For Immediate Release
November 2, 2006
For Additional Information: Please contact Joe Keating @ 503-234-2613 or keats @aracnet.com
TOLERANCE AND GOOD GOVERNMENT
WHAT: Joe Keating will hold a press conference to speak to the importance of Tolerance and Government
WHEN: 2:00 PM - Friday - November 3, 2006
WHERE: Multnomah County Central Library, U.S. Bank Conference Room, 801 S.W. 10th Avenue Portland, OR
WHY: Joe Keating says, "Over the last six months I have run a credible and honorable campaign. Walking my talk. When I started I said Peace was more than bringing our troops home. It is also about how we conduct ourselves as a community. I have learned in this campaign that we need a good shot of tolerance and acceptance in our community. Good Government must set the tone. Whether it is in Salem or in an election. We must walk out talk. We must be a positive example for the community.
At the press conference I will talk to how important tolerance is to all members of the Oregon community and announce what I would do my first day as governor."
The Member States of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, meeting in Paris at the twenty-eighth session of the General Conference, from 25 October to 16 November 1995, Adopt and solemnly proclaim this Declaration of Principles on Tolerance Resolving to take all positive measures necessary to promote tolerance in our societies, because tolerance is not only a cherished principle, but also a necessity for peace and for the economic and social advancement of all peoples, We declare the following:
Article 1 - Meaning of tolerance
1.1 Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference. It is not only a moral duty, it is also a political and legal requirement. Tolerance, the virtue that makes peace possible, contributes to the replacement of the culture of war by a culture of peace.
1.2 Tolerance is not concession, condescension or indulgence. Tolerance is, above all, an active attitude prompted by recognition of the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. In no circumstance can it be used to justify infringements of these fundamental values. Tolerance is to be exercised by individuals, groups and States.
1.3 Tolerance is the responsibility that upholds human rights, pluralism (including cultural pluralism), democracy and the rule of law. It involves the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism and affirms the standards set out in international human rights instruments.
1.4 Consistent with respect for human rights, the practice of tolerance does not mean toleration of social injustice or the abandonment or weakening of one's convictions. It means that one is free to adhere to one's own convictions and accepts that others adhere to theirs. It means accepting the fact that human beings, naturally diverse in their appearance, situation, speech, behaviour and values, have the right to live in peace and to be as they are. It also means that one's views are not to be imposed on others.
For 19 years Joe Keating has been a hands-on public servant fighting to make Oregon a better place: A place that protects and enhances its people and its environment.