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Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

In their own words, why protesters are occupying Wall Street.

occupy wall street crowd by David Shankbone

Photo by David Shankbone

This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011, with minor updates made on October 1, 2011. It is the first official, collective statement of the protesters in Zuccotti Park.


As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we 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 the individuals to protect their own rights,
and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from
the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from 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 corporations, which place profit over
people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. 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 have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives
    exorbitant bonuses.
  • They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the
    color of one's skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
  • They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
  • They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay
    and safer working conditions.
  • They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education,
    which is itself a human right.
  • They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut
    workers’ healthcare and pay.
  • They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the
    culpability or responsibility.
  • 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 sold our privacy as a commodity.
  • They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.
  • They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of
    profit.
  • They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have
    produced and continue to produce.
  • They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating
    them.
  • They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
  • 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 purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive
    ingredients in pursuit of profit.
  • They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the
    media.
  • They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with
    serious doubts about their guilt.
  • They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.
  • They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
  • They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government
    contracts.*

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To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge
you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to
address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we
offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

*These grievances are not all-inclusive.


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