Leave none behind. We had disturbing news overnight. We heard that our comrades at the DNC were definitely being left behind, that no transportation back to NYC would be provided to them. Immediately several of us pledged to get all our family back from the DNC. Do not worry, we got you. Occupiers never abandon Occupiers. Have fun in Charlotte!
In related news, a quote by Aaron Black on CNN is making the rounds here along with his not organizing for the DNC return: “A lot of our people are not interested in protesting Obama.” Well . . . I am, but I have court. There were a lot of boos from the Occupy Trinity crowd when the democratic leanings of Aaron Black were discussed this morning.
Occupy Wall Street does not endorse any political party, or this political system at all. I quote the Statement of Autonomy in its entirety because we need to read our founding documents:
Statement of Autonomy
Passed by the General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street. November 10, 2011
and passed revision by the General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street, March 3, 2012
Occupy Wall Street is a people’s movement. It is party-less, leaderless, by the people and for the people. It is not a business, a political party, an advertising campaign or a brand. It is not for sale.
We welcome all, who, in good faith, petition for a redress of grievances through non-violence. We provide a forum for peaceful assembly of individuals to engage in participatory democracy. We welcome dissent.
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.
We wish to clarify that Occupy Wall Street is not and never has been affiliated with any established political party, candidate or organization. Our only affiliation is with the people.
The people who are working together to create this movement are its sole and mutual caretakers. If you have chosen to devote resources to building this movement, especially your time and labor, then it is yours.
Any organization is welcome to support us with the knowledge that doing so will mean questioning your own institutional frameworks of work and hierarchy and integrating our principles into your modes of action.
SPEAK WITH US, NOT FOR US.
Occupy Wall Street values collective resources, dignity, integrity and autonomy above money. We have not made endorsements. All donations are accepted anonymously and are transparently allocated via consensus by the General Assembly or the Operational Spokes Council.
We acknowledge the existence of professional activists who work to make our world a better place. If you are representing, or being compensated by an independent source while participating in our process, please disclose your affiliation at the outset. Those seeking to capitalize on this movement or undermine it by appropriating its message or symbols are not a part of Occupy Wall Street.
We stand in solidarity. We are Occupy Wall Street.
In other news, I did a little speechifying this morning. I talked a bit about our right to freely assemble. The right to assemble means we can assemble ourselves into any organization that suits our purpose. Where do we do this assembling? In the park. As it is written in stone in City Hall Park (NYC): “The park is the last refuge of the people. The cradle of liberty.” The park is where United States citizens assemble to meet times of emergency — whether the emergency be a natural disaster, a human-made disaster, or a revolution the park remains the place the people assemble to pool their resources, organize into groups and meet the challenge.
We, as Occupy Wall Street, have the right to freely assemble in a park. We have the right to assemble ourselves, to organize ourselves, to build an infrastructure. In the old days the people would assemble for a revolution by forming a militia. Occupy Wall Street’s revolution is non-violent, and therefore we assemble into a community that occupies. We have the right to provide for ourselves a Kitchen, a Library, a Medical station, an Info Table, a Sanitation station, a Comfort station, a De-escalation/Safe Spaces team, a Drum Circle, a Sacred Space, a Black Bloc, a Clown Bloc and whatever else we need to promote the Occupy Movement and win this revolution — including working groups for specific issues.
We only have one Earth, and therefore we only have one chance. We must de-colonize and occupy. Another world is possible.
Remember, the Declaration of Independence guarantees our right to revolt. Our own Declaration of the New York City General Assembly uses the Declaration of Independence as its bona fides. In effect, Zuccotti Park and everywhere we occupy is our Occupied Territory, our independent country. Our occupations are lands freed from the rule of the 1%. It is time we started actualizing our reality.