JHRLB for Global Peace!

Hi guys,

The gears are set in motion in jhr Laurier Brantford is going into action!

We’re going to be at this year’s Brant Local Global Peace Festival on Sunday, September 18, from 11am till 3pm. jhr’s Youth Engagement Coordinator, Ken Zolotar and a few volunteers will be around to answer any questions you might have about jhr and what its university chapter program is all about. If you don’t have any question, just come by and say hi – we’re friendly people and we love to chat. Plus there’s lots of exciting stuff happening at the festival so you should come and check them out. See the event’s Facebook page for more information.

See you there!


Coming soon: JHR Laurier Brantford relaunch

Hello all!

After a long hiatus, Laurier Brantford’s jhr university chapter is finally ready for relaunch. If you are currently attending Laurier Brantford and are passionate about spreading rights awareness through the media, we want you!

jhr‘s mandate is simple: to make as many people aware of their rights as possible. By spreading the word on human rights issues, jhr brings human rights to the forefront of peoples’ attention and inspires everyone to take action. To do so, we will engage in rights media campaigns and fundraising activities as well as partner with various campus-based media and campus-based human rights groups.

Here are some of the positions we are looking to fill and what they entail:

President -The Chapter President is responsible for communicating with head office, serving as the Chair person at meetings, co-signing financial transactions with VP Finance, and acting as the public figure of the Chapter.

VP Communications – VP Communications is responsible for all communications within the Chapter, both internal and external. Internal communications entails the emailing of information to Chapter Members and Chapter media (website, Twitter, Facebook) and external communications through the issuing of press releases and the sending out of messages over the listserv.

VP Outreach – VP Outreach is responsible for establishing and maintaining partnerships within the campus community as well as facilitating Rights Media learning on campus.

VP Finance – VP Finance is the treasurer of the organization. They co-sign all financial transactions with the President, and is responsible for managing the Chapter Bank account and providing jhr Head Office with financial information.  They work with the VP events as well as the sponsorship and events committee.

VP Events – VP events is responsible for orchestrating the two national jhr events HollerDay and Night for Rights as well as other campus events.  This includes preparing volunteers, ensuring all logistics are taken care of and working with the VP Communications to ensure the event is well advertised and well attended.  The VP events should have a sponsorship and event committee that works on implementing these campaigns.

Interested? Know someone who is? Email me (shazlin_rahiman@yahoo.com) or Facebook/Twitter me (LinAbdulRahman).

We’re looking to kick things off and start hiring at the start of the school year in September. In the meantime, I’ll be updating this blog with more information about our plans for the chapter so  keep checking in.

It’s going to an exciting year ahead so get on baord!

Lin Abdul Rahman
Acting President
jhr Laurier Brantford
p/s: You don’t have to be in a journalism or human rights program to get involved!


This is an exciting opportunity for everyone, especially journalism students.  Speak Magazine is looking for article pitches around the topic of Human Rights in New Media.  If you’re interested in getting involved, check out the information below to learn about requirements and submission dates.  Good luck to everyone involved!!

Lauren Ward

VP of Communications,

jhr Laurier Brantford Chapter

Hi all,
Speak Magazine – jhr’s annual human rights magazine – is looking for article pitches! The theme of Speak this year is “Human Rights in New Media”. All story pitches related to rights in new media will be considered. The deadline for pitches is March 1st. The writers for accepted pitches will be notified on March 2nd and asked to submit their complete articles by March 12th. 

As a pitch, we would like a brief (half page) outline of the article you would like to write and the story you want to tell. Please include the people you plan to interview and their contact information if possible. If you’ve already written something that would be suitable for Speak, please don’t hesitate to send it our way. This is a great opportunity for chapter members to have their work published in a widely read and well established magazine. Don’t miss out!

All pitches, stories or questions about Speak can be sent to davidkumagai@gmail.com.


David Kumagai
King’s Chapter of jhr

Your Rights, Your Night

This is an opportunity for  you not to miss one of  Toronto’s best fundraising parties.  jhr head office is hosting its seventh annual ‘Night for Rights.’   Since 2003, jhr has been hosting one of the most exciting and trendiest charitable events, with live music and amazing company.  Since the beginning of it’s inception, ‘Night for Rights’ has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars to assist in jhr’s work in Africa.

Intimate, upscale and fun, this night will be filled with music and performances by top-notch DJ’s and African drumming.  There will be a silent auction and raffle, along with an all-inclusive bar.  ‘Night for Rights’ is a sure way of leaving attendees more aware and passionate about human rights and helping jhr in improving their work to promote awareness.

So if you’re up for a night filled with amazing memories while helping out an amazing cause, don’t forget to purchase your ticket(s) before they sell out!  For more information you can take a glance below at cost of tickets, or click on the link that will take you to the events main web page:  http://www.night4rights.com/event.php

Event at a Glance
DATE: Friday, March 26th, 2010
LOCATION: Oasi, 99 Sudbury Street, Toronto (map)
$100 Premium Ticket

  • Doors Open at 7 pm
  • Remarks about jhr‘s impact
    in Africa
  • Premium hors d’oevres and wine selection

$60 Ticket

  • Doors Open at 9 pm
  • African drumming, dancing and DJ
  • African art and visual displays
  • Silent auction, raffle and more

Exciting Job Opportunities at jhr Head Office

Interested in working for an organization with a great cause?  Below are the listings for full time positions with Journalists for Human Rights Head Office team.  If you feel you have qualifications and what it takes to be apart of this organization, don’t hesitate to apply!

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join the Head Office team at jhr (Journalists for Human Rights). We’re a fun, ambitious, professional and dynamic office that works together closely to improve human rights in some of the most difficult environments on earth. Please consider applying and pass along to others. These are excellent opportunities for anyone looking to make their mark on the world.
1) Position: International Programs Director (1 position, paid with benefits, full-time, based in Toronto): The successful candidate will be responsible for managing jhr’s existing overseas projects (in DRC, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana and Malawi) from jhr’s Head Office in Toronto, and developing new programming in countries around the world.  He or she will travel often and will be responsible for managing a diverse team across many countries. For more information and how to apply visit: http://www.jhr.ca/en/getinvolved_headoffice.php#international
2) Position: Overseas Program Coordinator (1 position, full-time, based across Africa): The successful candidate will act as the chief liaison between jhr’s Head Office and jhr’s overseas projects in Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Liberia. He or she will both live and work in the aforementioned countries, with no permanent home-base. They will ensure all overseas programs are achieving maximum results. For more information and how to apply visit: http://www.jhr.ca/en/getinvolved_international.php#overseas
3) Position: Grant Writer and Fundraising Coordinator (1 position, full-time, salary with benefits, based in Toronto): The successful candidate will write grant proposals to support jhr’s overseas and domestic programming. They will coordinate heavily with jhr’s project management team and financial coordinator in the development of all proposals. They will also manage jhr’s current fundraising initiatives (direct mailings and donor relationships) and develop new fundraising strategies (major donors, corporate partnerships). This is jhr’s first full-time fundraising hire; as such, the successful candidate will be expected to build and eventually manage a fundraising department within jhr. For more information and how to apply visit: http://www.jhr.ca/en/getinvolved_headoffice.php#grant
4) Position: Financial Coordinator (1 position, full-time, salary with benefits, based in Toronto): The successful candidate will be in charge of a variety of crucial bookkeeping, budgeting, grant reporting and office related tasks. The selected candidate will play a key role in jhr’s development. For more information and how to apply visit: http://www.jhr.ca/en/getinvolved_headoffice.php#financial
?Many thanks,


jhr | Mobilizing media. Changing lives.
Ben Peterson
Co-Founder and Executive Director
e. ben.peterson@jhr.ca
t. 416 413 0240 ext. 206
f. 416 413 1832
b. www.benpeterson.ca
tw. @jhrben
jhr (Journalists for Human Rights)
147 Spadina Avenue, Suite 206
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 2L7

December 10th

I know this is a little late, but I still thought it would be a good idea to share:

December 10th:

December 10th is a significant day for human rights every where.  Sixty-one years ago that day in 1948, the the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Palais de Chaillot  in Paris. This document proclaimed thateveryone, no matter race, gender, religion, etc., had equal rights as part of the entire human race.

The Universal Declaration was adopted by the General Assembly by a vote of 48 in favor, 0 against, with 8 abstentions (all the Soviet Bloc states, Byelorussia, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Ukraine, USSR, as well as Yugoslavia, South Africa and Saudi Arabia).

Another interesting piece of history regarding the UDHR is that Canadian John Peters Humphrey was called upon to work on the project and became the Declaration’s principal drafter. At the time Humphrey was newly appointed as Director of the Division of Human Rights within the United Nations Secretariat.

Lauren Ward,

VP of Communications

JHR Laurier Brantford: Now on Twitter


I just wanted to let everyone know that we are now on Twitter, tweeting away.  This move was made as a way to better promote our chapter and Journalists for Human Rights as a whole.  We are hoping that this will be a successful move in bringing in and educating more people.  The purpose of JHR is to promote human rights using media outlets, and social media networks are apart of that.  If you are a member of Twitter or care to join, add us @ https://twitter.com/JHRLaurierBrant.

Hope to see you tweeting with us!

Lauren Ward

Vice President of Communications