AMENDMENT TO EGYPT ELECTION DELEGATION CONSENSUS
The following amendment to the EGYPT ELECTION DELEGATION consensus (passed by the NYCGA on November 10th, 2011
) is being submitted by a number of concerned OWS individuals.
Since the November 10th
NYCGA consensus to send a delegation to observe the upcoming Egyptian parliamentary elections, both new events have come to pass and new information has come to light that warrant reconsideration of that decision.
The November 15
eviction from Liberty Plaza has taxed our human and capital resources here and requires the attention of all working groups and many prospective delegation candidates from those working groups.
Since November 10
, we’ve heard from many Egyptian activists both in Egypt and here in the U.S. and there is no unanimity on whether sending an observer delegation from New York is the best way we can help the movement in Egypt.
We therefore propose that:
1) the trip of OWS delegates to observe the November 28
parliamentary elections in Egypt be cancelled.
2) the $29,000 approved for that trip be returned to the GA budget.
3) the following letter of explanation and solidarity be sent to our brothers and sisters in Egypt:
To our brothers and sisters in Egypt, and to a movement that gave birth to our own: Al salam ‘alaykum and solidarity!
Your invitation to observe Egyptian elections was an incredible honor for us. Long live the movement for bread, freedom, and social justice!
As you have heard, our occupation was raided by police on November 15.
In light of the police attack on our occupation, our movement must now turn its attention to the daily survival of members of our occupation. We apologize for not being able to send a delegation at this time. We are sure that as brothers and sisters you understand.
At the same time we re express our solidarity and support of your peaceful fight for freedom and democracy and salute your courage in face of the brutal physical and informational assaults on you in Tahrir Square and around Egypt.
We are also sure that we can be of help to your cause from here in the U.S. and we ask that you inform us of specific ways most helpful to you in that regard. For example, we can help expose and denounce instances of use of American weapons and technologies against your protests and voices.
There is much we can learn from you, and we request training in all of your skills and knowledge necessary for revolution.
With gratitude and solidarity, we extend our hospitality; our house is your house.
Your brothers and sisters at Occupy Wall Street General Assembly