Now is the time to instate President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 2nd bill of rights. We as people should all have a right to a liveable wage. In order to have this happen some changes need made at state and federal levels.
1st change: No more discrimination due to criminal background history, Juvenile or adult! It's not right that an employer can directly deny employment due to a criminal background.
Example: In an interview with center partners in Idaho Falls, ID I was denied employment for 2 charges, providing false information which happened as a juvenile but was within the last 7 years, and felony delivery of marijuana in which I haven't yet been convicted for! Other charges in which this company would have denied employment are burglary, theft, any felony, some battery charges even misdemeanor, and a withheld judgement.
2nd change: Instate President Roosevelt's 2nd Bill of Rights!
Roosevelt's remedy was to declare an "Economic Bill of Rights" and his argument was that the "political Rights" guaranteed by the constitution and the Bill of Rights had "proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness." This "Economic Bill of Rights" would guarantee: Employment with a living wage, freedom from unfair competition and monopolies, housing, medical care, education, and social security.
Roosevelt stated that having these rights would guarantee American security, and that America's place in the world depended upon how far these and similar rights had been carried into practice!
"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. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.
This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.
As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.
We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. "Necessitous men are not free men." People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
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.
Among these are:
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 which 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.
All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.
Americas own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for all our citizens.
For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world." President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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