The Declaration Project, ready to Soar on July 2nd, 2015

The Declaration Project, ready to Soar on July 2nd, 2015

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The Declaration Project is an interactive site that features a comprehensive collection of declarations of independence and kindred declarations crafted in the U.S. and the world over.  While the ‘Declaration Collection’ component of this project is a centerpiece, there are two other key parts to this initiative:  ‘My Declaration™‘ gives you the opportunity to compose and post your own declaration, and for others to respond to it. And the ‘Spirit of ’76 Cafe™’ features ongoing participatory explorations of the themes that resonate in our July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence and others included here .

To our knowledge, no one else has undertaken the important work of collecting all the world’s declarations of independence, of rights, of principles, of purpose, of sentiments. Over time, we will not only collect but tell the stories behind the creation of these scores of declarations. Many of these stories are not well-known, or not known at all, but nonetheless have had a marked impact — usually, though not always, for the better.

In most instances, by telling the stories of these declarations, we will also be telling the story of what the ‘Spirit of ‘76’ has come to mean to  people of varying political beliefs in the U.S. and abroad.

Many of the declarations included in the Declaration Collection draw their inspiration from our original document, issued on July 4, 1776, and many model its format and structure and rhetoric. Many who’ve publish declarations claim to be advancing the principles of our own Founding Fathers and Mothers , even as they often disagree about what those principles amount to.

We hope that you yourself will be moved by the Spirit of ’76 to create your own declaration, based on your own vision for your world, and on your own notions of freedom, liberty, independence — and that this in turn will inspire you to spring into action, for a greater good.

It is also our hope that this community-building site will move you to engage with others and explore how we can best achieve greater freedom, liberty and independence for one and all.

The Declaration Project focuses on three core themes:

  1. Freedom, Liberty & Independence
  2. Citizenship & Connectivity
  3. Civic Action & Engagement

We hope you’ll visit our site early and often. Feel free to submit not only your own Declaration of Independence, but others that you might come across. This is a work in progress, and in the years to come we expect it will be the go-to site for all things ‘declarational.’

To launch on July 2, 2015 by Democracy Cafe

 

3 Comments

  1. Judy 2 years ago

    I just heard about this site on public radio today. I’m still thinking about my own declaration. Can that include how I feel about huge bonuses that not only private CEO’s may receive but public organizations like Veterans’ Administrators as well. How can hedge fund and banking employees receive huge bonuses when clients are losing their savings, homes, etc. Can there be laws curtailing these practices?

    • Chris Phillips 2 years ago

      hi, yes, your declaration can be about anything you want. We look forward to seeing your declaration.

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      Democracy Cafe 2 years ago

      hi Judy, your declaration can be about anything you like, including how you feel about huge bonuses given to CEOs.

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