Declaration of the Occupation of New York City; Actions Now
in 841 Communities Across U.S. and Canada
NYC General Assembly
The Official Website of the GA at #OccupyWallStreet
Posted on September 30, 2011 by NYCGA
This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on
September 29, 2011
Translations: French, Slovak, Spanish, German, Italian
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
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
They have continuously sought to strip employees of the
right to negotiate for better pay and safer working
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
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
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
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.
Keith Olbermann Reads The Statement Released By The Wall
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