Last agreed version of vision statement

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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 percent.

We will no longer be marginalized by the 1 percent.

System Check: The system is broken.

Fact Check: The environment is collapsing.

Reality Check: There will be change.

We envision a truly free, democratic, and just society, built on the following principles:

Liberty: whereby we secure the civil and human rights of all against violation or infringement, particularly by unchecked corporate power and unjust governments;

People Power: whereby governments, in any form, at every level, derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, not from the wealth of private treasuries;

Solidarity: whereby all people come together to make decisions 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 and respect for diversity and the differing views of others;

Equality: whereby institutionalized racism, sexism, and all other forms of discrimination 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 always carry a good message as we work out our differences.

People Before Profit: whereby we value human dignity and needs over monetary gain, because when people lack security, education, or a standard of living adequate for their well – being, effective democracy is impossible; 

Environmental Stewardship: whereby we work together to protect the global environment and preserve all species to ensure that life is sustainable, and that future generations will have safe and clean air, water, and food supplies.

Mic Check:  We are the 99 percent.

Our occupation will continue.

We will make this vision a reality.

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.


11 Responses to “Last agreed version of vision statement”

  1. Natasha

    I don’t know how I feel about calling out people who are responsible for turning it into a plutocracy. While the majority of blame can lie with “corporate elites”, we’re all a little to blame for not taking our country back sooner, and those who stayed silent are complicit too. I think “calling out” brings a negative tone to the document. This is a visions statement, and it should ring as true, positive, free of negativity, and simply radiant of hope for a better future.

    Here are some edits for the first and last portions of the text —

    “Mic Check: We are the 99 percent.
    System Check: The system is broken.
    Fact Check: The environment is suffering.
    Reality Check: Change is necessary.
    Mic Check: We are the 99 percent.
    Our occupation will continue.
    We will make this vision a reality.
    We are unstoppable.

    • Michael Korn

      Hi (once again),

      I’ve added these edits to discuss as well as your other suggestions. Now bring me back a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich! (just kibbitzing)

  2. Michael Korn

    Hi Natasha, I am going to print out copies of the two versions of the document. While I’m at it I’ll copy yours and submit your ideas as well. But I’m being brutally honest here, without your presence, it will be difficult. All I can do is present the info. Hope to see you on Sunday, p’rhaps.

  3. Rich Woytowich


    The text about “calling out” is not part of the document – it’s my clumsy way of explaining why I changed something after I wrote it, but would like the new version to stand as part of our “last agreed” document.

    The document itself starts in the usual place – “What follows is a living…” To make it clearer, I’ll put in “START OF DOCUMENT” and “END OF DOCUMENT”.

    I hope the words that I finally settled on – “Generations stood silent while corporate elites turned our country into a plutocracy” addresses your sense – which I share – that we all bear some of the responsibility. I personally would just as soon leave the whole thing out, but there was a strong sentiment in favor of putting it in – that sentiment was also expressed by someone at GA. So I tried to do it in a way that won’t make me lose sleep.
    This same text is posted as a forum topic, as an extra safeguard against editing, and the text as posted there got a positive comment (no negatives so far).
    I’ll accept whatever decision the group makes on this. Your proposed changes would be fine with me – but it would be better to put your comment under one of the “editable” docs. This doc is meant to be just for preserving the “last agreed” version – once we all agree on what that was!

  4. Natasha

    Michael, that’s quite alright.
    I won’t be able to attend a meeting until Thursday. I am in Philadelphia this weekend to take my test and then I have an event Wednesday evening that I must attend, unfortunately.

    I’m happy to bring my ideas forward to the meetings that are occurring next Thursday and Sunday.
    Thank you though!

  5. Michael Korn

    Hey Natasha,

    I’ve made a copy of your requested changes to bring to Sunday’s meeting. Here’s what I have from you so far. First, you’d like a change to the Responsibility section, that reads “whereby all who reap society’s benefits accept a fair share of responsibility for it.”
    Secondly, you are “iffy” on the heading, “Earth Justice.” At Thursday’s meeting we attempted to squeeze in a clause to include the “humane treatment of animals.” The original heading, “Environmental Stewardship” wouldn’t therefore, we went with “Earth Justice” as a suggestion by Marie. Take a look at both versions. We may have to add a whole section just to include animal rights if the one we now have doesn’t work with the other ideas included in that section. Next, I’ll also mention your “twinkles up” for the inclusion of “civic responsibility.” Finally, in the “Earth Justice” section, I’ve added the “and” to correct the grammatical error. Of course, the best person to argue for the inclusion of what you think is germane, would be your own sweet self. So….Hope to see you on Thursday…we will certainly still be at it, I’m sure. Peace!

  6. jay gruskin

    Rich, Mike, Natasha:
    GOOD JOB! I think you have done great work. I hope you can pass it Sunday or when you meet.
    Please put an end to the process (amending) and pass SOMETHING! (I could make some other
    recommendation, but won’t).
    Let’s get invovlved in the war and make the opposition uncomfortable !!

  7. Bill Record

    Just want to check in and see that someone is bringing multiple copies of these documents to the Sunday Meeting. I will bring copies of the statement with my suggestions. I will trim back my changes to a minimum so as to keep things moving. There is a post with my existing suggestions that I will trim down. Bill

    • Michael Korn

      Hey Bill, I have 25 copies of the last two major iterations of the document from last Wed. and Thurs. Since nothing has been consensed to…it’s all open for discussion and hopefully a consensus between the two…or whatever else is brought to the table. See you at High Noon. Peace!

  8. Rich Woytowich


    As our Wednesday meeting ended, we had agreed to insert a line “calling out” those responsible for turning this country into a plutocracy.

    We did not agree on an exact wording (although Sati and I did discuss the matter after the meeting).

    My first attempt read as follows:

    Mic check: We are the 99 percent.

    We will no longer be marginalized by the 1 percent.

    It was pointed out, in later online discussion, that:

    a) we can’t place all the blame on the 1 percent – the growth of the plutocracy happened while those members of the 99 percent who were alive at the time did not take action to prevent it, and

    b) not all members of the 1 percent are participants in the plutocracy.

    So I re – thought my words. Those lines should now read:

    Mic Check: We are the 99 percent.

    Generations stood silent while corporate elites turned our country into a plutocracy.

    That time of silence is over.


  9. Michael Korn

    Good Morning Rich,

    Again, I wish you could be at the meeting today to speak for yourself but in any case, I now have noted your desire to reinstate your first position. I will bring this up at the meeting today. Becuase of the lack of consensus in this committee (and from this kerfluffle) it highlights the need to consense on any document or idea going forward. For now, and because of the lack of consensus, I will bring both the Wed. & Thurs iterations to hash out at the meeting. We must always be wary of our own need to “have it our way.” This isn’t friggin’ Burger King….it’s direct democracy…and a whole lot of compromise is needed if we are to succeed. Enjoy your day. Peace!