Summary of Breakout groups discussing Goals and Visions Blueprint
Language Comments: Too lofty. Too wordy. Language too high level, suggested 4th grade level. Should be more readable. Then it will be easier to translate into other languages. Orderly academic language can marginalize large portions of the 99%. Overall the group agreed with the points but had issues with the language.
General Comments: Unclear who the audience is. What is the relationship between this and other documents? Confused about the vision vs. demands. Ignores the hierarchical nature of problem solving. Too many separate points, redundant. Start with idea of personal responsibility. Can technology solve our problems? Divorced from actions and specific visions, this can feel empty. Capitalism, market, the economy, we imagine these to be the focus of our movement because in the past they have been the barriers to other movements (civil rights, labor, women’s etc). Need ways to better develop the consensus based process. We need to return land to wronged indigenous communities. Have as few points as possible, comes down to income inequality. Define the movement. Show the legitimacy of the group.
Points not covered: Electoral reform should be an additional point. Feminism, Representation in the political system. Democracy.
- Effectively connect our occupation with the Global Movement
Clarify democracy vs consensus based. The world is looking to OSW as a president. A nation wide gathering of bodies. Online forum like a wiki. More pragmatic. This contradicts our movement to decentralize power. Some acknowledged the symbolism of NYC as the center of corporate greed. Skip. Why should NYC be the focal point? Having it centralized reinforces the same model we are trying to dismantle. No hierarchy of OWS. This need to be special is part of the problem. Internet based communication is unreliable and privileged. Encourage autonomy and solidarity.
- Create an economy in harmony with nature
Too close to 1. Consolidate 2 and 5. Add studying current and historical context to this point. Beautiful. Yes. Bartering notion is important. We like harmony, but we don’t understand it (x2). Does nature mean a lack of industrialization and technology? How to balance progress with responsible practices? We loved point 2. More specificity. Resource based economy. Focus on “impact” instead of “harmony” Human rights based on economics not exploiting each other. Preserving and protecting the ecosystem and the environment should be in the wording. Consider the Judeo-Christian concept of humans at the top of the food chain.
- Emancipate the world’s communities from centralized financial systems
Too similar to 1 and 2. We agreed …also look to new forms of exchange. Promote the value of economic equality. Mixed. Global redistribution of wealth, centralized system. Get rid of centralized government. Ending systematic exploitation. State power through revolution. Promote the value of economic equality. Contradicts 1. No centralized financial system. One collapse leads to infinite others. Extension of the global insurrection against the banks and corporations.
- Create paradigm-shifting education….
Need to foster digital relationships. Separate emotional spaces to be above everything. Utilize public spaces. For all FLO: these are redundant and need more workshoping. Teach direct democracy. Not mixed. Less jargon. Too long. Free quality education empowering critical thinking. ??Consumer culture?? Add the word free. Student loans are small compared to bailout money. Eliminating education debt. Challenge the psychology of selfishness and promote selflessness. Teach peace, green economics and direct democracy. Can’t disagree with concept of consumer culture. Oragnize a mass boycott
- Re-appropriate our business structures
We liked, it ties into the democratic process. People and profit. People and Earth. Consolidate 2 and 5. General support. Living in poverty takes away humanity which should be a human right. What does Re-appropriate mean? Eliminate profit, we need a barter system. Cooperative not a corporate system. Move towards a local economy not national chains. “Re-appropriate” is wrong, sounds like “take”; Go beyond that model to new one; bottom line: people and planet. People and nature before profit. Decentralize it.
- Re-appropriate our media culture
Decentralize control of media. Local ownership of media but not at expense of global connection. We liked. Some were concerned with the word “truth”, media should represent a diversity of interpretations and we should have more media accountability. Is the focus on “culture” important here? Don’t buy cable. The idea of truth is naïve. Give people access to knowledge instead. Transparency in media. Media should be independent of business. Decentralize it.
- Define and defend humanity’s inalienable liberties
need definition. Real vague. Does it call for subsidies on food and shelter? Defending Civil rights? Prefer a system to call attention to inequities. Call for civil re-education. Who defined human rights? Should indigenous people be a priority? “Bottom up” too jargony. “Bottom up” is a conflicting term. Define bottom at poverty line? Bottom is the 99%,the 54%? Which of our freedoms are most valuable? “Re-establish” instead of define and defend.
- Create peace on Earth with total dedication to non-violence
Focus on nonviolence was better and clearer. Peace spread outward from the individual. We wondered about self-defense? How do we address violence from the state? Very much on point. Peace on Earth too lofty. Should focus on government action. Historically blind. Sounds violent. Holocaust example. Need violence to end violence. Defend space or loose it. Second amendment, giving up arms and you are defenseless against the police. Violence against non-humans. Protecting children. Non-violence as a tactic vs. philosophy. Extent of violence: self defense, sweatshop labor, Property destruction.
- Eliminate all discrimination, prejudice, and judgments
additional vision to add… end to patriarchal racist classism. some is human nature and may not be eliminated. Force should be on eliminating it from government. Non-negative language better. Add the idea of celebrating. Replace “past” with “past, present and future.” Good intention, socially constructed.
- Facilitate the peaceful harmony of humanity’s religious… traditions
Similar to 9, respect for differences is useful. Are we hoping to promote harmony between existing value system or supersede them? This document does not address the problem of representation. Potentially alienating, not the focus of the movement. What do you mean by facilitate? Some thought “Promote harmony (or dialogue) between different faiths” Some thought “Cultivation of tolerance between value systems”.