Inalienable rights are written into our Declaration of Independence and are the foundation for our Constitution. The right to free speech, the right to practice a religion, the right to be a free, voting citizen – all pillars of our modern democratic society.
The truth of the matter is we might verbally support these rights, but we often overlook them in our actions. We support countries with unequal rights for men and women, laws against race and religion, and other policies that support inequality. When we purchase an item made in China we are by our actions supporting censorship and suppression of the press. When we pump gas into our car that was created with oil from theocracies we are supporting countries denying religious freedom.
If we wish to talk the talk of human rights and equality, we must also walk the walk. Today, bloggers around the world are uniting to bring focus to human rights. In the US we are a privileged few who have most (not all) rights granted to us. We are the largest, most powerful, privileged few and because of this we must provide the example for others in our actions – they do speak louder than our words.
In the US we still have a ways to go in the human rights department. Let’s face it, the ACLU wouldn’t exist if we were really on top of it here in the states. I suggest we all take a minute to become aware of the issues and think about how we can make a difference in our own actions:
- Amnesty International‘s 2009 Report showcases the current state of human rights around the world. I suggest you take a look and decide for yourself what countries and products you would like to support.
- The Human Rights Watch is another great resource that you can tap into for up-to-date news on human rights violations and breakthroughs world wide.
- If you don’t want to listen to those institutions, listen to our children!
A sustainable world needs more than just a sustainable economy, we need a sustainable social structure. Democracy is a huge step in the right direction, but we need equal rights for all world wide before we can really call ourselves free. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “No one is free, until everyone is free!”