Yes, Amnesty International is much more than writing letters. But, letter writing is an effective way to make a difference regarding human rights, and it isn’t as time-consuming as attending meetings, hosting events, and other forms of activism. If letter writing is the way that you want to stop human rights abuses and to raise awareness for these issues, then you need to join Amnesty’s updated Urgent Action Network today. Here’s why you should join the Urgent Action Network and write for rights today:
Write Letters on the Issues You Care About
One of the best updates in the Urgent Action Network is that when you sign up, you can customize the actions that you want to receive. If you only want to write to certain regions, or on specific issues, then you can sign up and ensure that you only receive actions for those regions or issues. However, you can’t specify more than that. For example, you can opt-in for urgent actions on torture and from the Middle East, but you can’t just receive actions on torture from the Middle East.
But, you can specify how many actions you want to receive each month. You can choose to receive every applicable urgent action, or you can choose to receive one, two, four, eight, or 12 in your inbox each month. If you want something as specific as torture in the Middle East, then opting for a smaller number can increase your chances.
The Hard Work is Done For You
The great thing about letter writing as a form of activism is that Amnesty International does most of the heavy lifting for you. Each action comes with a set of appeal points that you can include in your letter. This way, you don’t have to waste time thinking about what to write or what arguments to present. That’s already done for you and all you have to do is rewrite those appeal points into your own words.
Each action also comes with multiple targets including names, email addresses, phone numbers, postal addresses, and other important contact information, so you don’t have to do the research to figure out where to send your letter. These targets have already been chosen because they have the most influence to change the circumstances of your issues and/or prisoner of conscience, so you don’t have to worry about whether or not your letter will have any impact. You can send one letter to one person, or you can write multiple letters to several people. It’s also okay if you write one letter, and then send copies of that letter to the other targets. All you need to do is change the names in the letter before you put it in an envelope.
You Can Take the Time to Understand the Issue
One aspect of activism that many people are concerned about is that they don’t know the whole picture. They often have to go on what the petitioner is telling them, or what they hear at an event, or what they read about the other day. Without knowing the whole picture, some may be hesitant take action, unsure if that action is the best thing to do. That’s understandable, and that’s one of nice things about the Urgent Action Network. Not only does each action come with additional information about the broader issue (i.e. a brief history of the issue in the country, or of Amnesty’s stance on the issue, or that person’s case etc.), but each action has a one-month window for writing your letter. So, if you want to take some time to do more research on your own, then you have that time. You don’t have to rely on the action as your only source of information.