Vision Statement – Group Document 12/1/11 (This is not a final consensus.)
What follows is a living document that will be revised through the democratic process of the General Assembly.
From the General Assembly of the Occupy Wall Street movement, to the People of the World, we offer a Declaration of our Vision.
Mic Check: We are the 99%. We Will Not Be Marginalized.
System Check: Our political and economic systems are broken.
Fact Check: The Environment Is Collapsing.
Reality Check: Their Will Be Change.
We envision a truly free, democratic, and just society, built on the following principles:
Liberty: whereby we secure the full spectrum of human rights of all – political, civil, economic, social, and cultural – against violation or infringement, particularly by unchecked corporate power and unjust governments;
People Power: whereas governments, in any form, at every level, derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, not from individual and corporate wealth;
Participatory Democracy: whereby political, economic, and social decisions are made through a process by which everyone’s voice is heard, and no one is marginalized;
Responsibility: whereby all who reap society’s benefits accept a fair share of its responsibilities;
Fairness: whereby political and economic institutions work to benefit all, not just a privileged few;
Peace: whereby we learn to live in harmony and embrace principles of tolerance, appreciation and respect for diversity and the differing views of others;
Equality: whereby institutionalized racism, sexism, and all other forms of discrimination and oppression based on socially constructed labels are rejected by all;
Non-Violence: whereby non-violence is embraced as a way of life, and we resolve to carry a good message when we work out our differences.
People Before Profit: whereby we value human dignity and needs over monetary gain, because when people lack 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 well-paid work, decent housing, comprehensive healthcare and a full education.
Earth Justice: whereby we work together to protect the global environment, to assure the humane treatment of all animals, to ensure a sustainable ecosystem for all future generations.
Mic Check: We are the 99%.
Our Occupation Will continue.
We Will Make This Vision A Reality.
The Working group on Visions and Goals continues to work toward a more comprehensive statement of visions and goals to be incorporated as soon as possible in 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 in online.