The UCC released its 2020 Annual Report on November 19, 2020. Here is the link to the full report: Standing up for Utah’s Needs, 2020. This year’s report is our biggest and most important. It assesses what we’ve learned from the pandemic, economic recession, longstanding racial injustice, and the Utah Legislature’s 2019 failed attempt at tax restructuring. Our report focuses on the need to invest more in people (human infrastructure) and to strengthen public education, environmental health, the public health system, access to quality health care, personal security (freedom from harm and abuse), social support systems, and citizen participation in government. Those areas of policy are interdependent, and meeting needs in one area depends on policy choices made in other areas. Utahns are one big community, with equivalent needs for respect and dignity as human beings. We invite you to examine the whole report.
A Declaration of Utah Human Rights
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 framework 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 another 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 have the right to comprehensive, quality health care at reasonable cost, and responsible societal efforts to help them achieve and maintain optimal well-being, with appropriate initiatives that encourage and facilitate healthy living and the prevention of disease, disability, and injury.
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.