“A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil. Contented labor is an element of national prosperity. Ability to work constitutes the capital and the wage of labor the income of a vast number of our population, and this interest should be jealously protected. Our workingmen are not asking unreasonable indulgence, but as intelligent and manly citizens they seek the same consideration which those demand who have other interests at stake. They should receive their full share of the care and attention of those who make and execute the laws, to the end that the wants and needs of the employers and the employed shall alike be subserved and the prosperity of the country, the common heritage of both, be advanced.”
–Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the United States of America
“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works.
Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.”
–Drafting Committee for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Draft Committee Members:
Eleanor Roosevelt (Chair), USA; Peng Chun Chang, Republic of China; Charles Habib Malik, Lebanon; William Roy Hodgson, Australia; Hernán Santa Cruz, Chile; René Cassin, France; Alexander E. Bogomolov, Soviet Union; Charles Dukes, UK; John Peters Humphrey, Canada