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Dear Friends,
 
We are continuing our series celebrating the International Day of Peace on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and The United States Constitution. We will continue to publish the series on the 21st of each month so that we may cover all 30 Articles of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. We look forward to your feedback on the series. 
 
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Universal Declaration of Human Rights
 
Article 22

Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and 
is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation 
and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
 
Article 23
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just 
and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.

(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.

(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

 
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United States Constitution Preamble
 
We the People of the United States, 
in Order to form a more perfect Union, 
establish Justice, 
insure domestic Tranquility, 
provide for the common defence, 
promote the general Welfare, 
and secure the Blessings of Liberty 
to ourselves and our Posterity, 
do ordain and establish this 
Constitution for the United States of America. 
 
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Declaration of Independence
 
…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…
 
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The Proposed Equal Rights Amendment
 
“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

 
“The Equal Right Amendment is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex; it seeks to end the legal distinctions between men and women in terms of divorce, property, employment, and other matters.” (equalrightsamendment.org) The amendment was passed by Congress in 1972 and sent to the states for ratification. The amendment received 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications.
 
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“When we demand the rights and freedoms we so cherish we should also be aware of our responsibilities. If we accept that others have an equal right to peace and happiness as ourselves do we not have a responsibility to help those in need? Respect for fundamental human rights is as important to the people of Africa and Asia as it is to those in Europe or the Americas. All human beings, whatever their cultural or historical background, suffer when they are intimidated, imprisoned or tortured.” Dalai Lama, Universal Rights and Universal Responsibility
 
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“Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights and keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose. To that high concept there can be no end save victory.” Franklin D. Roosevelt