Family focus – Write For Rights. Older youth (approximately age 13 and up) may be interested in participating in Write for Rights, Amnesty International’s largest annual human rights campaign. Through the power of collective action, people around the world write letters to convince government officials to free people unjustly imprisoned and end other abuses. This year’s 10 cases are all young people under threat for standing up for human rights. The website provides a number of resources and guides to support letter writing efforts. The website also includes materials geared for educators, some of which can be adapted for use by parents. Letters need to be written by January 31 2020.
Family focus – Compassionate and justice-oriented gift giving. For many, the holidays are upon us, bringing a variety of gift-giving opportunities. There are numerous online resources available with recommendations for gift selection, including Barefoot Mommy’s Feminist kid gift guide, A Striving Parent’s social justice holiday gift guide (from 2017, but still relevant), and Doing Good Together’s Shop Kind site (which provides information about “kind vendors” along with a “big hearted” Amazon list). You might also want to check out this article from Doing Good Together, which focuses on strategies to combat consumerism in our children.
Family focus – International Human Solidarity Day – December 20. In 2005, the UN General Assembly proclaimed that December 20 of each year would be International Solidarity Day, a day intended to raise awareness of the importance of advancing the international development agenda and promoting global understanding of the value of human solidarity in the fight against poverty. People are encouraged to debate on ways to promote solidarity and to find innovative methods to help eradicate poverty. As a family, this could be a good day to talk about global poverty and to set some goals for 2020 in terms of ways that your family could help. For example, this could include supporting organizations that offer micro-loans to people in developing countries, support people following natural or human-made disasters, or support global education.
Family focus – Talking to children about racism and social injustice. It’s from 2018, but this two-part article from The Advocate has some useful tips for having these important conversations with children (part one and part two).
Family focus – Homeless Memorial March and Service. Each December, Simpson Housing services organizes a Homeless Memorial March and Service. All are welcome to participate. This year’s event on December 19 begins with a silent vigil and a march leaving the Hennepin County government center at 5 pm. Marchers walk for about 3 miles through downtown Minneapolis, and are encouraged to take and carry a sign displaying the names of individuals experiencing homelessness who died during the year. Hot chocolate is provided, though marchers should plan for a cold event. If your family would like to participate in the event, but not march, that is fine. The march ends at Plymouth Congregational Church, where a service of remembrance will be held at 6:30. The event concludes with a community meal. All are invited to stay for the meal. Learn more here.
Family focus – Holiday Home Care Baskets. Our Saviour’s Housing provides three housing programs: an Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, and Permanent Supportive Housing. They are looking for donations of gift baskets for their Permanent Supportive Housing residents. Baskets should be filled with a combination of holiday gifts, household necessities, and treats. You can find a list of holiday requests from the residents here. Delivery is requested by Friday January 3. Contact Tamara Patton, Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com, 612.872.4193 x2 with any questions or to arrange delivery.
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