Official Statement from Occupy Wall Street

This statement was voted on and approved by the general assembly of protesters at Liberty Square

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 nonhuman 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 supposed to be 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 in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, 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.

28 Responses to Official Statement from Occupy Wall Street

  • red@holopoet.com says:

    PLEASE SIGN AND PASS THE WORD – thanx and solidarity from Sacramento.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/occupy-america-petition-to-stop-police-interference

  • richard samford says:

    stop police interference in peaceful protest.

  • gabe says:

    Never Give Up!
    History is on your side. And you are on the right side of the law.
    Corporate criminals have controlled the levers of power for far too long. Obama promised change and delivered pocket change to main street while doling out billions to wall st and the same crooks who got us into this mess based on out of control greed.

  • Dave Yingling says:

    Incremental ism got us here by trusting others to head our popular vote. Business got us here by reaching into our pockets when we weren’t looking. Fairness is an honorable trait. Humanity should not be about who’s wallet is the fattest. It’s about all of us living a good fullfilling life caring for the future of our mutual legacy

  • pcjewel says:

    I applaud the work of the NY General Assembly. Your declaration speaks to us all. Theirs is a message of hope. From those who lead us, we mostly hear fear. I want to be on the side of hope. I think this declaration spells out the questions we must face. So, what are their answers? I don’t think we know them yet. But as long as we travel together, and remain free of our prejudices we will find the answers. I hope for a better tomorrow. I wish for a future that values people more than money. A world where all humans are regarded as equals. Where we work together to solve our problems. Where war is a thing of the past. Is that so bad? Are there no other people who feel as I feel.

    So, as I said, I applaud your work. You bring the light of justice back into this world.
    Forward to the Revolution!

  • Dawson says:

    This is an amazing movement! You speak for all of us–corporations should not have the rights and protections of an individual in our legal system.

  • share_the_wealth says:

    The financial meltdown was created in part by investors and banks playing games with mortgages. Many of the mortgages are probably invalid because the banks broke rules when they made and resold these loans, so the banks are on the hook as well as the borrowers– though that’s not the story you typically hear in the news.

    We need rules to prevent investment banks from playing risky games with other people’s money, and we need a just solution to the current economic crisis.

    Learn more at
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_United_States_foreclosure_crisis
    http://www.harryshearer.com/news/le_show/player/?id=773&start=00:08
    http://www.harryshearer.com/news/le_show/player/?id=773&start=26:57
    http://www.harryshearer.com/news/le_show/player/?id=838&start=00:04
    http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/
    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/why-isnt-wall-street-in-jail-20110216

  • share_the_wealth says:

    The gap between rich and poor in the United States has increased a lot since the 1970s. Wealth in our country has become concentrated in the hands of 1% of Americans at the top of the scale. The tax burden on corporations and wealthy persons (the top 1%) has gone down, and while the wealth of the rest (the other 99%) has stagnated. This reflects unfairness in our economic system. There really is enough wealth in the garden to go around.

    We need to share the wealth through a fairer system of taxation. We also need reasonable regulation of corporations: they are profit machines that people create; they are not people, and they cannot be trusted to act in the best interest of their employees or the citizens of this country.

    Learn more at
    http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/income-inequality-in-america-chart-graph

  • katwilo2 says:

    We’ve also seen the systematic destruction of the environment for profits. They have for so long kept us dependent on oil, attempted deregulations of EPA standards for air and water or simply never instituted cleaner air and water standards. This is not all inclusive either!

  • Val says:

    Please forgive my ignorance but I can’t find find info about this on the nyc site.

    Why is it so important to stay overnight in Westlake Park. I understand how it could bond people together but if you get there at 8am and leave at midnight, that’s a pretty good occupation.

    From what I’ve been reading on Twitter and people’s blogs, a lot of energy is being spent arguing small city ordinances with mostly restrained and pretty sympathetic local cops.

    You might not be seeing the forest for the trees. The enemies of the American people have quadrillions of dollars with large, well trained no bullshit armies that would gun us down without a thought if they could.

    and we’re arguing with a pussycat mayor over umbrelllas in a park.

    I know you’ve all memorized “the art of war” and are chess masters. You guys are more than heroic. You’re fucking geniuses with balls of steel. But you don’t seem to know when to give a little and move on. You’ll stand on principle and lose the war.

    Play more chess, see how often you have to move backwards to keep yourselves safe while restrategizing.

    Of course i can criticize, I’m not there. I’ve been there several times but work full time and live 2 hours away.

    You all are heroes,

    Val

  • val says:

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  • aristokronik anarkst says:

    INFORM THE OWNER HIS BUSINESS PRACTICE OF BRINGING IN 9/11 PARTRIOT ACT GRANT THAT ALLOW FREE HOMELAND SECURITY GUARDS TO ENFORCE A NO BATHROOM POLICY WITH VIOLENCE TOWARD LOCAL INNOCENTS ,WHEN HE GETS TAX BREAKS FOR BEING A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER WILL NOT GO UNNOTICED IN COMMUNITY..THEN SAY “HAVE A NICE DAY” AND LEAVE WITHOUT CUSSING OR BREAKING ANYTHING..END CORPORATE FASCIST SUBSIDIES

  • MainStreetValues says:

    http://www.MainStreetValues.com/
    Knowledge, Opportunity, Ownership… for all the people.

    • Scott says:

      This may work on a small scale but would never work on a national level because it assumes that the entire population is selfless and all have the same dreams, desires and motivation. Ask anyone from the former Soviet Union or Venezuela how well this has worked out for them. In all cases this type of government has led to oppression and poverty. The model sounds good but doesn’t work in practice.

      • David Pauling says:

        Scott… 120-million Americans are served by cooperatives each and every day… from Ace Hardware to lando’lakes dairy + 90 million Credit union members… yes I guess they are very cleverly concealing their oppression and poverty creating practices. ;(

  • margotchives says:

    I would like to share a Canadian perspective on two topics which may surprise Americans…

    TAXES: A Vancouver friend who was having a friendly chat with a man in Spokane fielded a question about Canadians paying high taxes. My friend smiled and agreed, and went on to say you almost never hear anyone complaining about it. The American was shocked at this, and asked why she thought that was. My friend paused and then said, “I guess we like what we get for our money.” In Canada, we don’t want poor people to be uneducated, or to have no healthcare, or to be so poor they want to hit us on the head and steal our purses. Life is just better that way.

    HEALTH CARE: During the Clinton White House my sister and I were in San Jose at a dinner with a big group when the discussion of the Canadian healthcare system came up. The biggest knock against our system for this group involved repeated use of a word I have never even heard spoken in Canada: indigents. These people were absolutely horrified that ‘indigents’ have equal access to health care in Canada — that they are entitled to the identical level of care as the wealthy, that we all wait in the same line. My sister and felt immense pride in the justice of this very same aspect — it is in fact the whole point — we’re all human, we all get sick. Honestly, we were stunned, shocked to the core at their point of view. The ironic thing was, we were the big flag waving atheists in the group.

  • margotchives says:

    I inadvertently left out my comments of support for the Occupiers and the solidarity we in Canada feel for you!! We have been appalled at the vicious beating the middle class has been taking in the US, almost relieved to see the 99% standing up to be counted. Social democracy is great, not scary!!!

  • bluesriff says:

    Even though the media in general is portraying this movement as a bunch of young unemployed radicals – they are mistaken and do not see the great Sea of support slowly coming to the cause.
    As a small business owner and employer of 28 years I too have been affected by the callous selfishness of corporate America and Wall Street.
    We must rally together and speak with one voice. I encourage everyone to go to yesmagazine.org and rebuildthedream.com – two organizations speaking with a clear and reasoned message.
    Read David Korten’s book ~ “Agenda for a New Economy” and be inspired! Go 99%

    • Todd Atkins says:

      All in favor of becoming a united movement AND grabbing a pumpkin latte over at Starbucks (it’s on me, but limited to the first 5 people), meet me at 5:15! I’ll be the tall one wearing the purple UW sweatshirt.

  • Alex says:
  • Ortipus Nocterone says:

    The world needs more wag. Less bark.

  • volicious says:

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/10/protest-demands-experts-say-theyre-not-necessary.html

    Nobel Prize-winning economists
    Former Wall Street executives
    Pulitzer Prize winners

  • Suzanne says:

    What an inspiration your movement is for those too young to recall the Civil Rights or Anti-War dynamics of deep social/political change. Martin Luther King, Pres. Eisenhower, and others warned of the interconnections of militarism, corporate avarice, global trade, setting groups against one another while ignoring the long-term need for all levels of the globe’s people to live a healthy life.

  • Marty says:

    A MUST WATCH/LISTEN:

    “Occupy Seattle” This song speaks for many voices in protest…

    A Song of a Million Voices – from Seattle to Wall Street
    The protest from “Occupy Wall Street” has grown largely,
    demonstrated at “Occupy Seattle”.
    Below is a link that speaks for many voices in protest.
    This song, titled “Strike”, was originally written around 1990
    from a Seattle-native,
    and is very iconic to this event:

    OccupySeattle October 16, 2011
    Marty Doros sings the song “STRIKE”
    Power to the Money is Dictatorship

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpMQZQxq7bA

  • KennSpace says:

    The Corporate Occupation of the United States

    Our corporate controlled government (through corporate lobbying and election funding ) is out of the peoples control. People want government control back. Makes sense to me… I feel US corporate capitalism (corporatism) is a type of economic fascism: To have a corporate being where the chain of command eventually muddles all responsibility to any human being. These corporate beings are running your life and controlling your government. (Enough to really make an individual mad and protest.) The corporate being does not exist, and when it comes to face it’s corporate responsibility, it is a piece of paper. That is plain and simply wrong. Restore capitalism to individual responsible chains of command, or this struggle will be lost.

    Please Sign the petition to amend the Constitution for revoking corporate personhood at:

    movetoamend.org

    January 20, 2012 – Move to Amend Occupies the Courts!
    Move To Amend is planning bold action to mark this
    notorious date — Occupy the Courts — a one day occupation
    on Friday January 20, 2012, of the Federal Courts, including
    the Supreme Court of the United States and as many of the
    89 U.S. District Court Buildings as we can. Inspired by Dr. Cornell
    West, who was arrested on the steps of the Supreme Court last
    month, Move to Amend will lead the charge on the judiciary which
    created — and continues to expand — corporate personhood rights.

    http://open.salon.com/blog/kennspace/2011/10/28/corporate_occupation_of_the_united_states_1

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  • dow4seven says:

    I’m preaching to the choir here. For those who have not read “Deadly Spin” by Wendell Potter, read it soon, tell your friends, and remember the message whenever corporate info is disseminated.