Human Rights Coalition
Updated News, October 2012:
We in Campus Ministry are happy to announce that Laura Martin has joined us in a part time position to work with HRC and Passion magazine. Laura combines a wonderful background in social justice work with a background in publishing.
She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Sociology. While at Harvard she worked on and became Editor in Chief of Let’s Go Publications. After graduation, she was involved in City Year for five years, eventually becoming Program Director here in Los Angeles.
Currently she works as Operations Manager for an education focused nonprofit, working to raise student achievement by recruiting, training and supporting leadership talent from across America to transform urban school systems.
Laura also serves as a Resident Minister in McCarthy Hall.
Activities of HRC
The Human Rights Coalition (HRC) strives to strengthen the LMU community’s commitment to live out the school’s mission statement of “the encouragement of learning, the education of the whole person, and the service of faith and the promotion of justice.” The HRC does not take this often confusing and misunderstood LMU mission statement lightly. Rather, the HRC is committed to discovering and living out this vision to its fullest by becoming people of and for others, especially for the poor, voiceless, marginalized, and those most in need in our midst.
Students involved in the HRC learn to understand and integrate justice and faith. The HRC becomes a community where LMU students can express their passion for social justice and peace through conversations, reflections, social analysis, prayer services, questions, action, and by engaging a diversity of speakers on social justice and faith issues. The Human Rights Coalition continually seeks to build relationships and collaborate more closely with others on justice and peace activities. The HRC “Unite” is an effort to bring together student groups, clubs, service organizations, the Greek communities, departments, and professors to coordinate concretely on acts of justice and activism here at LMU.
Learn more about these and other Human Rights Coalition activities:
• PASSION, a student social justice/service magazine
• Prayer services, hunger fasts, fund-raisers, and awareness building events on campus including immigration issues, policy reforms, border issues, raising awareness about genocide, human trafficking, homelessness, and other social justice issues.
• Facilitating a Lenten “Filling the Void: Justice film, reflection, and prayer series” on poverty, prayer, and social justice issues together with the LMU Christian Life Communities (CLC’s)
• Collaborative efforts with LMU Campus Ministry and SLEDJ on service events such as the Chezar Chavez worker appreciation lunch.
• Collaborating with Campus Recreation and the MELKAM-AKWAABA (the African Club) on awareness and fund-raising on behalf of a primary school in Southern Sudan started by LMU Prof. Jok Jok.
• Collaborates with the ASLMU social justice committee and various departments to bring speakers and educational opportunities to campus.
• Attempts to organize and unite campus clubs & organizations in similar social justice themes.
• Lobby trips and other Teach-In experiences in Washington D.C and Sacramento, C.A.
• Builds bridges with Social Justice organizations outside LMU such as OXFAM, Catholic Worker, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, Jesuit Justice Alliance, CRS, the Archdioces of Los Angeles, United Way Homeless Walk, and others.