General Statement of Non-Cooptation

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This is two current working drafts of statements of non-cooptation. The google document is here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/12yTadi-u5I-EFgMeVAlr1W2VV0Hz-P6d07pD3LAsDl8/edit?pli=1

 

This is a working document. Not approved for public release.

STATEMENT OF NON-COOPTATION

Occupy Wall Street is a peoples’ movement.

It is not a business, a political party, an advertising campaign or a brand. Nor is it for sale.
Occupy Wall Street is party-less, leaderless, by the people, and for the people. We welcome with open arms all who, in good faith, act to end corruption and corporate influence in government and who lawfully petition their government for a redress of grievances. We provide a forum of peaceful assembly for individuals to engage in participatory as opposed to partisan governance and debate.
As the world continues to be galvanized by this movement, we wish to clarify that Occupy Wall Street is not and has never been affiliated with any established political party, candidate or organization. We are not a mouthpiece for any political organization. Our only affiliation is with the people who make up the 99%, those who suffer from the exploitation by and collusion between the 1% and their government representatives. We are the economic 99%, joined together to re-establish the people as the authentic voices in democratic societies.
There are many occupation sites and each expresses itself uniquely, but we are all united by a set of principles and practices. We actively challenge the existing structures of corporate dominance that undermine the well-being of human and non-human Nature in the name of profit, wielding unrivaled power against the dissent of the governed. We have come together with diverse views, backgrounds, and ideas, with the recognition that if elected officials are unwilling to represent us, we will directly represent ourselves.
The people who are working together to create this movement are its sole and mutual caretakers. Anyone can join it.  And if you yourself have chosen to devote resources to building this movement, especially your time and labor, then it is yours.

If you work within the principles of horizontal organization, participation, inclusiveness, transparency, autonomy, agency, humanization, solidarity, emancipation, and sustainability, then it is yours.

 

If you have put your body at risk to occupy a site,  are working tirelessly in an occupation working group, or doing everything you can to spread this message, then it is yours.

If you are struggling to understand how to support this movement but are unable to shape it in person, it still needs you. The most meaningful thing that you can do is to give of yourself:

If you are a writer, tell the world that you support our pushback against inequalities of wealth and power. That the redistributive forces of government and concentration of income and wealth within the top 1% creates a noncohesive society.

If you are a musician or artist, share your gifts by informing others of this growing, urgent and inspirational movement.

If you are a union, incorporate these themes into your rap with workers.

If you are in the non-profit sector, take the opportunity to speak out while people are eagerly listening, but

 

SPEAK WITH US, NOT FOR US.

We do not make endorsements, but we welcome you to endorse us provided that you incorporate our principles. Our movement values collective resources, dignity, integrity, and autonomy above money. We know how compromising the acceptance of money can be, creating conflicts of interest in decision making. However, if you’d like to donate to our movement anonymously, we welcome your support.

Any person or organization is welcome to ally with us with the knowledge that doing so will mean questioning your own institutional frameworks of work and hierarchy and integrating our principles into your modes of action. Be courageous. Be experimental. Together we can liberate ourselves through true democracy.

Those acting in order to profiteer from this movement or undermine its message, symbols or character will engender a swift response from a vast, decentralized and highly adept global social media network. Symbols are tools of communication, and misrepresenting or exploiting the movement in ways that reinforce existing systems of division and partisanship will be seen as an attack on the movement itself.

Alternative: But let it be known that movement will defend itself against misrepresentation, exploitation, and profiteering through our highly adept, global social media network.

We are a people’s movement. We stand in solidarity. We are Occupy Wall Street.

Any statement or declaration not released through the general assembly and made public online at www.nycga.net, should be considered independent of our movement. ______________________________________________________________________

“We the NY General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street are humbled by the overflowing support that we have received from across the country, and world, since our inception some few weeks ago.

As the world has turned its attention to our movement, we believe this to be the proper time to state that our movement is not affiliated with any established political body, candidate or organization.

We are here to offer a forum for engaging with politics which is participatory, rather than partisan. Our only affiliation is with the people. We are not left wing or right wing. The overreach of corporate influence on our political process affects every political party in our political system.

We are the economic 99%, joined together to re-establish the people as the sole voices in democratic government.

We have come together with diverse views, backgrounds, and ideas, with the recognition that if government is unwilling to represent us, then it is time for us to represent ourselves. If the people lead, then the leaders will follow.

We have a direct democratic process that allows for voices to be heard. Any statement or declaration not released through the general assembly should be considered independent of our movement and not reflective of the will or sentiment the people. All statements can be found at www.nycga.net

The Occupation is party-less, leaderless, grass roots, by the people, and for the people. We welcome with open arms anyone who, in good faith, acts to end corruption and corporate influence in government, but we are not a mouthpiece for any political organization. We stand in solidarity, and we hope to hear from you.”

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