Statement of Non-Cooptation (Draft)

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Note: WORKING DOCUMENT – Not approved by the GA and not Intended for Public Use

proposed meeting to work on this document in person with the call to action working group on Tuesday, November 1st 8pm. Please confirm if that is a good time, or if the meeting should be changed.

STATEMENT OF NON-COOPTATION

Occupy Wall Street is a peoples’ movement.

It is not a business,  a political party, an advertising campaign or a brand. Nor is it for sale.

Occupy Wall Street is party-less, leaderless, by the people, and for the people. We welcome with open arms anyone who, in good faith, acts to end corruption and corporate influence in government and who lawfully petitions their government for a redress of grievances. We provide a forum of peaceful assembly for individuals to engage in participatory, as opposed to partisan, governance and debate.

As the world continues to be galvanized by this movement, we wish to clarify that Occupy Wall Street is not and has never been affiliated with any established political party, candidate or organization.  Our only affiliation is with the people who make up the economic 99%, those who have been defrauded of their democratic rights and property by members of the 1% and by their government representatives. We have peaceably assembled to re-establish the common people as the authentic source of power in democratic societies.

Many occupation sites have been assembled, further are to convene, and while each expresses itself uniquely we are all united by a set of principles and practices that actively challenge the existing structures of corporate rule. This pretentious rule undermines the well-being of human and non-human Nature in the name of profit and wields unrivaled power against the dissent of the governed. We have come together with diverse views, backgrounds, and ideas, with the recognition that if elected officials are unwilling to represent us, we will directly represent ourselves.

The people who are working together to create this movement are its sole and mutual caretakers. Anyone can join it.  And if you yourself have chosen to devote resources to building this movement, especially your time and labor, then it is yours.

  • If you work within the principles of democracy, freedom, horizontal organization, participation, inclusiveness, transparency, autonomy, agency, humanization, solidarity, emancipation, and sustainability, then it is yours.
  • If you have put your body at risk to occupy a site, or are working tirelessly in an occupation working group, or doing everything you can to spread this message to your friends both virtual and actual, then it is yours.

If you are struggling to understand how to support this movement but are unable to shape it in person, it still needs you. The most meaningful thing that you can do is to give of yourself:

  • If you are a writer, tell the world that you support our pushback against inequalities of wealth and power.
  • If you are a musician or artist, share your gifts by channeling the spirit of this movement.
  • If you are a union, incorporate these themes in your discourse and actions.
  • If you are in the non-profit sector, take the opportunity to speak out while people are eagerly listening, but

SPEAK WITH US, NOT FOR US.

 Our movement values collective resources, dignity, integrity, and autonomy above money. We recognize the potential for conflicts of interest inherent to the receiving of donated money. However, if you’d like to donate to our movement anonymously, with the understanding that there are no strings attached, we welcome your support.

Any individual or organization is welcome to ally with us if they are equally and genuinely inspired to share our principles. Doing so may mean questioning your own institutional frameworks of work, labor, and hierarchy and integrating our principles into your way of working. Be courageous. Experiment.

 Symbols are tools of communication, and misrepresenting or exploiting the movement in ways that reinforce existing systems of division, of partisanship and sectarianism will be seen as an attack on the movement itself. Any individual or organization that seeks to misuse the name, symbols, or spirit of this movement in its business or media campaigns will be met with immediate retaliation and condemnation using our extensive social media channels. This is not a declaration of intent but an explicit assessment by which retribution will unfold as a natural result of the movement’s organic function.

We have a direct democratic process that allows for a profusion of voices to be heard. Any statement or declaration not released through the general assembly, made public online at www.nycga.net, should be considered suspect, independent of our movement, and not reflective of the will or sentiment of the people.

We are a people’s movement. We stand in solidarity. We are Occupy Wall Street.

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STATEMENT OF NON-COOPTATION (This was the most recent draft. Comments can be found at Arts & Culture Google group

We are a peoples’ movement.

We are not a business. We are not a political party. We are not an advertising campaign. We are not a brand. We are not for sale.

The people who are working together to create this movement are its only owners. Anyone can join us.  And if you yourself have chosen to devote resources to building this movement, and above all your time and your labor, then it is yours as well.

If you work within the principles of horizontalism, participation, inclusiveness, transparency, autonomy, agency, humanization, solidarity, emancipation, and sustainability, then it is yours.

If you have put your body at risk to occupy a site, or are working tirelessly in an occupation working group, or doing everything you can to spread this message to your friends both virtual and actual, then it is yours.

If you are struggling to understand how to support this movement but are unable to be present with us, we still need you. The most meaningful thing that you can do is to give of yourself. If you are a writer, tell the world that you support our pushback against inequalities of wealth and power. If you are a musician or artist, share your gifts to spread the word that this is a growing, urgent and inspirational movement. If you are a union, incorporate these themes in your rap with workers. If you are in the non-profit sector, see this as an opportunity to speak out while people are eagerly listening, but DON’T SPEAK FOR US. Do not ask us to endorse you, but we welcome you to endorse us provided that you abide by our principles. If you would like to donate money, we will do our best to use it transparently and responsibly, but we will not accept any conditions. Our movement needs people, dignity and autonomy more than we need any amount of money.

Right now, we are in hundreds of cities and our numbers are growing every day. Each occupation site is different, expressing itself uniquely, but we are united by a set of principles and practices that actively challenge the existing structures of tyranny and exploitation which are undermining human beings and all life on Earth in the name of profit.

Any individual or organization is welcome to ally with us if they are equally and genuinely inspired to participate according to these principles. Doing so would mean questioning their own institutional frameworks of work, labor, and hierarchy and integrating our movement’s principles into their daily thought and action. Be courageous. Be experimental. It is both daring and fun to enact your own liberation.

However, any individual or organization that seeks to capitalize on this movement by appropriating its message, symbols or spirit in order to make profit or further its own political agenda will garner a swift reaction from a vast, decentralized and highly adept global social media network. Symbols are tools of communication, and misrepresenting or exploiting the tools of the liberation movement in ways that reinforce existing systems of oppression will be seen as an attack on the movement itself. So, any corporation or advertising firm that seeks to use the name, symbols or spirit of this movement in its for-profit media campaigns will be met with immediate retaliation and condemnation using our extensive social media channels. Keep in mind, this may tarnish the value of your commercial brand. Additionally, independent ‘anonymous’ actors may become motivated take their own forms of action.

After years of witnessing our most precious symbols and self-created culture appropriated by advertisers for profit, we are no longer willing to stand by and witness the destruction of things and ideas that create genuine meaning and value in our lives.

This is not a declaration of intent. This will happen automatically as a natural result of the way this movement organically functions. We just thought we should let you know that before you invest serious resources in an expensive promotional campaign that you ultimately have to withdraw, which might get you fired.

We are a people’s movement. We are occupy Wall St.

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The Call to Action Working group has previously begun to write a non-affiliation document. I am uncertain as to whether their working group is continuing the process but they have offered to reference or include their work within A & C’s Statement of Non-cooptation. -Adrian (PS. Their working group helped write the first draft of NYCGA  Principles of Solidarity)

“We the NY General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street are humbled by the overflowing support that we have received from across the country, and world, since our inception some few weeks ago.

As the world has turned its attention to our movement, we believe this to be the proper time to state that our movement is not affiliated with any established political body, candidate or organization.

We are here to offer a forum for engaging with politics which is participatory, rather than partisan. Our only affiliation is with the people. We are not left wing or right wing. The overreach of corporate influence on our political process affects every political party in our political system.

We are the economic 99%, joined together to re-establish the people as the sole voices in democratic government.

We have come together with diverse views, backgrounds, and ideas, with the recognition that if government is unwilling to represent us, then it is time for us to represent ourselves. If the people lead, then the leaders will follow.

We have a direct democratic process that allows for voices to be heard. Any statement or declaration not released through the general assembly should be considered independent of our movement and not reflective of the will or sentiment the people. All statements can be found at www.nycga.net

The Occupation is party-less, leaderless, grass roots, by the people, and for the people. We welcome with open arms anyone who, in good faith, acts to end corruption and corporate influence in government, but we are not a mouthpiece for any political organization. We stand in solidarity, and we hope to hear from you.”

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