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|Occupy Wall Street - Official Demands|
|Written by Anonymous|
The Sovereign People's Movement, represented nationally through the
people occupying the various Liberty Square locations across this great
country, have laid out and democratically submitted and are currently
voting on the list of following Demands to then be distilled into one
Unified Common demand of the people. |
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, formerly divided by the color of our skin, gender, sexual orientation,
religion, or lack thereof, political party and cultural background, we acknowledge
the reality: that there is only one race, the human race, and our survival 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
brethren; 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
They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give CEO’s
They have perpetuated gender inequality and discrimination in the workplace.
They have poisoned the food supply, and undermined the farming system through
They have continuously sought to end the rights of workers to negotiate their pay and
make complaints about the safety of their workplace.
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
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 book keeping, and inactive
ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the
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
They have participated in a directly racist action by accepting the contract from the State
of Georgia to murder Troy Davis.
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!
TACTICS FOR "DEMANDS FOR CONGRESS" by Occupy Wall StreetWe should make the demands below very publicly at a press conference a few days after arriving in DC. When doing so, we should give a clear deadline of 3 days for a firm written commitment with signatures from at least 60% of members of House and 60% of the members of the Senate to pass these bills by the end of the year. If this commitment on the full slate of demands is not met by midnight on the 3rd day (which it won't be) we should be prepared to non-violently block access to all or part of the Capitol complex the next morning by traditional proven non-violent tactics. The purpose is to bring the leaders of the House and Senate to the negotiating table.
NOTE: There are always entrances because there is always a point where people who work there have to leave the public street and enter secure space. We should focus our non-violent direct action and civil disobedience on those entrances no matter where they move them because these are, by definition, always accessible.
LIST OF PROPOSED "DEMANDS FOR CONGRESS"
CONGRESS PASS HR 1489 ("RETURN TO PRUDENT BANKING ACT" http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-1489 ). THIS REINSTATES MANY PROVISIONS OF THE GLASS-STEAGALL ACT. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass–Steagall_Act
--- Wiki entry summary: The repeal of provisions of the Glass–Steagall
Act of 1933 by the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act in 1999 effectively removed
the separation that previously existed between investment banking which
issued securities and commercial banks which accepted deposits. The
deregulation also removed conflict of interest prohibitions between
investment bankers serving as officers of commercial banks. Most
economists believe this repeal directly contributed to the severity of
the Financial crisis of 2007–2011 by allowing Wall Street investment
banking firms to gamble with their depositors' money that was held in
commercial banks owned or created by the investment firms. Here's detail
on repeal in 1999 and how it happened: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass–Steagall_Act#Repeal . Vote Here
USE CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY AND OVERSIGHT TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE
FEDERAL AGENCIES FULLY INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE THE WALL STREET
CRIMINALS who clearly broke the law and helped cause the 2008 financial
crisis in the following notable cases: (insert list of the most clear
cut criminal actions). There is a pretty broad consensus that there is a
clear group of people who got away with millions / billions illegally
and haven't been brought to justice. Boy would this be long overdue and
cathartic for millions of Americans. It would also be a shot across the
bow for the financial industry. If you watch the solidly researched and
awared winning documentary film "Inside Job" that was narrated by Matt
Damon (pretty brave Matt!) and do other research, it wouldn't take long
to develop the list. Vote Here
CONGRESS ENACT LEGISLATION TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY BY REVERSING THE
EFFECTS OF THE CITIZENS UNITED SUPREME COURT DECISION which essentially
said corporations can spend as much as they want on elections. The
result is that corporations can pretty much buy elections. Corporations
should be highly limited in ability to contribute to political campaigns
no matter what the election and no matter what the form of media. This
legislation should also RE-ESTABLISH THE PUBLIC AIRWAVES IN THE U.S. SO
THAT POLITICAL CANDIDATES ARE GIVEN EQUAL TIME FOR FREE AT REASONABLE
INTERVALS IN DAILY PROGRAMMING DURING CAMPAIGN SEASON. The same should
extend to other media. Vote Here
CONGRESS PASS THE BUFFETT RULE ON FAIR TAXATION SO THE RICH AND
CORPORATIONS PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE & CLOSE CORPORATE TAX LOOP HOLES
AND ENACT A PROHIBITION ON HIDING FUNDS OFF SHORE. No more GE paying
zero or negative taxes. Pass the Buffet Rule on fair taxation so the
rich pay their fair share. (If we have a really had a good negotiating
position and have the place surrounded, we could actually dial up taxes
on millionaires, billionaires and corporations even higher...back to
what they once were in the 50's and 60's. Vote Here
CONGRESS COMPLETELY REVAMP THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION and
staff it at all levels with proven professionals who get the job done
protecting the integrity of the marketplace so citizens and investors
are both protected. This agency needs a large staff and needs to be
well-funded. It's currently has a joke of a budget and is run by Wall
St. insiders who often leave for high ticket cushy jobs with the
corporations they were just regulating. Hmmm.
CONGRESS PASS SPECIFIC AND EFFECTIVE LAWS LIMITING THE INFLUENCE OF
LOBBYISTS AND ELIMINATING THE PRACTICE OF LOBBYISTS WRITING LEGISLATION
THAT ENDS UP ON THE FLOOR OF CONGRESS. Vote Here
CONGRESS PASSING "Revolving Door Legislation" LEGISLATION ELIMINATING
THE ABILITY OF FORMER GOVERNMENT REGULATORS GOING TO WORK FOR
CORPORATIONS THAT THEY ONCE REGULATED. So, you don't get to work at the
FDA for five years playing softball with Pfizer and then go to work for
Pfizer making $195,000 a year. While they're at it, Congress should pass
specific and effective laws to enforce strict judicial standards of
conduct in matters concerning conflicts of interest. So long as judges
are culled from the ranks of corporate attorneys the 1% will retain
control. Vote Here
ELIMINATE "PERSONHOOD" LEGAL STATUS FOR CORPORATIONS. The film "The
Corporation" has a great section on how corporations won "personhood
. Fast-forward to 2:20. It'll blow your mind. The 14th amendment was
supposed to give equal rights to African Americans. It said you "can't
deprive a person of life, liberty or property without due process of
law". Corporation lawyers wanted corporations to have more power so they
basically said "corporations are people." Amazingly, between 1890 and
1910 there were 307 cases brought before the court under the 14th
amendment. 288 of these brought by corporations and only 19 by African
Americans. 600,000 people were killed to get rights for people and then
judges applied those rights to capital and property while stripping them
from people. It's time to set this straight. Vote Here
Special Note!!! Read this before you comment or vote of comment!This document is a living breathing document updated daily but solely based on the votes for the items included within it.
This is how it works: After reading the list of publised proposals, if you have a point that is not already proposed that you would like added, simply submit it in the comments section at the bottom. The Suggestions are added to the ballot found Here so that they can be voted on by the people. This may take up to 72 hours for our legal team to dedupe and combine to exixting demands due to overlapping proposals.
Proposals remain on this official page as long as the vote maintains a 2/3 majority.
You may vote once per IP address and view the current results Here Proxying IP addresses in attempt will not work, so do not attempt it.
If you disagree with any of the items below, or think they should not be included please click Here to voice your vote and lobby among your friends and contacts to drop the majority below 2/3 majority. Do not add it in the comments section.
Please! Please! Please! Do not respond or comment to proposed or active demands or on the voting process here, it complicates our legal teams work.
Please submit your proposal as a well thought out proposal that all can understand, this will help it resonate with the audience and meet the minimum quorum for inclusion.
Do not voice opinions here. Opinions do not help our cause.
The numbers in the polling will naturally resolve your feelings democratically. If you strongly agree or disagree with proposed Demands, lobby your cause and get the votes up to represent your opinion. This is what democracy looks like.
After the Closing date, (shown on each Poll Item) and voting has officially closed, the remaining options will be consolidated into one poll on which the people will vote for the 1 ONE Common Demand.
It is also very important that you familiarize yourself with the
historical events that have created our present situation, you should
read this in its entirety:
September 11th 2001 Cover-Up Leaked - This information was provided to us directly to Coup Media Group by a sympathetic former US Ambassador to Ronald Regan.
This is a one vote one person Democratic movement. If you do not agree, lobby your case to other likeminded individuals to get the vote. Eventually the top demands may be split out among the various occupy groups so that different cities may represent additional important common demands.
There is no electoral college. There is no political
authority. There is no ultimatum. There is no compromise, There is
only; We the Free people of the world demand the following:
Below Is The Original List of Proposed Demands and Voting Links
Revise the intrepretation of the famous 1886 case where the U.S. Supreme Court supposedly ruled that corporations are "persons" having the same rights as human beings based on the 14th Amendment, which was intended to protect the rights of former slaves. As most lawyers know, the Supreme Court made no such decision. In the case in question - Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company, the court itself never rules on personhood. A court reporter by the name of J.C. Bancroft Davis (a former railroad president) snuck that "ruling" into the books.
What most people don't know is that after the above-mentioned 1886 decision, artificial persons were held to have exactly the same legal rights as we natural folk. (Not to mention the clear advantages corporations enjoy: they can be in several places at once, for instance, and at least in theory they're immortal.) Up until the New Deal, many laws regulating corporations were struck down under the "equal protection" clause of the 14th Amendment--in fact, that clause was invoked far more often on behalf of corporations than former slaves. Although the doctrine of personhood has been weakened since, even now lawyers argue that an attempt to sue a corporation for lying is an unconstitutional infringement on its First Amendment right to free speech. ( Nike v. Kasky.)
Ammendment Dated September 30, 2011 for reasons of consolidation
- Require Corporations to have Labour representatives on their boards of directors. Has been added to this Demand
Click Here to learn more about Why Corporations have been Granted Human Rights
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." — Fourth Amendment to the Constitution
Forty-five days after 9/11, Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act without reading it. This new law was supposed to protect you from terrorism, but it has really left you unprotected against lawless federal agents. The Patriot Act contains numerous violations of the Fourth Amendment. It gives federal agents vast new powers that have been abused to investigate innocent Americans.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 5, of the United States Constitution provides that Congress shall have the power to coin money and regulate the value thereof and of any foreign coins. But that is not the case. The United States government has no power to issue money, control the flow of money, or to even distribute it - that belongs to a private corporation registered in the State of Delaware - the Federal Reserve Bank.
Recently ammendments to consolidate in this demand
- Outlaw Flash Trading is now included in this Demand
- Provide a real democratic system for US Elections and US Policy is now included in this Demand
Learn More about How Congress has the Right to Take control over the Federal Reserve Here: How to Gain Control over the Federal Reserve
Proposal One: Ban corporate donations to political campaigns while limiting individual campaign donations to $100.
Background:Corporations in the U.S. exercise an inordinate amount of influence over the government. The amount of corporate money in elections makes it virtually impossible for people want to serve the public’s interests to be viable candidates. Lowering the individual maximum donation to $100 ensures that the rich won\'t simply buy elections. This demand is offered in order to eliminate the rich’s dominance of elections and subsequent effect on public and foreign policy. America has never had a popular democracy. It began as a country controlled by a handful of white land-owning men. Throughout its history, gains were made in achieving some level of democracy to American citizens. The age of rule by an elite 1% (a tiny minority) can be forced to an end soon.The majority of the American population sees the U.S. as a reasonably fair country and as a popular democracy. This demand challenges that assertion. America is a corporate democracy and it will be eye-opening to many people to witness how undemocratically big business and their political flunkies will fight to deny popular democracy even though those are the values that the elites have professed for so long. This demand forces them to put up or shut up on their fucking principles. The public will support restructuring of campaign finance as the tiny minority has recently collapsed the economy, wasted resources, and destroyed millions of lives in it pursuit of its wars for its own narrow interest. In the past they have been able to point to relatively high wages, a relatively high standard of living, and increasing growth (regardless of the reason) as reasons to uphold the status quo, but these conditions are deteriorating and people are again searching for a remedy. Taking away the tiny majority’s ability to buy every election will usher in popular democracy and with that new policies that may affect all issues and grievances moving forward.</span></p>
more donations to a single person that is seeking or has a position in congress that exceeds $5,000 (five thousand) dollars within the time period of 1 (one) year. And no donations exceeding $25,000 (twenty-five thousand) to a single group, PAC, or super PAC within the time span of 18 (eighteen) months. Also, when a donation is made the persons employer must be listed. And if 25% (twenty-five) of all employees of the stated company donate to the same person or group then the company will stand to be investigated as to whether it is giving its employees the money and</p>
All members of all governments, Federal, state or local, must remain free of influence from outside factors. Lobbyists must remain at arm's length and not be allowed in any way to provide free meals, trips or gifts of any kind to any politician. All contact must be in written form to prevent influence peddling.
According to the U.S. Dept of Justice, the number of
offenders under age 18 imprisoned for drug offenses increased twelvefold
from 1985 to 1997. The group most affected by this propensity for
incarceration is African-Americans. From 1985 to 1997, the percentage of
African-American young people put in prison increased from 53 to 62
Today, 89 percent of police departments have paramilitary units, and 46 percent have been trained by active duty armed forces. The most common use of paramilitary units is serving drug-related search warrants, which usually involve no-knock entries into private homes.
Because this is a Movement by the People and For the People, We are accepting proposals below in the Comments Section to be added to this formal list of Demands. Our Legal team will review and formalize those that are selected by a vote of 2/3 majority by the movement. Please remember you are only voting to include the available Demands into the Formal Demands Document
Currently Accepting proposals for actual plan
Unofficial Proposed Demands
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A Message From Occupied Wall Street (Day Five)
Published 2011-09-22 07:51:42 UTC by OccupyWallSt
This is the fifth communiqué from the 99 percent. We are occupying Wall Street.
On September 21st, 2011, Troy Davis, an innocent man, was murdered by the state of Georgia. Troy Davis was one of the 99 percent.
Ending capital punishment is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, four of our members were arrested on baseless charges.
Ending police intimidation is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, the richest 400 Americans owned more than half of the country’s population.
Ending wealth inequality is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, we determined that Yahoo lied about occupywallst.org being in spam filters.
Ending corporate censorship is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly eighty percent of Americans thought the country was on the wrong track.
Ending the modern gilded age is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly 15% of Americans approved of the job Congress was doing.
Ending political corruption is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly one sixth of Americans did not have work.
Ending joblessness is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly one sixth of America lived in poverty.
Ending poverty is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly fifty million Americans were without health insurance.
Ending health-profiteering is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, America had military bases in around one hundred and thirty out of one hundred and sixty-five countries.
Ending American imperialism is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, America was at war with the world.
Ending war is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, we stood in solidarity with Madrid, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Madison, Toronto, London, Athens, Sydney, Stuttgart, Tokyo, Milan, Amsterdam, Algiers, Tel Aviv, Portland and Chicago. Soon we will stand with Phoenix, Montreal, Cleveland and Atlanta. We’re still here. We are growing. We intend to stay until we see movements toward real change in our country and the world.
You have fought all the wars. You have worked for all the bosses. You have wandered over all the countries. Have you harvested the fruits of your labors, the price of your victories? Does the past comfort you? Does the present smile on you? Does the future promise you anything? Have you found a piece of land where you can live like a human being and die like a human being? On these questions, on this argument, and on this theme, the struggle for existence, the people will speak. Join us.
We speak as one. All of our decisions, from our choice to march on Wall Street to our decision to continue occupying Liberty Square, were decided through a consensus based process by the group, for the group.
"I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or
mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that
occupation goes into its 11th year, I will commit to being in Freedom
Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day or the days
immediately following, for as long as I can, with the intention of
making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we
will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine by occupying Freedom
Plaza to demand that America's resources be invested in human needs and
environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this
together. We will be the beginning."