Official Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

By now I’m sure you’ve all heard about #OccupyWallStreet. A phenomenon of peaceful protesters occupying large areas of New York City in and around Wall Street. And now this “protest” appears to be fanning out across the country it fits and starts, popping up in various major cities here and there. I understand Boston is being occupied as I write this. So what is this #OccupyWallStreet protest all about?

Well, that’s the question that has been on the media’ so called mind since the protest first began. No one seemed to know–even the protesters. Or did they? After today, there’s no doubt what these folks are all about:

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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.

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Well now, I guess there’s no longer any question as to what the reason is for all this protesting, right? I applaud them for it and since the sentiment appears to be reaching people all over the country I would hazard the guess that a lot of other people are feeling the same way–including myself. Could it possibly be that America is finally waking up? If they are I fear it is too late but that’s an entirely other matter. What all this #OccupyWallStreet phenomenon has me thinking about is not the reason for it, which they have now made abundantly clear (do they have a spokesman by the way?), but the purpose and what they hope to achieve? And how?

I certainly don’t have the answer. Do they?

Once upon another lifetime, or it seems that way to me now anyway, a Navy instructor once educated a class of us “new recruits” about the art of complaining. It was brief and to the point as usual:

Don’t bitch unless you have a solution to offer”

Pretty much says it all now doesn’t it? Too bad more people don’t follow that particular rule.

So here we are in the middle of what is rapidly becoming a nationwide phenomenon. Like that word, “phenomenon” do you? Seems like the media is loving the heck out of right now. Unfortunately, I get the irritating feeling that although it may not be too little, it’s probably too late. Time will tell just as it always does.

Comments

Official Declaration of the Occupation of New York City — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Kirk ~ My father, (remember, he was in the Army), had the exact same thing to say as your Navy Instructor. “Don’t bitch unless you have a solution to offer.” Finding fault is easy. It’s being able to figure out a solution that shows the real measure of a person.

    That’s a long list of grievances in the Declaration. I see they mention generating solutions in there. Where are they at with that? Will you be posting that next??

    • Hi Denise – Right now they still seem to be at “beginning stages” as it were. The only real change (as I’m sure you’re well aware of) is that it’s beginning to spread worldwide with certain European citizens responding with their usual violence (breaking windows, burning cars, etc). The start of a new global revolution perhaps?