|WSA WORLD NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 1973
27TH AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION PROPOSED BY GARRY DAVIS, WORLD CITIZEN, AT WORLD PEACE DAY MEETING, BERKELEY
BERKELEY -- During the World Peace Day meeting, Saturday, May 26, sponsored by the Unitarian Church, Berkeley, Garry Davis, who renounced his U.S. nationality in 1948 and declared himself a world citizen, founder-head of the World Citizen Party, proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution inb the name of his world-wide constituency of voting world citizens:
"With reference to the 9th and 10th Amendments, and without
prejudice to his or her national status, the citizen shall enjoy
the sovereign right to declare his or her allegiance to a world
government based on democratic and just world law for the
freedom, preservation and welfare of the world community
of which the nation is a part."
Referring to the Founding Fathers who added United States citizenship to that of their separate states, he underlined the wisdom of the U.S. Constitution in incorporating in the 9th and 10th Amendments referral power "to the people" in all matters where power was not delegated to the Constitution itself.
"The power to create the conditions of world peace," the former U.S. bomber pilot said, "that is, to institute world law, while not spelled out in those precise terms, nevertheless was clearly foreseen by the Founding Fathers by the inclusion of this legal sanction of sovereign decision by the people in matters affecting their lives and well-being.
"In the nuclear age," Mr. Davis continued, "when the concept of exclusive nationalism is rendered obsolete and suicidal, the United States citizen must add world citizenship to his or her present citizenship if only to preserve the American nation."
The meeting unanimously endorsed the proposition. Petitions have been drawn up for signature under the aegis of the World Citizens League of San Francisco under the direction of Douglas Mattern.
Mr. Davis will be available to the press Wednesday, May 30 at 10 a.m. in front of the Opera House, San Francisco where the U.N. Charter was first signed.
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