Statement From Occupy Wall Street

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!

See more from Occupy Wall Street here.

8 thoughts on “Statement From Occupy Wall Street

  1. This is not new, it’s actually the first revision of the OWS demands, and it’s been widely revised since then.

    It lives here:

    What you posted was revision 1. A few days ago it focused almost solely on changes to banking regulation, I actually liked that one, it seemed like it was written by someone with half a clue. The current version is demanding $20/hr minimum wage regardless of employment, universal health care,
    free college, an end to fossil fuels, open borders (and at the same time, high tariffs on trade), and an end to credit/lending.

    Good luck!

  2. As expected, this groupthink devoid of historic or intellectual content or context, the same old, same old, airheadedness that failed to convince many in the ’60’s. It fails the tests of reality and substance and is almost as if Abby Hoffman’s ghost has reappeared. As was the case with Hoffman, this non-happening has committed ideological suicide and will be relagated to the “dustbin of history.” Unfrtunately, it wll take the struggling Democratic Party with it. Wisely, the Clintons and most thinking Democrats have removed themselves from this debacle, but Hillary unfortunately will not be the candidate next year.

  3. Nancy-you gave it away with the Clamshell Alliance reverie.We’re not going back to the 60’s,nor are we going back to the Reagan 80’s.
    We’re going somwhere bad-the whole world is.
    I know I’ve said this before-but read “The Second Coming”by W.B.Yeats and “Dover Beach”by Matthew Arnold and hold on to your hat(if you wear one,that is.)

    1. Are you sorry we don’t have an aging nuclear power plant in Charlestown? That was in the works in the late 70’s. We’d be debating the decommissioning and waste disposal about now if it had been built.

      1. Well,that wasn’t my point at all.I didn’t follow the events back then to be honest.
        I was just saying that the rosy glow of old victories can be deceptive.
        Things seem to be generally grim everywhere,maybe because we’ve got all this great technology,but we haven’t changed and never will.

  4. I’m disappointed with the statement too, too many cliched exaggerations. I think it would be better if less attacking of the power structure and more about the need to address the problem of an economy that is leaving working people with a declining living standard and a more uncertain retirement while public services deteriorate – roads crumbling, public higher ed tuition skyrocketing, library hours cut back, services for disabled cut back, etc etc Fixing this is not simple and for unity of the movement, better left to individual groups with expertise (on trade, finance, housing, workplace saftety, environment, etc) If the issue is the deteriorating conditions for much of the bottom 99% (really bottom 80% or so I would think) the politicians will inevitably be forced to work out ways to address this.

    But still the “occupy” movement has been somewhat successful already in changing the conversation away from what had been all about cuts for middle income and low income folks and no sacrifice for the rich.

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