LET FREEDOM RING: LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL: 34 Days Until March for Justice, 17 Jan 2011
Daily Blog on the Birth of the Justice Movement by Dr. Paul Zeitz
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by Dr. Paul Zeitz
Wednesday, 15 December 2011
34 Days Until the "March for Justice" in Washington, D.C. and solidarity marches on 17January 2011
Good morning from Potomac, Maryland. It is another cold brisk morning here. The sky is a beautiful pale blue. The sunrise over the horizon was awesome when the rays of orange and bluish light cracked through skyline and shimmered through the dancing trees in the protected forest behind my family home.
I spent the entire day yesterday in NYC attending an amazing meeting on "Enhancing United Nations (UN)-Civil Society Collaboration." I learned alot, met amazing people, and left more convinced than ever we can work together to more effectively solve complex global challenges. The main theme of the meeting for me was the shared goal of rapidly realizing human rights by all and for all people on Earth as a way of life. The question we all need to ask is, "By When?" My answer is NOW!
We all need to reflect on and honor the achievements from the past and then move forward together to build new 21st century action networks that can achieve breakthrough performance and hold itself accountable for measurable results. I strongly believe that together we can do that NOW! I also strongly believe that we should do that NOW! as I am gravely concerned about our collective human failure to prevent and respond to the dire global challenges we all face. I will be blogging my detailed ideas on this matter tomorrow.
The Justice Movement (www.justivemovementnow.net) is building rapidly and miracles are happening! I will share the top 4 miracles that have occurred in the last 24 hours:
1. AMERICAN IDEA
American Idea was launched yesterday to create opportunities to awaken the ingenuity and innovation of the American people by generating ideas from any and all Americans for boldly and effectively transforming America for the 21st century and rapidly solving domestic and global challenges, NOW!
Americans can join together to build ideas for the American idea competition. The ideas will be competing on the following three criteria:
1. BOLD & TRANSFORMATIVE: Think big about how to transform America and the World;
2. DIVERSITY: Mobilize as many people as possible, as the quantity and diversity of support matters;
3. BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE & RESULTS: Demonstrate breakthrough performance and measurable results are achievable by when.
Use every possible way of organizing for your American Idea: use facebook, twitter, your communities, your organizations, sports leagues, religious groups, social networks, etc. There are no rules or limits to what possibilities that you can mobilize in support of your American Idea.
All submissions must be made by Friday, January 14, 2011. People supporting submissions are invited to Washington D.C. for January 15-20, 2011 where a series of events are being planned. We hoping that Facebook, American Idol, MTV, CNN, MSNBC, FOX and any possible social media programming organization will join this process so that all Americans will get to vote and learn about the best American ideas.
On Thursday, January 20, 2011, I am proposing that a meeting be held at George Washington University or another possible venue in Washington, D.C., that the Justice Movement will convene a 1-day constitutive convention. The outcome of this meeting will be to promulgate the "Justice Movement Platform for 2011-2012." This day is proposed as it is the 2nd anniversary of the Obama inauguration, the 30th anniversary of the Reagan inauguration, and the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy inauguration.
As the AMERICAN IDEA competition evolves, updated information will be found at:
2. CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION, 4 JULY 2011, PHILADELPHIA, PA
I am proposing that Justice Movement mobilizes to ensure that the American people have an opportunity to convene a Constitutional Convention, as allowed by Article V of the U.S. Constitution:
http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#Article5 This is event is being planned in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, otherwise know as the "City of Love" on the 235th birthday of our great country. Yesterday, I was informed by a member of the Justice Movement in Philadelphia that a "July 4, 2011 Constitutional Convention Planning Committee" is being formed. Members are still gathering, but will include top constitutional scholars, tourism and planning experts, and communications experts. I was also informed that a concert/event(s) for "Justice for All" are being planned on July 3, 2011. Announcements on the formation of this miracle will be made soon.
3. BY-THE-PEOPLE; FOR-THE-PEOPLE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
I am proposing that the U.S. Constitutional Convention, July 4, 2011, Philadelphia, PA consider amending the U.S. Constitution with a "By-the-People; For-the-People" Amendment. My proposal is for three pillars to be approved:
1. The electoral College system will be redesigned to be distributed according to proportional popular vote on a State-by-State basis;
2. All Americans of legal age will be required by law to vote in Federal and State elections as mandatory civic duty; A "none-of-the-above" option will be required, so that Americans can express their dissatisfaction with all of the proposed candidates. Appropriate penalties will be assigned for non-voting;
3. Elimination of corporate financing of Federal or State elections, including in non-candidate organizations. Mandatory federal funding levels will support the educational and debating of American ideas as the means of electioneering.
Refinement of these ideas will be done as part of the development of the Justice Movement platform, 2011-2012 that I described above.
4. LET FREEDOM RING: LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
I am proposing that the Liberty Bell, which stands at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA be adopted as the symbol of the Justice Movement. Tradition tells of a chime that changed the world on July 8, 1776, with the Liberty Bell ringing out from the tower of Independence Hall summoning the citizens of Philadelphia to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.
The Pennsylvania Assembly ordered the Bell in 1751 to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of William Penn's 1701 Charter of Privileges, Pennsylvania's original Constitution. It speaks of the rights and freedoms valued by people the world over. Particularly forward thinking were Penn's ideas on religious freedom, his liberal stance on Native American rights, and his inclusion of citizens in enacting laws.
The Liberty Bell gained iconic importance when abolitionists in their efforts to put an end to slavery throughout America adopted it as a symbol.
As the Bell was created to commemorate the golden anniversary of Penn's Charter, the quotation "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof," from Leviticus 25:10, was particularly apt. For the line in the Bible immediately preceding "proclaim liberty" is, "And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year."
More information about the history of the Liberty Bell can be found at:
Thanks for taking the time to read these ideas, the progress, and the miracles occurring. The Justice Movement is an opportunity for all Americans and people around the World to join together to introduce an Era of Justice.
Yours in peace and solidarity for bold action NOW!
Paul S. Zeitz