On a daily basis, I say whatever is on my mind. I love social media and tweet and update my Facebook status often, without even giving it a second thought as to what I just tweeted or updated.
How blessed (fortunate, lucky, – insert whatever word you feel comfortable with) I am to live in a country where I have freedom of speech. Freedom of expression. I truly cannot fathom living in a place where I wasn’t free to say whatever I wanted. Worse yet… live in a place where I would be arrested for it.
This is exactly what happened to Nabeel Rajab, a prominent leader of Bahrain’s human rights movement. He was convicted in August 2012 and is currently serving a two-year sentence for tweeting anti-government comments on Twitter.
And Marcos Máiquel Lima Cruz (along with his brother) has been imprisoned since Christmas Day 2010 for playing songs by a Cuban hip-hop group whose lyrics criticize the lack of freedom of expression in Cuba. One brother was released, but the other is still behind bars.
I hope you will take a stand on freedom of expression and join me in signing this petition we can help free both Nabee Rajab and Marcos Máiquel Lima Cruz and reunite him with his brother. Let your voice be heard!
No mas oppression! No mas censorship! No mas silence! Change can start with two simple words…”No mas!” What do you say, “No Mas” to?
I say, “No mas Bullying!” “No mas Inhumanity!” “No mas Stupidity!” Okay, the last one is a little tongue in cheek, but stupidity is a pet peeve for me. Besides, not all badges need to be serious! And I know one we can all get behind — “No mas Mondays!” Feel free to have fun with your badge… (Ex: “No Mas Meanies,” “No Mas Crying Babies,” “No Mas Burnt Toast,” etc.)
Please go make YOUR “No Mas Badge“!
The inspiration behind this campaign:
When Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, facing international pressure, calls for a referendum on his presidency in 1988, opposition leaders persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. With scant resources and constant scrutiny by the despot’s watchmen, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and free their country from oppression.
• Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal
• Director: Pablo Larrain
• Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Film
Watch this video of “Iconic Protests that have shaped our history.”
I do hope you will join me in signing the petition above to free these two men, watch the video and be inspired to say, “No Mas!” And create your own badge to show the world what you are saying “No Mas!” to. Remember, it can be something lighthearted.
Disclosure: Thanks to Linqia for sponsoring today’s discussion. All opinions are my own, and this campaign is something I strongly believe in.