Call For Action For Burmese Political Prisoners

I've mentioned before that Amnesty International is one of my favourite activist organizations, one I've done low-level volunteering for for over twenty years now.

Amnesty UK has a really interesting campaign running, and I wanted to encourage you to consider taking part. What it'll need from you is a picture, and some ink on your hand.
To stand with the people of Burma all you need to do is:

1. Read the list of cases below and decide which prisoner(s) you would like to support through this action
2. Write their name on your right hand (or get a friend to!).
3. Hold your right hand out, palm facing the camera
4. Take a picture. Then either:
5. Login to Flickr upload your picture and add it to the group
6. Email your picture to it to +44(0)7733 134 670 and we will add it to the group for you
7. Tell a friend to do the same
Here's mine.

Mie Mie, the prisoner whose name I'm carrying there, was arrested in 1988 as a high school student taking part in anti-government protests. She was sentenced to 65 years in prison. She's now 40, and has spent her entire adult life behind bars as a prisoner of conscience.

As ever, if you're looking for an organization which will be able to accept even small time donations, Amnesty may be a good org to try. They always have campaigns on which can be participated in by as little as writing a letter. Even doing that once a week means contributing to fifty different human rights cases a year.

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