Write for Rights in Your Classroom
3 Steps to Write for Rights in Your Classroom:
1. Download our Educator’s Guide (Coming Soon). Then receive support, resources and updates on the cases.
2. Write letters in your classroom. All you need is one class period, envelopes and postage.
3. Report and send your letters by December 31st:
- Either simply mail all letters written by your students in one envelope to:
Amnesty International USA
Attn: Student and Youth Program
1624 Franklin Street, Suite 520
Oakland, CA 94612
- Or use this easy online form to let us know how many letters your students wrote, and mail your letters to the addresses included on each case sheet within the Educator’s Guide
After reporting your letters, you can receive a classroom certificate thanking you and your students for participating in Write for Rights 2017.
Your Students Can Change Lives
This authentic writing activity promotes an understanding of global connectivity and the power of your students’ words to change our world. Your students will gain an introduction to human rights through individual cases, and become empowered to construct both effective letters to help end the human rights violations in each case, and messages of support to the individuals impacted.
Write for Rights is Amnesty International’s annual letter-writing marathon—it is the largest grassroots human rights event in the world, and it changes lives every year.
Three of the five cases for whom students wrote in the last 2 years have already seen progress: student leader Phyoe Phyoe Aung (below) was released from prison in Myanmar; the government of Burkina Faso publicly pledged to end child marriage in the country; and Albert Woodfox was released from prison in Louisiana after 40 years of solitary confinement.