Why do we occupy? We occupy to remind people every day that we have made demands, and that we are standing our ground. Demands? Yes.
Our Declaration of the NYC General Assembly lists grievances. There is no sense to listing grievances unless we are demanding the situation be rectified — so that list is a list of demands:
- 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.*
- *These grievances are not all-inclusive.
Here at the Occupy Trinity Wall Street action we have made a demand that Trinity Wall Street Church start acting like a church instead of a corporation and fire CEO/Rector Cooper. The criminal response from Trinity indicates that our demand was a righteous one. So we continue to occupy because we are standing our ground, and we have no intention of backing down. Every day we are there we remind Cooper, Trinity Wall Street Church and Trinity Real Estate Corporation that they have a responsibility to the community that they have not ever fulfilled. After 307 years, or so, it is about time Trinity Wall Street started acting like a church. Their assets and connections used in accordance to how they preach Sunday sermons can change the world for the better, instead of for the worse as it is doing now. Lies and hypocrisy do not belong in a church, nor do they belong in a corporation. Trinity Wall Street Church epitomizes everything that is wrong with Wall Street. The church sits at the geographical and philosophical head of Wall Street. Instead of toadying up to the 1%, Trinity Wall Street Church could be right beside Occupy Wall Street in opposing the greed, criminality and insanity of Wall Street. Trinity Wall Street Church could be a focal point of massive change for good. We need Trinity Wall Street Church to admit their wrongs, accept their own philosophy, and help us find radical solutions to the social injustices that are destroying our ecology, economy and spirituality.
Stop resisting, Trinity. You preach what you need to do. Listen to what you are saying on Sundays . . . and do it. Just do it.
Then, and only then, will we stop occupying in front of the church.