Letter from the President – Muzhgan Wahaj
I once came across the saying that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not truth. It is difficult to live in an age where we are constantly bombarded with information, most of which is never processed or acknowledged with the critical and curious lens that it demands. It is through media, journalism and research that each of us develop our understanding of a much harsher world that lies at the edge of our own. With that power in the sharing of information, awareness and knowledge, true journalism seeks to present the truth for a global audience that deserves to have it. Cue Journalists for Human Rights, an incredible rights media organization that I am beyond ecstatic to lead this year at UofT! Together with our talented 2012/2013 jhr executive board and those in the UofT community who share the same passion for rights media, I know we will be making some noise this year!
Our humanity is the one connector of every person on this Earth that transcends all markers of race, age, religion, sexuality and social class, and it is being shamed and delegitimized day by day. As countless violations of fundamental human rights occur in every nation by the minute, it is up to our generation to mobilize the change necessary to renew respect for human life and dignity around the world. We can do this by knowing what the issues are, knowing where to take a stand, and knowing where to act. Together, we are a growing community of informed students, citizens, and persons with the tools, the knowledge, and the heart to better lives.
Our 2012/2013 Executive Board is eager to welcome like-minded students on the UofT campus who share our vision in mobilizing media and changing lives. Look for the get involved section to find out which positions are still open and how you can get involved. For all other general inquiries, comments, or ideas, feel free to shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org!