelight ceremony for human rights.
Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Avenue, 15206
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STOWE, VT
Monday, December 10
4-6pm
Members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stowe will be hosting an Amnesty International Global Write-a-thon. People can drop-in any time.
Helen Day Arts Center above the Stowe Library, 90 Pond St, 05672
Contact Carolyn Smiles at plumtreefarmvt@hotmail.com for more information.

PORT TOWNSEND, WA
Monday, December 10
7PM
Field Organizer Sara Schmidt will be present at the launch of the Port Townsend Local Group, which will also be a write-a-thon event.
Unitarian Universalist Church, 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend OR
Contact sschmidt@aiusa.org for more information.

Huntsville, AL
Tuesday, December 11
6pm
Join us for the very first meeting of the Huntsville, AL Chapter of AIUSA! We'll be writing letters to fearless human rights defenders.
Location Panera Bread, 6886 Govenors West, NW, Huntsville, AL 35806
Contact Natalie Senenfelder at Natalie.M.Senenfelder@gmail.com for more information.

Nashville, TN
Tuesday, December 11
3:30pm-6pm
Join the Amnesty International TN local group as we come together to write letters, and shed light on the injustices done to those who are not able to!
Location Church of Scientology,  1130 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 
We can be found on Meetup.com under AI Nashville.

Ventura, CA
Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
7-9 p.m.
Join Local Group 452 as we participate in this year's global Write-a-thon!
College United Methodist Church (4300 Telegraph Road, Ventura CA 93003)
Contact ndurantini@roadrunner.net for more information.

BALTIMORE, MD
Thursday, December 13
7-9pm
Enjoy homemade snacks and an outstanding selection of local and international beers with the Baltimore local group at their 3rd annual Write-a-Thon.
Liam Flynn's Alehouse, 22 W. North Avenue, 21201
Contact Eric Voboril at ewvoboril@gmail.com for more information.

Indian Springs, AL
Friday, December 14
4pm-6pm
Join AI Indian Springs School, and AI Samford to write letters for POCs across the globe! This will be a fun night of good work, treats, and prizes!
Location Indian Springs School Auditorium
Contact Contact Ebony at ebrickhouse@aiusa.org for more information. Learn More

PORTLAND, OR
Friday, December 14
7:30-9PM
Group 48 will hold its annual holiday potluck and Write-a-Thon at the December meeting. Join us for letter writing, good food and good company.
Fireside Room, Buchan Building at First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Avenue, Portland OR
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WESTPORT, CT
Saturday, December 15
1-3pm
Group 13/79 and friends will write cards on behalf of Prisoners of Conscience while enjoying holiday music and cookies.
Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, 06880
Contact: Dorothy Rich at dorothyrich@sbcglobal.net for more information.

PROVIDENCE, RI
Sunday, December 16, 2012
1-5 PM
Local Group 49's 25th Annual Write-a-thon for Human Rights features Samy Ndayisaba, from the DRC, who will light the ceremonial AI Candle of Hope.
First Unitarian Church of Providence, 1 Benevolent St, 02906
Contact amnesty49@googlegroups.com for more information.

 

How you can write

Here are some resources to help get your Write #4Rights events off-the-ground.

2012 Write #4Rights Action Guide
2012 Write #4Rights Classroom Writing Guide
2012 Write #4Rights brochure
2012 Write #4Rights poster
2012 Write #4Rights Lantern Templates
2012 Write #4Rights Lantern Toolkit
Printable Case Sheets and Sample Letters

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