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What We Stand For

on Mon, 11/07/2011 - 11:59am

A diverse group of people has come out to our Occupy Monterey General Assemblies and Actions.  We do not all agree on everything, but what has brought many of us to the movement is that we desire to create and be part of an economic and political system which rewards honesty,  integrity, and peace over corruption and greed and unending war, and which treats people with care and respect instead of undermining them or treating them like commodities or tools for use and abuse.   Our movement is a work in progress. More documents will be added as our group learns and grows and matures. 

Below you can follow links to documents that we have either approved as a group in a General Assembly, or that one or more of us has written to express our own views.  Please know that we are a work in progress, as are all living entities.  

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I especially like the 9 Requests from Occupy DC. These are all important and worthy objectives that almost all of us can support.  I'm not sure if these should be presented for consensus nationwide, but that should be considered.  Or maybe if we had just one demand, take all private money out of politics and government, which would solve almost every other problem. Eventually, some specific goals will evolve, and I beleive there is no need to rush into any committments for requests or demands immediately. They will come.

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Hello All,

Here is the document I was discussing at the General Assembly today. Please read and I will bring copies to the next GA. I will just post the link because the document is pretty lengthy.

Thank you,

Jennifer F

 

http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/99-s-deficit-proposal-how-create-jobs-reduce-wealth-divide-and-control-spending 

Here is what I will propose to the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street:

Submitted by Michael Moore
 

10 Things We Want                                                   


A Proposal for Occupy Wall Street                                                        

1. Eradicate the Bush tax cuts for the rich and institute new taxes on the wealthiest Americans and on corporations, including a tax on all trading on Wall Street (where they currently pay 0%).

2. Assess a penalty tax on any corporation that moves American jobs to other countries when that company is already making profits in America. Our jobs are the most important national treasure and they cannot be removed from the country simply because someone wants to make more money.

3. Require that all Americans pay the same Social Security tax on all of their earnings (normally, the middle class pays about 6% of their income to Social Security; someone making $1 million a year pays about 0.6% (or 90% less than the average person). This law would simply make the rich pay what everyone else pays.

4. Reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act, placing serious regulations on how business is conducted by Wall Street and the banks.

5. Investigate the Crash of 2008, and bring to justice those who committed any crimes.

6. Reorder our nation's spending priorities (including the ending of all foreign wars and their cost of over $2 billion a week). This will re-open libraries, reinstate band and art and civics classes in our schools, fix our roads and bridges and infrastructure, wire the entire country for 21st century internet, and support scientific research that improves our lives.

7. Join the rest of the free world and create a single-payer, free and universal health care system that covers all Americans all of the time.

8. Immediately reduce carbon emissions that are destroying the planet and discover ways to live without the oil that will be depleted and gone by the end of this century.

9. Require corporations with more than 10,000 employees to restructure their board of directors so that 50% of its members are elected by the company’s workers. We can never have a real democracy as long as most people have no say in what happens at the place they spend most of their time: their job. (For any U.S. businesspeople freaking out at this idea because you think workers can't run a successful company: Germany has a law like this and it has helped to make Germany the world’s leading manufacturing exporter.)

10. We, the people, must pass three constitutional amendments that will go a long way toward fixing the core problems we now have. These include:

a) A constitutional amendment that fixes our broken electoral system by 1) completely removing campaign contributions from the political process; 2) requiring all elections to be publicly financed; 3) moving election day to the weekend to increase voter turnout; 4) making all Americans registered voters at the moment of their birth; 5) banning computerized voting and requiring that all elections take place on paper ballots.

b) A constitutional amendment declaring that corporations are not people and do not have the constitutional rights of citizens. This amendment should also state that the interests of the general public and society must always come before the interests of corporations.

c) A constitutional amendment that will act as a "second bill of rights" as proposed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt: that every American has a human right to employment, to health care, to a free and full education, to breathe clean air, drink clean water and eat safe food, and to be cared for with dignity and respect in their old age.

 

 

I would have no trouble supporting the entire list of Michael Moore's proposals. These are goals worth seeking and working to implement.

This is great and concise!  The "vision statement" that he and some OWS activists put together (as a proposal to the OWS GA), from which these suggestions came, is also brief and very well thought out and written.  It's all at MichealMoore.com.

This is from MichaelMoore.com, the "vision statement" that was put together with 40 or so OWS organizers last week, and as Moore's preface to the "10 Things We Want" that he subsequently authored (posted above).

We Envision: [1] a truly free, democratic, and just society; [2] where we, the people, come together and solve our problems by consensus; [3] where people are encouraged to take personal and collective responsibility and participate in decision making; [4] where we learn to live in harmony and embrace principles of toleration and respect for diversity and the differing views of others; [5] where we secure the civil and human rights of all from violation by tyrannical forces and unjust governments; [6] where political and economic institutions work to benefit all, not just the privileged few; [7] where we provide full and free education to everyone, not merely to get jobs but to grow and flourish as human beings; [8] where we value human needs over monetary gain, to ensure decent standards of living without which effective democracy is impossible; [9] where we work together to protect the global environment to ensure that future generations will have safe and clean air, water and food supplies, and will be able to enjoy the beauty and bounty of nature that past generations have enjoyed.

 

I think there's a larger issue than the "1%" and that is corporate (non-human) control over our democracy.  "Non-human" in that corporations are immortal and only exist to generate value for shareholders.  They are chartered for one purpose: return on shareholder investment.  They do not live or breath or die.  Clean water, clean air, healthy food mean nothing to corporations, except how these "inconvenient truths" might affect their profits.  Money is their only life blood.  The "1%" get rich(er) by running these corporations and investing in these corporations - but it is corporate influence that dominates our politics.  Corporate needs (profits for those who control the capital) are foremost on all legislative agendas.  Human needs are neglected if not outright trampled on.  Humanity is what we are missing.

The mission statements being offered are great work, but I don't think the "1%" is the proper target.  They also share our common fate of being human.  I think a mission statement would be easier to arrive at collectively if/when we share/create/articulate a common vision.

Not to put too fine an edge on it, but what we are seeing right now - whether it's Greece or Ireland or Italy, or our own OWS movement - is the continuing bailout of failed financial institutions (just this week the Federal Reserve moved to help back European banks - more bailouts that people will pay for) and increasing objections by the masses who are being forced ("austerity budgets") to pay for it, with no consideration (lots of money for bailouts and wars) for human needs (jobs, e.g.).  Capitalism run amuck.  "Corporations give us the best government money can buy."  Humanity beware.  Make no mistake about it, social security and medicare (not to mention universal health care) are on the ballot these days.

 

This is quoted from "About" on this website: "set out to bring to light the actions of those individuals who have blatantly abused..."   The "individuals" here are just the hired guns and many of them clearly recognize the similarity of their position to the oldest profession's.   And they get hired and fired more readily than most of us.  And they are filthy rich.  And they live almost entirely in a corporate world, not a human one.

so, do we still want these things?

 

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