First Proposal: To endorse this equality statement as Occupy Seattle and to encourage it be read before every General Assembly.
Our solidarity is based on the principle that occupiers are equal and deserve mutual respect at all levels. Any behavior that creates conflict prevents us from working together to strengthen our movement.
In this movement, mutual respect, cooperation and understanding are our goals. We should neither condone nor tolerate behavior that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
Discriminatory speech or conduct which is racist, sexist, transphobic or homophobic hurts and thereby divides us. So too, does discrimination on the basis of ability, age, class, religion and ethnic origin.
Sometimes discrimination takes the form of harassment. Harassment means using real or perceived power to abuse, devalue or humiliate. Harassment should not be treated as a joke. The uneasiness and resentment that it creates are not feelings that help us grow as a movement.
Discrimination and harassment focus on characteristics that make us different; and they reduce our capacity to work together on shared concerns.
Our movement must reflect our commitment to equality. We must be mindful that all sisters and brothers deserve dignity, equality and respect.