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Local Amnesty group writing letters in hopes of changing lives

The annual Write for Rights event will be at Trinity Church in Aurora on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon
The local Amnesty International chapter writes letters at Trinity Church in Aurora.

A simple letter can go a long way in defending someone's human rights, according to Amnesty International. The area chapter of the group will be hosting a write for rights event in Aurora on Dec. 10. 

This date marks the anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, which was originally proclaimed on Dec. 10, 1948. 

For more than 20 years on that day, Amnesty International groups gather to write letters on specific cases. The cases are often chosen by the organization as a whole, with case information, letter writing resources and guidelines provided to local chapters. The letters are often directed to prison authorities, politicians, or even prisoners themselves that Amnesty International feels have been wrongly detained. 

"Knowing that there's people out there that know about them and support them has done a lot, if nothing else, to raise their spirits," said Heather Cooper, a member of the local chapter. 

She herself joined several years ago after attending a write for rights event. 

This year, there are 10 cases for people to write about. Each of them involve a person or group of people who were jailed, tortured or even killed for protesting or speaking out. Information about each person is on Amnesty Canada's website.

Information on each case will also be on hand at the write for rights event. Cooper said they will also have all the physical materials needed to write letters. She said for people who feel like they wouldn't know where to start with writing, there are templates and other pointers available.

You don't need to attend the event for the entire time, she added. If you are only able to pop in for a bit to write a couple of letters, that's OK, too. There is also an online option for those who can't participate in person

The local event will be held at Trinity Anglican Church at 79 Victoria St. in Aurora from 10 a.m. to noon. You are invited to drop by and help change a life. Light refreshments will be provided. 



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