Official Declaration from Occupy Wall Street

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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

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

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.






Enough endless media distraction about Libyan so-called “rebels” toppling a regime in the name of western democracy, dissenters using Twitter and Facebook to counter censorship in the Horrific Republic of Iran…lack of free press in Belarus, Orange Revolutions in Ukraine, the hapless Dalai Lama who just can’t catch a break in Tibet; bad boy Vladimir Putin’s dictatorial tendencies and that poor, poor erstwhile billionaire turned “political prisoner” Mikhail Khodorkovsky…while Troy Davis is executed in Georgia and millions of Black and Brown Americans are force-fed through the Criminal Just Us System, making us losers for life in the New Jim Crow; loud noises about political prisoners in Castro’s Cuba…while the greatest concentration of prisoners held without charge on that island is at Guantanamo under U.S. command and in violation of key promises made by Obama in his bid to become president; front page coverage of Saudi women clamoring for the right to drive an automobile while you fail to investigate the pervasive Saudi influence on our politicians and the troubling connections between Saudis and September 11…

Now, corporate media, property of American oligarchs, the Huffington Post included, will you report truthfully on America’s democracy movement? Will you cover stories about Americans getting arrested for using Twitter to help America’s struggle for democracy? We doubt it.

That’s why we will. And we cant be bought out because we don’t sell out.

We will televise the revolution inspite of you.

Expect us.





9 October 2011



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