Human Rights Youth Education

Mutual Responsibility Task Force

Responsibility to (Human Rights Article 29) and empathy for (Article 1) human beings describe our “duties to communities,” which is our mutual responsibility.

Empathy is the American Ideal

in an America challenged with conservatism’s anti-human rights empathy deficit.

Mutual responsibility refers to our “duties to the community” to build a caring politic, a caring society, and a caring economy to protect human rights for the sake of climate survival.

Empathy is the soul of our republic and its democratic institutions, which rejects empire. In fact, empathy is at the heart of ESG investing, i.e., investing to protect human rights. And caring citizens and their elected and appointed representatives have a moral duty to care for each other to protect human rights and expand freedom and fairness for all. Moreover, Americans grow stronger when our government’s protection and empowerment infrastructure is strong. Furthermore, investing in a mutual responsibility infrastructure means investing equally in protection, diplomacy, and citizen empowerment both domestically and abroad. Consequently, to protect human rights the USA should consider ratification and enablement of all UN human rights treaties to make human rights the law of the land in the USA. Joining the Human Rights Pocketbook Venture can help.

The Methodology? Consistent and Ongoing Repetition of Empathic and Nurturant Moral Values

Because our body politic suffers from an empathy deficit, now is the time to heal it. And the Human Rights Pocketbook Venture can be a part of the healing treatment. In fact, according to cognitive science, all policy in any human organization has two components – one material and the other cognitive. On one hand, the material is the nuts and bolts of the policy. On the other hand, the cognitive component is the moral idea that must physically reside in the human brain for the policy to make sense. Consequently, to build progressive, nurturant trust in a particular policy you must consistently and repeatedly talk about the progressive, nurturant morality that undergirds the policy. 

In 1947 WEB DuBois petitioned the newly formed United Nations for human rights before 1st Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s Human Rights Drafting Committee had finished them for adoption December 10, 1948.

Children are shaped by their communities. And the Empathy Surplus Network USA needs your partnership in the Human Rights Pocketbook Venture to help us shape future nurturers. In fact, we can create those nurturers by distributing a personal pocketbook version of the Illustrated Universal Declaration of Human Rights every year to every teacher and student in K – 12th-grades, as well as 1st-year undergrads and postgrads. Because talking about human rights strengthens human rights. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “One thing we know beyond all doubt: Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.’ Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home.”

Active Ventures and Contacts Map

Thanks to your generosity we distribute 778 pocketbooks annually. And 100% of them go to students and teachers. And as you learned above, ongoing conversations about human rights strengthen the idea of human rights, even in the brains of human rights detractors. Below is an interactive map of the conversations that are taking place. The black locations indicate zip codes where pocketbooks were sent to potential partners, who have declined to participate in the Human Rights Pocketbook Venture. The orange locations indicate emerging conversations by people in that zip code. And the blue locations indicate zip codes where teachers and students have begun to receive the Illustrated Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As you can see from the USA map, the future of human rights education remains dark. YOU could provide the light – the ongoing conversation – in your zip code for human rights.

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Mutual Responsibility Task Force Volunteers are donors and teachers who want to provide complimentary pocketbook copies of the Illustrated Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Caring Thought Leaders Core Values


the soul of democracy


both personal and social


to govern with empathy and responsibility


Pro-Empathy Philosophy

Stronger America(ns) 

reframes stronger military

Progressive Markets 

reframes free markets

Better Futures

reframes lower taxes

Effective Government

reframes less government

Mutual Responsibility

reframes family values

George Lakoff's Resources

The basic idea is this: Dr. Lakoff's resources are free and open to all. He will provide framing suggestions regularly over social media, and whoever receives them can decide how to use them, and whether to share them or retweet them.  Dr. Lakoff's process is bottom-up.

Dr. Lakoff also offers this framing service to activist organizations, media folks, and elected officials and their staff.

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The Empathy Surplus Network USA is a charitable human rights thought leaders continuing education collective headquartered in Wilmington, Ohio. We fulfill our mission with adult weekly forums and partnerships with teachers and organizations to distribute complimentary copies of the Illustrated Universal Declaration of Human Rights to K-12 and college students. Donations are exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(a) and described in section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Pro-Empathy Freedom Declaration

I am a progressive -
a caring human being
in a strong, diverse community
of nurturing families.
I am a pro-empathy voter and
govern with empathy for and
responsibility to others.
I here highly resolve that
this nation shall have
a new birth of freedom
- and that government
of the people,
by the people,
for the people
shall not perish
from the earth.
I am a person
with human rights.
I care for my own
Safety and Happiness
and that of others.
I am the solution to
expanding life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness.
And for the support of this
declaration, joining
progressive human rights
advocates and
pro-empathy voters,
we mutually pledge
to each other
our Lives, our Fortunes,
and our sacred Honor.
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