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Civil Rights

The US Constitutions opening paragraph reads;

                    "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure

                     domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, 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."

I feel that this means ALL people have equal rights, regardless of ethnic, social, religious, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity. I will propose an amendment to the bill of rights that will protect all classes of people in the United States that reads;

 

Preamble

Whereas the peoples of the United States of America have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in this country and the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of the world in which human beings shall enjoy the freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

 

Section 1.

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on the account of distinction of any kind, such as race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, religion, political or another opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or another status.

Section 2.

The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3.

This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

Article 1.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of camaraderie.

Article 2.

All people are created equal; they are endowed with certain unalienable rights and freedoms, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, religion, political or another opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or another status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, religious, or nationality to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

 

Article 3.

Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law. This includes ALL immigrants, regardless of national or social origin, property, birth or another status, political, religious, or nationality to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

 

Article 4.

All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

 

Article 5.

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; this right includes freedom to change their religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest their religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

 

Article 6.

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

 

Article 7.

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 their dignity and the free development of their personality.

 

Article 8.

(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, religion, political or another opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or another status.
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, religion, political or another opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or another status.
(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favorable remuneration ensuring for themselves and their family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, religion, political or another opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or another status.
(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of their interests.

 

Article 9.

(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of themselves and of their family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond their control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

 

Article 10.

(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary, fundamental stages and to the degree of bachelors. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance, and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United States for the maintenance of peace.
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

 

Article 11.

(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of their personality is possible.
(2) In the exercise of their rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.