Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Nominations Sought for Human Rights Heroes: Petra Foundation Invitation

Petra Foundation Invites Nominations of Human Rights Heroes

Deadline: February 12, 2009

Since 1988, the Petra Foundation has worked to identify and honor "unsung heroes" who deserve recognition for their distinctive contributions to the rights, autonomy, and dignity of others.

In addition to awarding fellows a modest financial stipend, the foundation publicizes their innovative models for change, fosters their collaborations, and welcomes them to a network of emerging and experienced leaders working together to build a more just society.

Individuals nominated for a Petra Foundation Award should display "a combination of activism and thought, force of character, independence of judgment, and clarity of expression." The nominee's activities should be devoted either to the cause of racial equality, with special emphasis on Native Americans and people of col- or; to the autonomy of persons, groups, families, and communities; or to freedom of speech, expression, and thought.

The nominee should be someone who is not widely recognized, who does not have personal privilege or a strong institutional base of support, and who has demonstrated a capacity to grow, overcome obstacles, and make a significant contribution to human freedom by leading, teaching, or otherwise helping others.

Nominations should be submitted without the knowledge of the nominees. Most Petra Fellows work in the United States. Individuals interested in submitting a foreign nomination should contact the foundation first.

Visit the Petra Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines.

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