The "it" in the title of this post is Guantanamo prison. Yes, fellow-travelers, I just recently signed an on-line petition for the first time. As a member of Amnesty International (AI) - and concerned citizen who cares about human rights - I've been well aware of the travesties our current government has been inflicting on both the law of our land, and the human beings who are suffering from the Bush administration's callous disregard of that law.
When the summer 2008 issue of Amnesty International offered us a chance for positive action to correct these wrongs, I jumped. And, fellow-travelers, I'm urging you to do likewise. This summer, AI is conducting major initiatives to put pressure on our elected officials to close Guantanamo and "bring an end to practices that facilitate abuse, extraordinary rendition, and illegal detention."
The reasons for opposing Guantanamo and related, illegal practices are many, and have been documented elsewhere. See, for example, the AI news feed in the Get Informed box. But let's get personal: Why would I bother to take action, and urge you to do likewise? Because- >
- No one is free when others are oppressed.
- Democracy is not a spectator sport.
- The practices being protested here make all of us less safe.
The first step, and it's one we all can - and must - do, is to go to this site and sign the petition:
It takes only a minute, and it could save someone's life. I also have the site linked in the Get Informed box to the right, but the URL is given above so you can copy and send it to your contacts. So, if you have a blog or a website, a Twitter or a YouTube account, or if you have friends you email - please help spread the word.
That was easy, wasn't it? Now that you've had a taste of petition-signing, here's another one, equally vital: http://www.savetheinternet.com/. You know, none of the Amnesty or other actions would be possible without the Internet's openness - the free use of the 'net so I can keep this blog, network with others, learn about these issues, give the petition sites a try, and pass them on to you. Sadly, the free access to the Internet is fragile. Corporations, seeing $$$ to be made, are trying to nibble away at "net neutrality," the founding principle of free and equal access to the Internet. We can stop by speaking up and joining the large movement to preserve a free Internet.
So, fellow-travelers - here are two simple things you can do today to make a difference. What are you waiting for?