A Proposed Vision Statement (not Preamble)

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To all:

This draft document was written by Frank, but inspired by many. At the Nov. 6 meeting, Frank said (quoting from the posted minutes):

“This proposal is a distillation from the GA this is not me going off on my own. What I am trying to propose is something the GA can consent upon:”

It’s still a draft, but I’m posting it here so that all can read it and post comments. As in the printed copies distributed at the meeting, the individual points are numbered. These numbers are meant to make it easier for people to comment – they will be removed when they have served their purpose.

The version below is an update provided by Frank – I’m posting it today, 11/10/11. You should be able to see the original by clicking on “history”. The differences are relatively small, but quite significant. Also, my apologies to Frank for calling it a preamble – it’s designed to serve as a comprehensive vision statement.

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(11/9/11 Draft)

From the General Assembly of the Occupy Wall Street movement, To the People of the World we offer a Declaration of our Vision and Goals.

 

Our VISION is that of  [1] a free, democratic, and just society,  [2] where we, the people, come together and solve our problems by consensus;  [3] where people are encouraged to take personal responsibility and play an active role in decision making;  [4] where political and economic institutions work to benefit all, not just a privileged few;  [5] where we learn to live in harmony and embrace principles of toleration and respect for the differing views of others;  [6] where we secure the civil and human rights of all from infringement by tyrannical forces and unjust governments;  [7] where we provide full and free education to everyone, not merely to get jobs but to grow and flourish as human beings;  [8] where we value human needs over monetary gain;  [9] where we work together to protect the global environment to ensure that future generations will have safe and clean air, water, and food supplies, and will be able to enjoy the beauty and bounty of nature that past generations have enjoyed. 

 

We propose the following GOALS in furtherance of our Vision:  [insert goals]

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(Here should be added, in whatever form they finally take, the goals which were presented to the GA)

5 Responses to “A Proposed Vision Statement (not Preamble)”

  1. Rich Woytowich

    I like this document. It’s basically what I hoped to see emerge when I first started talking about a preamble to tie together the points which were presented to the GA. I would do a bit of editing, if I could. I’d move point 6 ahead of point 4, since point 6 deals with power – then I’d make point 4 deal only with the economy. I’d add a few of Jefferson’s words to point 6. I’d revise point 4 a bit to avoid making it sound like we want to be Robin Hoods. The right wing wants to paint us as looking for a handout, so even though a word like “shared” makes perfect sense to most people, I’d take it out. I think my proposed Item 4 can embrace a wide range of economic solutions, from the mildest to the most radical. The only criterion is that all must benefit.
    My revised version would read as follows:

    From the General Assembly of the Occupy Wall Street movement, to the people of the world, we offer a Declaration of our Visions and Goals.
    Our VISION is that of 1) a free, democratic, and just society, 2) where we, the people, come together and solve our problems; 3) where people are encouraged to take personal responsibility and play an active role in decision making; 6) where the inalienable civil and human rights of all are kept secure from infringement by tyrannical forces and unjust governments; 4) where the economy works to benefit all, not just a privileged few; 5) where we learn to live in harmony and embrace principles of toleration and respect for the differing views of others; 7) where we provide full and free education to everyone, not merely to get jobs but to grow and flourish as human beings; 8) where we value human needs over monetary gain; 9) where we work together to protect the global environment to ensure that future generations will have safe and clean air, water, and food supplies, and will be able to enjoy the beauty and bounty of nature that past generations have enjoyed.

    We propose the following GOALS in furtherance of our vision:
    (Here would be added, in whatever form they finally take, the goals which were presented to the GA)

  2. Rich Woytowich

    PS I’m not sure why the number 8 followed by a right parenthesis turns into a smiley face. I was able to fix it in the document by inserting a space. I don’t see a way to fix it in my comment.

  3. Rich Woytowich

    PPS As I re – read the document, I think that point 6 needs a bit more editing. In our ideal society, government would not be tyrannical or unjust. So, instead (if you’ll allow me to mix Lincoln with Jefferson):

    6) where government of the people, by the people, and for the people works to secure the inalienable civil and human rights of all, not to infringe on them;

  4. Rich Woytowich

    One final edit for this round of comments. The nature of work may be radically different in our envisioned future, but there will probably always be some people who will seek to exploit others. Education should go beyond preparing people to be exploited. So (without using the inflammatory word “exploit”) I’d edit point 7 to read:
    7) where we provide full and free education to everyone, not merely to play roles defined by others but to grow and flourish as human beings;

  5. Michael Korn

    Hi Rich, I received a copy of the ‘blueprint’ the other night but I have not seen the preamble to our Visions and Goals document. So I’m kind of flying blind…but here goes anyhow! You’ve hit most of the high points such as global environmental protection, civil and human rights, toleration for different belief systems etc. but in my estimation there should be two additions to this preamble. The right to free and comprhensive healthcare and insuring that everyone has a home or apartment that is decent, clean and affordable. Hope to see you tonight. Let’s discuss! – Peace.