Friday, June 26, 2009

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Declaration for the Right to Literacy
Literacy Powerline: June 17, 2009

The Right to Literacy Convention was a part of the National Community Literacy Conference in Buffalo, New York on June 13, 2009. Delegates from across the country determined and voted on the first United States Declaration for the Right to Literacy.

It is a truth held evident by our United States Declaration of Independence: that all men [and women] are created equal, and thus shall have the opportunity to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. To preserve these rights, we, residents of the United States of America, designate “literacy” as the foundation of such principles and organize our powers to enable every person to affect that ideal. In that pursuit, we acknowledge and agree, as we did in Seneca Falls in 1848 and again 100 years later as part of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, that education shall be guaranteed for all members of the human family—men, women and children. The realization of this vision requires that all residents, regardless of age or status, be able to read and write in order to participate fully and equitably in our democracy.
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