"21. The Right to Democracy. We
all have the right to take part in the government of our country. Every
grown-up should be allowed to choose their own leaders."
Now read the short story about this important human right.
The Right to Democracy
Antonio sees his old friend Casey at the pub. "Hey Casey! How are you?"
"Okay," Casey says, but Antonio can tell he is not really okay.
"Wow, you look tired!" Antonio says.
"Yeah," Casey says, "I do not get much sleep lately."
"Why, what is up?" Antonio asks.
apartment is right beside the skate park. The kids there are so loud.
They drink, shout, fight, and play loud music all night long."
"Oh, wow, I am sorry!" Antonio says. "Talk to someone at City Hall about it!" Casey smiles sadly, "They do not care. City Hall does not listen to people like me."
is not true," Antonio says. "City Hall exists for people like you. This
is a democracy. You have a right to be heard. In fact, it is your
responsibility to speak up! If no one speaks up, then nothing ever
"I guess so," Casey says, "I just feel so small."
are small," Antonio says. "So am I. But all of us together are not
small. We need to speak up. I could help you get a petition together,
if you like. We could then present a list of signatures to City Hall."
"Really?" Casey starts to look hopeful.
Antonio smiles. "Really. We have a right to democracy, right? Let's use it!"