The 99% Declaration



Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


WE, THE PEOPLE of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in order to form a more perfect Union, by, for and of the PEOPLE, shall elect and convene a NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY beginning on July 4, 2012 in the City Of Philadelphia.


And so begins  The 99% Declaration (click link to read the entire document)

  • To what degree does this declaration represent you?
  • Agreements?
  • Amendments?
  • Disagreements?
  • What is your belief in the potential of an action/event such as this?
  • Would you be there?

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It's a rather comprehensive set of policy corrections, but it puts a great deal of faith in the power of the ballot and the potential for effective independent party campaigns.

I took another look at the Declaration and found a fatal flaw: "Copyright 2011 by Michael S. Pollok"

How can someone who claims to speak for the decentralized, leaderless #OWS movement, and who opens his Declaration with a quote from Thomas Jefferson (who believed that ideas are the one thing that cannot be exclusively owned), and who offers a prescription for general nation-wide adoption claim personal ownership at the start of the process?


An excellent point to post on the New York City General Assembly web site which is where I found this document. I suggest overlooking the © and take collective ownership, occupy it like a public domain.  

I take the spirit in which this Declaration was offered to be a challenge to create a viable solution to strip away the tangled and obfuscated web of subterfuge that has become the "law" of our land.  

I just posted this note to the BBC web site:

I am a founding member of  We are providing a global forum for #Occupy conversations re: issues that matter most both online and via live interactive conference calls.  In a radio interview last week with an Australian program, we acknowledged how the issues are global, the players are global and the momentum driving this movement is a universal upwelling of a reclamation of human dignity.

Underlyingly, the #Occupy movement in the USA is aiming toward petitioning the US government for a Redress of Grievances to remediate corporate hijacking of civil liberties and our Constitutional rights to control the destiny of the well being of, we, the people.

Thank you for providing a space to communicate this as our own national media is highly biased and co-opted the by the very same corporations with whom we require redress.

Attention is once again growing around the experiment this document represents:

  1. It's said that a petition of the government for redress of grievance has yet to be enacted in our country's history
  2. I would then ask, Is our constitution a functional instrument for the protection of democracy
  3. Is a healthy majority consensus possible on an amended constitution
  4. Can our country achieve unify?
  5. What would an attempted national assembly actually look like?

Count me in.  I need to continue to be told the ways in which I can participate and contribute.  In this climate of EVERYONE having hands in the till, I need endorsement by the people I trust in this, which includes Michael Moore and Dylan Ratigan.  Thank you.  I'll keep watching and doing what I can to make sure this movement keeps moving forward until completion.


Susan French


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