2015 Write-a-Thon for Human Rights in Providence

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Group 49 Hosts 28th annual Write-a-Thon for Human Rights in Providence

Group 49 is inviting concerned Rhode Islanders to take part in Amnesty International’s annual “Global Write-a-Thon for Human Rights.” Now in its 28th year, the event is scheduled for Sunday, December 13, from 1-5 pm, at the First Unitarian Church of Providence (corner of Benevolent & Benefit streets).

Local participants will join hundreds of thousands of others worldwide who gather each year to commemorate the signing of the International Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948, by writing letters that seek freedom and fair treatment for prisoners of conscience and victims of human rights violations.

All (including children) are welcome to attend the write-a-thon, with an open-house format allows letter writers to give whatever time they have. As always, this serious occasion will be enlivened by refreshments and multiple drawings for prizes donated by area merchants.

The highlight of every write-a-thon is hearing the story of someone who has escaped terror in their home country. This year’s speaker will be Muhudin Janay, a Somali Muslim shot in the head when members of the Islamic militant group al-Shabab burst into the cafe where he was having coffee with friends and opened fire. The sole survivor of the massacre — though the bullet that cost him an eye remains buried in his brain – Mr. Sanay managed to escape to Uganda, and four years later was granted asylum here in Providence. His wife has also been allowed to join him.

No registration is necessary and all materials will be supplied. Please contact: (Ms) Zak Mettger, zmettger@verizon.net, 401/648-1747.

We hope to see you there