OK…for all of the people out there who keep saying shit like “i don’t even know why those Occupy people were camping out, or protesting. What are they even protesting??!!”,well, here it is.
These are the Principles Of Solidarity from the Occupy movements, with my breakdowns:
“1. Engaging in direct and transparent participatory democracy;”.
This means us having consensus voting. No majority rules but 100% agreements. “But how do we have 100% agreements on everything?”. With the use of a powerful tool we created to communicate. THE INTERNET. We redesign the system of how measures pass, how everybody has a chance to vote and what we vote on. People don’t understand the voting process and the illusion that majority rules is democratic has to be stopped. Either EVERYONE agrees on an issue or measure or law or bill or IT DOESN’T FLY. Simple. And the internet would help ALL people in the USA to be involved in the voting process. That’s the 1st principle.
“2. Exercising personal and collective responsibility;”.
This to me means being made aware of TRUE knowledge so we can make proper decisions. The best way for all people, especially in the USA, to be able to be exercise responsibility in their personal lives as well as collectively as humanity is to have real shit be accessible and spoonfed to the masses. So for us to be able to make WISE decisions based on actual facts regarding history, math, science, etc., we need real EDUCATION NOW.
“3. Recognizing individuals’ inherent privilege and the influence it has on all interactions;”.
This to means a different system of media, news, “programming”. Being given access to INFORMATION that helps us as individuals be influential in decisions that are made in government. AGAIN, consensus voting. Redefining the “language” used in politics, government, taxation, etc., so that ANYBODY can understand it so we know how influential we are. I’m sure a majority of people in the USA have no clue how government works, taxation works, etc., so how can they help make decisions/change. People everywhere feel that as individuals, they have no say in shit that happens or that they don’t count. The system makes us feel this way. we have to change that ASAP.
“4. Empowering one another against all forms of oppression;”.
This is pretty obvious. Just standing up for one another. Taking care of ALL people that are oppressed EVERYWHERE. Not being able to peacefully protest or to speak up against injustice without being ridiculed, clowned or arrested is wrong. We should be able to HELP all victims of abuse, oppression, famine, crime, slander, etc.
“5. Redefining how labor is valued;”.
This means the inequality that exists in our system of monetary-ism. A little bit of rich folks & a whole lotta broke folks. This is BAD in my eyes. Redefining labor means the re-focusing on the automation of our society, eliminating human labor. Machines can do ALL of the work that we do. All physical labor that exists in the human labor force can be done by computers/robots. We have automated surgeries, car factories, food processing, etc. By eliminating human labor, we can free up humans to explore, live, exist, create, etc. AND we eliminate Wall Street. Straight up. Fuck that. Mo more humans makin money from money. It’s a ridiculous system where only people that understand that “game” can play. It’s WRONG. End it now.
“6. The sanctity of individual privacy;”.
This is obvious. No more infringing on privacy. There’s civil rights and human rights that have been violated since the creation of the C.I.A. and before that and certainly after 9/11. People should still feel like what they think is protected and cannot be invaded by our government
“7. The belief that education is human right;”.
This is obvious. No more tuition & student loan debt and fucked up curriculum in school. Redesigning the entire educational process from top to bottom. And teaching TRUE MATH, HISTORY AND SCIENCE. Not the regurgitated shit.
“8. Endeavoring to practice and support wide application of open source”.
This goes back to what I was saying about THE INTERNET. Along with education being redefined, re-sculpted, etc., the usage of the INTERNET must be taught to all people. And we must use it BETTER. We’ve needed a “thing” to be invented that allowed all of us humans to interact, vote, learn, etc. we have it. called the INTERNET.
DECLARATION OF OCCUPATION
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 Los Angeles General Assembly occupying City Hall Park in Downtown Los Angeles 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!