January 18, 2013 Assembly Notes

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January 18, 2013

60 Wall Street 6:30pm

Self-Facilitated-Note Taker Sumumba/Stack Ali


House- keeping/Next meeting/Change of Meeting Location-Tabled until next week /Leisure Caucus

Reportbacks-Movement Monday-Sumumba did brief report-meeting broke out into 3 groups-one for visioning, the other Outreach and another for Occupy Town Square-no reportbacks, Occupy Sandy-Jackie did report on status of Occupy Sandy 236 Million raised thus far. Cuomo has set up commissions and are having public hearings.  Money out of Politics, OWS Visioning, OWS Outreach, LABOR OUTREACH, OCCU-EVOLVE(JACKSON HEIGHTS), DIRECT ACTION, OALIC, J-19, J-20-(DOUBLE ACTION) J21, CALENDAR

Action Proposals: NONE SUBMITTED

Vision Statements (V1)-group will both proposals at next assembly

What follows is a living document that will be revised through the democratic process of the General Assembly.

Occupy Wall Street, in solidarity with the people of the world, envisions a 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; where we ensure unrestricted public access to common spaces and other resources, using free and open technologies to promote the free flow of ideas and information.;

PEOPLE POWER: whereby everyone’s voice is heard, and no one is marginalized; where decision-making, in every form and at every level, exists by the will of the people, and neither wealth nor history alone will justify power;

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/or fairly-rewarded work; a decent home; abundant sources of clean air, pure water and natural, nutritious food supplies; and free, comprehensive healthcare and education;

FAIRNESS: whereby we call on all who enjoy society’s benefits to accept their share of society’s responsibilities; where everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive and power is shared equitably by all so that no one is allowed to exploit, oppress or enslave another;

EQUALITY: whereby we reject all forms of individual, systemic and institutionalized discrimination and oppression, on any basis, including but not limited to race, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, national origin, nationality, ethnicity or economic standing;

JUSTICE: whereby transparent and accountable social, political, legal and economic systems work to benefit all, not just a privileged few; these systems are restructured or replaced when they fail to do so;

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 and that the natural world has room to flourish, now and for future generations;

PEACE: whereby non-violence is aspired to as a way of life, and we resolve to live together in harmony and celebrate principles of compassion, appreciation and respect for diversity and differing views;


We invite you to join us; starting right here, right now. We are taking it directly to the people; opening new conversations of truth, enthusiasm and optimism.

The above document was developed by OWS’s Vision and Goals Working Group with substantial input from throughout OWS.  Subsequent to resistance by a blocking minority, it was abandoned in February 2012.

Itzhak Epstein

A Vision of the People’s Movement of Occupy Wall Street (V2)

Occupy Wall Street assembles to protest the unjust laws and rules manufactured by

less than 1% of the Earth’s population. We come from everywhere in America and

abroad; our views are as diverse as our origins, but the one idea that has brought us

together is our shared wish to see a better world based on human dignity.

Although we do not always agree on the world we want to see, there are strands of

vision that unite us all. Many of them are listed below. We are working together with all

of humanity to refine and complete this beautiful vision.

Occupy Wall Street, by its existence, creates the possibility of a future where the world

emerges in continual transformation as People, Nature, and the Planet live in harmony;

each providing for the welfare of the other.

All that we need is already here.

Vision of the peoples General Assembly (February, 2012)

Occupy Wall Street, by its existence, creates the potential for a future where the world evolves in a continual transformation of Humanity and Nature thriving on our planet in a harmony where each element of the system provides for the welfare of the other elements.

All we need is already here.

Basic Human Needs as a top priority:

War is Obsolete;

Conflict resolution, rehabilitation, and support.

Basic Human Needs are a top priority

Systems favor mutual aid and collaboration to distribute resources

Healthy food.

Health care for everyone

Education is free and of the highest quality.

Human resources; we are the valued resource

A philosophy and practice of mutual aid.

Contribution is valued as work

All to benefit all people: The world’s resources are used for everyone’s well being.

Environmental care and respect

People  live harmoniously with nature and planet

Conservation of and sharing of resources

Shared resources,

Bioregionalism; locally based smaller communities all over the world.

A non-proprietary respect for Earth

Tubes in the ocean to harness the power of the currents.

A Sustainable environment where we work with the earth and not just take from it.

No more fossil-fueled polluting automobiles.

Beneficial Social Structures

Fulfilling and meaningful work.

Healthy lifestyles as the new normal.

Everyone has the freedom to go anywhere in the world without discrimination.

A Society that encourages inclusion instead of competition

A Society where Cooperatives thrive over exploitative systems.

Complete equality

3 parties, 4 parties, 5 parties…

Self-Governance through Direct Democracy

Priority of intellectual and religious harmony

Celebration of our Culture over profit margin

Emphasis of We culture that we appreciate

A Culture of Spirituality and a sense of humanity

Power from within instead of power to control others.

Freedom of religion

A new world ethic

No us/them – no more separation.

The practice of active listening in our communication

We have real relationships for a true human connection

In the future: A free and wonderful Life Paradigm

We have the freedom to go anywhere.

And live a balanced life.

With access to nature and city.

To Travel anywhere and have food from everywhere

In a world that  is stateless, borderless.

We live without discrimination and see truthfully that everyday justice prevails.

By Valuing and celebrating other cultures; the human experience is Dialectic,

Informative, Transforming and Becoming.


As Occupy Wall Street we are busy creating the potential for a future that finds ways to evolve positively with the continual transformation of Humanity and Nature on a Planet that lives in harmony;  each element providing for the welfare of the other elements.

All we need is already here.

All the contents of the main body of this document were created by a February General Assembly in an exercise where Occupiers shared their Vision for the future world they hoped to see. It is important to state that this is meant as the first version of a living document that is meant to improve itself as we learn together as an occupation and enhance our wisdom of the ideas and systems involved in this vision

23.00$ collected


Getting Back to What Brought us to Occupy Wall Street

-Where do we go and or how do we build or re-build Occupy Wall Street WITH or POST OCCUPY SANDY?-group gave a variety of reasons of why they came to Occupy Wall Street but the thrust of post Sandy activities will be focused around upcoming Summit February 1-3.


Next discussion-How does Occupy Wall Street  we relate to politics and politicians

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