1. Justice and equal opportunity are the right of all people regardless of race, sex, or place of residence.
2. All rural people are entitled to the goods and service essential to a decent quality of life, including education, health, employment, housing, and basic community facilities, as well as democratic community process and dedicated to serving their interests.
3. The long-term viability of rural communities rests on effective control and use of resources by people living in rural areas, including farmers, local business people, and all working people.
4. Community-based organizations are instrumental in the development of rural communities. Public policy should encourage their growth and strength.
5. The federal, state, and local government has the responsibility to insure the rights of all citizens and help secure the fulfillment of these rights.