Our Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga has been sponsoring letter-writing campaigns, during and between Sunday Services every two months, since 2015 based on Amnesty International Canada advocacy cases. We try to write our letters in a respectful tone, and choose cases where there is some hope the letter might have an impact.
In the past couple of years, UCM has had letter-writing campaigns on a variety of international and Canadian causes such as:
- The Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh
- Slavery in Mauritania
- Evictions of Sengwer tribespeople from their homeland in Kenya Forest parks
- Serbian government support of single male Syrian refugees
- An ombudsman to ensure Canadian Mining companies respect human rights and indigenous property rights in Central and South America
In 2017, we focused on Canadian First Nations issues such as:
- Signing by Canada of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Ontario Government responsibility to clean up mercury pollution in Grassy Narrows
- Canadian government respecting the Jordan’s Principle ruling to guarantee health and welfare services to First Nations children regardless of jurisdiction
- Urging the Liberal government to meet promises for equal education funding for First Nations primary schools
There was a strong history of advocacy of Amnesty International cases at UCM and UCSP (Unitarian Congregation of South Peel) by our elder member Ken Noble for many years, and we in the current Amnesty group were inspired by his example to continue in his footsteps.
If you would like to join our Amnesty Group to help organize letter-writing or online campaigns or petitions, please contact John Rowell at email@example.com, Doug Alton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathy Stobie at email@example.com
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