Sunday, May 06, 2007

We Need Your More than Ever

Reverse America's disastrous course on human rights in 2007!

These days, I continually find myself thinking: This is not the America I grew up in.

It's astonishing how dramatically and quickly things have changed. Our America - once a beacon to the world and the standard bearer for human rights - is now a major perpetrator of human rights abuses.

Take a moment to read that sentence again - and let it sink in.

Ten years ago, if you had told me what was down the road, I would have shrugged in disbelief. But today, Amnesty needs committed human rights defenders like you more than ever.

As our 2007 membership drive kicks off, I'm asking you to commit to reversing America's disastrous course on human rights. Your membership is needed now - more than ever.

I firmly believe it's our duty to stand up and speak out for the America WE believe in - the America that LEADS the world on human rights. We must restore our vision of America - a nation that doesn't torture people, doesn't hold people in indefinite detention without charge, and doesn't export detainees to countries known to commit torture.

I'll be honest. Reversing the Bush administration's disastrous human rights practices is a daunting challenge - and one that will take hard work and determination. But we accept that challenge on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Amnesty members across our country as well as untold others who are deeply concerned - who would accept nothing less.

That's why we've set an ambitious goal of recruiting 75 members a day in April to support our work to restore America's basic respect for human rights and the rule of law. Your membership gift of $35, $50, $100, or $1,000 will provide the critical resources needed to revive the America we fondly remember - the America we believe in.

In the upcoming weeks, you'll hear from a variety of activists who bring diverse backgrounds and experience to our work, and who share a passion and commitment to defending human rights around the world.

I hope you'll join with me and stand up for the America YOU believe in by taking this one action today. From all of us here at Amnesty, we thank you for being our partner at this critical time.


Larry Cox
Executive Director
Amnesty International USA

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