Town Thanked For Supporting Human Rights

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Editor:

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize winning grassroots human rights organization working to protect basic human rights for all people, everywhere in the world. For the second year in a row, the Town of Payson proclaimed December to be Human Rights Awareness Month.

On behalf of Payson Amnesty International local group 1101, I would like to thank the Town of Payson for their continuing support and the many individuals, groups, business and organizations who helped make our second annual Human Rights Awareness Month a success.

The film screening of “Education Under Fire” on Dec. 4 drew over 35 individuals together to view an outstanding documentary that movingly presented the decades long persecution endured by Iran’s Baha’i community. Thank you, Payson Methodist Church and Pastor Javier Olivares Jr., for hosting the screening and for your encouragement of your congregation’s letter writing efforts.

On Dec. 10, Payson churches, service clubs and individuals joined the world’s largest human rights event. Three hundred and fifty letters were written during the “Write for Rights Write-a-Thon,” calling for the release of individuals wrongly imprisoned around the world.

Thank you, Rim Country Literacy Program, for hosting the write- a-thon and for continuing to host our monthly chapter meetings.

These events would not have been successful without the additional support of the following individuals, businesses and organizations. Thank you to: Father Dan Tantimonico of St. Paul’s Episcopalian Church and Pastor Glen Zimbleman of Mt. Cross Lutheran Church for your congregation’s participation and support of the write-a-thon; Printing By George for your patience and support in all of our copying needs; Domino’s Pizza for sending pizza to the write-a-thon; The Knotty Pine for supporting our letter-writing event and the Payson Roundup for your excellent coverage of our human rights events.

Payson High School has recently formed a local high school chapter of Amnesty International. Thank you to Judy Michele and the chapter students for your participation and support in our activities. We look forward to partnering with you in future.

Payson Amnesty meets the third Monday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rim Country Literacy building, 1001 S. Beeline Highway. We have the power to change someone’s life just by writing a letter. Join us as we continue to work for human rights both locally and globally. Please call 928-978-1268 for more information.

Penny Navis-Schmidt

Payson Amnesty International

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