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As we head into the final weeks of Write for Rights, check out some of the amazing work that has happened over the Summer so far, and what’s coming up next.

Super Saturday in Melbourne

Last December, the team in Victoria opened up the Action Centre for a super Saturday of taking action. Throughout the day, action groups, activists, supporters new and old headed into Collingwood to learn more about Write for Right’s incredible human rights defenders, and add their voice to the campaign. Letters, solidarity cards, petitions, conversations, food and friends made for an inspiring and impactful day with a final action tally of 765 actions. Amazing work from everyone involved.

765 Actions ©Amnesty International

Amnesty SANT celebrate 70th Anniversary of the UDHR ©Amnesty International

Ain’t No Party Like a Write for Rights Party

It might have been a Monday night, but the team in Adelaide made it one to remember. To make the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Amnesty SA/NT brought together friends from the community to mark this important milestone and take action as part of Write for Rights. Activists and supporters were joined by representatives from Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, Pilgrim Uniting Church, Don Dunston Foundation and and many more to celebrate a great year of activism and partnership, and to stand in solidarity with incredible human rights defenders from around the world. A night to remember for sure.

Letters to the Brave

In partnership with Carriageworks, Amnesty International had the amazing opportunity to weave Write for Rights into Chicago artist Nick Cave’s exhibition, Until. For Letter to the Brave, people were invited to take action for Write for Rights inside the exhibition – and those letters went on to be incorporated into the art and become part of the the exhibition itself. Letters to the Brave was a unique and inspiring opportunity, and a beautiful was to showcase the power of letter writing. If you’re in Sydney, Nick Cave’s Until is on display until 3 March.

Letter Writing at CarriageWorks ©Amnesty International

What’s Coming Up?

Just because Write for Rights finishes up at the end of January, doesn’t mean our work is done. In the first few months of 2019 we’re continuing our focus on women human rights defenders as part of Amnesty’s BRAVE campaign. These women have been subject to violence, abuse, and arrest, simply for standing up for others. We’ll update you with new Brave cases and resources throughout the year. You can check out BRAVE activist resources here. But first up …

Semester 1 and O-Week are just around the corner. In early February (6 February, 6:30pm EDST) we’ll be hosting a National O-Week Info Session for all campus group convenors – this is where you’ll find everything you need to know about what’s coming up, including:

  • All you need to know about BRAVE – our campaign to defend those who are persecuted for advocating human rights.
  • Get to know the 4 incredible human rights defenders we’ll be featuring at O Week
  • The basics to get your group off to the best start possible in 2019.

RSVP here to kick start your activism on campus for 2019.