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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Occupy Wall Street's Official General Assembly Statement

Official Statement from Occupy Wall Street - this statement was voted on and approved by the general assembly of protesters at Liberty Square: Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

"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 nonhuman 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 supposed to be 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 in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive 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." 


Anonymous said...

Who are the people who decided these grievances? Why were they elected by the mass of people occupying the cities in other states? How come I didn't have a voice in deciding what I thought were the important issues?

Anonymous said...

Why weren't they chosen is what I meant.

Anonymous said...

Thank you OWS for articulating what countless Americans are feeling. We are occupying in cities across the nation in solidarity with you.
Together we can create a much better reality.

Anonymous said...

To the first Anonymous: There is room for you to speak as well! The idea behind 99% is that your voice can be heard! Nothing is set in stone. Go to your group near to you and let your voice be heard. Please participate!

Anonymous said...

Single most ridiculous piece of drivel ever. No wonder you guys can't find jobs. If I got a contract like this, with zero specifics, I'd show you the door too.

Anonymous said...

Occupy doesn't speak for anyone. These people are idiots. This is NOT a movement - it is a tantrum.

The people in tents are morons who will change nothing but the amount of trash on the sidewalks.

Anonymous said...

"Corporate Personhood"

All of the evils that are happening now stem from this.
The SCOTUS has said that 'Corporations are people, and are entitled to the Constitutional protections like everyone else'.

THIS is why they have so much power, because they can LEGALY spend as much money in politics as they wish.

OWS is protesting the right things, but it doesn't have a clue on the remedy.

Ending Corporate Personhood, through a new Constitutional Amendment stating that only a 'Human Being' is a person entitled to rights, IS the remedy.

jerry-of jerry and carl's eye on washington said...

I want to thank everyone who has written a comment on this site.

The system has been rigged for decades to support the 1% who have the money and power to control the way government works. They buy their control, such as the Koch brothers, and the financial sector.

It has become a nanny state for the 1%

Professor Dean Baker has written a short but telling book called The Nanny State.

We want to take back the country so it can function, once again, in a more equal way, and become a prosperous nation as it once had been. Now we are the world's biggest debtor nation, when at one time, we were the world's biggest creditor nation.

We support our stuff to be made by the cheapest labor nations in the world, who are also the world's worst polluters, and have the worst work rules, and more.