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PORTSIDE  September 2011, Week 3

PORTSIDE September 2011, Week 3

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A Modest Call to Action on this September 17th

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A Modest Call to Action on this September 17th

September 19, 2011

By Occupy Wall Street Source: Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street's ZSpace Page

http://www.zcommunications.org/a-modest-call-to-action-on-this-september-17th-by-occupy-wall-street

This statement is ours, and for anyone who will get
behind it. Representing ourselves, we bring this call
for revolution.

We want freedom for all, without regards for identity,
because we are all people, and because no other reason
should be needed. However, this freedom has been
largely taken from the people, and slowly made to
trickle down, whenever we get angry.

Money, it has been said, has taken over politics. In
truth, we say, money has always been part of the
capitalist political system. A system based on the
existence of have and have nots, where inequality is
inherent to the system, will inevitably lead to a
situation where the haves find a way to rule, whether
by the sword or by the dollar.

We agree that we need to see election reform. However,
the election reform proposed ignores the causes which
allowed such a system to happen. Some will readily
blame the federal reserve, but the political system has
been beholden to political machinations of the wealthy
well before its founding.

We need to address the core facts: these corporations,
even if they were unable to compete in the electoral
arena, would still remain control of society. They
would retain economic control, which would allow them
to retain political control. Term limits would, again,
not solve this, as many in the political class already
leave politics to find themselves as part of the
corporate elites.

We need to retake the freedom that has been stolen from
the people, altogether.

1. If you agree that freedom is the right to
communicate, to live, to be, to go, to love, to do what
you will without the impositions of others, then you
might be one of us. 2. If you agree that a person is
entitled to the sweat of their brows, that being
talented at management should not entitle others to act
like overseers and overlords, that all workers should
have the right to engage in decisions, democratically,
then you might be one of us. 3. If you agree that
freedom for some is not the same as freedom for all,
and that freedom for all is the only true freedom, then
you might be one of us. 4. If you agree that power is
not right, that life trumps property, then you might be
one of us. 5. If you agree that state and corporation
are merely two sides of the same oppressive power
structure, if you realize how media distorts things to
preserve it, how it pits the people against the people
to remain in power, then you might be one of us.

And so we call on people to act

1. We call for protests to remain active in the cities.
Those already there, to grow, to organize, to raise
consciousnesses, for those cities where there are no
protests, for protests to organize and disrupt the
system. 2. We call for workers to not only strike, but
seize their workplaces collectively, and to organize
them democratically. We call for students and teachers
to act together, to teach democracy, not merely the
teachers to the students, but the students to the
teachers. To seize the classrooms and free minds
together. 3. We call for the unemployed to volunteer,
to learn, to teach, to use what skills they have to
support themselves as part of the revolting people as a
community. 4. We call for the organization of people's
assemblies in every city, every public square, every
township. 5. We call for the seizure and use of
abandoned buildings, of abandoned land, of every
property seized and abandoned by speculators, for the
people, for every group that will organize them.

We call for a revolution of the mind as well as the
body politic.

From: 	Z Net - The Spirit Of Resistance Lives 
URL: http://www.zcommunications.org/a-modest-call-to-
action-on-this-september-17th-by-occupy-wall-street

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