Declarations by Organizations and Institutions

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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  1. Organizations, businesses, institutions and companies of all kinds can exercise social responsibility by taking a stance and publishing declarations as a form of non-violent action.

    Below are details on how to construct the premise of the material:


    • Organize the thought process. Make an outline of points to consider in support of the issues being discussed.
    • Conduct research on the topic that includes statistics, facts and figures.
    • Refer to examples of letters, public petitions and other documents discussing non-violence to assist in crafting your document.
    • Refine the subject matter in a way that argues and supports the non-violent. viewpoint. and argue your case.
    • Engage two or more arguments to maintain a clear message.
    • Outline a proposed solution or conclusion to the issue.

    Resources to Consider

    • Responsible government department website.
    • Federal or state websites.
    • Political party organization websites.
    • Key organization websites that support the non-violent issue.

    Essay Document Overview

    The most effective written declarations of opposition to violence or support of non-violence may include:

    • Devising a strong opening paragraph stating the situation and outlining the non-violent position being taken.
    • Describing the specific message that the organization is putting forth, using the most explicit terms for the most impact.
    • Providing as many facts and figures as possible to support the case and arguments.

    Discussion Particulars

    Using the following strategy could ensure a more persuasive argument against violence:

    • Include as many credible resources such as expert and academic opinions as possible.
    • Find and refer to as many specific examples that support the non-violent argument as possible.
    • Use prior legal and governmental action as references to support non-violence.
    • Align with as many other organizations and supporters of non-violence as possible. They will often share resources to assist with stating the case effectively.
    • Incorporate interesting facts such as recent political activity and legislation being discussed or voted upon on a national level.
    • Explore recent media involvement that could support the non-violence position.

    New Media Usage

    The digital age offers many more ways for organizations of all types to publish declarations in a variety of forms supporting non-violent action:

    • Use social networking to create a stance on Facebook.
    • Design and host a website for the cause.
    • Encourage public collaboration through social networking.
    • Publish press releases, articles and blogs that point to the declaration for exposure.

    Using many forms of publication and social media, social responsibility regarding non-violence can be addressed in numerous beneficial ways for citizens.

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