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Back From the Los Angeles Fundraiser

This last week-end, Project 1948 had their first Los Angeles fundraiser. It was at the home of Richard Rho and Steven DeMille, in the Hollywood Hills.  It went very well, except for my completely forgetting to take pictures.  I will post some later when I find any.

But it was an excellent night. After an evening of cocktails and food, Jen gave everyone information about Project 1948's work this year. Most of the work, and the current situation in Bosnia, were new to the group. It went very well.

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Update on LA Fundraiser (and some pictures from last April)

Our founder (Dr. Jenifer White) address some of the attendees about the work Project 1948 does.

Our founder (Dr. Jenifer White) address some of the attendees about the work Project 1948 does.

Last May we had our first fundraiser in New York.  As you can see from the pictures above, we shared some images from students, as well as explaining what Project 1948 does.  It went great. 

We are thrilled to be in the playing phases for our next fundraiser in Los Angeles. More information will be forthcoming, but hold the date of November 19th!  Fundraiser dates from New York and possibly Tulsa are upcoming!

Sponsors Ed Neppl, Valorie Curry and Sam Underwood pose with founder Dr. Jenifer White, and volunteers Scott Mitchell and Olivia Dufour.

Sponsors Ed Neppl, Valorie Curry and Sam Underwood pose with founder Dr. Jenifer White, and volunteers Scott Mitchell and Olivia Dufour.

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First Phases of Project 1948 Photo-Voice Are Done

The first phases of this year's Photo-Voice in Bosnia Herzegovina are completed.  That is, we have worked with the new students and participants.  They have gone out into the streets of Sarajevo, and other parts of Bosnia, and taken pictures.  Their assignment this year was to capture, in Black and White, some image that details the challenges that Bosnia faces and they would like to change. (We documented this in Instagram... you can followed at @Project1948)

One of our Photo-Voice Participants during his debrief.

One of our Photo-Voice Participants during his debrief.

We had a diverse group this year.  

Our participants went out with mentor photographers.

Our participants went out with mentor photographers.

After the pictures were chosen and printed, the team interviewed the participants on what the pictures meant to them, and how this experience changed their perceptions.  There is still a long way to go to complete this year's work.  But we got off to a tremendous start!

Jusuf was one of our more experienced participants with photography

Jusuf was one of our more experienced participants with photography

More information will follow.  We have great news.

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30 Days of Human Rights: Article 29 Responsibility

29. Responsibility. We have a duty to other people, and we should protect their rights and freedoms. 

During World War II, and in too many times since, governments and people have ignored when other people’s rights were taken away.  It is our duty and the signatory government’s duties to be responsible for upholding these rights

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30 Days of Human Rights: Article 28 A Free and Fair World

28. A Fair and Free World. There must be proper order so we can all enjoy rights and freedoms in our own country and all over the world. 

The Universal Declaration is clear and concise on this, “Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.”

It is not a hope or goal, it is set out as a RIGHT of all people.  We are all responsible for upholding that right.

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30 Days of Human Rights: Article 27: Participation in Cultural Life

27. Participation in Cultural Life and Copyright. We all have the right to our own way of life and to enjoy the good things that art, science and learning bring. Copyright is a special law that protects one’s own artistic creations and writings; others cannot make copies without permission. 

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that every every person has the inherent right to enjoy the cultural life of their nation.  Each of us has the right to participate in the cultural life of our community.   

At the same time, the declaration as addressed Copyright internationally.  They signatories promoted the belief, now widespread, that the creator of art or scientific advance has the right to the production of that creation

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30 Days of Human Rights: Article 26 Right to an Educaiton

26. The Right to Education. Education is a right. Primary school should be free. 

Every person has the right to a free education through primary school.  No child shall be turned away due to their gender, income or nationality.  Before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, children began to work as young as 4 or 5 and education was often a luxury that only the rich could afford.  The signatories believed that education was the key to human potential and common understanding.

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30 Days of Human Rights: Article 25 Right to Food And Shelter

25. Food and Shelter for All. We all have the right to a basic standard of life. Mothers and children, people who are old, unemployed or disabled, and all people have the right to be cared for. 

Every person has the right to a standard of life adequate for the health and well being of themselves and their family.  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights acknowledged that children and mothers need special attention.  And, in a break with the past, children born in or out of wedlock deserved the same protection.  This standard was far ahead of its time when these rights were identified.

Those that bring these basics to people in need, groups like the UN Refugee Committee (UNHCR), International Rescue Committee and Team Rubicon, deserve our admiration and support. 

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30 Days of Human Rights: Article 24 The Right to Leisure

24. The Right to Play. We all have the right to rest from work and to relax. 

Every person as the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay. Leisure allows time to spend with family and loved ones; critical in satisfying a person’s needs and builds a better community.

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30 Days of Human Rights: Article 23 Workers' Rights

23. Workers’ Rights. Every person has the right to do a job, to a fair wage for their work, and to join a trade union. 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees the right to equal pay for equal work, for just pay for work and the right to join a trade union.  These rights, defined in Article 23 were considered essential after the Great Depression of the 1930s and the forced labor during World War II.  The founders of the Universal Declaration believed they were creating the basis for a justice and honorable future, and the rights of workers are a critical part of this.

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30 Days of Human Rights: Article 22 Security in Society

22. Societal Security. We all have the right to affordable housing, medicine, education, and childcare, enough money to live on and medical help if we are ill or old. 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights bestows the right to Security to a valued Life within society.   Article 22 states that every member of society is entitled to develop their own personality through economic, social and cultural rights.

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30 Days of Human Rights: Article 21 The Right to Take Park in our Government

21. The Right to Take Part in our Government. We all have the right to take part in the government of our country. Every person should be allowed to choose their own leaders

Either directly or through freely chosen representatives, every person has the right to take a meaningful part in their government.  The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of the government.  And our right to take part in our government process is expressly guaranteed via the election process. 

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30 Days of Human Rights: Article 20 The Right to Public Assembly

20. The Right to Public Assembly. We all have the right to meet our friends and to work together in peace to defend our rights. Nobody can make us join a group if we don’t want to.

Those that rule without the will of the people, oppose the Right to Public Assembly.  An unelected government, one that is unresponsive to the demands of its citizenry and not open to change is afraid of Public Assemblies.  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights reaffirms the Right of Public Assembly.  The right to associate with other persons of our choice, to demonstrate for our interests and concerns and to make our voices stronger through unison.

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30 Days of Human Rights: Article 19 Freedom of Expression

19. Freedom of Expression. We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people. 


Via the internet, or the press, or speech or demonstrations, we each have the right to Freedom of Expression.  We can make up our own minds, and share those ideas with others.  Even when those ideas might be out of step with the crowd, we are fee to express them to our government and society.

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30 Days of Human Rights: Article 18 Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion

18. Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion. We all have the right to believe in what we want to believe, to have a religion, or to change it if we want. 

Every person has the right to their own thoughts, their own beliefs, their own religion and their own conscience.  In times of conflict it might be easy to repudiate these rights, particularly of conscience.  Standing against the crowd for your beliefs is difficult and fraught with danger.  But the Universal Declaration of Human Rights pledges that you have the right to worship and you choose and to honor your conscience.

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30 Days of Human Rights: Article 17 The Right to Own Property

17. The Right to Your Own Property. Everyone has the right to own things or share them. Nobody should take our property from us without a good reason.

Remember that when the Declaration of Human Rights was written, World War II had just ended.  Many people had their property confiscated, from homes and companies down to the clothes and toys of children.  Stripping a person of their possessions is a way to dehumanize a population, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights forbids it.

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30 Days of Human Rights: Article 16 Marriage and Family

16. Marriage and Family. Every person has the right to marry and have a family if they want to. Men and women have the same rights when they are married, and when they are separated.

Every person has the right to marry and have a family, without limitation due to race, nationality or religion. And each person must to free to give or withhold their consent.  The family is the fundamental unit of society and must be protected.  But the Universal Declaration of Human Rights goes farther to note that once married, each person maintains their individual rights.  And, in cases of divorce or dissolution, each person shall be treated equally and fairly.

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30 Days of Human Rights: Article 15 Right to a Nationality

15. Right to a Nationality. We all have the right to belong to a country.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights places requirements on the signatory countries to provide and protect our rights.  Article 15 expressly says that every person has the right to a nationality.  It can be defined in many ways, but the right to a nationality cannot be arbitrarily denied.

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30 Days of Human Rights: Article 14: The Right to Seek a Safe Place To Live

14. The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live. If we are frightened of being badly treated in our own country, we all have the right to run away to another country to be safe. 

Some of these rights seem so basic one wonders why they were required to be stated at all.  But 70 years after these rights were agreed to, we still need to be reminded. The Right to Asylum is a basic human right, which bestows upon us the right to be free of persecution.  And it requires the signatories of the Declaration of Human Rights to duty to help provide a safe harbor for those that would be persecuted, harmed or killed from the place they are fleeing.

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