Posted 5 years ago on Sept. 27, 2011, 2:21 p.m. EST by barry
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We, the 99%ers, understand that our system is fixed for the multinational, corporate and international finance systems. My feeling is that we have two choices for change:
1) Petition the government to change course 2) Overthrow the government; either through election or revolution
OccuppyWallStreet is enacting their First Amendment Rights to peacefully assemble to speak of their grievances against a government that is not doing its job of working for the people, but instead is focused on working for corporate entities. So it seems we, the 99%ers, want to petition the government to change course. I have been to the assemblies and I have marched (I plan to be march again tonight) and understand the logic of the leaderless action. I have also listened/watched the media futilely try to paint a picture or ask for a brand they can label the movement. But the truth is, we need a brand, or a call to action. Even Susan Sarandon was having trouble wrapping her head around the 'message; when she stopped by OccuppyWallStreet this morning. I know you guys are working towards that. Here is my humble (I think) suggestion:
THE PEOPLES PETITION. We could incorporate the '99' theme into the call to action...something along the lines of---PETITIONS FROM THE 99...or...THE 99 GRIEVANCES...or...99 GOALS FROM THE 99%. Anyway, I'll leave that to you smarter folk.
The idea is to crystalize our wants around a set of principles which will better the issues we deal with daily...Economics, Health, Education, Security, etc. Our main goal is obvious---ECONOMIC---that's why we are on Wall St. That should be the launching platform. We should come up with ten or so concrete economic petitions along the lines of---REENACT THE GLASS/STEAGALL ACT, TREAT ALL INCOME (INCLUDING EQUITY) AT THE SAME TAX RATE, ABOLISH THE FED, etc. Then we can use the OccuppyWallStreet working groups as the platforms for each political issue we wish to petition to the government. Each OccuppyWallStreet working group would come up with their own ten or so grievances for their particular cause, ie; the ART group could work on education/cultural issues, the MEDIC group could work on health issues, the ENVIROMENTAL group on...well, duh, the environment, so on, so on.
At the end we would have a list of antidotes to the political diseases that exist and unified goals that people could latch onto. Who knows, we may wind up with 99 grievances with which to petition the government and a double entendre to boot!
In the end we will not be able to occupy Wall St. indefinitely...although we need to try until change is enacted. Eventually enough businesses will complain (already hearing rumbling about that) and the city will use that as a justification for eviction. We need a clarion call that builds our 99 identity into something concrete. Then we need to take some/or all of the group to Washington, D.C. to join there on Oct. 6. The 99%ers message needs to spread...but it needs a body...right now we only have a soul.
And if this doesn't work...there is always revolution.
Thanks. Keep up the good work. See you soon.