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occupy_wall_street Donating Member (51 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-11 06:32 PM
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PRINCIPLES OF SOLIDARITY -- OWS responds to requests for a "Coherent Message"
Edited on Sat Oct-08-11 07:26 PM by occupy_wall_street
Another message here at DU notes that the panel at the Bill Maher show mocked the OWS "hippies."

Alan Grayson Gets Standing Ovation While Bill Maher Panel Mocks Occupy Wall Street Hippies

The NYCGA includes all attendees. However we are frequently observed to be coherent. Thus:


PRINCIPLES OF SOLIDARITY

The following Principles of Solidarity has been adopted by the New York City General Assembly (at Liberty Park) as a "living document: that will be revised through the democratic process of the N.Y.C. General Assembly.

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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 perpetrated by the economic and political elites. On the 17th we as individuals rose up against the political disenfranchisement and social and economic injustice. We spoke out, resisted, and occupied Wall Street. Today we proudly remain in Liberty Square constituting ourselves as autonomous political beings engaged in non-violent political 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 individual and crafted these principles of solidarity, which are points of unity that include, but are not limited to:

- Engage in direct and transparent democracy

- Exercise personal and collective responsibility

- Recognize individuals' inherent privilege and the influence it has on all interactions

- Empower one another against all forms of oppression

- Redefine how labor is valued

- Sanctify individual privacy

- Support a belief that education is a human right

- Endeavor to support wide application of the Open Source concept

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.

-- from the Occupied Wall Street Journal, Saturday, October 8, 2011.


Principles first, then demands.

We are the 99%.

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occupy_wall_street Donating Member (51 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-11 06:39 PM
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1. Posting from Shraby --
If the occupy wall street doesn't want the msm to define them

This is a start.

Principles, then demands.
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occupy_wall_street Donating Member (51 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-11 07:15 PM
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2. Note from Naomi Klein
"The task of our time is to turn this around: to challenge this false scarcity. To insist that we can afford to build a decent, inclusive society - while at the same time, respect the real limits to what the earth can take.

"What climate change means is that we have to do this on a deadline. This time our movement cannot get distracted, divided, burned out or swept away by events. This time we have to succeed. And I'm not talking about regulating the banks and increasing taxes on the rich, though that's important.

"I am talking about changing the underlying values that govern our society. That is hard to fit into a single media-friendly demand, and it's also hard to figure out how to do it. But it is no less urgent for being difficult."

-- Naomi Klein, October 6th at Liberty Park NYC
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vets74 Donating Member (714 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-11 08:15 PM
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3. Senator Bernie Sanders addresses priorities

1) If a financial institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist. Today, the six largest financial institutions have assets equal to more than 60 percent of GDP. The four largest banks in this country issue two-thirds of all credit cards, half of all mortgages, and hold nearly 40 percent of all bank deposits. Incredibly, after we bailed out these big banks because they were "too big to fail," three out of the four largest are now even bigger than they were before the financial crisis began. It is time to take a page from Teddy Roosevelt and break up these behemoths so that their failure will no longer lead to economic catastrophe and to create competition in our financial system.

2) Put a cap on credit card interest rates to end usury. Today, more than a quarter of all credit card holders in this country are paying interest rates above 20 percent and as high as 59 percent. When credit card companies charge 25 or 30 percent interest rates they are not engaged in the business of making credit available to their customers. They are involved in extortion and loan-sharking. Citigroup, Bank of America, and JP Morgan Chase should not be permitted to charge consumers 25-30 percent interest on their credit cards, especially while these banks received over $4 trillion in loans from the Federal Reserve.

3) The Federal Reserve needs to provide small businesses in America with the same low-interest loans it gave to foreign banks. During the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve provided hundreds of billions of dollars to foreign banks and corporations including the Arab Banking Corporation, Toyota, Mitsubishi, the Korea Development Bank, and the state-owned Bank of Bavaria. At a time when small businesses can't get the lending they need, it is time for the Fed to create millions of American jobs by providing low-interest loans directly to small businesses.

4) Stop Wall Street oil speculators from artificially increasing gasoline and heating oil prices. Right now, the American people are being gouged at the gas pump by speculators on Wall Street who are buying and selling billions of barrels of oil in the energy futures market with no intention of using a drop for any purpose other than to make a quick buck. Delta Airlines, Exxon Mobil, the American Trucking Association, and other energy experts have estimated that excessive oil speculation is driving up oil prices by as much as 40 percent. We have got to end excessive oil speculation and bring needed relief to American consumers.

5) Demand that Wall Street invest in the job-creating productive economy, instead of gambling on worthless derivatives. The American people have got to make it crystal clear to Wall Street that the era of excessive speculation is over. The heads, bankers win; tails, everyone else loses financial system must end. Most important, we need to create a new Wall Street that exists not to reward CEOs and investors for the bets they make on exotic financial instruments nobody understands. Rather, we need a Wall Street that provides financial services to small businesses and manufacturers to create decent-paying jobs and grow the economy by productive means. Think of all of the productive short- and long-term investments that could be made in our country right now if Wall Street used the money it has received from the federal government wisely. Instead of casino-style speculation, Wall Street could invest in high-speed trains; fuel-efficient cars; wind turbines and other alternative energy sources; affordable housing; affordable prescription drugs that save peoples lives; and other things that America desperately needs. That is what we have got to demand from Wall Street.

6) Establish a Wall Street speculation fee on credit default swaps, derivatives, stock options and futures. Both the economic crisis and the deficit crisis are a direct result of the greed and recklessness on Wall Street. Establishing a speculation fee would reduce gambling on Wall Street, encourage the financial sector to invest in the productive economy, and significantly reduce the deficit without harming average Americans. There are a number of precedents for this. The U.S had a similar Wall Street speculation fee from 1914 to 1966. The Revenue Act of 1914 levied a 0.2 percent tax on all sales or transfers of stock. In 1932, Congress more than doubled that tax to help finance the government during the Great Depression. And today, England has a financial transaction tax of 0.25 percent, a penny on every $4 invested.

Making these reforms will not be easy.

-- statement of October 8, 2011
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GreenStormCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-11 08:38 PM
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5. Far, Far Superior to the Previous Statements.
This is tightly focused on banking problems and avoids being a laundry list of impossible demands on stuff that has no direct relation to banks.
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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-11 08:44 PM
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6. Please consider making this an original OP for increased visibility.
Love that Bernie!
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vets74 Donating Member (714 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-09-11 06:42 AM
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15. Getting this discussed at a NYC General Assembly
makes sense, too.

Sanders knows his stuff. And he's not in the tank for bankers.

Hope they don't Wellstone him.
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chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-09-11 01:14 AM
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10. Very good. Very sane.
K & R the OP, this post, both.
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vets74 Donating Member (714 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-09-11 08:25 AM
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16. All Bernie. n/t
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-11 08:28 PM
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4. K&R
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PETRUS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-11 09:07 PM
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7. K&R
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-11 09:12 PM
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8. K&R
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-11 09:59 PM
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9. We establish a new "government", based
on these principles, and whatever other principles will evolve from our current and ongoing efforts?

Like engaging in a new much improved form of democracy alongside the crumbling skeleton of the old government that is dying from the cancer that is Wall St., and creating a new culture based on cooperation based on valuing human beings rather than material things?

Sign me up immediately, I'm yours. I'm ours.

Because these look like principles of a brand new nicer government for a brand new nicer world to me.
:bounce:
Not a shadow government, but a government of, for, and by everybody, a government that is always out in the light of day.

I love it.

These concepts/principles will not be readily understandable to the majority of people outside of the OWS movement.
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-09-11 02:50 AM
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12. you think that last line is a mark in their favor?
We need something that IS readily understandable to the majority of the 99%. They need to say "hell yeah!" not "huh?" or "WTF?"
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vets74 Donating Member (714 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-09-11 08:26 PM
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17. Based on Jefferson... mostly.
The Great Recession of 2008 was caused by criminal acts. That needs attention, too.
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-09-11 02:38 AM
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11. k&r n/t
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-09-11 03:28 AM
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13. sign me up for a WTF?
Edited on Sun Oct-09-11 03:30 AM by hfojvt
"Engage in direct and transparent democracy"

Meaning what? More proposition 13s and proposition 8s? Voting booths made from glass? Verified paper trails?


"Exercise personal and collective responsibility"'


Personal responsibility? and what is collective responsibility? You mean I am responsible for pulling myself up by my own bootstraps (personal responsibility) and for the Sierra Club too (collective responsibility)?

"Recognize individuals' inherent privilege and the influence it has on all interactions"


What does this mean? Is this putting individualism first? Or is it about SOME people's inherent privilege? You know, like white boys like me, who are privileged to clean toilets for a living?


"Empower one another against all forms of oppression"


Empower? Oppression? Was there some sort of sale on buzzwords? I guess that means everybody gets free tae kwon do classes so they can kick the a$$ of anybody they think is oppressing them. Unless they happen to run into an oppressor who has a high degree belt than they do. This phrase just seems feel-good but empty.

"Redefine how labor is valued"

Hopelessly vague. It could mean anything from janitors getting paid more than University Professors (which would be a good thing) or everybody getting paid in gum drops (which would be kinda odd. Delicious, but odd.)


"Sanctify individual privacy"


I would tell you what I think of that, but that would be exposing my private thoughts, which I guess would be some kind of sacrilege.


"Support a belief that education is a human right"


Let me just quote Paul Goodman on this "It is time we stopped using the word 'education' honorifically. We must ask, education how? where? and under whose administration? Certainly every youth should get the best possible education, but, in my opinion, the present kind of compulsory schooling under the present administration, far from being extended, should be sharply curtailed."

Compulsory Mis-education, Paul Goodman, 1964!!, p. 67


"Endeavor to support wide application of the Open Source concept"


I will certainly take all the free software I can get, but I don't know how ths applies to other fields.



Ultimately, I think you should have gone with something simpler - like liberty, equality, fraternity. Short, simple and powerful.

"We are all in this together" (solidarity)

"Government of the people and for the people" (democracy)

"Both parties should represent the 99%, instead, neither party is" (populism)

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vets74 Donating Member (714 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-09-11 06:39 AM
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14. OMG... a fit of nit picking. Have you read the Declaration of Independence ?
There's line after line that beggars understanding, at least without hours spent delving into footnotes.

The DoC was a committee product after Jefferson did the not-at-all-rough draft. They chopped and snipped and changed. Then the Congress had their chops and snips and changes. A mess.

This is O.K.

Find the flow of it -- then compare with any hour of the Limbaugh show. That's where the value rises like cream in fresh milk to the top.
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-09-11 08:55 PM
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18. welcome to DU, OWS
we've been talking about you already!

:hi:
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