Putting The Pieces Together – The Next Generation

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OK – here’s a revised attempt at merging the pieces that people have posted into a single document. This version shows how a document can be written so that different portions can be used – from one sentence up to the whole document. In each version, boldface is used to show the text that will be extracted to make the next shorter version. We may not agree on the wording of the pieces that are extracted – that can be settled in discussions. The main purpose of this document is to demonstrate the principle. If we are willing to create a document that works this way, then NO WORTHWHILE IDEA NEED BE EXCLUDED FROM THE DOCUMENT FOR THE SAKE OF BREVITY.  Some people may be disappointed if ideas that they see as central are not selected for the shorter versions, but at least their ideas will be included in some form. And it will still be necessary to resolve conflicts, agree on a coherent message, and do all the other things that have to be done to produce a good document. (The documents can also be read in reverse order – starting with one sentence, and ending with the entire document. )

The pieces I used to put this together 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4) The historical documents that a number of people have discussed and/or posted – in this version, I try to incorporate the Native American Peace Principles in a meaningful way.

5) The most recent distillation of the Blueprint and feedback, as posted here in “Docs” (Note that the portion of the Blueprint dealing with goals for OWS itself has been moved to the end.)

It is not necessary to use these particular pieces – a similar document can be developed from other starting documents.

THE ENTIRE DOCUMENT:

DRAFT 11/8/11 AM (LAST EDITED 11/14/11 by RW)

A short time ago, the General Assembly of the Occupy Wall Street movement 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 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 we, the people, come together and solve our problems;

where each person shares in the decision making process;

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, and where money does not buy political power;

where we value human needs over monetary gain;

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.

We are not the first people to have this vision. We have drawn heavily on the United States Declaration of Independence. But our vision is not limited by national borders. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes a global foundation on which we can build a better world.

We are also guided by the Peace Principles of the Iroquois Nations. We seek a peace that is more than just the absence of war. We seek unity through our consensus – building process. And we seek to always carry a good message, so that the society we build will truly be different from the society we see around us today. We are aware that those who followed these principles have suffered greatly at the hands of those who did not. But it is our task to deal with wealth and power without being co – opted or corrupted by them. We rely on these principles to guide us in this endeavor.

 

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 judgments 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.

 

 

A ONE – PAGE VERSION:

A short time ago, the General Assembly of the Occupy Wall Street movement 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 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 we, the people, come together and solve our problems;

where each person shares in the decision making process;

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, and where money does not buy political power;

where we value human needs over monetary gain;

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.

We are not the first people to have this vision. We have drawn heavily on the United States Declaration of Independence. But our vision is not limited by national borders. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes a global foundation on which we can build a better world.

We are also guided by the Peace Principles of the Iroquois Nations. We seek a peace that is more than just the absence of war. We seek unity through our consensus – building process. And we seek to always carry a good message, so that the society we build will truly be different from the society we see around us today. We are aware that those who followed these principles have suffered greatly at the hands of those who did not. But it is our task to deal with wealth and power without being co – opted or corrupted by them. We rely on these principles to guide us in this endeavor.

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.

A SHORT ONE – PAGE VERSION WITH FOUR BULLET POINTS (ONE OF EACH TYPE: POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL):

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 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 economic institutions work to benefit all, not just a privileged few, and 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 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.

 

A ONE – SENTENCE VERSION:

What would a free, democratic, fair, just, peaceful, sustainable, abundant society look like?

One Response to “Putting The Pieces Together – The Next Generation”

  1. Michael O'Donnell

    Outstanding! Don’t let the Raid deter the groups keep it going!! this is what is most important.