NOTE: This is the last consensed document as I recorded it. Differences from other posted versions are minor – punctuation, formatting, removing a bit of duplicated text under “Fairness”. The content should be identical to any other posted version of the January 8th consensed version.
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 in solidarity 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 enjoy society’s benefits accept and fairly share all of society’s responsibilities;
JUSTICE: whereby transparent and accountable social, legal, and economic systems work to benefit all, not just a privileged few; these systems are restructured or replaced when they fail to do so;
PEACE: whereby non-violence is embraced as a way of life, and we resolve to live together in harmony and celebrate principles of compassion, appreciation, and respect for diversity and the the differing views of others;
EQUALITY: whereby we reject all forms of institutionalized discrimination and oppression, on any basis, including but not limited to race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, nationality or economic status;
PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT: whereby we value human dignity and needs over monetary gain, elevating them to a place of primary importance; among these are the rights to meaningful and fairly rewarded work; a decent home; abundant sources of clean air, pure water and natural and nutritious food; and free, 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 flourish now and for future generations.
It is not enough to know better; we must do better. Our social and political ideals have to be claimed and asserted by each generation.
And we look forward to a day when we can shift our focus beyond the notion of individual rights towards a culture of sharing, where our love and compassion for each other and for our world will be the only guides we need.
We must live this new world in our hearts and build it with our hands.
The Working Group on Vision and Goals continues to work toward a more comprehensive statement of visions and goals to be incorporated as soon as possible into this living document. This is an official document crafted by the Working Group on Vision and Goals. The New York City General Assembly came to consensus on ______________ to accept this working draft and make it accessible to the public by posting it online.