Day 58 ~ March 29 ~ Citizenship
Democracy is based on the principle of government “by the people…for the people”. Being a citizen does not simply confer rights, privileges, and entitlements; it carries with it responsibility, an obligation to exhibit citizenship. Today, I will find ways to partner with my fellow citizens as we take steps to improve the quality of the conditions in which we live.
You have the right (and the obligation) to voice your concerns when you are dissatisfied with the actions of your government. Today if you are feeling unhappy about a direction being taken by elected officials, take time to call or write your representative to make them aware of your concerns. Effective democracy relies on the importance of all citizens voicing their opinions.
Action for Teens
How can you be a better citizen of your community? You belong to many communities…your family, school, church and town/city. How can you improve your community today? Think about ways you can bring more peace to your environment.
Action for Children
Most community rules exist to ensure that everyone is safe and we all have the chance to be the best we can be. Do your part by respecting others and following the rules.
Taishi Saha, age 15, India
Peace Pals International
“The most important thing an institution does is not to prepare a student for a career but for a life as a citizen.”
~ Frank Newman
“A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.”
~ Samuel Johnson
“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”
~ George Jean Nathan
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead