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Forum Post: From California prisoners Core demands for the movement

Posted 11 years ago on Jan. 7, 2012, 3:12 p.m. EST by ShubeLMorgan2 (1088) from New York, NY
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Published Dec 15, 2011 9:36 PM California prison hunger strikers at Corcoran SHU have drafted a set of 10 core demands that they are proposing be adopted by the Occupy Wall Street Movement. These demands, plus much motivating and enlightening information, were published on Dec. 6 in the San Francisco Bay View, a national Black newspaper. We reprint below the essence of these demands.

  1. We want full employment with a living wage for all people who will work, and for employment to be enforced as the right which it is.

  2. We want an end to institutional racism and race- and class-based disparities in access to, and quality of, labor, education, health care, criminal defense, political empowerment, technology and healthy food.

  3. We want decent and affordable housing for all people and for it to be enforced as the right which it is.

  4. We want affordable and equal access to higher education for all and access to education that teaches the true history of colonialism, chattel slavery, repression of organized labor, the use of police repression and imprisonment as tools of capitalist exploitation, and the perpetuation of imperialism in the development and maintenance of modern U.S. power systems and corporate financial markets.

  5. We want an immediate end to police brutality and the murder of oppressed people in the U.S., particularly in the New Afrikan (Black), Latino/a, immigrant and underclass communities and among those protesting in this nation. We recognize the police and other state paramilitary agencies – sheriffs, FBI, correctional guards etc. – are, and have always been, the enforcement army of the ruling 1 percent.

  6. We want an end to the expansion of the prison industrial complex, as a profit base – from our tax dollars – for the disposal of surplus labor and the poor. The disproportionate distribution of wealth, privilege and opportunity in a society is the origin of all crime. The U.S. has one of the greatest disparities between haves and have nots on earth.

  7. We want an end to all corporate and financial influences in the political process in the U.S.

  8. We want an end to imperialist wars of aggression and sending our youth off to kill and die to enforce the economic interests of big oil and other corporate concerns seeking new resources to exploit, new markets to open for sale of their goods and services and as an impetus to keep from addressing domestic ills.

  9. We want a bottoms-up approach to economic development and labor-capital relations in the U.S. Socio-economic and political policy must now uplift the quality of life from the bottom rung up – empowering the disenfranchised, providing opportunities for those with no options and directing bailouts and subsidies to the people, not banks and billionaires.

  10. We want a more equitable distribution of wealth, justice and opportunity at every level of society, reflecting the objective reality that it’s the socio-economic, political, intellectual and cultural contributions of the 99 percent upon which this society stands.

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[-] 3 points by JoeTheFarmer (2654) 11 years ago
  1. We want Hershey kisses on our pillows every night
[-] 2 points by ShubeLMorgan2 (1088) from New York, NY 11 years ago

Ask Santa

[-] 2 points by WooHoo (15) 11 years ago

Hahaha. 'We want', from prisoners. This has to be the funniest website on the internet.

[-] 2 points by ShubeLMorgan2 (1088) from New York, NY 11 years ago

Basic human rights and dignity are for every human being. There are far too many prisoners in this country and far too many who ought to be in prison are calling the shots for everyone else.





[-] -1 points by America921 (161) 11 years ago

First a job is not a right nor is housing. Second what do you mean a "Black Newspaper"? Thirdly the corporations have a right to be heard in congress, as does everyone else. Because the government has to think about the private industries interests and the people's interests. Finally not everyone can go to college, we don't want everyone going to college because there are not enough jobs that require college degrees. Look at Spain where the unemployment for people just out of college is 47%. These demands are ridiculous, most of which concern problems that don't exist and they will never be changed.

[-] 1 points by ShubeLMorgan2 (1088) from New York, NY 11 years ago


Article 23.

(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection. (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests. ^ Top

Article 24.

Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay. ^ Top

Article 25.

(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection. ^ Top

Article 26.

(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace. (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children. ^ Top

Article 27.

(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author. ^ Top

Article 28.

Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

[-] -3 points by capella (199) 11 years ago

wealth is not distributed, it's earned.

[-] 4 points by ShubeLMorgan2 (1088) from New York, NY 11 years ago

Not usually by those that have it though.

[-] -2 points by capella (199) 11 years ago

wrong. vanderbuilt univesity, rice, stanford, duke, carnegie tech, carnegie mellon, rice, harvard, yale, all started or heavily enowed by rich self made people. countless hospitals and charities too.

[-] 2 points by ShubeLMorgan2 (1088) from New York, NY 11 years ago

It would be better if the producers of the wealth were to decide what worthy uses it should be put to. Labor creates all wealth.

[+] -4 points by capella (199) 11 years ago

who risked their money to start a business? who employs the " labor"?

[-] 4 points by ShubeLMorgan2 (1088) from New York, NY 11 years ago

No one "earns" a billion dollars.

[-] -2 points by capella (199) 11 years ago

who do you think earned a billion dollars in any one year?

[-] 3 points by nucleus (3291) 11 years ago

The biggest crooks (they don't manufacture products or do anything that is in any way constructive to society, they are not "job creators", they pay a tiny fraction - about 17% - of their income in taxes):

John Paulson $4.9 billion (hedge fund manager) Ray Dalio $3.1 billion (hedge fund manager) Jim Simmons $2.5 billion (hedge fund manager) David Tepper $2.2 billion (hedge fund manager) Steven Cohen $1.3 billion (hedge fund manager) Eddie Lampert $1.1 billion (hedge fund manager)

The highest paying guy who works for a company that actually makes something:

Tim Cook $378 million (Apple CEO)

[-] -3 points by capella (199) 11 years ago

you are consumed by jealousy and envy

[-] 2 points by nucleus (3291) 11 years ago

You are mired in ignorance and stupidity.

[-] -1 points by capella (199) 11 years ago

if that's really what they made in salaries,......good for them.

[-] 0 points by nucleus (3291) 11 years ago

You are literally too stupid to insult.

[-] 0 points by capella (199) 11 years ago

hedge fund managers,....... love them.

[-] 2 points by ShubeLMorgan2 (1088) from New York, NY 11 years ago

"Taking" "Making" "Getting" are not synonyms for "earning".

[-] -1 points by capella (199) 11 years ago

you didn't answer the question. Who do you think earned a billion dollars in any one year?

[+] -5 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

Ha, how many years have you been a foreskin?

[+] -5 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

Your mother and your grandpa love each other for nickels.


[-] 4 points by ShubeLMorgan2 (1088) from New York, NY 11 years ago

No one "earns" a billion dollars. Case closed.

[-] -2 points by capella (199) 11 years ago

you're title to your opinion but you're not entitled to your own "facts"

[-] 2 points by ShubeLMorgan2 (1088) from New York, NY 11 years ago

Yep, and no one earns a billion dollars.