A single voice can change the world. Voices that have cried out over injustice have righted wrongs and brought to light the evil that humanity is capable of doing and changed this planet for the better. However, it is not enough at times for just one voice to cry out and demand justice for those that cannot do it for themselves. Sometimes it does take a village to stand up, or at least Organizations and Institutions. Declarations by organizations and institutions can bring awareness from things such as global climate change and animal cruelty to the persecution of minorities and the exploitation of women. By bringing these issues to the attention of others, a plan of action to end or change it can be set upon. The world can grow freer and safer.
Declarations by organizations and institutions are just what the name implies. When an organization such as Amnesty International or Greenpeace or an Institution like Berkley or Harvard decide that an activity or action is so reprehensible that it needs to be commented on, that we as a free people should speak out against. These declarations can show the world that such actions will no longer be tolerated, and that a new course must be charted. For those that may question the motives of such declarations, it is easy to forget the the very existence of the United States of America originated from a declaration. The Continental Congress was not a government when it issued the Declaration of Independence, but a organization to coordinate the efforts of the original 13 states. That document shows the power that such declarations have when people are determined on a course of action. The world can change.
Today there are issues that still are not addressed by government, that must be addressed by the citizens of the world. Governments have a habit of turning a blind eye to injustice when the politics of taking a stand is not in their favor. That is where these declarations come in. It is the citizens of the world exercising their right to assemble, their right to present grievances, their right to demand a redress of wrongs. Governments may ignore individuals when it suits them, but they tread a bit lighter when faced with the opposition of a determined citizenry.
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