45 years ago, a group of Portugese students toasted freedom in a cafe and were arrested. Newspaper reports of their detention inspired Englishman Peter Benenson to form a worldwide movement to oppose torture, arbitrary detention, unfair trials, extrajudicial execution, "disappearances" and the death penalty. That movement was Amnesty International.
In a couple of weeks, the New Zealand branch of Amnesty International will celebrate its 40th birthday with "freedom week" - and they'd like you to join them in toasting freedom on Monday, August 1st. They'd also like you to remember that while we enjoy the simple freedom to say what we like, others do not. If you'd like to do something about that, you can help them out, by writing a letter or signing an online petition protesting abuses in Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Nepal or Afghanistan. Or you can join or donate: call 0900 48626 to donate $20, text the word "free" to 883, or donate online.
Amnesty are good people, and they've made a real difference to tens of thousands of political prisoners around the world. If you approve of that, then now would be a good time to show your appreciation.