See, I’m all about them words
Over numbers, unencumbered, numbered words
Hundreds of pages, pages, pages, for words
More words than I had ever heard
And I feel so alive
Those are my favorite lines from a Jason Mraz song called You and I Both.
It sums up perfectly how I feel about words and writing – so much so that the lyrics are part of my Twitter profile.
It’s hard for me to imagine a day without blogging or social media.
A day without words.
A day without being able to say what I want to say, when I want to say it. Unencumbered. Freedom of expression.
Words make me feel alive.
And yet in many places, words mean danger. Imprisonment. Death.
In many places, people live their days without being able to speak the words they want to because they are afraid of what might happen.
Every day is a day without words.
The thought of that breaks my heart: that there are people all over the world who want to shout things from a rooftop, or peacefully protest, or rejoice. And they can’t.
People like Nabeel Rajab, a Bahraini human rights activist who is serving time for posting anti-government comments on Twitter and participating in peaceful gatherings considered to be illegal by the Bahraini government. He is in prison for tweeting his words.
Or Marcos Máiquel Lima Cruz, who was jailed in Cuba because he was dancing to a hip-hop song that had lyrics criticized the lack of freedom of expression there. He is in prison for dancing to words of protest.
I ask you: do you treasure your words? Do you treasure them enough to take action so that others’ words might be as free as yours are?
What if we could stand together and say that a day without words is unacceptable? That it won’t be tolerated? That words are ours to own, and think, and tweet, and sing, and write, and speak. Unencumbered.
No Mas. No more.
If the value of our words – whether to protest, sing, mourn or rejoice – is important to you, you CAN take action.
Put your words behind the #NoMas campaign.
[create] a No Mas badge.
You can say No Mas to anything. ANY cause that is important to you, not just freedom of expression. You can create your own No Mas badge that tells your community what you say no to.
[join] a live Twitter chat
Every Monday in February at 11am PST, encourage your community to join @TakePart for a live Twitter chat with celebrities, experts and activists as they explore the issue of free speech. Follow @TakePart and use #NoMas to ask your questions.
[sign] the petitions to free Cruz and Rajab.
Does the idea that there are people in prison RIGHT NOW for tweeting or dancing cut you at your core? Sign the petition to free these two men.
[watch] and learn more about the No Mas campaign.
This campaign is based on an award-winning foreign film that documents how social change happened in Chile with the use of two simple words: No Mas.
I think this campaign is amazing, and important. No Mas.
disclosure: this post is sponsored by Linqia. All opinions are 100% my own. I believe in the power of my words, your words, and the words of every human being. Every day should have its words.