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It seems like hundreds of questions and comments every day in one way or another suggest or infer the Occupy Wall Street movement has no clear demands or expectations. Please read this statement (issued by the general assembly of Occupy Wall Street so this is the "official" position) and then tell me ... Is this more or less coherent than anything you've heard or read of the Republic Teabag. MedlinePlus MedlinePlus "As we gather in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. Wrote to 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's our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is for people 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 possible when the process is determined by economic power. MedlinePlus We come to you at a time when corporations - place profit over people, self-interest over justice and oppression over equality - run our governments. We have gathered here peacefully as is our right to let these facts be known. MedlinePlus They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage. MedlinePlus They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity and continue to give executives exorbitant bonuses. MedlinePlus They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, skin color, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. MedlinePlus They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization. MedlinePlus They have benefited from torture, detention and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices. MedlinePlus They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions. MedlinePlus Students have abducted tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right. MedlinePlus They have outsourced labor and used that outsourcing constantly as leverage to cut health care workers and payment. MedlinePlus They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as those without guilt or responsibility. MedlinePlus They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams, but look for ways out of contracts in regards to health insurance. MedlinePlus They have sold our privacy as a commodity. MedlinePlus They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. MedlinePlus They have deliberately refused to remove defective products, endangering lives in pursuit of profit. MedlinePlus They determine economic policy despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce. MedlinePlus They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating. MedlinePlus They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil. MedlinePlus They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people's lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have MedlinePlus already obtained substantial gains. MedlinePlus They have deliberately covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit. MedlinePlus They deliberately kept people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media. MedlinePlus They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt. MedlinePlus They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. MedlinePlus They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas. MedlinePlus They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. MedlinePlus The peoples of the world,
We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power. MedlinePlus Exercise your right to peaceably assemble, occupy public space, create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone. MedlinePlus To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation and all the resources at our disposal. MedlinePlus Join us and make your voices heard. "
(Statement issued by the general assembly of Occupy Wall Street.)
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