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A Message To Our Brothers and Sisters With Occupy Wall Street
I think it is critical to mention that The 99% Declaration’s requirement of a transparent election was never intended to be a slap in the face to #OWS and their use of direct democracy. In our view, an election representing all of the geographic sections of the country is necessary for the courts to require the government to redress the grievances voted on by the National General Assembly. If you research the history of the Petition for a Redress of Grievances for abolition, temperance, the suffragette movement, anti-war protests and civil rights, you will find that the courts have rejected past petitions because they were not deemed sufficiently representative of the American people. We have required an election for a very specific legal reason: to give full force and effect to an important section of our Bill of Rights. By using the very same geographic distributions the current corporate state uses to elect its stooges and keep them in power, the government will be forced to address and redress the petition voted on by duly elected delegates of the people from the same geographic regions as the Corporate Congress.
When the petition is ratified in July, signed in front of Independence Hall, and served on all three branches of government; all politicians who are running for office in 2012 will be asked their positions on the grievances and solutions listed in the petition. Should the politicians ignore the petition, Clause V of the declaration will be activated and the electoral revolution will begin. Independent candidates will be run in all 435 districts (and the 33 open senate seats) who will take a pledge to immediately redress the grievances in the July 2012 National General Assembly petition within their first one hundred days in office. These candidates will run as independent American citizens with no public “party” affiliation and only one mandate: enact the will of the 99% and remove ALL private sources of campaign contributions in politics.
Our group seeks to unify the movement under one banner of The 99% and we beseech #OWS to please elect and run candidates in the delegate election in March and come to Philadelphia to support the ratification of this petition. Direct democracy cannot legally and effectively be used on this level and that should not be a reason to abandon the concept of an election of delegates free of the corrupting influence of money. For those of you who seek a more drastic solution, we ask that you please grant us this chance to peacefully transition from corporatism to real democracy. If we fail, we will have the same corrupt corporate lackeys in place serving only the needs of the 1%.
We call upon all of the Demands Working Groups to please send us their ideas and suggestions for incorporation into the final petition. The delegates will be elected in March and then work from March through June to come up with proposed points to be in the final petition. Between 7-2 and 7-4, the 876 delegates will then vote on each proposal one by one and decide what should be in this FIRST petition for a redress of grievances at this FIRST National General Assembly. We are suggesting ten or twelve points in this petition but the delegates may include as many or as few as they so decide. There is no reason that this effort cannot continue parallel to and in synergy with #OWS’s continuing peaceful resistance to corporate state that has insidiously stolen our democracy while we sat on the couch and watched Family Guy and American Idol. #OWS has reawakened the American consciousness and gotten us off the couch, out the door and into to streets.