Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

Posted on September 29, 2011


No matter what your views on the Occupy Wall Street protests, whether you don’t understand it, can’t get behind it, don’t really care that much, whatever.  This is some powerful language that I think could, and should, resonate with a lot of people.  Declaration of the Occupation of New York City | NYC General Assembly.:

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.

I’m proud that many of these people are a part of my generation. I realize many people want to pain them as crazy hippie indie alternative not-to-be-taken-seriously young people who don’t understand the real world.  As a person who has to interact on a daily basis with it, I don’t understand this “real world” that we look at, talk about, and treat so sacredly. If fiction is something that is made up, imagined in the minds of people men (when talking about the way a society is structured), why is it hard to understand that the way things work is a fiction, something that exists in but a moment in time, not a reality, a constant.  These people very obviously not only have an understanding of some of the major problems we face as a society, but they have solutions rooted in a place of positivity and love.  And that is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted or diminished.

I mean really, would you rather they be watching and perpetuating Jersey Shore?

And to those individuals who continue to say “i’d get behind it if i knew what their purpose was”… the purpose seemed to be that there are a lot of issues.  Since when does something have to have a consolidated message for it to resonate with us.  The point seems to be that shit is fucked up, and people need to come together and talk about it, discuss, and move forward.  Why are we all such bandwagoners?  What happened to critical thought, ideas of our own, input, collaboration?

Laziness prevails.