The foundation of any democratic society is the guarantee that each member of society has equal rights. Respect for our constitutionally protected rights is our best defense against discrimination and power abuse. Independent candidate James Jerome Bell recognizes an intimate connection between our rights as individuals and our responsibilities

to our neighbors and the planet. He shall strive to secure universal and effective recognition and observance of the principles and spirit expressed in the United National Universal Declaration of Human Rights as an international standard that all nations must meet.

One of his key values is respect for diversity. His administration will be committed to establishing relationships that honor diversity; that support the self-definition and self-determination of all people; and that consciously confronts the barriers of racism, sexism, homophobia, class oppression, ageism, and the many ways our culture separates us from working together. He supports affirmative action to remedy discrimination, to protect constitutional rights and to provide equal opportunity under the law.