For General Assembly – Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Constitution Working Group 7 Petition Proposal:
1.Bailouts; 2. Federal Reserve; 3. Money/Monetary Policy; 4. Public Debt; 5.Civic Education; 6. Voter Rights and 7.War Powers/Foreign Policy.
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1. We are asking solidarity from the NYC-GA on all the Petitions or from whichever ones can be agreed at this time.
Each is designed to stop a violation of our Constitution that is devastating the 99%.
Each Petition, if fulfilled, would stop and reverse the pauperization of America and her people and have a major positive impact.
2. We ask the NYC-GA to work together to pool all appropriate communication and action resources to help inform and encourage millions of Americans (at least 5% of the population) about the Petitions and to sign their approval electronically at the www.occupytheconstitution.org website; that these may then be Served on the President, Congress and the State Legislatures, as appropriate to the Petition; and that we then stand behind them and see them through with millions of others.
3. We are asking the NYC-GA to seek the solidarity and support of the entire Occupy movement in America by contacting each Occupy group to take the proposal before their own GA’s for support.
1. Petitions have been revised based on feedback through the recent review period – revised versions are posted. The only Petition which has been modified in content is the Civic Education Petition from which all references to “patriotism” have been removed because of the way the term is used differently now by various groups and organizations across America.
2. The Constitution Working Group was created on October 8 and announced at a GA meeting reportback on October 9. 25 occupiers signed up directly with group organizers at that time. We did not have a page onnycga.net until November 11 due to hold-ups on the NYCGA side. Since then, 33 new members have signed up to be part of the CWG.
3. The CWG presented a Statement of Beliefs to the GA on November 2 to positive response asking all to review and sign their approval at www.occupytheconstitution.org.
4. The seven Petitions were officially submitted to NYC-GA on December 4, 2011.
5. A reiew period to read, consider and discuss the Petitions took place between December 4 and 11th. In addition to posting documents on the occupytheconstitution website, hundreds of copies were handed out in person to OWS members in various locations including two Spokes Council meetings, two GA’s, the Atrium and the Park. We have had numerous teach-ins and conference call, as well as posting an audio link summary and written summary for review.
5. After 25 minutes, the proposal was tabled at the Sunday December 11 GA after it became clear there was need for more discussion.
6. Thus, our return on Tuesday, December 13.