WHO ARE WE

Any and all people who wish to express their voice of conscience and the concerned citizens and professionals who have dedicated their lives to enable them to do so.

OUR VISION

To create a national and international space to build peace through the activation and promotion of humane values and universal human rights.

OUR MISSION

To give access to all those individuals and organizations that embrace humane values and conscience as a primal and intrinsic human right. This intention and activity gives meaning to the nature of what it is to be human.

OUR MOTIS OPERANDI

Day to day individual and organizational actions to promote conscience and peace in the context of living and healing.

OUR OBJECTIVE

To manifest the resolve to be and act and live within the integrity of Conscience.

OUR PLANS AND ACTIVITIES

To use this Site to express and activate all of the above. Each organization will have apage on this site to do so.

In the original second amendment as proposed by James Madison.

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; a well armed and well regulated militia being the best security of a free country: but no person religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person.”

[source: Conscience in America: A Documentary History of Conscientious Objection in America 1757 – 1967.]

Civil Obedience and Inviting a Voice of Conscience

Civil Obedience means to be aligned with the foundational principles of democracy and the globally accepted idea that of a voice of conscience is a human right (UDHR, 1948, below). To practice civil obedience is to protect and promote the rights of conscience.

THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS (1948)

PREAMBLE

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 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 a world in which human beings shall enjoy 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,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations 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 Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

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 brotherhood.

Article 2.

  • Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 18.

  • Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance. http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml