|Core Principle 1: Core Principle 1: Citizenship is a way of life, not a singular event.
● Citizenship is more than voting during elections.
● Citizens participate in democracy when they exercise their rights and responsibilities through everyday relationships in their homes and communities.
|Core Principle 2: With our rights and freedoms come responsibilities.
● Our rights and freedoms can be found in our core documents.
● Our rights and freedoms have evolved over time.
● For every right there is a corollary responsibility.
|Core Principle 3: The success of the individual and the community are interdependent: “E Pluribus Unum”.
● Citizens need to consider the impact and potential consequences of their decisions and actions or inactions on others.
● If individual rights abridge those of the community or vice versa, there is a breakdown in our social compact.
● Communities of engaged citizens provide support for one another.
|Core Principle 4: The informed participation of the people shapes and sustains our democracy.
● Because citizens have the power to make changes at all levels of government, it is critical for them to know and understand our history and system of government.
● Informed citizens access and evaluate information effectively.
● Active citizens communicate and coordinate with other citizens and elected officials.