Why I joined...
We asked our group members about what made them join Amnesty and become involved in the local group and what Amnesty means to them.
I joined our local group as it needed a Treasurer and I had some experience in that role for “Sing for Pleasure”. I was already an Amnesty supporter.
I believe in the importance of human rights and that everyone should be treated with the same level of fairness. I was asked to chair the Ely group by its founder Ben Jupp.
I have supported Amnesty International on a monthly basis financially for many years, and I was pleased to find out there was an Ely group I could join.
I joined Amnesty International shortly after moving to the UK and so have been a member for over 25 years, but with very little active involvement, aside from sending money from time to time and writing occasional letters. Joining a local group seemed a good way of deepening that involvement and perhaps helping to make a small difference in the fight against the manifold injustices in human societies around the world.
I believe that the promotion and maintenance of human rights at home and abroad is the foundation of a good society. I wanted to belong to an organisation dedicated to this noble cause.
It’s so long ago I can hardly remember exactly what prompted me to join Amnesty. I think it was an article in a newspaper about some war atrocity. I am a member because I just cannot believe what I know to be true about man’s inhumanity to man (to use a cliché) and think that although it might just seem insignificant, we should try to do what we can.
I joined Amnesty International over 30 years ago after reading an Amnesty advertisement or article about execution by electric chair in the United States of America. This horrified me so much I felt I had to be involved in campaigning against the death penalty and other human rights abuses.
I contacted Amnesty Ely Group not knowing much about the organisation. I started going to meetings and learnt about the crucial work that Amnesty is involved with. I stayed to add my voice to the cause.