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The 99% Declaration
WHEREAS THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION PROVIDES THAT:
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.
BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
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)
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.
Attention is once again growing around the experiment this document represents:
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.