Team Advocacy is jhr @ McGill’s newest team, started up in September 2010. We saw incredible success with this team last year and are hoping to continue that momentum into the 2011-2012 year. Throughout the semester, we’ll be holding human rights awareness events and advocacy campaigns on campus. We need enthusiastic volunteers to help with these exciting initiatives and are always open to new ideas for events and campaigns, so let us know what you are passionate about by emailing Farah at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Past Advocacy Events:
On Nov. 1-3, Hollerday!
Check out the Hollerday video here!
On Nov 1st and 2nd (Tue and Wed), we will be set up in the SSMU kiosk from 11 am to 5 pm with information on sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and its effect on lives/communities. We will have a video camera to record your “holler” for a short video. Come speak your mind on the use of sexual violence in warfare, who needs to be held accountable, the importance of the media in regards to human rights, etc. Anyone can come learn and give their input! When you participate, you will get discounted admission to…
Come grab some drinks on Thursday, November 3rd at Brutopia (1215 Crescent St, 10 pm, come to the second floor). For just $5 (and only $2 if you come “holler” at SSMU!), you can enjoy some fantastic live music from Pat Lesyk and HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS ALL NIGHT! You’ll have an awesome time and all of your friends are going. See you there!
All funds raised on HollerDay will go towards Journalists for Human Rights’ efforts to pressure local authorities in the Congo to protect women, men and children from being raped. jhr has been working with local media in the DRC for the past three years. As a result, there has been greater media exposure and demands for accountability.
On November 12th, Speak Silence!
Join Journalists for Human Rights (jhr) McGill’s annual Speak Silence campaign. By promising to remain silent for at least 3 hours on Friday, November 12th, McGill students will draw attention to those whose voices are silenced through repression and human rights abuses. Funds raised through pledges will go to support jhr’s human rights media development work in sub-Saharan Africa.
Speak Silence events will be held throughout the week of November 8th-12th. Make sure to visit our photo exhibit in the McLennan-Redpath corridor and to check back on our events page for more event details!
At the end of Speak Silence, two individuals will get to choose one photo each from our photo exhibit to take home. These will be awarded to:
1) The person who successfully pledges to remain silent for the longest
2) The person who gains the most funds through pledges
Past advocacy events include:
Reporting Back from the Streets of Toronto: A panel discussion on journalism, activism, and human rights during the G20 protests
Justice for the Lubicon Cree: A film screening and discussion of Amnesty International’s “Our Land, My People”
You can read more about these and upcoming events on the Events page.