Break-out Group Discussion for Thursday 11/3 General Assembly: Principles of Solidarity Consolidation

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Principles of Solidarity Consolidation Working Group: We are synthesizing and consolidating the Principles of Solidarity of the Wall Street Occupation. These principles were drafted in the General Assembly break out groups during the first days and weeks of the occupation. There have been three drafts of this document thus far; each consolidated draft was returned to the General Assembly and again edited by GA break out groups. The last draft (#3) passed with consensus on September 23. It, along with the Declaration, are the only documents with GA consensus. This (working) draft is online at: nycga.net/resources/principles-of-solidarity. We will be posting it here as well. This working draft, however, is not complete (it passed with consensus as a working draft), we are moving the fourth draft along and we aim for consensus as soon as possible (keeping in mind that Principles of Solidarity is a living document).

The principles document aims to be as inclusive as possible and keeps in mind the realistic parameters, i.,e. principles of solidarity originated here in the square and was drafted by using the direct democratic process of the GA. It is important for this document to remain true to the process in which it was created. To be clear, the Consolidation group does not write the principles of the occupation, we only figure out how to structure a bullet point or sentence that includes everyone’s input about the same principle.
Below are two documents presented for the feedback of the GA. They are of a similar structure, but with slightly different edits. At Thursday’s GA, we will have break-out group discussions to give feedback on these documents.
OCCUPY WALL STREET: PRINCIPLES OF SOLIDARITY (October 21, 2011draft)
We are the 99, the voices of all those world-wide who will no longer accept a democracy governed
by money and
a capitalism ruled by greed. We say enough! and we will be heard. We will occupy, stay, protest
peacefully until we are heard.
We reject profits over people, corruption over transparency, special interests over public goods. We
condemn narcissism
masquerading as liberty and market values that obscure  inequality.
We speak with a diversity of voices for those that cannot speak for themselves: children, future
generations,
the marginalized poor and all those excluded "others" who have voices but are not allowed to speak.
We speak on behalf of our abundant and good earth, so brutally exploited by the greedy without
regard for future generations.
We speak for sustainability, for equality, for justice.
We occupy in true democracy's name, and democracy is what we look like: diverse, tolerant, nonviolent and open to all.
But we are also insistent, militant and stubborn in our struggle for a sustainable economy and an
authentic politics.
We exclude only the excluders, those who demonize others and who  refuse the discipline of nonviolence, tolerance, facts and reason.
We are the 99 aspiring to become the 100. Because we believe in the power of transformation.
Because we are voices of hope:
of common goods and public purposes -- the voices of common wealth and hence of the
commonwealth.
As voices of an interdependent world, we will not be divided by national frontiers or intolerant
creeds or self-defeating fears.
We are all of those who live in poverty and are imperiled by climate change; who live in fear and are
at risk of losing homes
or jobs or pensions. We are those with no documents and those without health care or schooling;
those robbed of hope and bereft of community.
We are the interdependent world we aspire to create: participatory, non-violent, inclusive, egalitarian
and just.
We occupy Wall Street and Boston and Washington and Seattle, we occupy common spaces
everywhere, in order to recover
a world stolen from us by a corrupt plutocracy that has bought democracy to serve its interests alone.
What it calls market freedom we call theft. What it calls freedom from interference we call
disempowerment of the people.
Our single demand is for those with demands to be heard, for they are -- we are -- the 99 the elites
will not heed.
In an interdependent world, this demand is no more than an expression of our common humanity
and of our defining equality.
We will occupy confidently, we will struggle stubbornly and we will protest non-violently until we
are heard.
Until in place of 99 and 1 there is a true commons, a "100"  that speaks with and for us all.
OCCUPY WALL STREET: PRINCIPLES OF SOLIDARITY (October 21, 2011draft)
We are the 99, the voices of all those world-wide who will no longer accept a democracy governed
by money and a system ruled by greed. We say enough!
We reject profits over people, corruption over transparency, special interests over public goods. We
condemn narcissism masquerading as liberty and market values that obscure inequality.
We speak with a diversity of voices for those that cannot speak for themselves: children and the
future generations. We encourage those who are marginalized, living in poverty, and all excluded
"others" to use their voice!
We speak on behalf of our abundant and good earth, so brutally exploited by industry and greed
without regard for future generations.  We speak for sustainability and renewable resources.
We occupy in true democracy's name, and democracy is what we look like: direct, diverse,,
participatory, tolerant, non-violent and open to all.
But we are also insistent, strong, and stubborn in our struggle for a sustainable economy and
authentic politics.
We exclude only the excluders, those who demonize others and who refuse the discipline of nonviolence, tolerance, facts and reason.
We are the 99 aspiring to become the 100. Because we believe in the power of transformation.
Because we are voices of hope who are in the midst of actualizing positive social change.
As voices of an interdependent world, we will not be divided by national frontiers or intolerant
creeds or self-defeating fears.
We are  in solidarity with all who live in poverty and are imperiled by climate change; who live in
fear and are at risk of losing homes or jobs or pensions. We are in solidarity with those with no
documents and those without health care or schooling; we are in solidarity with those robbed of hope
and bereft of community.
We are the interdependent  and equal world we aspire to create: participatory, non-violent, inclusive,
egalitarian and just.
We occupy Wall Street and Boston and Washington and Seattle, we occupy common spaces
everywhere, in order to recover  a world stolen from us by a corrupt plutocracy that has bought
democracy to serve its interests alone.
What it calls market freedom we call theft. What it calls opportunity we call disempowerment of the
people.
We will occupy confidently, we will struggle stubbornly, and we will protest non-violently until in
place of 99 and 1 there is a true commons, a "100%"  that speaks with and for us all.
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