Where There’s a Quill There’s a Way

Friday, January 01, 2021 - By: Jim Ganley, Privett ‘34

Two days: 475 letters.

Again this year, to recognize Human Rights Day and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Brentwood students and staff participated in Amnesty International’s Write for Rights event December 15 & 16.

Covid-19 mitigation strategies meant we were not, this year, nestled around tables in Crooks Hall, but students in each English class, recently versed in the format of a formal letter and the 10 AI cases, elbowed down to advocate for human rights activists around the world.

Bonnie Z, Mackenzie ‘21 reflected, "Write for Rights has always been one of my favourite events at Brentwood. This annual event has not only provided me with the opportunity to volunteer and write letters but has also given me the chance to contribute to the fight for human justice and solidarity of those whose human rights have been violated. I would be thrilled to know if my words in the letter can make an impact on another person's life."

Organized by English teacher and Hope Houseparent, Mrs Karen Hedquist, the event is in its eighth year at Brentwood.

Jim Ganley, Privett ‘34

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