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12/12/11 Consensed V&G Group – Draft OWS Vision Statement
What follows is a living document that will be revised through the democratic process of the General Assembly.
We the people of Occupy Wall Street, building on the tradition of the United States Declaration of Independence and the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, declare our rights to a just society, just governance, a just economy, and a healthy world for future generations.
Our current systems have become unsustainable.
Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, and we live in a world where wealth all too often is power. This corrodes Democracy.
Today, we must remember the lessons of history and begin anew to build the bonds of trust and goodwill among all.
From this General Assembly to the people of the world, we offer a Declaration of our Vision for the future.
We envision a truly free, democratic, and just society, built on the following principles:
Liberty: whereby we secure the full spectrum of human rights – political, civil, economic, social, and cultural – against violation or infringement, particularly by unchecked corporate power and unjust governments;
People Power: whereby government, in every form and at every level, exists by the will of those governed, and neither wealth nor history alone will justify power;
Solidarity: whereby all people come together to make decisions through consensus; a process by which everyone’s voice is heard, and no one is marginalized;
Accountability: whereby all who reap society’s benefits accept a fair share of society’s responsibilities;
Fairness: whereby social, political, and economic systems work to benefit all, not just a privileged few; these systems should be restructured or replaced when they fail to do so;
Peace: whereby we learn to live in harmony and embrace principles of compassion, appreciation, and respect for diversity and the differing views of others;
Equality: whereby we reject all forms of institutionalized discrimination and oppression, on any basis, including race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or nationality;
Non–violence: whereby non-violence is embraced as a way of life, and we resolve to always carry a good message as we work out our differences;
People Before Profit: whereby we value human dignity and needs over monetary gain, because when people lack security or a standard of living adequate for their well-being, effective democracy is impossible;
Meeting Human Needs: whereby human needs are elevated to a place of primary importance; among these are the right to meaningful and fairly rewarded work, decent housing, comprehensive healthcare, and education;
Environmental Stewardship: whereby the wealth of our economy emerges from the health of our environment, and therefore all societal activities are conducted with respect, humane treatment, and foresight to ensure that all life is sustainable, that the natural world has room to flourish, and that future generations will have safe and clean air, water, and food supplies.
We cannot wait for anyone to create this society for us. We are a world filled with brilliant hearts and minds; we must build it ourselves starting right here, right now.
It is the responsibility of each member of our society to stand and assert their rights and aspirations, to the greatest of their capacity.
We must bring this vision of democracy into our institutions, and carry it with us in our daily lives.
We must live this new world in our hearts.
For more information, or to provide feedback on this draft statement, please visit us on the web at http://www.nycga.net/groups/vision-and-goals/forum/