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    Southern Demands

    Occupy Atlanta, General Assembly Draft Demands

    by | Oct 8, 2011

    The General Assembly passed out their draft of demands and read their preamble: We hold this truth to be self-evident that the 99% deserve equal rights, equal protections, equal access and equal opportunity as the 1% who benefit disproportionately from the current system.  We therefore freely assemble to assert our rights and demands:

    1. We demand greater democratic control in all spheres of life, from the home to the government, from the economy to the workplace.  It is a moral, logical and political imperative that people should be in control of their own lives to the greatest extent possible.
    2. We deserve an economic system that meets human needs, reduces economic inequality, shrinks the income gap, and doesn’t reward decisions that have a negative impact on society.
    3. We recognize that the market will not regulate itself.  What is good for profit is not always good for people or the environment.
    4. We assert the right of every human being to adequate shelter, food, clothing, hygiene and other basic necessities.
    5. We assert the right of every individual to adequate protection from the economic uncertainties of old age, accident, unemployment and other hardship.
    6. We denounce all predatory lending and fraudulent banking practices and demand accountability.
    7. We recognize that no society should allocate more resources to warfare than to the public good.
    8. We demand a more democratic, publicly representative and accountable media.
    9. We insist that the internet is a basic human right and as such should remain absolutely free and neutral.
    10. We assert our right to public spaces and our right to freely inhabit them because they are essential to democracy and our right to assemble.
    11. We denounce a criminal justice and for-profit prison system that relies on mass incarceration, especially when it reinforces the marginalization and disenfranchisement of people.
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    • http://hannah.smith-family.com/ Monica Smith

      Thanks for paying attention. I actually thought the nattering in the press about “demands” was an invitation to have something to deny. However, the list put together in Atlanta, is difficult to dispute, unless you’re a predator or parasite. :)
      For another perspective see the interaction with Representative John Lewis.
      This consensus stuff is going to take some getting used to.

    • Doogie

      What? No free weed? Just who do these people think they are?

    • Alex

      Ms. Smith, I find much to dispute in the “Demands” of the “General Assembly,” but I am neither a “parasite” or a “predator.” I am a middle-of-the-road Southern-American who believes that while the Right has gone too far in that direction, the Left has been out on the edges for even longer, and that neither understand what our country is really about.

      For you to use an epitheth such as that makes you no better than the right-wing yahoos who say that Obama is working to “destroy America.” I don’t believe that one eithere.

      But if you don’t want the majority of the country to embrace to what you have to say, then go ahead with the remarks.

      • Bob ford

        If I may offer a suggestion: You should focus on the main document and give your feedback to that. Understand that some people who post on sites like this have no manners or haven’t taken their meds. Best to simply ignore them. Please don’t let that turn you against what OccupyAt;anta is trying to accomplish.

    • SouthernByGrace_LDP

      This is hilarious. To be read: we want better technology, greater production, less waste, a better environment, peace, everyone to get along ‘just because’, zero accountability, and absolutely no punishments for our life decisions to read and postulate how things ‘should be’ instead of working and realizing how things actually are. Kudos for keeping it real(istic)

      • J McClimon

        Actually, what some of us really want is for EVERYONE to be held accountable for their actions…including the investment bankers, hedge fund managers, C-level executives of multi-billion dollar corporations that pay NO TAX and give MILLIONS of dollars in BONUS’s to those executives who run the company into the ground! And any and all politicians from “either side of the isle”….the system is BROKEN..and it’s time for the revolution to begin!

    • Bob ford

      This is a good list. There are a number of things I would like to see added. However, I like what you have here and I like your avoidance of specific “talking points” like some critics want. It is a statement of fairly broad principles based on a consensus. Many specific demands could be drawn from the items on this list. But not now. Right now the basic principles of economic and political justice are what is important. This list is easily distinguishable from any political party. I think people from a variety of points of view can agree with most or all of it. Good work.

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