Amnesty International is a global movement of 2.8 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. Its vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. It is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion and is funded mainly by membership and public donations.
SAM supports the work of Amnesty International, consistent with First Parish’s beliefs in the inherent worth and dignity of all individuals and especially the right to freedom of speech and assembly. There is a letter writing campaign during a Sunday social hour in celebration of Human Rights Day. We normally collect between 255-325 individual letters that are then sent to officials in foreign governments on behalf of prisoners who are under arrest or being detained largely for speaking their conscience.
First Parish hosts monthly meetings of the local chapter.