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Forum Post: Occupy DC has published a declaration

Posted 10 years ago on Dec. 2, 2011, 9:41 a.m. EST by stephenadler (118)
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I hail the group of people making up the Occupy DC encampment for publishing a declaration. I believe its well written and does cover the essence of the movement. As much as people are resistant to writing anything down about what the occupy movement means, and the goals its trying to achieve, you must necessarily do so if you want this movement to achieve real change.



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[-] 1 points by DusanfromSerbia (34) from Београд, Централна Србија 10 years ago

go to Washington, first get rid of that scam of president you got, cause he is the tool for making ww3, make a crowd of MILLION people in front of the White House, make the crowd in front of it

[-] 1 points by larocks (414) from Lexington, KY 10 years ago
[-] 1 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 10 years ago

Great post!

Thought I would give it a bump, and in the process, share a few of the highlights from that sage document!

. . . . just me - clickable . . .


It is absurd that the 1 percent has taken 40 percent of the nation’s wealth through exploiting labor, outsourcing jobs, and manipulating the tax code to their benefit through special capital tax rates and loopholes. The system is rigged in their favor, yet they cry foul when anyone even dares to question their relentless class warfare.

Financial institutions gambled with our savings, homes, and economy. They collapsed the financial system and needed the public to bail them out of their failures yet deny any responsibility and continue to fight oversight. Corporations loot from those whose labor creates society’s prosperity, while the government allows them to privatize profits and socialize risk.

Corporate interests threaten life on Earth by extracting and burning fossil fuels and resisting the necessary transition to renewable energy. Their drilling, mining, clear-cutting, overfishing, and factory farming destroys the land, jeopardizes our food and water, and poisons the soil with near impunity. They privilege polluters over people by subsidizing fossil fuels, blocking investments in clean energy and efficient transportation, and hiding environmental destruction from public oversight.

Private corporations, with the government’s support, use common resources and infrastructure for short-term personal profit, while stifling efforts to invest in public goods.

. . .

Join your voice with ours and let it amplify until the heart of the movement booms with our chorus of solidarity.

. . . .


I say

and say again!


[-] 1 points by jwhite (13) 10 years ago

ows dc is quite impressive-- very organized- a great group-But I must "worn" everyone- writing something down, voids your 5th amendment rights- anything written, can be taken out of context, edited and used against you in a court of ?a corrupt legal system. training web page http://tinyurl.com/7rvpv43

[-] 0 points by Thrasymaque (-2138) 10 years ago

What the hell is a training web page? Why do you always change your username? And why have you stopped posing as me and Glaucon? I enjoyed having nitwit doubles!

[-] 1 points by AFarewellToKings (1486) 10 years ago

One of these from GA's representing every congressional district sets the stage for the National General Assembly


[-] 1 points by stephenadler (118) 10 years ago

Are you one of the organizers of this?

[-] 1 points by AFarewellToKings (1486) 10 years ago

No. I am, like most people here, fascinated by the OWS movement and interested in talking about it. I found the 99% Declaration here about five weeks ago and it struck a chord with me so I was interested to hear what others think about it. I think it is 'a' roadmap to a healthier happier world which is what the 99% is after yes?

[-] 1 points by stephenadler (118) 10 years ago

How can I help. You are on the right road track, how many people have signed up to help with this project?

[-] 1 points by AFarewellToKings (1486) 10 years ago

Send me money? /attempt at humor off

With only 215 days left before the NGA starts, there is a lot to do. The working group likely needs talented people to help organize the election of delegates so emailing them would be great.

If you're more inclined to stay here and talk, then all you have to do is solidify your understanding, and be prepared for a few attacks. Mostly I've found folks to be positive and genuine.

I wrote this summary to express my view of the situation:

If you remember Ross Perot, you'll remember there's a lot involved in starting a political party. Ross had money, the 99% have 300,000,000 votes. My reasoning for supporting the Declaration and the NGA concept goes like this: The occupations gave birth to the movement and were tremendously successful. The NYCGA led the way and, like it or not, they are the de-facto leaders. (Here's the test: If Occupy DenverGA announced that there was going to be an NGA in July in Philly, who would notice? If the NYCGA made the same announcement every media outlet in the world would be on the story.) So the de-facto leaders need to do the democratic thing, on consensus, and endorse the NGA as per the 99% Declaration so that there is a process to divest themselves of their untenable dictatorship. NYCGA would and should welcome this relief.

The NGA effectively puts the Republican and Democratic parties between a rock and a hard place. Delivering the List of Grievances as the 2012 campaigns are in full swing means candidates are going to have to start answering hard questions. Thus, in order to attract the 99r votes, they are going to have to start competing with each other. OWS will have a profound impact on the 2012 election, and the NGA establishes the framework to keep that pressure on. If promises are broken, if The List is ignored, the NGA reconvenes and moves OWS/99% to the next level, the independent third party.

And if an ARTICLE V Convention is required, 100% of Americans will know about it through the voice of the NGA.

Would someone care to explain to me why this is a bad idea?


In this post-eviction period, with so little time before the NGA, the NYCGA can't ignore this or they will carry the blame if OWS becomes a footnote in history books. I'm not trying to be dramatic, I just don't want to see that happen so I say put the pressure on the NYCGA. Could they hammer it out and announce the endorsement on December 17th, the 3 month anniversary???

And talk about it with your friends and family

[-] 1 points by RedJazz43 (2757) 10 years ago

Occupy DC was not the first Occupation to pass a declaration. The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City was passed by the NYC GA only a few days after the Zuccotti Park occupation began. It is available on this website and elsewhere on the web.

[-] 0 points by newearthorder (295) 10 years ago

I declare that the official drink of OWS should be Kool-Aid, because we get accused of drinking it all the time anyway.

Good job DC. Well done.

[-] 0 points by fishb8 (62) 10 years ago

A declaration that OWS people are stupid and must be made wards of the State to protect themselves