Here’s one more iteration of our (preliminary or not) vision document. Commentary to follow.
From the General Assembly of the Occupy Wall Street movement, To the people of the World, we offer a Declaration of our Vision:
WHERE WE ENVISION – A truly, free, democratic and just society where we come together to solve our problems through consensus and participatory democracy.
WHERE WE ENVISION – The value of human needs over monetary gain to ensure decent standards of living without which effective democracy is impossible.
WHERE WE ENVISION – Civil and human rights of all from violation by tyrannical forces, specifically unchecked corporate power and unjust government.
WHERE WE ENVISION – All political and economic institutions work to benefit all, not just a privileged few.
WHERE WE ENVISION – Living in harmony by embracing principles of toleration and respect for the myriad cultures that inhabit our complicated world.
WHERE WE ENVISION – Overcoming racism and gender inequality in all its manifestations, once and for all, so as to bring to birth a new era of social equality; and
WHERE WE ENVISION – working together to protect the global environment and all species to ensure that life is sustainable and that future generations will have safe, air, water and food supplies.
Comments: First off, I thought that stylistically by just the simple fact of bolding and announcing these words with firmness could help to “punch up” the document without resort to verbiage. The only addition or deletion would be to item #7: “Where we provide full and free education to everyone, not merely to get jobs but to grow and flourish as human beings.” I’m a bit confused as to whether we should include education as a vision without the addition of a right to housing and healthcare? What category should education, housing and healthcare be placed in? Are they visions or goals? We should clarify these points at Sunday’s meeting. In fact, could we make it an agenda item. I’ve added a previous email with the argument for adding housing and healthcare to the document. But I’m flexible on this. Please see below. Thanks.
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.