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The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

Help print 100,000 copies of the Declaration of the Occupation by donating at THIS LINK.

With a generous outpouring of support from activists, artists, and occupiers The Sparrow Project was able to print the first 10,000 copies of The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City but we are going to need your help to reach our goal of printing and distributing 100,000 copies!  This document is the first and only declaration to come from the Occupation of Wall Street, it is a summation of the grievances expressed by the occupiers, its a call to action, but moreover it is the first edition in our Occupation Reader series chronicling this historic mile marker in the fight for social, environmental, and economic justice.  The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City, as transcribed and edited by Ryan Hoffman, Lex Rendon, and the Call to Action Working Group, was accepted by the NYC General Assembly, on Steptember 29, 2011 and later amended on October 18th, 2011 to make its narrative even more inclusive.  You own this document. Everyone owns it.  The declaration is a reflection of every voice amplified by the people’s mic at the NYC General Assembly at Liberty Square, from September 17, 2011 to October 18, 2011. We encourage you to copy, reproduce, and distribute its contents.

Our second edition is currently being laid out to include a solidarity letter from Tahir Square, as well as additional documentation from the NYC General Assembly.  Our goal is to print 100,000 copies of this second edition and distribute it to occupied cities coast to coast.  In order to distribute a print run of this size we need your help to reach out fundraising goals.  Please share this blog post widely, and encourage everyone you know to donate.  Any amount brings us closer to our goal of 100,000 copies.

You can help us print 100,000 copies of the 2nd edition of the People’s Declaration of the Occupation of Wall Street by donating at THIS LINK

 

Please Help the Sparrow Project Print the First Declaration of the #OccupyWallStreet Movement

Please Help the Sparrow Project Print the First Declaration of the #OccupyWallStreet Movement

Help us print the People’s Declaration of the Occupation of Wall Street on 10,000 booklets by donating at THIS LINK.

Please help The Sparrow Project print tens of thousands of pocket-sized booklets of the first declaration of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  We have access to a terrific offset printer, recycled paper, and soy inks, but we need donations from people like you in order to make this happen!  Please consider donating whatever you can by clicking the donate button below.  If you cannot afford to donate please consider sharing this post with others.   We will print and distribute the declaration to the cities nationwide that are participating in the campaign.  The following is the first (rough draft) declaration of the People’s General Assembly at Liberty Square in it’s entirety as transcribed and edited by Ryan Hoffman, Lex Rendon and the Call to Action Working Group.  Let us dispel the notion that the Occupy Wall Street movement is one without a message.

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 THE DECLARATION OF THE OCCUPATION OF NEW YORK CITY

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage. They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses. They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.  They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.  They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.  They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.  They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.  They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.  They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.  They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.  They have sold our privacy as a commodity.  They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.  They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.  They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.  They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.  They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.  They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty book keeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit. They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.  They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.  They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.  They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *

TO THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power. Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone. To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

*These grievances are not all-inclusive.