OCCUPY WALL STREET: PRINCIPLES OF SOLIDARITY (October 21, 2011draft)
We are the 99, the voices of all those world-wide who will no longer accept a democracy governed by money and a capitalism ruled by greed. We say enough! and we will be heard. We will occupy, stay, protest peacefully until we are heard.
We reject profits over people, corruption over transparency, special interests over public goods. We condemn narcissism masquerading as liberty and market values that obscure inequality.
We speak with a diversity of voices for those that cannot speak for themselves: children, future generations, the marginalized poor and all those excluded “others” who have voices but are not allowed to speak.
We speak on behalf of our abundant and good earth, so brutally exploited by the greedy without regard for future generations. We speak for sustainability, for equality, for justice.
We occupy in true democracy’s name, and democracy is what we look like: diverse, tolerant, non- violent and open to all. But we are also insistent, militant and stubborn in our struggle for a sustainable economy and an authentic politics.
We exclude only the excluders, those who demonize others and who refuse the discipline of non- violence, tolerance, facts and reason.
We are the 99 aspiring to become the 100. Because we believe in the power of transformation. Because we are voices of hope: of common goods and public purposes — the voices of common wealth and hence of the commonwealth.
As voices of an interdependent world, we will not be divided by national frontiers or intolerant creeds or self-defeating fears.
We are all of those who live in poverty and are imperiled by climate change; who live in fear and are at risk of losing homes or jobs or pensions. We are those with no documents and those without health care or schooling; those robbed of hope and bereft of community.
We are the interdependent world we aspire to create: participatory, non-violent, inclusive, egalitarian and just. We occupy Wall Street and Boston and Washington and Seattle, we occupy common spaces everywhere, in order to recover
a world stolen from us by a corrupt plutocracy that has bought democracy to serve its interests alone. What it calls market freedom we call theft. What it calls freedom from interference we call disempowerment of the people.
Our single demand is for those with demands to be heard, for they are — we are — the 99 the elites will not heed. In an interdependent world, this demand is no more than an expression of our common humanity and of our defining equality.
We will occupy confidently, we will struggle stubbornly and we will protest non-violently until we are heard. Until in place of 99 and 1 there is a true commons, a “100” that speaks with and for us all.
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