(INTRO EDITED 11/10/11)
OK – here’s my best attempt at merging the pieces that people have posted into a single document. I’ve edited pretty heavily in some places – please let me know if anything I’ve said is too big a departure from the original source material. The pieces I used are:
1) The Declaration of the Occupation (somewhat indirectly, but you’ll see its influence)
2) My own proposed answer to Ted’s request for one big question to lead off with
3) Frank’s proposed vision statement
3a) My proposed preamble (somewhat indirectly – I think Frank’s document covered pretty much the same ground, plus many points I didn’t cover, so I relied more on his document)
4) The historical documents that a number of people have discussed and/or posted
5) The most recent distillation of the Blueprint and feedback, as posted here in “Docs”
DRAFT 11/8/11 AM (EDITED 11/8/11 PM)
The General Assembly of the Occupy Wall Street movement recently issued a Declaration of the Occupation of New York City. Now, it is time to move forward, from a statement of what we see around us today to a statement of our vision for tomorrow. So, from the General Assembly of the Occupy Wall Street movement, to the people of the world, we offer this Declaration of our Visions and Goals.
We begin with a question: What would a free, democratic, fair, just, peaceful, sustainable, abundant society look like?
We do not claim to have a concrete answer. But we envision a society:
where we, the people, come together and solve our problems by consensus;
where each person shares in the decision making process;
where government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed, and works to secure the inalienable civil and human rights of each person;
where each person who shares in society’s benefits also accepts the responsibilities that come with them;
where economic institutions work to benefit all, not just a privileged few;
where we value human needs over monetary gain;
where money does not buy political power;
where we learn to live peacefully, embracing principles of toleration and respect for the differing views of others;
where we provide full and free education to everyone, not merely to play roles defined by others, but to grow and flourish as human beings;
where we work together to protect the global environment, so that future generations will have safe and clean air, water, and food supplies, and will be able to enjoy the beauty and bounty of nature that past generations have enjoyed.
where we desire the maximum health and happiness of all people, we must insist that free healthcare be instituted to actualize our physical, psychological and spiritual full potential.
where the simple knowledge that decent shelter is essential to a civilized life, we will ensure that the right to housing is a universal right.
We are not the first people to have this vision. Like Isaac Newton, we stand on the shoulders of giants. We acknowledge the inspiration and guidance which our forebears have given us, especially:
The United States Declaration of Independence
The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Peace Principles of the Iroquois Nations
We propose the following initial list of GOALS in furtherance of our vision for society:
1. DEFINE AND DEFEND HUMANITY’S INALIENABLE RIGHTS FROM THE BOTTOM UP.
In 1776, the Declaration of Independence stated that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But new technologies have provided new ways to infringe on individual rights. So we, the people, will work to establish – from the bottom up, not from the top down – a new list of rights which we will hold to be inalienable, and then work to ensure that we will have a government that defends them against infringement.
2. RE-APPROPRIATE OUR BUSINESS STRUCTURES AND CULTURE, PUTTING PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT.
We will work to build a world where all can be productive members of society, and where economic institutions work for the benefit of all, not just a privileged few.
People who have no source of income cannot buy products or services, no matter how low the price. We also hold that it is immoral to reduce prices by moving jobs to countries where wages are meager and working conditions are brutal. The rights of all workers, everywhere, to fair wages and good working conditions, must take priority over profit.
3. CREATE AN ECONOMY IN HARMONY WITH NATURE.
We all share this single planet – pollution anywhere eventually becomes pollution everywhere. So we will work together across national borders to protect our environment. And we will work to take the actions that are needed today to ensure that the ecosystem which we depend on for life will be properly maintained for future generations.
4. EMANCIPATE THE WORLD’S COMMUNITIES FROM CENTRALIZED FINANCIAL SYSTEMS
We will work to make the transition to a financial system that is wholly transparent and is accountable to the citizens of the respective nations in which it operates. And we will work to ensure that wealth cannot buy political power.
5. CREATE PARADIGM-SHIFTING EDUCATION THAT EMANCIPATES GLOBAL CITIZENS FROM EXPLOITATIVE, COMMUNITY-DESTROYING CONSUMER CULTURE AND EMPOWERS ALL PEOPLE WITH THEIR OWN VOICE.
The purpose of education should not be to prepare each new generation to be exploited. We will work to create an educational system from cradle to grave that emancipates all global citizens, gives everyone an opportunity to acquire the knowledge they need to share in the decision making progress, and make available resources and free time to develop their full potential as human beings.
6. RE-APPROPRIATE OUR MEDIA CULTURE PUTTING TRUTH AND DIALOGUE OVER ADVERTISING AND SENSATIONALISM.
Media resources should be a balance of publicly owned media outlets alongside those based on private principles as long as each has unfettered access to portray ”reality” in their own way. This ’check and balance’ will keep the media from becoming completely corporatist or totalitarian.
7. CREATE PEACE ON EARTH WITH TOTAL DEDICATION TO NON-VIOLENCE.
Non – violence is not just a means to an end; non – violence itself is an end. We recognize that until non – violence becomes a way of life, the Second Amendment will remain in force, and we will still need to keep working for peaceful solutions to economic, social, and political problems.
8. ELIMINATE ALL DISCRIMINATION, PREJUDICE, AND JUDGMENTS BASED ON SOCIALLY CONSTRUCTED GROUP LABELS
We will strive to eliminate, now and into the future, all discrimination, prejudice and judgements based on socially constructed group labels that are leftovers from the past.
9. FACILITATE THE PEACEFUL HARMONY OF HUMANITY’S RELIGIOUS, SPIRITUAL AND EXISTENTIAL TRADITIONS.
We will work to facilitate the peaceful harmony of humanity’s religious, spiritual, humanistic, agnostic and atheistic belief/non-belief systems so as to tolerate differences without prejudice.
In addition to these goals for society as a whole, we propose specific goals for our movement.
WE WILL SEEK TO EFFECTIVELY CONNECT OUR OCCUPATION WITH THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT, BY:
A. FACILITATING THE GROWTH OF LOCAL MOVEMENTS FOR DIRECT, ORGANIC, PARTICIPATORY CONSENSUS-BASED DEMOCRACY.
B. STUDYING OURSELVES AND OTHER LOCAL OCCUPATIONS TO FIND MORE IDEAL MODELS OF CONSENSUS BUILDING, DECISION MAKING AND COORDINATION THROUGH, TRANSPARENT, ITERATIVE DESIGN.
C. FINDING POINTS OF HARMONY OF VISIONS/GOALS/ACTIONS ACROSS LOCAL AND REGIONAL PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLIES, SO THAT OUR MOVEMENT CAN HAVE DEEPER IMPACT.
D. CREATING THE EMOTIONAL AND ACTUAL PHYSICAL SPACES (INDOOR AS WELL AS OUTDOOR) FOR THIS PROCESS FOR THE ORGANIC DISCUSSION OF THE FUTURE TO UNFOLD.
E. ENCOURAGING EACH OCCUPATION TO FOCUS ON THEIR LOCAL ECONOMIC, CULTURAL AND POLITICAL ASSETS AS A SPECIALIZATION OF THE MOVEMENT.
AS THE FINANCIAL CAPITAL OF THE UNITED STATES, NEW YORK CITY CAN SERVE AS A FUNCTIONING FOCAL POINT FOR OTHER PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLIES IN OUR EFFORTS TO MAKE THE FINANCIAL POWERS THAT BE ADHERE TO THE WILL OF THE CITIZENRY.
F. IMPLEMENTING NON-PROPRIETARY (FREE – LIBRE – OPEN SOURCE) SOLUTIONS FOR EVERYTHING THAT WE DO.
We recognize that this statement is just a first step. We invite participants in the Occupy Wall Street movement to join in reshaping this statement as our movement and our society evolve. And we invite all citizens of the world to join us in working toward a day when we will be able to gather in Liberty Plaza to celebrate the realization of this vision.