December 4, 2011
PROPOSAL FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
FROM THE OWS CONSTITUTION WORKING GROUP
WE ARE SEEKING SOLIDARITY ON THIS PROPOSAL FROM THE GA
WE ARE THE VOICE OF THE CONSTITUTION
“Hold on, my friends to the Constitution and the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.” Daniel Webster
We hereby submit, for the General Assembly’s official review and approval, seven First Amendment Petitions for Redress of Grievances, which address major violations of the Constitution – important to the Occupy movement – which are devastating America’s economy and reputation and pauperizing the People.
We are recommending a ONE WEEK period of review for OWS to consider the contents of the “Petition Packet” with a goal to discuss on Sunday, December 11, 2011.
To facilitate the information process:
a) We will hand out copies at the GA on December 4;
b) We will hand copies throughout the day on Monday December 5 at the park, Charlotte’s Place and 60 Wall Street, as well as at the Spokes Council Meeting on Monday night;
c) We will have a discussion on the Petition Packet at 2pm on Monday, December 5 at Charlotte’s Place for anyone who wishes to attend;
d) We will post the Petitions on www.occupytheconstitution.org for those who have online access.
We, the FREE People of the United States of America, have the unalienable Right to Petition the Government for Redress of Grievances, a Right that is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution for the United States of America, and by every State Constitution.
If government, after first violating the Constitution, then ignores the People’s Petitions for Redress, we, the People, have the unalienable Right to peaceful means of enforcement to ensure compliance. The Right of Redress enables the People to peaceably hold the Government accountable to the rest of the Constitution. This Right has been dormant in America for a long time, but no more.
Individuals and small groups cannot prevail in attempts to hold the government accountable to the Constitution. We need millions of people to support these Petitions, to pressure the government to be attentive and responsive, to shift the ultimate power in America back to the People, where it was meant to reside in the first place.
“THE PETITION PACKET”
STATEMENT OF BELIEFS: Fundamental to America’s Reason for Being, upon which WE THE PEOPLE take this action.
PETITION ONE: Unconstitutional Bailouts – Private Corporations and Foreign Countries
PETITION TWO: Unconstitutional Federal Reserve System
PETITION THREE: Unconstitutional Money and Monetary Policy
Our debt-base, fiat currency is prohibited by the Constitution.
PETITION FOUR: Unconstitutional Public Debt
The free people of America are only responsible for public debt that is constitutionally incurred.
PETITION FIVE: Public Education and the Constitution
No system of public education in America should be devoid of instruction on the history, meaning, effect and significance of the principles, restrictions, prohibitions and mandates of the Supreme Law of the Land, our State and Federal Constitutions. No system of public education in America should ever withhold knowledge regarding popular sovereignty, the natural, unalienable Rights of the individual and our republican form of government, all Fundamental to America’s Reason for Being.
PETITION SIX: Unconstitutional Counting of Votes in Secret
The FREE People of America have a constitutionally guaranteed Right to know their votes are being accurately counted without special, expert knowledge, a Right that is violated by electronic voting systems.
PETITION SEVEN: War Powers
The People have a constitutionally guaranteed Right to an Executive Branch that does not apply the armed forces of the U.S. in hostilities overseas without the approval and authorization of the U.S. Congress. We also have a Right to a foreign policy where our government does not meddle in the internal affairs of other countries.
If all agree, there will be a massive effort to get 3- 5% of America’s population, or 9-15 million people, to sign these Petitions at WWW.OCCUPYTHECONSTITUTION.ORG by January 20, 2012. The Petitions will then be served on the President, every member of Congress and other officials, such as State Legislators, to secure redress.
We believe that Civic Education without Civic Action is for naught as Civic Action without Civic Education is for naught. These Petitions, and the Will of the People to secure a response, will ensure the Voice of the Constitution is heard.
These Petitions do not address every issue which is causing distress for our country and our people, but if these alone are addressed, there will be a tremendous relief and positive effect for all that will put the Nation back on track.
THE CONSTITUTION IS NOT A MENU AND CANNOT DEFEND ITSELF.
The government is not going to defend it. Corporate America, nor corporate media is going to defend it.
Our State and Federal Constitutions will not be defended unless We, the Free People of America defend it.
“The People are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our Liberties.” Thomas Jefferson.