“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a…

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” The aforementioned statement comes from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. With Human Rights Day right around the corner (December 10th), I find myself contemplating what this declaration means to me. Upon reflection, this proclamation greatly disappoints me. I am disappointed for a number of reasons. I feel let down. I am saddened by the fact that our country has not lived up to its own words. The world is filled with inequities.  Men and women are not treated equally, education is obviously better in areas with higher degrees of wealth, health care is not available to all, and gay men and women are not able to wed those they love. It is on this day that we as citizens need to unite and fight for equality… We must call for action! On December 10th, 2008, gay rights activists “called in gay” to work in protest of the passage of proposition 8. In 2009, Human Rights Day will focus on non-discrimination. Activist across the globe are asking citizens to participate by supporting organizations dedicated to helping lessen the discrimination faced by millions. I encourage everyone to contact local non-profits and find out how YOU can help. It is essential that we work on this together! – Scott