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Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 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.
 
We also have a visual representation of this document from the Arts and Culture Group and the Call to Action Working Group. To download your own copy of this image as a jpeg (12.7 MB), click here, or for image inquiries e-mail flowchartart@gmail.com.

Principles of Solidarity

This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 23, 2011.

 

On September 17, 2011, people from all across the United States of America and the world came to protest the blatant injustices of our times perpetuated by the economic and political elites.  On the 17th we as individuals rose up against political disenfranchisement and social and economic injustice.  We spoke out, resisted, and successfully occupied Wall Street.  Today, we proudly remain in Liberty Square constituting ourselves as autonomous political beings engaged in non-violent civil disobedience and building solidarity based on mutual respect, acceptance, and love.  It is from these reclaimed grounds that we say to all Americans and to the world, Enough!  How many crises does it take?  We are the 99% and we have moved to reclaim our mortgaged future.

Through a direct democratic process, we have come together as individuals and crafted these principles of solidarity, which are points of unity that include but are not limited to:

  • Engaging in direct and transparent participatory democracy;
  • Exercising personal and collective responsibility;
  • Recognizing individuals’ inherent privilege and the influence it has on all interactions;
  • Empowering one another against all forms of oppression;
  • Redefining how labor is valued;
  • The sanctity of individual privacy;
  • The belief that education is human right; and
  • Endeavoring to practice and support wide application of open source.Making technologies, knowledge, and culture open to all to freely access, create, modify, and distribute. (amendment passed by consensus (2/9/2012)

We are daring to imagine a new socio-political and economic alternative that offers greater possibility of equality.  We are consolidating the other proposed principles of solidarity, after which demands will follow.

1 The Working Group on Principles of Consolidation continues to work through the other proposed principles to be incorporated as soon as possible into this living document.

This is an official document crafted by the Working Group on Principles of Consolidation. The New York City General Assembly came to consensus on September 23rd to accept this working draft and post it online for public consumption.


(en Español)

Los principios de solidaridad

El siguiente es un documento en orgánica construcción que será revisado a través

del proceso democrático de la Asamblea General

 

El 17 de septiembre de 2011, personas de todas partes de los Estados Unidos de America y del mundo entero vinieron a protestar contra las grandes injusticias de nuestro tiempo perpetradas por las elites de los sectores económicos y políticos. Ese día 17, nos levantamos  contra la marginalización política y la injusticia social y económica. Denunciamos, resistimos, y ocupamos Wall Street con éxito. Hoy, orgullosamente permanecemos en Liberty Square, constituidos como seres políticos, autónomos, dedicad@s a la desobediencia civil no violenta y a la solidaridad basada en el respeto mutuo, tolerancia, y amor. Desde estos terrenos reclamados pregonamos a tod@s los estadounidenses y al mundo: “¡Basta!”. ¿Cuántas crisis se necesitan? Nosotr@s somos el 99% y nos hemos movilizado para que junt@s, reclamemos nuestro futuro hipotecado.

A través de un proceso de democracia participativa directa, nos hemos reunido como individuos y creado éstos principios de solidaridad, los cuales son puntos de unidad que incluyen, aunque no exclusivamente, los siguiente:

  • Practicar la democracia participativa, directa, y transparente.
  • Ejercitar nuestra responsabilidad personal y colectiva.
  • Reconocer el valor inherente de cada individuo y la influencia que tiene en todas sus interacciones.
  • Fortalezerce colectivamente para acabar con todas las formas de opresión.
  • Redefinir la forma como el trabajo es valorizado.
  • La inviolabilidad de la privacidad individual.
  • La convicción de que la educación es un derecho humano, y
  • La creación de tecnologías, conocimientos, y cultura para todos; con acceso libre para crear, modificar, y distribuir.**

Nos atrevemos a imaginar una nueva alternativa sociopolítica y económica que ofrezca una mayor posibilidad de igualdad.   Estamos consolidando las otras propuestas de principios de solidaridad, después de las cuales vendrán nuestras demandas. 

Éste es un documento redactado por el Grupo de Trabajo sobre Principios de Consolidación. El 23 de septiembre de 2011, Asamblea General de la Ciudad de Nueva York llegó a un consenso para reconocer este borrador en proceso orgánico de construcción y para que sea publicado en el internet para su conocimiento público.

 *El Grupo de Trabajo sobre Principios de Consolidación  sigue trabajando paso a paso sobre otras propuestas a ser incluidas en este documento en proceso orgánico de construcción, tan pronto como sea posible.

** Enmienda aprobada por consenso, 9 de febrero de 2012.

 

Statement of Autonomy

Passed by the General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street. November 10, 2011 and passed revision by the General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street, March 3, 2012.

 

Occupy Wall Street is a people's movement. It is party-less, leaderless, by the people and for the people. It is not a business, a political party, an advertising campaign or a brand.  It is not for sale.

We welcome all, who, in good faith, petition for a redress of grievances through non-violence.  We provide a forum for peaceful assembly of individuals to engage in participatory as opposed to partisan debate and democracy.  We welcome dissent.

Any statement or declaration not released through the General Assembly and made public online at www.nycga.net should be considered independent of Occupy Wall Street.

We wish to clarify that Occupy Wall Street is not and never has been affiliated with any established political party, candidate or organization.  Our only affiliation is with the people.

The people who are working together to create this movement are its sole and mutual caretakers.  If you have chosen to devote resources to building this movement, especially your time and labor, then it is yours.

Any organization is welcome to support us with the knowledge that doing so will mean questioning your own institutional frameworks of work and hierarchy and integrating our principles into your modes of action.

SPEAK WITH US, NOT FOR US.

Occupy Wall Street values collective resources, dignity, integrity and autonomy above money.  We have not made endorsements.  All donations are accepted anonymously and are transparently allocated via consensus by the General Assembly or the Operational Spokes Council.

We acknowledge the existence of professional activists who work to make our world a better place.  If you are representing, or being compensated by an independent source while participating in our process, please disclose your affiliation at the outset.  Those seeking to capitalize on this movement or undermine it by appropriating its message or symbols are not a part of Occupy Wall Street.

We stand in solidarity.  We are Occupy Wall Street.