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And Now, A Message From The People of the United States

Something interesting’s going on here. Two weeks ago a group of ragamuffins set their tents on a park near Wall Street. They’re calling themselves Occupy Wall Street. At first no one noticed then, suddenly, there are Occupy (name of city) movements throughout the country – and the world!

The first meeting of Occupy Boston took place yesterday. My husband attended. He’s a bit of a radical at heart, as am I, small-time capitalist or no. I’m curious to see what happens. Whatever happens, I hope it lasts and I hope it’s good. Just now, this uncoordinated mass of energy is starting to coalesce into something very interesting. I just came across this statement of principles (I guess that’s what it is), approved by the New York crowd. Read on:

 

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *

To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

*These grievances are not all-inclusive.

Author:

Writer, Walker, Entrepreneur, baby-boomer

10 thoughts on “And Now, A Message From The People of the United States

  1. Ahhh, a manifesto. Thanks for that. There has been much criticism of this so far, that they are not organized, that there is no clear message, and that they are not yet a force to be reckoned with. While all such observations might have some merit. I do think the discussion is a worthy one. My personal thoughts are that I do not see capitalism as inherently evil, but the cronyism with which it has asserted itself once again, is. We do not need another Tammany Hall. We do not need Boss Tweeds.

    1. Yes, I agree completely. We’ll have to see what happens, but I haven’t seen anything like this since the Arab spring. Right now it’s pouring rain in Boston and I feel bad for the kids who are camping out downtown. I hope they’ll be okay – for all our sakes!

  2. Fantastic! Go, The People!

    Looking on from Australia, it always seems to me that there is an American mind set to punish people who are “too lazy” to become rich! I am stunned by the fact that there is such a fight not to tax the rich, and yet to stop equality of health care, a basic human need.

    1. I find this dichotomy quizzical, too – to say the least. Most people agree with the protesters. We really are all getting screwed, and that includes genuine small business (not a capitalist Goliath like BofA).

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