Nat Gat Gives Voice to Voiceless; Also Expresses Support for Gaza

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Nat Gat Gives Voice to Voiceless; Also Expresses Support for Gaza

Voice to the Voiceless Solidarity Declaration

We, a diverse group of people brought together by the spirit of resistance, recognize that the time has come for brave, cooperative action to throw off the chains of our current broken and outdated political and economic institutions. We, the 99%, hold that all life on earth is inter-connected and endowed with certain natural rights which cannot be granted or permitted by any coercive institution.

Because we are deeply concerned with the violations of these rights perpetrated by corporations and corrupt governments, both here and abroad, and fear for the future of our planet and our children, we declare our moral and spiritual outrage regarding the failures of our current oppressive political and economic systems. Rising to the challenges posed by tyranny, we stand in solidarity with one another and all people who strive not only to survive, but to lead lives of dignity, integrity and freedom.

In contrast to the exploitative political agendas of those currently in power, we declare that we are together committed to higher ideals, including (but not limited to) the following:

GLOBAL PEACE, DISARMAMENT, AND NON-COLONIALISM. Immediately dismantle the U.S. military-industrial complex, weapons of mass destruction, and foreign military bases. End all wars of aggression. Stop the hypocritical and counter-productive “War on Terror”, while prosecuting our own governmental/corporatist terrorists and war criminals. End all participation and support, financially or politically, of current wars and destabilization policies in the Middle East, Ukraine, Southwest Asian, Africa and around the world, including Israel’s attack on the people of Gaza.

HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL PEOPLE. Quality education and healthcare (as well as alternatives), housing/land and safe food, water and environments for all, as per the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Immigrants’ and refugees’ rights. An immediate foreclosure moratorium to prosecute Wall Street/Big Bank crimes, and to create means by which bank victims can truly be recompensed. Respect for the rights of the indigenous to their lands and culture.

A FAIR ECONOMIC SYSTEM. End income disparity and poverty. Disallow the hoarding of scarce resources. Recognize legally that corporations are not people, and stop corrupt business practices. Create just alternative(s) to our current outdated, unnatural and unfair economic system. Begin by breaking up the Big Bank/Wall Street monopoly.

A REDEFINITION OF HOW PRODUCTIVE & REPRODUCTIVE LABOR IS VALUED. Freedom from slavery and unfair/intolerable work conditions. All work is valuable, including women’s traditional work. Reproductive rights.

RESPECT & PROTECTION FOR THE NATURAL WORLD. Protect animals’ rights, as well as the earth’s natural climate and water systems. Save endangered species. Sustainable, natural development only.

SUSTAINABLE, NATURAL AGRICULTURE. Affordable organic food. End the factory-farming of animals and the dangerous genetic manipulation of our food sources. Honest labeling.

SAFE AND NATURAL RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY CONSERVATION. Ban frakking, nuclear power and other forms of energy dangerous to our health, environment and future.

TRUE DEMOCRACY. A United States government truly representative of the people–not just claiming to be democratic but actually beholden to the 1%–the corporations and the wealthy who allow only their two Parties to have power.

RESTORATION OF OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES, including the rights of freedom of speech, assembly, and the press/internet. An end to the police state, including National Security Agency spying, and the prison-industrial complex. Prosecute police brutality and murders. End the “War on Drugs” which has led to mass incarcerations as well as violations of Latin Americans’ rights. Respect the rights of the institutionalized and the imprisoned. Outlaw the death penalty. Ban Segregated Housing Units (solitary confinement) which has been named a form of torture by the United Nations.

We envision a society guided by compassion, wisdom, equality, and love of life, in contrast to today’s materialism, militarism, greed and prejudice, which inevitably will lead to death and destruction. Our governments have proven they are incapable of fairly representing us or addressing our grievances, and so we are compelled to rise up together, using direct democracy, non-violence, and the forging of collective will to guide us towards the creation of a new and more cooperative society.

We pledge to support one another and to participate in non-violent resistance, direct actions, creative protests, Occupations/sit-ins, boycotts, strikes, teach-ins, assemblies, and in any other ways which we individually or together feel called for the purpose of enacting the collective will of oppressed people everywhere. Another world is possible.

This is a living document that can be edited in the future by a direct democratic process of the people.

Sign Petition here.

 

Occupy National Gathering Statement of Solidarity with Palestine

Reportback from NatGat3 GAs.

A Proposal for an Occupy National Gathering Statement of Solidarity with Palestine was brought to Friday’s FEMGA, worked on during Saturday, and continued during Sat. evening GA, until the wee hours of the morning…

So far, the National Occupy Gathering has consensed on 5 statements in support of Palestine:

We condemn the Israeli government’s serious violations of international law and basic human rights in Gaza and the West Bank [CONSENSED]

Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and [CONSENSED]

We stand together in solidarity as members of the Occupy Wall St. National Gathering 2014 in resistance against the Israeli government’s violations of international law and the human rights of Palestinians. [CONSENSED]]

We demand the restoration of freedom of movement for all Gazans and West Bank Palestinians, demolition of the walls, and liberalization of the borders between Israel and the Palestinian territories.[CONSENSED]

We demand an end to the bloodshed of innocent people all around the world for which our leaders are responsible. In light of the recent atrocities, we want an end to both the mass murder of innocents and the occupation of Palestine. [CONSENSED]

Stay tuned for Sunday’s 1pm GA reports . . .

 

  • Signed the “Voice to the Voiceless Solidarity Declaration” petition. It’s exactly what we all should strive towards but it seems like we’re going in the opposite direction at 100 mph. If unanimous support for Israel’sNetanyahu’s right to slaughter civiliansdefend itself isn’t proof positive that we already have a “Global Corporate Congress,” I don’t know what is.

    Note: No disqus on the Brian Eno post.

  • palsimon

    “We will save the world only by obeying and abiding by the Universal Divine Imperative that is common to all religions: Treat others as you would want to be treated if you were them.

    “All great spiritual teachers taught it, in one way or another. Thus Jews are supposed to be taught that we should not do to others what is hurtful to our self. Christians are supposed to be taught to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. And Muslims are supposed to be taught that no one is a true believer in Allah until he desires for all others what he desires for himself.

    “Similarly, Buddhists are taught that we should treat others as we treat our self. Hindus are taught that we should not do unto others anything that, which if it were done to us, would cause us pain. The Taoists are taught that we should regard our neighbor’s gain as our own gain, and our neighbor’s loss as our own loss. The Bahai Faith teachers taught that we should ascribe not to any soul that which we would not have ascribed to our self. Followers of Confucius are taught that we should never impose on others what we would not choose for our self. Sikhism teaches that you should be a stranger to no one, that no one should be a stranger to you, and you should be a friend to all. Jainism teaches that we should treat all creatures as we want to be treated. Native Americans believe that we are as much alive as we keep the earth alive. Unitarians affirm and promote respect for the independent web of all existence of which we are a part.

    “The founders of all other religions have taught the same thing in different ways, because the most essential, eternal truth is the same in any language, and at any time. And the founders of all true religions have also said that the search for the Divine and Holy should be not in the world, but within, and when found it brings forth love that is universal and knows no bounds.

    “These teachings and spiritual values are at the very core of all genuine religions, and they are all about unconditional love, peace, freedom, honesty, humility, tolerance, forgiveness, compassion, charity, and pacifism.”

    (Excerpted and quoted from True Spiritual Values.)

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