In the interest of adhering to the OWS Statement of Autonomy – a document consented to by the GA on 11/10/11, for the purposes of maintaining the integrity of Occupy Wall Street and in solidarity with a similar proposal passed by the Philadelphia GA, I bring this proposal to this General Assembly to remove the 99 declaration group presence on NYCGA.net and to announce publicly that the 99% Declaration is unaffiliated with OWS.
The SOA states OWS is not a political party, however, the stated aim of the 99% declaration is to form a third political party. The SOA states that any statement or declaration not released through the GA should be considered to be independent of OWS. Perhaps most importantly, the SOA states: “Those seeking to capitalize on this movement or undermine it by appropriating its message or symbols are not a part of Occupy Wall Street.”
Despite repeated requests for transparency and accountability from different sources, an autonomous group calling itself the 99% Declaration has, for months, been using the symbols and language of the Occupy Movement to solicit funds from unsuspecting people desperate for the change the occupy movement strives to make possible. Recently the 99% Declaration have ramped up their media campaign by airing commercials on national television. The 99% declaration has no accountability or transparency and has not reached consensus in any meaningful way on any of its pronouncements. It does, however, currently have a presence on the NYCGA website as a working group.
On more than one occasion the working group page was set to hidden by the group’s administrators. I and others have been banned from the group for asking questions about meeting times and places as well as issues of accountability and transparency.
The 99% Declaration has also solicited funds presenting its own initiatives as though they were sanctioned by OWS.
A person claiming to be a member of the board of directors of this group has stated publicly, “WE DO NOT PURPORT TO REPRESENT OWS, THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT OR IN ANY WAY REPRESENT OCCUPY OR OCCUPIERS IN ANY OFFICIAL OR UNOFFICIAL CAPACITY”.
The association with OWS lends credibility to the 99% declaration and increases its visibility, which allows the group to reach more potential donors and fool them into giving to a campaign that operates non-democratically. This fractures support for the movement and exploits those wanting to support the kind of change they see manifest in OWS.
We invite the 99% declaration affinity group to come into compliance with the GA ratified guidelines defining working groups passed 12/20/11.
If this resolution is passed, we are in agreement that the 99% declaration does not represent OWS and that NYCGA TechOps be compelled to take down the 99% declaration from the website.