What can we do? Over this week I have highlighted a few political prisoners who are being denied their freedom. It is one thing to read about them, but the next step is to take some action. But what can we do from here (wherever here might be)?
Amnesty International has created the Freedom Writers Network. They guide you in writing and connecting with a prisoner and all the benefits that either the prisoner receives personally or how it helps their campaign for freedom.
I am going to try and reach out to an individual, see if there is a response. There is a helpful Q&A page to help you. Apparently, though responses are not common, that doesn’t mean the prisoner is not receiving the letter. I suspect it means a lot to them even if they cannot respond. It also sends a message to those who incarcerate the prisoners. They have not been forgotten.
Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at www.alonshalev.com