Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Civil Rights

State of Illinois, PDC, Jerome M. Berns, JWV Civil Rights Chairman

The core values of Americanism are the rights guaranteed to citizens by the Constitution of the United States of America, a document unlike any other in the history of the world. Within this document, a group of extraordinary men established a democratic republic founded on the popular vote, while forming a Bill of Rights, protecting the civil liberties of all American citizens.

The amendments to the Constitution guaranteeing basic civil liberties, The Bill of Rights, is the shining beacon in the murky waters of legislative, executive and judicial power. While governmental power is in the hands of those elected by the populace or appointed by such elected officials, the Bill of Rights exists as the protection against encroachment on the rights our nation is based upon. Without any foreign example, Thomas Jefferson and the founding fathers broke new ground, establishing a government based not on the powers of the government but on the rights of the governed, establishing a list of uninfringeable civil rights for all citizens. Over the past 200+ years there have been many challenges to the liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, but in their infinite wisdom the founding fathers anticipated such challenges and difficulties for the fledgling nation, establishing an independent judiciary to interpret the laws of the legislature and determine the constitutionality of its actions.

And for more than two centuries the American form of government has matured and flourished, the oversight of checks and balances among the branches of federal government working as hoped by the founding fathers. It is this government, which protects the rights of the minority equally with the majority, that the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. believes is the foundation of representative democracy and freedom world-wide.

We, the J.W.V., associate ourselves together to foster and perpetuate true Americanism; to combat whatever tends to impair the efficiency and permanency of our free institutions; and to encourage the doctrine of universal liberty, equal rights, and full justice to all men and women.

Throughout the world men, women and children are suffering lives without the freedoms guaranteed to the American citizen; the freedom of speech, of peaceful assembly, of petition of grievances, and that of representative government. Whether under the heel of an oppressive regime or denied basic human and political rights by religious or social standards, the JWV supports the encouragement of universal liberty and full rights to all men and women.