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Friday 7 October 2011

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City - They Include Animals, Too!

For my animal rights friends, take a look at the one I bolded! They included animals in their citing of injustices perpetrated by the corporations against our own and the world's citizens! What an inspirational document! Maybe the tipping point has finally arrived and we're going to rise up. Once millions of people come on board, the psychopaths and their puppet politicians are done.  

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This doc­u­ment was ac­cepted by the NYC Gen­eral As­sem­bly on Sep­tem­ber 29, 2011, with minor up­dates made on Oc­to­ber 1, 2011. It is the first of­fi­cial, col­lec­tive state­ment of the pro­test­ers in Zuc­cotti Park.
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 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, who are re­spon­si­ble for 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 or pro­vide re­lief in order to pro­tect in­vest­ments that have al­ready turned a sub­stan­tial 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!

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