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The Utah Citizens’ Counsel announces the release of our 2014 annual report. This report is the first of what we hope will be other such annual reports that assess progress or lack thereof toward realization of the human rights stated in our Declaration of Utah Human Rights (below). The Declaration serves as the framework for our policy positions in the report, which this year focus on Utah’s air pollution, public education spending and student achievement, health and health care measures, domestic violence and gun violence, and poverty.

We invite public consideration of our views, and we hope for continuing dialogue on the subjects we discuss. There is much more to be analyzed and understood about the facts included in our report and about the policy positions declared in our recommendations. We hope that our 2014 report will contribute to the ongoing conversation and help to generate public understanding of the many common interests that bind us together as Utahns. Please click on the below link to see our report.

UCC Annual Report 2014

You may send comments to tdolan@westminstercollege.edu.

A Declaration of Utah Human Rights

Preamble

In recognition that the inherent right of every member of the human family to dignity and respect serves as the foundation of freedom, justice, and tranquility in the state of Utah, as well as the United States of America and the world; and in recognition that this right also frames the shared responsibilities of individuals, organizations, and governments; and inspired by the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Utah Citizens’ Counsel (UCC) articulates the following statement of rights as the frame work for UCC policy positions.

Article 1: All Utahns, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender and gender identity, language, disability, political preference, age, birth status, military status, or other status, are entitled equally to dignity and respect as human beings and to equitable treatment under the law.

Article 2: All Utahns, young and old, have the right to live and thrive in a healthy environment that includes clean air, land, and water, and share in the responsibility to pass that healthy environment on to succeeding generations.

Article 3: All Utahns have the right to a public education that ensures literacy, numeracy, critical thinking, character development, and the capability for responsible citizenship to help secure a promising future for Utah and the United States in a complex, interdependent, and competitive world.

Article 4: All Utahns, regardless of circumstances, have the right to comprehensive, quality health care at reasonable cost that protects Utahns from the burdens of catastrophic illness or injury and the ensuing risk of bankruptcy or poverty.

Article 5: All Utahns have the right to security of person, especially freedom from physical harm and psychological abuse, whether experienced within the family or in the community at large.

Article 6: All Utahns have the right to the fundamental social support systems that assist in assuring a standard of living adequate for the well-being of both the individual and families, in all their configurations, including timely assistance in case of unemployment, disability, old age, and natural or man-made disasters.

Article 7: All Utahns have the right to transparent and ethical governance as well as effective participation in the democratic process.

Signed;

Robert Archuleta, Kim Bateman (emeritus), Kim Burningham, Aileen Clyde, Suzanne Dandoy (emeritus), Gale Dick (deceased), Irene Fisher, Harry Fuller, Nancy Haanstad, Dixie Huefner, Robert Huefner, David R. Irvine, Boyer Jarvis (emeritus), John T. Nielsen (emeritus), Karen Okabe, Chase Peterson (deceased), Grethe Peterson (emeritus), J. Bonner Ritchie, Dee Rowland, Karen Shepherd (emeritus), Karl N. Snow Jr. (emeritus), Emma Lou Thayne (emeritus), Paul Thompson (emeritus), Raymond Uno (emeritus) and Olene Smith Walker (emeritus)

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The Utah Citizens’ Counsel (UCC) is an independent, non-partisan group of senior community advocates dedicated to improving public policy on complex issues through dialogue, creative problem solving, and consensus building.