Work and Housing Solution Presented at the General Assembly of OWS Dec.1, 2011 By Gilbert from Liberation of the People In Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street In light of the serious displacement of occupiers caused by the attack on Liberty Park by Bloomberg and the 1%, the OWS is forced to take on a next step in its development. This solution is not an all-inclusive reparation to that attack; it is in relation to work and housing. For those interested, we are launching orientation as to how small groups of occupiers can get started working for ourselves in order to begin earning an income immediately. Where Workers are Owners – that is, to work with dignity - to not exploit anyone and not be exploited by anyone, servicing our community and doing so earning an income according to the value of each one’s work, and not according to any capital that may be invested in the service. Occupiers or Working Groups who have a service in common to offer, or an interest in working in some specific capacity can see Gilbert as to how they can get started. Gilbert has 30 years practical experience in cities from six different countries around the world, New York, Stockholm, London, Lisbon, Paris and São Paulo, with orienting small groups of people in quickly starting up their own self-employed businesses of many different types. He has the same experience working with the problems that arise in groups of people living together, and is dedicating himself to the success of this aspect of OWS. Also, along with occupying parks, meetings and all that rightfully belongs to the 99%, there are many occupiers who would greatly benefit from having their own place of residence, housing together as many people as permitted, as community style residence is more economical and facilitates working together. We feel that this way of working (with residence where needed) will establish two things: 1/ A more solid economic base for each of the occupiers as well as the psychological dignity that comes with servicing others. This also strengthens the entire movement by not having to go to the Finance Working Group for everything. It’s vital that we attain living quarters and work spaces as a basis so that we can become the activists we are meant to be, and not just temporary activists limited to what the police allow us to do. 2/ Getting these practical working companies going, and an OWS residence up and operating, would act as a model for other occupied cities to do the same. In this way, given the great numbers of people worldwide resonating with our movement, we can begin to build the society of truth, goodness and beauty that we insist on living here on our Earth. And in due time we can then boycott those companies, bankers, and money speculators who exploit humanity in favor of those good works and honest services provided by the 99%.
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