Any person who wishes to become a member of Jamaicans for Justice is required to:
a) fill out an application form (available from the Secretariat or form below)
b) pay an annual membership fee of JA$200.00.
1. What is Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) ?
Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, non-violent volunteer citizens’ rights group which advocates for fundamental change in Jamaica so that justice will be realised by its citizens in all spheres of national life-the judicial, economic, social and political systems in order to improve the present and future life of all Jamaican citizens.
2. What is our vision ?
The vision of JFJ is for a Jamaica where the rights of all are assured, where there is equal opportunity for citizens to realise their potential and enjoy a sense of well-being and where our culture is enhanced and respect shared. The mission and vision of JFJ are indebted to be applied in all members’ lives as much as being ideals for the society at large.
3. How to become a member
Any person who wishes to become a member of JFJ is required to:
a) fill out an application form (available from the Secretariat or above )
b) pay an annual membership fee of JM$200.00, and,
c) Read through an orientation package.)
4. Categories of Membership
a) Full Members-Persons residing in Jamaica
b) International Associate Members-Persons who do not reside in Jamaica and who do not have a local JFJ Chapter may become associate members through on-line registration or sending a completed application form to the Secretariat by mail or facsimile. International members must acknowledge receipt of an orientation package.
5. Membership Responsibilities
It is the responsibility of all members of Jamaicans for Justice to:
|Understand and support the mission of JFJ|
|Understand how their participation contributes to achieving the mission|
|Exemplify the values of respect and fairness|
|Strive to empower themselves and others|
|Support the activities of the organisation|
|Respect confidential information gathered by members on behalf of the organisation which must remain confidential to protect the source of the information.|
6. Rights of Members
All paid-up members of Jamaicans for Justice, of good standing, have the following rights:
|The right to vote at General or Extraordinary meetings for the Board of Directors|
|The right to be elected as a Director of Jamaicans for Justice|
|The right to vote on policy issues brought to the general membership|
|The right to have due process applied in cases of grievances|
|The right to be a member of a JFJ committee|
7. Membership Participation
Members are encouraged to participate in the activities of Jamaicans for Justice by joining or supporting committees, attending forums, lobbying and campaigning, participating in demonstrations and protests, writing letters and attending regular meetings. Members can be as active, or inactive, as is convenient to them.
8. JFJ Committees
Members are invited to join any of the following committees:
Identifies issues and designs approaches to resolution. Finds productive ways to help implement issue resolution.
|Membership and Public Relations
Keeps the public and the membership aware of JFJ’s views through discussion, forums, seminars and working with the media. Clarifies misconception of human rights and JFJ. Increases membership.
|Organisational Strategies and Administration
Identifying strategies to keep the Secretariat functioning at its best. Developing effective ways to improve the services JFJ provides to the public.
|Fundraising and Financial Planning
Co-ordinates and plans fundraising activities. Solicits donations and pledges from individuals and the private sector. Prepares regular financial statements and strategies.
|Child Rights Working Group
Advocates for improvements in the condition of children in state-run facilities.
Access to confidential or sensitive information by a Committee or a Member of a Committee can be attained through a request to the Board of Directors. The Board reserves the right to deny any request for information with an explanation. A Director must sit on each Committee to facilitate interaction between the Board of Directors and the Committee.
9. Lobbying and Campaigning
JFJ’s main approach to addressing issues is through lobbying and carrying out various types of non-violent public campaigns. Members are encouraged to participate in and support these activities. Strength of numbers, and the thoroughness with which JFJ researches and presents its views are how the group is assured of making a positive impact.
Periodic Committee meetings enable members to contribute to discussions. Members can also suggest networking opportunities and speakers on topical issues. Members are encouraged to attend forums and other events being put on by JFJ.
11. Duties of Directors
A Board of Directors of not less then nine and not more than twelve individuals manages the affairs of the organisation. The Directors appoint one of their number to serve as Chairperson until the term of service expires. The Directors may delegate any of their responsibilities or duties to Committees consisting of as many members as may be thought necessary. The Board of Directors has the overall responsibility to provide guidance and strategic focus to the body of members, and to establish operating systems and procedures.
12. Demonstrations / Protests
JFJ organises protests and demonstrations to expose issues to the public and create change. Demonstrations need to be conducted in an orderly manner with the approval of the Directorship. Weapons of any kind should not be carried when acting on behalf of the organisation. Demonstrations will be conducted at all times with the framework of the Law.
13. Statements to the Media
No statement to the media purporting to come from JFJ can be issued without the sanction of the Chairperson of the organisation or at least two Directors. If the media requests a response from the general membership on an issue, an appropriate response may be given, such as, “Although I am a member of JFJ the following is my own personal opinion and I do not speak on behalf of the general membership of JFJ.”
14. Code of Conduct
Members including Directors will have to abide by JFJ’s Code of Conduct. Members will be considered in serious breach of the Code of Conduct if they do the following, including but not limited to:
|Carry weapons when participating in demonstrations, in judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings and prohibited areas|
|Verbally or physically assault another JFJ member or member of the public when acting on behalf of JFJ|
|Release JFJ’s confidential information or documents|
|Make unauthorised statements to the media.|
15. Complaints Procedure
Where there is any indication of a serious breach of the principles, values and guidelines for membership by a member, such behaviour should be reported to the Directors of JFJ. The Directors shall investigate all complaints and initiate a review based on due process to make a final determination on the matter. Complaints should be made to the Board in writing before being aired at general meetings of JFJ, which are open to the public.
JFJ obtains its money through grants, donations and fundraising activities. Members are encouraged to assist JFJ in fundraising and to make such donations to the group as are possible and affordable. JFJ accepts sponsorship of its programmes and activities from the private sector and from philanthropic organisations locally and internationally. Jamaicans for Justice does not accept state funding or contributions from political parties.
17. Membership Communication
Members are encouraged to make suggestions verbally at meetings or through the suggestions box, e-mail, to committees or to the Secretariat.