The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice: Joan Baez “Our hard-fought gains are at risk.” Senator Juan Pablo Letelier & Mariana Almeida urge action to defend them.

Our hard-fought gains are at risk. Defend them.


Dear Mariana,

It is impressive how powerful the nonviolent human rights movement has become. 

But unless we are constantly vigilant in standing up for human rights, we risk losing them.

Here’s what’s happening, and why I’m urging you to stand with me and take action: After a year of both promising advances and broken promises, Egypt’s transition to accountable government is an open question. Despite activist progress, women remain marginalized from leadership positions, the new civilian government is without a constitution, and officials are still using Mubarak-era laws to attack the media and freedom of speech.

Here in the U.S., the state of Texas just executed a man, Marvin Wilson, with an IQ of 61, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s 10-year ban on executing people with “mental retardation.” House lawmakers continue to hold up reauthorization of an inclusive Violence Against Women Act, leaving the fate of critical new protections for Native American and Alaska native women, immigrant women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in limbo.

We must not stand by while human rights are under attack. Action is the antidote to despair. I’ve been with Amnesty from the very beginning, and this month, during our September Membership Drive, I’m reminding myself and others to raise our voices for Amnesty to defend human rights for all. 

Become a member today to help Amnesty respond to these assaults on human rights. 



Joan Baez, Orlando Letelier Funeral, Washington DC 1976

Amnesty knows what it takes to fight for human rights on a global scale. 

To this day I am still deeply moved and inspired by the story of Burmese human rights defender and former prisoner of conscience Aung San Suu Kyi. Thanks to the persistence and solidarity of human rights advocates like you, Suu Kyi is free to continue her pro-democracy work and spread her message of freedom and dignity. 

Freeing Suu Kyi took 21 years of unwavering activism. This is what it means to be a part of the Amnesty movement. 

Please, give no ground to doubt. Go forward in the fight for human rights with Amnesty.

We are counting on your concern, caring, love, and nonviolent action.

In Peace,

Joan Baez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELVA Vida Sin Fronteras acknowledges Kevin Schafer’s important contribution towards protecting the highly endangered Amazon pink fresh water dolphin. Title photographs of our “The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice” were taken by Mr. Schafer. 

 

Editorial: SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras

Selvavidasinfronteras.wordpress.com

Editorial Committee

David Dunham

Arno Ambrosius

Gustavo López Ospina

Mariana Almeida

Pieter Jan Brouwer

Assistant: Emilia Romero

The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice is associated with the International Environmental Mission, a grass roots citizens movement created by Chilean Senator Juan Pablo Letelier.

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~ by FSVSF Admin on 6 September, 2012.

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