Press Release from Progressive Democrats of Forsyth County

Progressive Democrats of Forsyth County chapter meetings will be on the first Thursdays of each month.
Here is information for our May 3 and June 7, at the FCDP HQ on Burke Street.
May 3
Our KICKOFF and INTEREST MEETING starts with a social from 7:00 to 7:30, followed by sharing general information on Progressive Democrats, and an opportunity to hear from some local candidates.
All available candidates are invited to join us and speak for a few minutes at our FIRST chapter meeting. (We understand that many candidates will not be able to attend because of working at the polls for the primary.)
We will also:
(1) Elect a new Secretary*,
(2) Do a quick overview of bylaws, and share upcoming PC of NCDP events, and
(3) Consider a resolution to support the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment).
June 7
Social 7:00, Program 7:30 to 8:30
Our State and Federal candidates are invited to speak on important issues which include quality of life (living wage, healthcare), environmental (fracking & climate change), mental health and safety, and funding public education, state employee and infrastructure.
You might ask, “SO WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT THAT?” Well, we’ve got something very special planned! We will invite our audience to give our candidates written suggestions on how to polish and improve their short topic speeches!
We look forward to our first two meetings and seeing you soon!

Second Bill of Rights

Excerpted from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s State of the Union Message to Congress

January 11, 1944


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 … 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.

America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens. For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.

* World War II

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