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Declaration of the Occupation of New York City, a document produced by the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011:

“We, the people, 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 individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, not from corporations, which exploit 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 banks, corporations and governments have become a plutocracy, which places profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality. 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 determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

“They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give executives exorbitant bonuses.

“They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of education debt.

“They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

“They control the media, and use it to misinform and manipulate the public.

“They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

“They perpetuate inequality and discrimination based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

“They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

“They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

“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 spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

“They have donated large sums of money to politicians and public institutions, who are responsible for regulating them.

“They have poisoned the food supply through irresponsible practices, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

“They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

“They have accepted contracts to enslave and murder prisoners, often without due process.

“They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

“They have profited from the cruel treatment of countless animals, and have actively hidden these practices.

“They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products that endanger lives.

“They continue to create weapons of mass destruction.

“They have passed laws allowing the government to be controlled by banks (including the Fed) and corporate interests, which wrests control from the people.

“They continually appoint bankers to the top economic posts, ensuring that the government’s economic policy reflects the interests of the plutocracy and not those of the people.

“They have instituted unconstitutional measures that strip us of our rights, giving a vast public and private security apparatus unprecedented access to our private lives.

“They have squandered our public treasure, over half of federal discretionary spending, into the military and security state, while waging illegal and immoral wars opposed by the people of the United States and the world.

“They have wasted trillions of dollars on these wars, much of it spent on contracts outsourced to private mercenary corporations directly affiliated with members of government.

“They have perpetuated colonialism abroad, maintaining a military presence in dozens of countries, and hijacking the economies of dozens more.

“They have colluded with governments and companies in torture and murder in direct contradiction with the Geneva Convention.

“We have been complicit with our consumption, our money, and our silence, until now.”


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