Amnesty clubs hold annual fundraiser with snowboarding, live music events |

Amnesty clubs hold annual fundraiser with snowboarding, live music events

Local Amnesty International club members hold up signs in support of worldwide human rights. Two Amnesty clubs in Steamboat are holding their annual fundraiser Friday.

— If a snowboarder appears through the fog and snow Friday on Mount Werner wearing a bright orange jumpsuit, don't keep that curiosity to yourself.

Asking questions of them is exactly what these brightly clad members of the local Amnesty International clubs want.

As part of the clubs’ annual fundraiser — a snowboard event during the day and a concert at The Tugboat Grill & Pub on Friday night — several members of the clubs will be on the mountain quizzing willing skiers about human rights and handing out raffle tickets for the evening's fundraiser.

Ride for Rights is a new aspect to the annual Jamnesty fundraiser, aimed at educating a wider audience about the mission of Amnesty, club member Anne Sullivan said.

"This is a ski town, so it's a good way to get people out and noticing things like human rights. Since people are already going to be on the mountain, (Ride for Rights) would be a good way to target those people," she said.

The Amnesty International Club at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus and the Steamboat Springs Amnesty International Chapter will have a table set up at starting at 11 a.m. at Gondola Pub & Grill, where people can stop and sign letters in support of human rights justice that Amnesty is sending to U.S. ambassadors around the world.

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The issues range from oil spills in Africa, free speech in Russia and human rights violations in Sudan.

"There's hundreds of thousands of people around the world doing the same thing," Sullivan said about the letters.

Then comes the music.

At 9 p.m. at The Tugboat, the Amnesty clubs will host live music from Simple Deckadence, Waterbear, Jebus and Welcome Thankful, a mix of local musicians ranging from hip-hop to acoustic rock.

The cover is a $5 donation at the door, and raffle tickets are $1 each. The prizes include a longboard, a tattoo session, Honey Stinger products and gift certificates.

Sullivan said her eyes first were opened to human rights issues after she volunteered in Uganda by bringing food to sick people in hospitals. She said the patients were lying on floors, and there was no food for them to eat.

After she graduates from CMC in the spring, Sullivan hopes to continue to keep fighting for a more peaceful and just world a part of her life.

"Since I'm thinking of going to school to be a teacher, I'd like to be able to inspire students in the future to see if they can make a difference," she said. "It's as simple as writing a letter or doing something at your school."

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