The second draft of the OccupyMissoula Declaration has been posted here. Read the full text after the jump
October 15th, 2011 Declaration of Missoula General Assembly
On October 15, 2011, we have gathered in Missoula, Montana to express support for the occupation of Wall Street in Liberty Square, New York City and to complain against injustices and wrongs caused against our democracy by wealthy and private corporate forces. We affirm that the future of democracies everywhere requires informed and meaningful democratic participation and cooperation by communities of working voters; that our democratic system must protect the rights of natural persons from the risk of harm caused by profit-seeking private corporations; and the legitimacy of our democratic political system requires fair and meaningful participation of natural individuals in a democratically regulated economy and limited or no participation by profit-seeking private corporations.
We affirm that a democratic economy depends for its legitimacy on individual natural persons and that corporations are not individual natural persons and do not currently seek meaningful public consent to extract wealth from the working voters and the their public resources. We affirm that any democracy may be endangered by excessive private concentration of economic and corporate power and that we have gathered at a time when the private corporations of the wealthy have manifestly failed to sufficiently serve the public interest, support a just and fair economy or caringly use the powers given them by the voting public.
We affirm the following statements:
The multinational corporations of the wealthy (“they”) have taken the houses of working voters (“our”) 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.
We, the Missoula, Montana General Assembly, encamped on the Missoula County Courthouse with the consent of our community, send greetings and express our support for the New York City General Assembly occupying Liberty Square. Upon your invitation, we have exercised our right to peaceably assemble and occupy public space. We have created a new process to address the problems we face, and to continue our work for democratic solutions to the economic and other problems of our community. We too offer support, documentation and other resources to individuals and groups forming across the world in the spirit of direct democracy and economic fairness. We thank you for your caring spirit, your courage and your initiative.
Missoula County Courthouse
Missoula, Montana October 15, 2011