Every 2nd Sunday from 11:30-12:30 in the Cathedral, the Amnesty Writing Circle meets to write letters in support of Amnesty International’s campaigns in defence of human rights, both in Canada and around the world. All are welcome to draft letters, sign postcards, promote human rights, and stay up to date with human rights initiatives.
During 2019 the Cathedral continued our monthly focus for Amnesty International. Through both letters and petitions we sent support to Eco Warriors in South America and to the LGBTQ+ communities in Russia.
We wrote to the Canadian government to encourage action at Grassy Narrows and for the Canadian government to review their selling of military vehicles to Saudi Arabia, which were used against the people of Yemen.
We petitioned governments for the freedom of women imprisoned for campaigning for women’s rights.
Letters of protest were sent to the Canadian government concerning the forced sterilization of indigenous women and to the US government concerning separation and incarceration of children at the US borders.
We finished the year with the Write for the Rights campaign with over 80 hand written letters sent from both the Anglophone and Francophone congregations.
As a congregation that stands for inclusive love, freedom and equal rights for all, we sent our voices out electronically and in hard copy to take a stand and hold high our Cathedral’s values.