Seven simple things you can do to help protect civil liberties

14 October 2010
Communications Officer

At Liberty HQ we get to spend all day campaigning to defend human rights and civil liberties, but we know not everyone is as lucky as we are.

You’ve had a horrible day at work, it’s pouring with rain, and you get in to a pile of washing up the size of Mt Everest and nothing in the fridge but a stick of celery and some cheese that has definitely seen better days. The last thing on your mind is battling to protect our hard-won rights and freedoms (especially on an empty stomach).

That’s why we’ve made this little list of simple things you can do that will only take a few moments of your time but will help us to make a big difference.

1. Sign our petition to end control orders

Control orders involve indefinite punishment (e.g. house arrest and internal exile) without trial – if you were placed under a control order you might never know the accusation against you and never have the chance to clear your name. Please add your voice to the call for the scheme to be scrapped.

>> Sign the petition

2. Send your MP a quick email about pre-charge detention

Ask your MP to call for a reduction in the pre-charge detention limit and pass on your concerns to their party leadership and the Home Secretary. Let them know that 28 days pre-charge detention is unjust, unnecessary, and doesn’t make us safer.

>> Email your MP

3. Order a free Common Values poster

Our A2 poster (view as PDF) asks “What’s not to love?” about the Human Rights Act and lists the fundamental freedoms it protects. Why not order a poster to put up (with permission!) in your school, college, student union, library, local cafe or community centre?

>> Order a poster

4.  Send a message of support for Gary McKinnon

Gary McKinnon is currently facing extradition to America. His lawyers believe he should be tried here in the UK. Find out more about his case and send him a quick message of support.

>> Send Gary a message

5. Add a Liberty twibbon to your profile picture

Let the world know you love human rights and civil liberties by adding our twibbon (a small graphic badge) to your profile picture on Twitter or Facebook.

>> Get the twibbon

6. Join our email list

Sign up to our email list with a single click and we will send you regular updates about our work and other ways to get involved with our campaigns. You can unsubscribe easily at any time

>> Just use the sign up box on the right

7. Join Liberty

The best way to support our work is to become a member of Liberty, from just £2.50 a month. It only takes a few moments to join us online, and you’ll get a membership pack full of campaign materials and our quarterly membership magazine.

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