We meet the second Sunday of each month to write letters. The regular location is the cafe at the north Lamar Central Market. We try to sit in the downstairs area. Letter-writing is any time between 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Everyone is welcome - please come by. We have written over 900 letters in support of human rights since January 2010.
The next letter writing date is January 13, 2019.
"Write a letter, save a life" is a slogan in AI. It refers to writing letters on behalf of victims of human rights violations throughout the world, based on reports evaluated and published by the central offices of AI. Letters are usually written to the officials of governments that are committing the wrongs.
In fact, we can't be sure that most individual letters actually get any results. Collectively, however, they make a difference. A letter may bring a case to the attention of a government, or let them know that people elsewhere care. If a letter gets through to a political prisoner, or a prisoner finds out that people are writing, it may give the person hope. In the best cases, prisoners are released, or abuses stop. In most such cases, again, we can't be sure that our letters were the reason, but we believe they help.
Outside of the meetings, much of our communication takes place on the mail list. To contact the group, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
AI 500 is the Austin, Texas chapter of Amnesty International.
The Austin organization was officially chartered as AIUSA Group 500 in September 1994.
Like all AI local groups, we work for:
Amnesty International Canada: Please visit the website of Local Group 27 in Victoria, BC.