Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (1998)

Editor’s Note:   This declaration was adopted in 1998 in Geneva, at the 86th session of the International Labor Conference, the declaration of the International Labor Organization — a United Nations agency that focuses on labor issues and that received in 1969 the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to achieve social and economic just […]

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 […]

Declaration of Workers’ and Farmers’ Rights and Purposes – 1933

Editor’s Note:  With our July 4, 1776 Declaration as its model, the Declaration of Workers’ and Farmers’ Rights and Purposes was the fruit of the inaugural convention of the National Unemployed Leagues, organized in Columbus, Ohio, by Dutch-born clergyman and political activist A.J. Muste, who spearheaded the Conference on Progressive Labor Action, and sparked as […]

Declaration of Interdependence by the Socialist Labor Party (1895)

Editor’s Note:  Crafted by Daniel De Leon, a leading socialist of the era and founder of the Socialist Labor Party of America, it is clear from this declaration that genuinely revolutionary change was sought. To De Leon, the recognition of interdependence was paramount — “throughout the civilized world the wage workers are asserting their interdependence—the […]

The Working Men’s Declaration of Independence (1829)

Editor’s Note: This declaration was authored in December 1829 by George Henry Evans, a ‘Jacksonian Democratic’ who condemned slavery and who railed against land monopolies, since he believed this practice prevented the realization of a democracy that represented equally all the people, rather than just the landed elite. Evans founded the first labor-centered newspaper, The Working […]

Farmers’ Declaration of Independence (1873)

Editors Note: An adaptation of our July 4, 1776 declaration, this document was published on July 4, 1873, a day that was known as the “Farmers’ Fourth of July,” since this had become a day for farmers and their families to gather and discuss (among other things) pressing political events. This declaration was the outgrowth […]

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 […]