Transcript of the Statement of Declaration Released by the Wall Street Protesters as originally read by Keith Olbermann on October 5th 2011.
As we gather together in solidarity to express our feeling of mass injustice we must not lose sight of what has brought us together.
We write so that all the people of the world that 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 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 permission to extract wealth from the people and the earth and no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power.
We come to you at time when corporations place profits over people and self-interest over justice and oppression over equality run our governments.
We have peaceably assembled here as 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 bailout from taxpayers with impunity and continue to give executives exorbitant bonuses
They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in workplaces based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
They have poisoned the food supply through negligence and have undermined the farming system through monopolization.
They have profited from the torture, confinement and cruelty 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 on debt of education, which itself is a human right.
They have continuously outsourced labor and used that outsourcing a leverage to cut workers healthcare and pay.
They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people but none of the culpability or responsibility.
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get the out of contracts with 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 failure 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 returned a substantial profit.
They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposely kept people misinformed and fearful with 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 at home and overseas.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.
To the people the world, we the people of the general assembly occupying Wall street in liberty square urge you to assert your power and exercise your right to peaceably assemble occupy pubic space, create a process to address the problems we face and generate solutions accessible to everyone.
To all communities that take action form groups in the spirit of direct democracy we offer support, documentation, and all the resources at our disposal.
Join us and make your voices heard.
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