Youth Liberation aims to consummate the Constitution’s promise of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” to America’s children and adolescents. We stand for the ideas that:

  1. Youth own themselves and are not the property of their parents. The common-law doctrine that children are the property of their parents violates the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits slavery.
  2. In the parent-child relationship, the rights are on the part of the child, and the obligations on the part of the parent. The parents may not have any more rights over the child than a guardian has over a disabled adult, per the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.
  3. Youth have the right to take part in public life and in education on the same terms as disabled adults, under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.
  4. Youth may not be denied their liberties and property without a good substantive reason, as set forth in the (Substantive) Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.
  5. Youth may not be denied their liberties and property, including their access to education, without proper procedures, including at a minimum the right to be heard and to influence the process, as per the (Procedural) Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.

Each of our stances on an individual issue arises from one or more of these five Constitutional contentions.

 

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