She was the president of Ireland and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Her essay in Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism now is as relevant today as it was in 2005 when this book was published. I hope you listen to her words and are inspired to be the positive change in this world I know exists. I love my audience because I know they are like minded social justice activists and passionate environmentalists that can see a better world just like me.
“… True security is possible only when the full range of human rights ~ cicil and political as well as economic, social, and cultural ~ is guaranteed for all people.
This thinking isn’t new. In fact, it draws on the best traditions of US Leadership, epitomized by president Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s celebrated 1944 State of the Union address. But succeeding US administrations have rejected the idea that education, health care, adequate housing, and food are rights citizens are entitled to, sometimes contending that these are aspirations, not justifiable rights…”
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