Writ­ing for rights in city and across Canada

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional event sup­ports women fight­ing for hu­man rights

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - NAOMI STOCK [email protected]

To mark In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Rights Day on Dec. 10, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional is spon­sor­ing two Write for Rights events in the Town Ward. Th­ese are two of more than 140 Write for Rights Events tak­ing place across Canada.

The first event takes place on Sun­day from 11:30 to 3 p.m. at Em­manuel United Church, 534 Ge­orge St. Par­tic­i­pants should en­ter from the McDon­nel Street door. The sec­ond event takes place on Mon­day Dec. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Whis­tle Stop Cafe, 141 Char­lotte St. Both events are drop-in, par­tic­i­pants can write one let­ter or as many as they wish. Amnesty In­ter­na­tional will sup­ply all the in­for­ma­tion and writ­ing sup­plies.

The fo­cus of this year’s Write for Rights events is women hu­man rights de­fend­ers. Letters will be writ­ten to sup­port 10 women who have been ad­vo­cat­ing for hu­man rights in Iran, Venezuela, Brazil, In­dia, USA, Mo­rocco, South Africa, Kenya, Ukraine and Kyr­gyzs­tan. Amnesty In­ter­na­tional hopes that th­ese writ­ten mes­sages help con­vince gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to re­lease peo­ple im­pris­oned for ex­press­ing their opin­ion, stop the use of tor­ture, com­mute death sen­tences and end other hu­man rights abuses.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Amnesty In­ter­na­tional this year’s Write for Rights cases or to make an on­line con­tri­bu­tion, please visit www.writeathon.ca.


The Elec­tric City Cul­ture Coun­cil (EC3) in­vites the pub­lic to at­tend its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing (AGM) Tues­day at 7 p.m. at Lett Ar­chi­tects, 138 Sim­coe St. This is an op­por­tu­nity to rec­og­nize the achieve­ments of the past year, cel­e­brate the suc­cess of Artsweek, re­new your mem­ber­ship and get a sneak peak at what’s com­ing up for 2019. This event is held in an ac­ces­si­ble lo­ca­tion and will in­clude some sea­sonal cheer. For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.ec­three.org.

Christ­mas Bazaar

Ru­bidge Re­tire­ment Res­i­dence hosts their an­nual Christ­mas Bazaar on Satur­day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is free. The Res­i­dence is lo­cated at 246 Ru­bidge St. For more in­for­ma­tion, please call 705-748-4000.

Christ­mas Cookie Walk

Em­manuel United Church United Church Women present a Christ­mas Cookie Walk on Satur­day from 10 a.m. to noon. Cook­ies are $6 per dozen; boxes are avail­able or bring your own con­tainer. This event, which also fea­tures a Tea Room, is lo­cated at Em­manuel West, 441 Ru­bidge St. For more in­for­ma­tion, please call 705-874-0238.

Hutchi­son House

Hutchi­son House is host­ing two events this week­end to get you in the Christ­mas Spirit. On Satur­day, from 2 to 4 p.m., the mu­seum presents A Christ­mas Carol by Charles Dick­ens. En­joy lis­ten­ing to a record­ing of the 1939 Camp­bell Soup ra­dio show, pre­sented by Or­son Wells, and star­ring Lionel Bar­ry­more as Ebenezer Scrooge. On Sun­day, from 2 to 4 p.m., it is A Child’s Christ­mas in Wales by Dy­lan Thomas and The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry.

Both events take place by fire­light in the Keep­ing Room at the mu­seum, 270 Brock St. A choice of dessert, tea and cof­fee will be served.

Tick­ets are $20 per per­son per event, or $30 per per­son if at­tend­ing both events. Seat­ing is lim­ited. To re­serve tick­ets, please call 705-743-9710.


Rose­mary Gan­ley (left) and A.J. McNaught (right) write letters at last year’s Write for Rights event.

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