A Declaration of Liberty and Order

MyDeclaration The primary responsibility of a government is to provide for the common defense, maintain social order, promote liberty, provide for the equal treatment and protection under the law, and to ensure economic and social opportunity for its citizens. These rights extend to all citizens, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, or […]

A Declaration for Making Democracy More Representative

MyDeclaration In the 2012 general election, Republicans running for Congress lost the popular vote by 1.4 million ballots; in the same election, they won control of the House of Representatives by a margin of 234 to 201. This disparity is due to an undemocratic process of rigging electoral districts known as gerrymandering. Gerrymandering, named for […]

Occupy Wall Street Principles of Solidarity (2011)

Editor’s note: When the September 30, 2011 manifesto of Occupy Wall Street was released, a statement promised that it would soon be accompanied by a ‘declaration of demands’ and also a document elaborating ‘principles of solidarity.’  A footnote to these principles states: “The Working Group on Principles of Consolidation continues to work through the other […]

A Draft Declaration of Demands for the Occupy Movement (2011)

Editor’s Note: Released on November 21, 2011, this declaration is a follow-on to the Occupy Wall Street Manifesto that was issued on September 30, and in which it was promised that a “declaration of demands” would soon follow. If there is another later version that supplants this ‘draft,’ I haven’t been able to locate it. […]

Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (1945)

Editor’s Note: Ho Chi Minh’s September 2, 1945 declaration, proclaimed an independent Democratic Republic of Vietnam. The opening passage by Paris-educated Ho Chi Minh, founder of the Vietnamese Communist Party, was a verbatim recitation of our July 4, 1776.  The declaration was written in the aftermath of Japan’s defeat in World War II and France’s attempt to reclaim […]

Earth Charter (also referred to as a Declaration of Interdependence), 2000

Editor’s Note: The Earth Charter Initiative  was issued on June 29, 2000. Here is how those who spearheaded the initiative described their charter, also referred to as a Declaration of Interdependence: “The Earth Charter is a product of a decade-long, worldwide, cross-cultural dialogue on common goals and shared values…  The drafting of the Earth Charter […]

Second Vermont Republic (2012)

Editor’s note: The mission statement of the Second Vermont Republic, “a nonviolent citizens’ network and think tank,” contains a declaration of purpose, principle, and intent, and seeks to return Vermont to its erstwhile status as an independent republic. Second Vermont Republic Mission Statement The Second Vermont Republic is a nonviolent citizens’ network and think tank committed […]