Amnesty International defines its purpose

Amnesty International defines its purpose

Mara Batt, Staff Writer

Imagine a perfect society in which everyone can feel equal, dignified, and respected. ThisAi??goal may seem like an unattainable goal, but maybe it doesnai??i??t have to be.

Amnesty International envisions ai???a world in which every person ai??i?? regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity ai??i?? enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and other internationally recognized human rights standards. The UDHR states that ai???the recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rightsai??i?? of all people is “the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, ai???If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and This is the mentality of Amnesty International. Through ai???dynamic campaigns and long-term casework, members propel key human rights concerns and stories of individuals at risk into the glare of the international media and demand the attention of government officials, corporations, international institutions and policy makers. We combine high-level legislative work, media outreach and grassroots mobilization to shape and promote legislation and policies to advance human rights, protect individuals and free prisoners of conscience,” said adviser Ms. Leah McKain.

If this sounds like a cause you would like to be a part of, the Amnesty meets the first Thursday of every month. Coming soon from Amnesty International will be posters to raise awareness about worldwide issues. McKain said that working with Amnesty ai???gives you more appreciation of how lucky we are in this country compared to other countries. It makes you realize that everyone has a voice and if we all speak up together about human rights, we are all