Vision Statement edited by Bill, open for discussion and changes.

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I have made a number of changes to Rich’s last document.  I have edited it and given it more punch.  I am presenting it here so Rich’s document can keep its identity.  I would be happy to bring copies of the final version of this statement  plus copies of whatever Rich’s document becomes for everyone to review on Sunday.   I have a Satruday evening deadline to print copies for Sunday’s meeting.

Please post any ideas you may have.  I will discuss them with you and we will see how we can improve this statement.


What follows is a living document that will be revised through the democratic process of the General Assembly:

From the General Assembly of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, to the People of the World, we offer a Declaration of our Vision:

Mic Check: We are the 99 percent.

Mic Check: In Solidarity we will be heard.

System Check: The system is broken and abusive.

Fact Check: The environment is collapsing.

Reality Check: There will be change.

We envision a new society, built on the following principles:

Liberty: whereby we secure the civil and human rights of all against violation or infringement, particularly by unchecked corporate power and unjust governments. No longer will the few dominate the many.

People Power: whereby governments, in any form, at every level, derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, not from the wealth of private treasuries. No longer will money dominate politics.

Unity: whereby all people come together to make decisions using everyone’s voice and a form of consensus. No one is marginalized. No longer will we be divided by the rhetoric of a two party system controlled by the 1 percent.

Responsibility: whereby all who reap society’s benefits accept a fair share of its responsibilities. We commit to personal involvement in this process of occupation, transparency and change.

Peace: whereby we learn to live in harmony and embrace principles of tolerance and respect for diversity and the differing views of others;

Equality: whereby institutionalized racism, sexism, and all other forms of discrimination based on socially constructed labels are rejected by all. Political and economic institutions will work to benefit everyone, not just a privileged few.

Non-Violence: whereby non-violence is embraced as a way of life, and we resolve to always carry a good message as we work out our differences.

People Before Profit: whereby we value human dignity and needs over monetary gain. Everyone will have security, education and a decent standard of living;  

Environmental Stewardship: whereby we work together to protect the global environment. We recognize that all species and all forms of life must be sustained.

Mic Check:  We are the 99 percent.

Mic Check: Our Occupation will continue.

Mic Check: We can not be stopped.

The Working Group on Vision and Goals continues to work toward a more comprehensive statement of visions and goals to be incorporated as soon as possible into this living document.
This is an official document crafted by the Working Group on Vision and Goals. The New York City General Assembly came to consensus on ______________ to accept this working draft and make it accessible to the public by posting it online.


One Response to “Vision Statement edited by Bill, open for discussion and changes.”

  1. Bill Record

    Please note there is another version of the vision statement of 11/30/11 that is also being reviewed. Please go to that post as well. We have more than one version of our vision statement that we are processing and condensing. Bill