On November 15th the city of New Yorkforcefully and possibly illegally evicted the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park. Since then, the OWS organization has experienced the following difficulties:
1- Feeding, housing and clothing occupiers who now do not live in a central location.
2- Providing transportation & information to these occupiers.
3- Democratic allocation of resources at the movement’s disposal.
4- Articulating a coherent mission statement with specific goals in light of the forced eviction.
I, Shazz Baric, legal name David McNerney, propose that the collection of individual activists commonly known as Occupy Wall Street divide ALL the funds in their possession among the occupiers who can prove to a reasonable degree of certainty that they physically occupied and slept in Zuccotti Park continuously for at least the week prior and up to the forceful eviction of the November 15th raid.
It is the people’s fund to do with what they wish.
I further propose that this item be tabled to gather community feedback and brought back to the GA one week from today, December 4th, at which time I will seek a consensus to pass the “Buy-Out Buy-In” proposal.
The one week deliberation period also can be used to address execution issues including:
-cut off date for donation count
-verification process for occupiers
-possible friendly amendments
Many people put their lives on hold to physically occupyZuccottiParkand help create a better world. The night of the raid many of these people went to jail, including myself. The personal property of these occupiers was confiscated and a great part of it destroyed. For some people, these items were all they had. They suffered the cold. They suffered the police brutality. They occupied. To put it in perspective, $500,000 divided among 500 occupiers would only be $1000 apiece, not enough to replace electronic possessions let alone compensate for the intangible stresses of the raid and subsequent events.
But it would help.
The movement has to be first and foremost a people’s movement. At the outset of the housing crisis, the United Statesgovernment decided to bail out banks instead of focusing their time and money on their constituents. They could have bailed out homeowners instead, thereby stemming the foreclosures that were creating mortgage-backed security default chaos. They could have done the human thing and prioritized real human beings, we the people. They could have helped us.
And now we run the risk of emulating them. Let’s give people the opportunity to be bought out, allowing them to buy into the future of OWS. Let’s take care of our people. What wouldOccupy Wall Sthave looked like without the occupiers? What is the better, fairer, more open, more compassionate, more DEMOCRATIC world we are creating?
Put your money where our mouth is and be the change you want to see. Fund the Buy-Out Buy-In and let’s get on with the revolution!