Published on Sunday, October 2, 2011 by NYC General Assembly
Declaration of the Occupation of New York City
by NYC General Assembly
This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011, with slight adjustments in wording on October 1, 2011:
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!
*These grievances are not all-inclusive.
New York City General Assemblies are an open, participatory and horizontally organized process through which we are building the capacity to constitute ourselves in public as autonomous collective forces within and against the constant crises of our times
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The weekend government-sponsored outings in China made it into the Australian papers yesterday, as Chinese diplomats act like schoolyard hillbillies and Japan shows them up and wipes the floor with their seriously practised diplomatic skills. Lots of photos from all over the place (taken on Japanese cameras too), including this one which is supposed to be Tianhe in Guangzhou.
Now Tianhe on a weekend is like a kleptomanic shoppers convention. It’s fucking crazy. These Computer City buildings are wall-to-wall ’emerging-middle-class’ hell-bent on simultaneously lightening their wallets and boosting their status. So whatever the official figure was for this particular protest, immediately knock off half coz that’s who would be there anyway, and then another third for the rent-a-gawk-crowd who seem to spontaneously materialise whenever a cab-driver wipes out a delivery tricycle. So the only people who were really there for the protest were the army slouches on the bridge.
Maybe not, but it’s not as though this particular strip of Guangzhou is deserted like a slowly rotting ghost-town on any day of the week. Walking on the road here is as common as driving on the footpath.
Two days of hostile demonstrations in China against Japan have widened the rift between the countries, at odds over Japan’s whitewashing of wartime atrocities and its bid to gain a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.
Thousands of people marched yesterday in the southern city of Guangzhou to protest outside the Japanese consulate-general, as Chinese officials pleaded with demonstrators to express themselves in a “calm and sane” manner. Thousands also marched in nearby Shenzhen.
In Tokyo, Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura yesterday summoned China’s ambassador, Wang Yi, to deliver an official protest at Chinese police allowing protesters to hurl rocks, bottles and eggs at the Japanese embassy in Beijing on Saturday.
Ambassador Wang emerged after 30 minutes of talks to say that Beijing did not condone the violence. “The (Chinese) Government does not agree with extreme action,” Mr Wang said.
The anti-Japan bullshit that has been fomenting across China in the major cities, reached a peak over the weekend. Ostensibly due to Japan’s alleged unwillingness to apologise for atrocities in World War II, and inflamed by the recent revisionist school-books which all but gloss over the events, the behaviour of urban nationalists masks a much more aggressive and a rabid mentality.
I’ve been following the current anti-Japan hysteria for a while on a number of very well-informed and impartial sites, including EastSouthWestNorth, Danwei, China Herald, as well as some less impartial, along with the other concurrent China political issues of the Taiwan Anti-Secsession Bill, and the fiasco over Tung Chee-hwa resigning in Hong Kong and the eroding of the Basic Law, written about passionately by Glutter.
The press is all over this, with wildly divergent (by a factor of 10) figures of protesters ranging from 2000 to 20000 in Guangzhou, and similar discrepancies in other cities. Nevertheless, the fact that this has been brewing for months, and there have been sporadic less than peaceful demonstrations across China in recent weeks reflects very poorly on the government who are usually more than eager to use force out of all proportion in silencing any kind of dissent.
I’m not very impartial though. I have no respect for these people. They are nationalist, racist fools who belittle the events of the war through their ignorance, hypocrisy and thuggish mob-mentality. Their behaviour is out of all proportion to their appraisal of other worse events in recent Chinese history, like the genocide of the Great Leap Forward, or the Cultural Revolution, or earlier massacres by both foreign and internal forces. Irrespective of Japan’s behaviour and lack of an apology that satisfies China, these idiots are the best advertisement for total lobotomies. They also conveniently forget just how much of the ‘economic miracle’ rolling across China is bankrolled by the evil dwarves across the ocean.
On a national scale, 2000 or even 20000 is a small number. Compared to recent riots that have raged for days over all the genuine corruption, exploitation and desecration of a marginalised rural and urban-poor populace which have numbered in the tens of thousands, again the anti-Japan actions are maybe not so notable. But the western press likes nothing better than chewing over a meaty story that promulgates the vision of China as an emerging nationalist threat to the archipelagos of East Asia.
The sad thing is that right now, it seems both the western media meme and the Chinese government are in alignment, and at best the population of China is ignorant and mis-informed, at worst they are complicit and exhibiting a genuine racism and hatred that leads inexorably to the war they burn for. Oh, and if anyone I know was involved in this, I’m back in Guangzhou in 2 weeks and you know how much I love sushi.
I don’t usually write about American politics, but this is an exception, from a post on one of the boards I spend alot of time one. The real President Bush Inauguration, country-wide and around the world.