Housing & Healthcare Rises To The Level of Vision (in my humble opinion)

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Hi All, This document is submitted with the intention of enhancing what we already have and to anticipate items that could be brought out by GA attendees when we next address the GA. Below my entry is Rich’s revision of the document with feedback from last night’s GA. I agree with the changes but I would like to recommend a small edit at the end of 4A. I prefer ’eradicated’ to ‘wipe out’. ‘Eliminated’ could work too. It’s all open for discussion.

So directly below are my suggestions for additions to the document and below that  is Rich’s revsions including the whole document. Cheers!

After Item#7, I would include #7A to read; where we ensure that every person is rightfully entitled to affordable housing, thus ending the scourge of homelessness that has plagued our country for decades.

According to the US Conference Of Mayors report from 10/1/2008 to 9/30/2009, the main cause of homelessness is the lack of affordable housing. In addition, the next four primary causes are: Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, Low-paying Jobs, or Government Policy. Minor causes are listed as prisoner release, unemployment, domestic violence and poverty. All of these issues are extremely important ones and can be addressed once we are finished with our vision statement and can move on to ‘goals’. 

After #7A I would add #7B to read: Where we ensure that all people can lead lives to their fullest physical, psychological and emotional potential, healthcare should be guaranteed at free or low-cost.

As I have mentioned elsewhere, there is an old saw that states, “When you have your health, you have just about everything. Additonally, I believe it was Ben Franklin who stated that “health is wealth”  And if he didn’t say it, I’m saying it now. Living an optimally healthy life is tantamount to living a good life. So please consider this addition to the vision document. Thanks.

THE DOCUMENT WITH EDIT MARKS

BEGINNING OF DOCUMENT

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 World we offer a preliminary Declaration of our Vision.

We envision; [1] a truly free, democratic, and just society;

[2] where we, the people, come together and solve our problems by consensus;

[3] where the peopleall are encouraged to take personal and collective responsibility and participate in decision making for their community;

[3a] where all who reap society’s benefits accept their fair share of its responsibilities

[5] where we secure the civil and human rights of all from violation by tyrannical forces, specifically unchecked corporate power and unjust government;

[6] where all institutions – political, economic, or other – work to benefit all, not just a privileged few;

[7] where we provide full and free education to everyone, not merely to get jobsbe productive members of society but to grow and flourish as human beings;

[8] where we value meeting human needs over monetary gain, to ensure decent standards of living, without which effective democracy is impossible;

[4] where we learn to live in harmony and embrace principles of toleration and respect for diversity and the differing views of others;

[4a] where institutionalized racism, sexism, and all other forms of discrimination based on socially constructed labels have been wiped out;

[9] where we work together to protect the global environment and all species to ensure that life on earth is sustainable so, and that future generations will have safe and clean air, water, and food supplies.

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.

END OF DOCUMENT

THE DOCUMENT AS IT WOULD APPEAR WITHOUT EDIT MARKS:

BEGINNING OF DOCUMENT

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 World we offer a Declaration of our Vision.

We envision a truly free, democratic, and just society

where we, the people, come together and solve our problems by consensus;

where all are encouraged to take personal and collective responsibility and participate in decision making for their community;

where all who reap society’s benefits accept their fair share of its responsibilities;

where we secure the civil and human rights of all from violation by tyrannical forces, specifically unchecked corporate power and unjust government;

where all institutions – political, economic, or other – work to benefit all, not just a privileged few;

where we provide full and free education to everyone, not merely to be productive members of society, but to grow and flourish as human beings;

where we value meeting human needs over monetary gain, and ensure decent standards of living, without which effective democracy is impossible;

where we learn to live in harmony and embrace principles of toleration and respect for diversity and the differing views of others;

where institutionalized racism, sexism, and all other forms of discrimination based on socially constructed labels have been wiped out;

where we work together to protect the global environment and all species to ensure that life on earth is sustainable, and that future generations will have safe and clean air, water, and food supplies.

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.

END OF DOCUMENT

3 Responses to “Housing & Healthcare Rises To The Level of Vision (in my humble opinion)”

  1. Rich Woytowich

    Michael,
    Sorry to give you a moving target – I just did a major revision of my edits (see docs section).
    I did try to keep our document focused on the issues raised in the Declaration, at least until we put it before the GA. But now, as we do the idea gathering and outreach that we talked about at the Monday evening meeting, we’re sure to hear from the working groups dealing with healthcare and housing. Eventually, we may find both issues included in our statement. We can take the lead by including them now, or we can wait to see what those other groups come up with. Either way, we should hold on to what you’ve written. It may well find its way into the document.

  2. Michael Korn

    Rich,

    You are absolutely right but perhaps a little incorrect. We do indeed need to hear from a whole crop of people so our vision document reflects the collective will of the OWS community. However, since I am a member of the aforementioned community, these are my suggestions. I would hope that people will comment on them by saying “good idea” or “that really sucks”. Patrick, Raoul and I hung out after the regular meeting, trying to put together parts of the mission statement. It drifted off into different areas and an idea that Raoul suggested and I believe other folks in the group also mentioned, is that we should start an outreach effort to elicit the opinions of everyone in the OWS community. One way to do that would be to show up right before GA, spokes council and other working groups to elicit their ideas on the vision doc. After that first batch of raw data we could start to sort out the ideas by relevance and first order concerns and then combine them with what we come up with in our research. Then we can proceed to the GA. Hopefully, this won’t take another month to accomplish. In fact, we probably should try to consense on going back to the GA with further iterations of the document, say every two weeks, and keep refining till we get the desired texture, flavor, and near perfection of the “maple syrup” we are trying to distill. Yum! – Have a Nice Day!

  3. Rich Woytowich

    True – I didn’t come right out and say it. Good idea! I think both issues will be included – probably before we go back to the GA. The only question in my mind is whether we want to do it ourselves or wait for the working groups concerned with healthcare and housing to propose adding them. We could hold your proposed words in reserve – if the other groups don’t speak up, or if they can’t come up with a well worded statement, we use yours.