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Friday, September 30, 2011

First ‘official’ statement from the Occupy Wall Street movement

First ‘official’ statement from the Occupy Wall Street movement

02:36 pm

This was unanimously voted on by all members of Occupy Wall Street last night, around 8pm, Sept 29. It is our first official document for release. We have three more underway, that will likely be released in the upcoming days: 1) A declaration of demands. 2) Principles of Solidarity 3) Documentation on how to form your own Direct Democracy Occupation Group. This is a living document. you can receive an official press copy of the latest version by emailing


Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

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 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.

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 supposed to be 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 in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive 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.


  1. God bless you folks! Yours is the truest form of Patriotism alive today. It took way too long to awaken the sleeping spirit of this country...PLEASE do not stop what you are doing. GREED is NOT GOOD!

  2. In regard to this:

    "They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit."

    I recommend the following:

    They continue to block NATURAL and preventative medicine -- that is extremely inexpensive and extremely EFFECTIVE, and that can save millions of lives -- in order to push toxic pharmaceuticals that have poisoned and killed the untold multitudes. All for profit.

  3. thats the squeeze everythinisok...your edit is right on

  4. When the criminals of Wall Street start going to jail then and only then will America start to regain its balance of a great nation.

  5. why is 'official' in quotes?


    very much in spirit with you!

  6. Why not end the fed? They are the bastards who have caused ALL of these financial issues world wide.

  7. I love these people and the message. But how do you propose we solve all of these problems, all you have done is state them. The only solution I see stated is for people to generate their own solutions. Sadly, none of these problems will change by peacefully protesting. Nothing short of a violent revolution is going to change the people in power. You can't convince them to willingly give up power by saying you're upset. Usher in TVP imo.

  8. Love of money! what so new about it?

    O i wish i was in the land of Holy Righteousness ~`` my heart there`~ not forgotten ~```look away ~ ~```~` ~ ~ look away `~`` look away ``~ 10 commandments ~ way down deep in one's heart ~ deep in the soul~~````~``~~~`

    Bonnie Blue flag

  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vPVTqWJd28&feature=related

    For God and Country

  10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFtNVEbasOo&feature=related

    {negate the part section showing Vietnam ; that was a unjust war.}