Where, after all, do Universal 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; farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. – Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt

Human rights begin
with your heart
miraculously transforming
hate to love.

It begins
with your mind
inexplicably converting
fear to courage.

Human rights begin
with your fingers
astonishingly turning
violence into caresses.

It begins
with your family
ignorance into intelligence

It begins
in your neighborhood
ultimately challenging
prejudice with tolerance.

Human rights begin
wherever you are

A Word About My Work
My words are about human rights and dignity. Only with mutual respect can we hope to remove ourselves from war. Only with granting others the right to be as well as ourselves can we achieve mankind’s splendid goals. When we stop treating ourselves and others like animals and realize we are spiritual beings, only then do we have a chance for this planet to survive. larry jaffe 12/8/10.