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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 gather in the canyons of wealth to reaffirm our inalienable rights. United with the peoples of the world, we declare our rights to a just society and a flourishing environment for future generations.
Our political and economic systems are broken. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, and we live in a world where wealth is power. Our democracy now belongs to the highest bidder. Today, we must remember the lessons of history, restore human dignity, and begin anew to build the bonds of trust and goodwill among all.
From the 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 governance, in every form and at every level, exists by the will of those governed; where neither wealth nor history alone will justify power; where everyone’s voice is heard, and no one is marginalized;
FAIRNESS: whereby all who reap society’s benefits share fairly in society’s responsibilities;
JUSTICE: whereby social, political, legal, 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, or religion;
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 world has room to fourish, 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.
There is more to democracy than the vote. We must bring this vision of democracy into our economic, social, and political 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