‘Occupy Wall Street': Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
As the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement continues to spread and grow across these United States, the owners of the country and the mainstream media that they control have gone out of their way to portray the protesters as dirty deadbeats and commie kooks.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
There are doctors, pilots, unions, lawyers, religious figures, elected officials, a Nobel Prize-winning economist– even U.S. Marines– who are marching in solidarity and standing in support of ‘Occupy Wall Street’ all across America. This is a real movement with real objectives. But you would never know that from listening to the mainstream media.
Fox News contributor Kimberly Guilfoyle called the demonstrators “people with absolutely no purpose or focus in life.” “They have nothing but free time to be down there, they make up a slogan or cause as they go along, and they’re just looking to go out there and dirty the streets. And they really don’t have any idea of what they’re doing there.”
Another Fox News lie.
‘Occupy Wall Street’ released the following declaration last month. But aside from Current TV’s Keith Olbermann, who read the statement in its entirety on “Countdown” last night, the eloquent and concisely-worded declaration has been all but ignored by the mainstream media. It is far easier and far more popular (for now) to paint this growing movement as a bunch of “kooks,” as Fox News blowhard Sean Hannity called them, than it is to take a long, hard and honest look at the very legitimate and very pressing concerns raised by ‘Occupy Wall Street.’
Here is ‘Occupy Wall Street’s’ Declaration of the Occupation of New York City. Please take a few minutes to read and reflect upon the truths that lie within these words. There’s a video version below, if you prefer. And please, set the record straight when you hear people mocking this movement as having no purpose. You may not agree with everything ‘Occupy Wall Street’ stands for, but it does stand for something very powerful, just and true.
THIS DOCUMENT WAS ACCEPTED BY THE NYC GENERAL ASSEMBLY ONSEPTEMBER 29, 2011
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.
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