1/4/12 – Consensed version of Visions and Goals vision statement. (ongoing)

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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 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 race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or nationality;

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; natural and nutritious food supplies; 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 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.

Note to readers: The following additional text is part of this document. It was inadvertently omitted from those versions which referred to an online survey form.

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.

6 Responses to “1/4/12 – Consensed version of Visions and Goals vision statement. (ongoing)”

  1. Michael Korn

    Hey Jack,

    Howdy-de-doo a vous? We are still plugging away at the feedback that officially ended (for now) on 12/24. We *HOPE* to bring this in front of the GA there or about MLK day. As you may have noticed we combined the non-violence and peace clauses together for a better read. Hope all is well with you. If you have a copy of the feedback BEFORE 12/24 and you wish to submit changes….well feel free to do so. Be well. Peace!

  2. Sam Redman

    Suggested addition -

    HONESTY: whereby truthfulness and forthrightness is affirmed as central to our code of ethics. We speak and act truthfully, without hidden agenda – acknowledging when we make mistakes or stating when do not know, avoiding silence when it may be misleading, working with each other to communicate to everyone transparently.

    We are committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct in all that we do. We believe that honesty, integrity and transparency engender trust, which is the cornerstone of our movement.

    • Sam Redman

      Perhaps phrasing as “truthfulness and forthrightness are” is better grammatically, but I wrote “is” regarding the two virtues as a singular value.

  3. Lisa Rubenstein

    Hey Folks!
    After a very inspiring discussion, last week, on the difference between a Visions statement and a Goals statement, I decided to have a crack at making the statement as visionary and inspiring as the discussion. I really just re-worked the preamble and the text following the elements of the vision.
    I changed the order of some of the elements, a bit of the wording, and some of the grammar.
    I used the Lakoff pieces, the Declaration of Independence, and Sam Redman’s comments as resources:

    The Declaration of Independence observes “all experience hath shown,that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed”

    We the people of Occupy Wall Street, acting from our personal and social responsibility as patriotic Americans, unite with all peoples of the world, to declare our rights for a just society that is humane, democratic, and free.
    By inhabiting, in name and location, one of the most powerful global empires, it is the spirit of our humanity, united, that defines and confronts Wall Street as the source of all that is not right!

    Our political and economic systems have merged as a single corrupt entity; the collapse in separation has produced, and solely represents, an apartheid of wealth, leaving 99% of the it’s people suffering in silence and wholly unprotected. As a moral movement, we are committed, at all costs, to stand for all of humanity against the injustices suffered by the many, for the disproportionate gain for the few.

    We are committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct in all that we do. We assert that honesty, integrity and transparency engender trust and human dignity – which is the cornerstone of our movement.
    From the General Assembly to the people of the world, we offer a Declaration of our Vision for the future 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, be it unchecked finical power or 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, with the exception of none;
    EQUALITY: whereby we reject all forms of institutionalized discrimination and oppression, on any basis, including race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental capacity, national origin, or nationality;
    JUSTICE: whereby social, political, legal, and economic systems work to benefit all, not just a privileged few; these systems must be transparent and accountable, and 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;
    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, natural and nutritious food supplies, and free, comprehensive healthcare and education;
    FAIRNESS: whereby all who reap society’s benefits share fairly in society’s responsibilities;
    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, and that future generations will have safe and clean, air, water, and food sources.

    Today, we must remember the lessons of history, restore human dignity, and begin to build, anew, the bonds of trust and goodwill among all.
    As a world filled with brilliant hearts and minds; we must bring this vision of democracy into our economic, social, and political institutions, and carry it with us with a committed sense of shared responsibility to everyone, everything, and for all generations to come.
    We invite all people to join us; 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.
    It is the integrity we hold for ourselves, our country, and the Earth that will make this vision a flourishing environment for all of humanity; now and forever.

    Note to readers: The following additional text is part of this document. It was inadvertently omitted from those versions which referred to an online survey form.
    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.

  4. Michael Korn

    Hi to Sam and Lisa,

    To Lisa: There have been a few competing versions to the preamble part of the vision statement so this will be added to the other ones that we are working to adopt. From what I’ve seen we need to announce a meeting that will deal with just the preamble part so everyone with a so called ‘dog in this race’ can be there to argue for it. By the way, I love your addition to the ‘Equality’ clause adding ‘physical and mental capacity’ because so far that has been overlooked.

    To Sam: Your addition almost brings to me to tears, if I only had more to shed. There is too much duplicity in politics coming from all sides of the political spectrum and HONESTY would be a refreshing change as to what we imagine a world to look like in the future. We are going through past feedback so as to be as inclusive as we possibly can be. If you can’t make it to a meeting (are you in NYC?) I will bring it to the attention of the committee. This is exactly what would make our movement different than past attempts at fundamental change. We don’t have to go ‘Machiavellian’. We can do it clean! And we absolutely should! I’m with you, bro’.