Principles of Solidarity Draft 4 (2): a different voice/structural approach

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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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3 Responses to “Principles of Solidarity Draft 4 (2): a different voice/structural approach”

  1. kelley

    My edits to this doc:

    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 system ruled by greed. We say enough!

    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 and the future generations. We encourage those who are marginalized, living in poverty, and all excluded “others” to use their voice!

    We speak on behalf of our abundant and good earth, so brutally exploited by industry and greed without regard for future generations. We speak for sustainability and renewable resources.

    We occupy in true democracy’s name, and democracy is what we look like: direct, diverse,, participatory, tolerant, non-violent and open to all; but we are also insistent, strong, and stubborn in our struggle for a sustainable economy and 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 who are in the midst of actualizing positive social change.

    As voices of an interdependent world, we will not be divided by national frontiers or intolerant creeds or self-defeating fears.

    We are in solidarity with all 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 in solidarity with those with no documents and those without health care or schooling; we are in solidarity with those robbed of hope and bereft of community.

    We are the interdependent and equal world we aspire to create: participatory, non-violent, inclusive, egalitarian and just.

    We occupy Wall Street and Boston and Oakland and Chicago, 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 opportunity we call disempowerment of the people.

  2. Jon Good

    A couple minor language edits, and a short last sentence.

    OCCUPY WALL STREET: PRINCIPLES OF SOLIDARITY (October 21, 2011draft v 3)

    We are the 99, the voices of those worldwide who will no longer accept a democracy governed by money and a system ruled by greed. We say enough!

    We reject profits over people, corruption over transparency, special interests over public goods. We condemn narcissism masquerading as liberty and a market that justifies inequality.

    We speak with a diversity of voices for those that cannot speak for themselves: children and the future generations. We encourage all who are marginalized, living in poverty, and excluded “others” to use their voice!

    We speak on behalf of our earth, so brutally exploited by industry and greed without regard for future generations. We speak for sustainability and renewable resources.

    We occupy in true democracy’s name, and democracy is what we look like: direct, diverse, participatory, tolerant, non-violent, and open to all; but we are also insistent, strong, and stubborn in our struggle for a sustainable economy and 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 who are in the midst of creating positive social change.

    As an interdependent world, we will not be divided by national frontiers, intolerant creeds, or self-defeating fears.

    We stand in solidarity with all 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 stand with those with no documents and those without health care or schooling; we are in solidarity with those robbed of hope and bereft of community.

    We are the interdependent and equal world we aspire to create: participatory, non-violent, inclusive, egalitarian, and just.

    We occupy Wall Street and Atlanta and Oakland and Chicago; we occupy common spaces everywhere in order to recover a world stolen from us by a corrupt few that have bought society to serve its interests alone. What they call “market freedom” we call theft. What they call “opportunity” we call disempowerment of the people. We will no longer tolerate living by their rules.