PRINCIPLES OF SOLIDARITY [Working draft 10/25/2011]
On September 17, 2011 we as individuals rose up against political corruption and social and economic injustice. We spoke out, resisted, and successfully occupied Wall Street. Today, we proudly remain in Liberty Plaza and are constituting ourselves as autonomous political beings, engaging in non-violent civil disobedience, and building solidarity based on mutual respect, acceptance, and love.
Using a direct democratic process we have come together as individuals to craft these Principles of Solidarity. These points of unity are the foundation for us to strengthen the values of human cooperation. We believe in:
• direct, participatory, and transparent democracy and the will of the people to govern;
• a consensus based decision making process;
• empowering one another against all forms of oppression and marginalization;
• making quality education, housing, and health care free and accessible for all;
• valuing people before profits and eliminating the exploitation of labor;
• full rights for all people, regardless of document and citizenship status, sexual preference, or gender identity;
• a sustainable human activity in harmony with nature;
• personal or collective responsibility, as applicable, regarding our actions;
• the freedom of expression, the right to assemble, and autonomous privacy in person and in electronic media;
• ending the commercialization of culture and science;
• practicing and supporting wide application of open source technologies;
• eliminating all debt and recognizing it as a form of bondage;
• the importance of revolutionary culture in effecting radical social change; and
• accepting a plurality of principles by knowing we are a variety of backgrounds, visions, actions, and voices.
Let us nurture and grow our Solidarity every instant of our lives. Our movement against greed and corruption can only be measured by the strength of our solidarity. Our solidarity is our promise to accompany each other in the process of our collective liberation. Our most crucial point of unity is our dedication to each other as we strive to embody the society we long to create.
*Solidarity is… to be in solidarity with another is to share the same risks to the best of your ability…
Let’s remember, our solidarity is precious. Our solidarity is our strength and it depends on each one of us. Our solidarity will be difficult and require us to be patient. Our solidarity must be built on understanding each other and recognizing that centuries of violent divisions continue to separate us. This is why our solidarity must also respond to the urgent injustices within our communities. Our solidarity requires humility and gratitude. If we believe that we are fortunate to be able to walk this path back to our humanity, let us show it in our bold acts of solidarity. Let us march, let us listen, let us occupy, let us love, let us create, let us be- Together, in Solidarity!
Code of Solidarity:
We will represent the peace and justice that we want to create in the world with the way we treat each other and consider it necessary for all radical change.
We will respect each other’s differences and embrace our diversity as wealth.
We will collectively acknowledge the profound violence of our history of genocide, slavery, and prejudice that continues to oppress us in the present.
We will recognize the brutal inequalities we face and come together to seek healing and actively demonstrate our dedication to equality.
We will strive to understand the complex web of privilege, responsibility and oppression that affect us all to be able to understand our challenges and be effective in creating change.
When those of us facing immediate pain and danger ask for our support, we will respond to the best of our ability.
We will seek to mirror the justice we desire by sharing as much as possible the same risks and pains in the struggle.
We will seek to understand each other and support each other in our process of liberation.
We will listen to each other with patience and respect.
We will support each other in respecting the environment.
We will support all other non-violent occupations, protests, and actions worldwide that empower people against governmental, political, and economic oppression
We will ~ (then we could get more specific about how we interact with the world, i.e.)
We will strive to support our people economically by putting our resources where they are most needed.
We will acknowledge the injustice of the prison industrial complex and establish contacts with movements going on inside and outside prisons to offer our support.
We will recognize the need to build relationships with the like-minded people and organizations in the places destroyed by American wars, policies and military occupations.
We are daring to imagine a new sociopolitical and economic alternative that offers greater possibility of equality. Our success will depend on our solidarity with one another in this occupation and with all other non-violent occupations, active participation in local communities, fairness in our approach to direct democracy, and the maintenance of a nonhierarchical structure, where each of us is empowered to lead, but where no one one person is the leader or voice of the occupation and greater movement.
We are, today, in the midst of an important time in history. We seek enhanced, genuine, and radical democratization. We will amplify each other’s voices! We will be heard! We are revolution!
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