Our goal is to continue the revolution of President Roosevelt as established in
The Second Bill of Rights
When FDR gave his State of the Union address on Jan. 11, 1944, he was already looking forward to the end of the war, both in terms of international relations and the situation at home. “It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known,” he said. This meant, he went on, that the guarantee of political rights, such as those enshrined in the Bill of Rights, had to be expanded into the economic sphere. “Necessitous men are not free men,” he stated.
President Roosevelt went on: “In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.” He then listed the relevant rights:
- The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
- The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
- The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return that will give him and his family a decent living;
- The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
- The right of every family to a decent home;
- The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
- The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
- The right to a good education.
CARING NEIGHBOR ROUNDTABLE (CNR)
TO ACHIEVE OUR GOAL OUR AIM IS TO CALL TOGETHER AT LEAST ONE CARING NEIGHBOR ROUNDTABLE IN EACH ZIP CODE AREA ACROSS AMERICA FORMING A NETWORK THAT WILL ENRICH THE LIVES OF ALL AMERICANS.
What is a CNR?
A CNR is a community building exercise consisting of a monthly gathering in a home of 2-12 caring neighbors to nurture body, mind and heart. A shared meal (potluck) nourishes the body; a focused discussion stimulates the mind; and a meeting with caring neighbors expands the heart. The host(s) of a CNR selects, in advance, a topic or article to be discussed. The host(s) chairs the meeting in an atmosphere of respect for the uniqueness of each neighbor. The views offered on the chosen topic challenge ‘caring’ for the person of the neighbor over the thoughts expressed.
Why is CNR exercise so needed today?
- It fosters a neighbor-to-neighbor relationship that is not prejudging or overbearing leading to great conversation which binds us together yet celebrates our differences.
- In a dreadfully noisy world, a CNR exercise allows an opportunity to both listen and be heard.
- A CNR brings new and enriching insights through learning to respect the worth and unique viewpoint of each neighbor
- Connection as neighbors leads to new communication skills that often help strengthen one’s own family life and that of the wider community.
- Just as exercise of your physical body enhances your health, so, too, exercise of your social body impacts even more so on your physical health.
- Finally, in our stressful world, a CNR exercise tastes good and can be fun; it will open new worlds for you and will soon become a high point in your busy month. Call 517-627-4591 to start a Caring Neighbor Roundtable.
- The ‘Pass-It-Forward’ program, described at www.ePifanyNow.org, is a useful exercise to get up to the speed needed to start a CNR.
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