1 Statement on the 99% Declaration
2 Re: Finland schools
3 New poster on "Voter ID"
From: William Dobbs
To: [log in to unmask]
RE: Tidbits & Announcements - February 23, 2012
Dear Portside Moderators,
Portside subscribers ought to see this statement, issued
today by the Occupy Wall Street Public Relations Working
Member, OWS Public Relations Working Group
February 23, 2012
Statement on the 99% Declaration
The 99% Declaration and its call for a "national general
assembly" in Philadelphia in July is not affiliated with
or endorsed by Occupy Wall Street, and the organizers'
plans blatantly contradict OWS' stated principles.
Many news outlets are running articles suggesting that
the Occupy movement is planning a "national general
assembly" in Philadelphia in July. This initiative,
referred to as The 99% Declaration, is driven by a not-
for-profit corporation called The 99 Percent Working
Group, LTD., and is not endorsed by the General Assembly
at Occupy Wall Street (OWS). The group's plans blatantly
contradict OWS' Statement of Autonomy, as passed by the
General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street, where The 99%
Declaration generated more controversy than consensus.
The proposal was also rejected by the General Assembly
of Occupy Philadelphia, which passed a resolution
stating, "We do not support the 99% Declaration, its
group, its website, its National GA and anything else
associated with it."
The people of Occupy Wall Street are doubtlessly
animated by many of the same concerns addressed by the
points in the draft 99% Declaration. However, the
group's plan to select delegates representing each
Congressional District to ratify a petition to present
to the U.S. government while threatening to run
candidates for positions in this corrupted system runs
counter to OWS' commitment to direct democracy,
grassroots people power, and building a better society
from the bottom up.
When reporting on stories concerning the convening of
national 'Occupy conventions,' registration of political
parties and political action committees, and other high-
profile initiatives, we strongly urge reporters,
editors, and producers to vet these stories by
contacting the official press relations working group of
Occupy Wall Street.
From OWS' Statement of Autonomy: "Any statement or
declaration not released through the General Assembly
and made public online at www.nycga.net should be
considered independent of Occupy Wall Street."
--Public Relations Working Group of Occupy Wall Street
Email contact: [log in to unmask]
From: Judith Mitchell
Re: Finland schools
So the USA needs to get on board and hire and retire
school teachers that want to teach students. We should
be No 1
From: Ricardo Levins Morales
Subject: New poster on "Voter ID"
Dear friend of democratic and civil rights,
Attached is a new poster image I created, that addresses
current right wing voter suppression efforts. It is not
for sale but will soon be available as free download
from the site voterid.us, a project of the Hip Hop
Action Coalition in Minnesota.
We are asking that you help make the image visible by
widely re-posting it (or a link to it) on web sites, e-
newsletters, Facebook, Twitter and other on-line
channels. It is one item in a multifaceted cultural
campaign initiated by the Coalition to expose the real
intentions behind the "Voter ID" initiatives.
If you are on Facebook you can find the image at my
studio web site at
and "share" it.
Otherwise it appears at www.voterid.us.
Ricardo Levins Morales
RLM Art Studio
3745 Minnehaha Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55006
(612) 455-2242 X5
Portside aims to provide material of interest to people
on the left that will help them to interpret the world
and to change it.
Submit via email: [log in to unmask]
Submit via the Web: http://portside.org/submittous3
Frequently asked questions: http://portside.org/faq
Search Portside archives: http://portside.org/archive
Contribute to Portside: https://portside.org/donate