Write A Letter, Change A Life



Every year to mark Human Rights Day on 10 December, hundreds of thousands of people around the world send a letter and sign an online petition on behalf of someone they have never met, as part of Write for Rights. Our messages help convince government officials to release people imprisoned for expressing their opinion (called “prisoners of conscience” by Amnesty), support human rights defenders, stop torture, commute death sentences, and end other human rights abuses. 

Volume matters. This year, with your help, we want to surpass 4 million actions and make a difference in the lives of all 12 cases. To join Write for Rights, please sign up now*!


3 Reasons to Join Write For Rights

  1. It Works. Your words can make a difference—we hear over and over from former Write for Rights cases that letters from people like you helped change their lives. View Recent Successes
  2. It’s Easy. After you sign up, you’ll receive all the materials you need to write letters on this year’s cases. Then simply send your letters, and let us know how many you wrote! If you’re a teacher, you can Write for Rights in the classroom with your students. 
  3. It’s Powerful. You’ll be joining the biggest grassroots human rights event in the world. From now through December, hundreds of thousands of people in over 100 countries will sit down to write letters on behalf of someone they have never met. They bring their friends, family, school and community together to advocate for human rights around the world, and here at home.

*They have built different sites for the campaign, according to the country: Canada, Mexicothe UK, the USA...

Orange Shopping Bag


Envelope sent by Phillip (the USA), with some interesting postcards inside (to be uploaded), made of a shopping bag (I guess?) from a fast food restaurant. He says that orange is a difficult colour. However, here the stamps (more of this set) matched perfectly, don't you think so?

I Really Needed An Orange Bath


I am not sure how long this take to arrive... but it amazingly did. This bath sponge was sent by Heleen (the Netherlands), with the purpose of making me laugh and challenge the postal services Well, and I am actually using it... Have you noticed that the label with the address is also a giraffe? )

But, obviously, I also needed the shampoo..


It arrived (well, not really: only a part of the plastic bottle). I wonder if it passed through the postal machines...


Naked mail is justs too funny!

Malaysian Wildlife


Today's theme in Sunday Stamps - II is Wild animals. I was about uploading some different stamps, but then I just received this one on a postcard: a big deal of wildlife on one stamp!

It is an adhesive stamp issued on 1st October 2016, as a 10-stamp sheet of international definitive stamps. See here the whole sheets.

I Was Hoping...


No worries! I thing that would be impossible... Hence some of the latest lighthouses I have got:


Germany

Lindau
the southernmost lighthouse in Germany

The Netherlands

Paard van Marken
The stamp belongs to the Postcrosing set



Poland


Postcard sent by Anna (Poland), showing the Polish lighthouses on the Baltic Sea shore. And some amber (It is supposed to be so). It is a curious postcard!


Spain


Harbour light sent by Armin from his holidays on the island of Eivissa.

The UK

Picture taken in 1911, of Leasowe lighthouse (the UK)
I visited this lighthouse in 2012. I mean, its surroundings, because the lighthouse itself was closed. At that moment I wasn't aware of some interesting facts about this building (more here):
  • Leasowe Lighthouse was built in 1763, and is the oldest brick-built lighthouse in Britain
  • According to local tradition its foundations were built on bales of cotton from a nearby shipwreck. 
  • The lighthouse was operational until 14 July 1908, with the only known female lighthouse keeper in those days, a Mrs. Williams.

Needles Rocks

The first Eddystone and Bell Rock

On the back of a postcard :)

I added this post to Maria's link Postcards for the weekends. Go there to see more lighthouses on postcards.

Postal Collections (2/2)

And more postal collections, but today about what you sent by post.



Like a fascinating (I do not find another word) collection of security envelopes, curated by Bethany Johnson.



The Office of Johnny Cash, c.1960

And, if you need some inspiration in order to design your own writing paper, just take a look to Letterheady: "an online homage to offline correspondence; specifically letters. However, here at Letterheady we don’t care about the letter’s content. Just its design.", by Shaun Usher.

Bill Watterson, 1991

Do you know more interesting online postal collections?

Postal Collections (1/2)

Sometimes the Web is like a museum, and you can fins some interesting postal projects and fascinating collections.



For instance, Evan Kalish's project, Postlandia: visiting all the post offices and postal places in the USA. Not less that 7,188 post offices visited since 2008!

A similar project is Post Office FreakDavid Gates has been visiting and photographing post offices since early 2000, and documenting them on the blog. And besides that, he said, he has a life...





Would you dare to post your letters in a postcard that is a penguin, a panda or a palace? In a pink, black, white, orange... postbox? In the the deepest underwater postbox?

This is an article about unique Japanese postboxes. The author wrote: "Japan is a country that doesn’t do ordinary and nothing personifies this more than Kawaii culture. In a land of anime, dedicated product characters, ubiquitous city mascots, Lolita fashion, J-pop and cosplay, nothing is immune from receiving the cutesy treatment. And postboxes are no exception."