Uncategorized Occupy Wall Street

Published on October 19th, 2011 | by Beth Buczynski

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Can #OWS Clean Up A Corrupt Political System?

Initially, Occupy Wall Street was a way for the 99% of Americans that have been exploited and ignored by banks, credit card companies, and the Wall Street elite to voice their frustration and advocate change.

Now, it seems that the movement might be evolving into something even more significant.

It seems that an #OWS working group has proposed a National Assembly of elected 99 percent-ers that would convene on July 4th, 2012 in Philadelphia.

The goal? To vote on a final Petition for the Redress of Grievances and deliver it to all three branches of the federal government in time for the 2012 election.

Major independent polls showing a majority of voting Americans support the Occupy Wall Street movement and agree that the balance of power has tipped in favor of corporations for far too long, The gathering of the 99% to find common ground and assemble a list of “demands” could be a historical step forward for those that want to rid Washington of greed and corruption.

…Once organized and the delegates have been elected by direct ballot in all 435 districts. They must demand that our elected leaders take action. If they do not take action within one year of the demand, we will demand their mass resignations and that new elections be held so we can take back our democracy from the corporations and those who BUY power and influence with MONEY. Yes this includes unions and lobbyists.

If the final Petition for the Redress of Grievances is not acted upon by the government, the Delegates shall organize a nationwide, grassroots, non-partisan effort to elect independent candidates in the 2014 midterm election. This election of independent candidates will seek to replace ALL of the existing members of the House of Representatives and ALL Senators up for election in 2014.

It might be too early to hail the Occupy Wall Street movement as the third political party that so many have been waiting for, but this is certainly a stance that many career politicians and their lobbyists will find threatening.

Although a National Assembly has been proposed, it is still in the very early stages of refinement. The idea has not yet been brought before the General Assembly, which must vote on the measure in order for plans to proceed. There are some who say that the idea of elected representatives and a list of demands run contrary to the pure democratic system currently #OWS represents.

I would say that now is the perfect time to start thinking about what this movement really stands for and what it really hopes to achieve over the long term. I agree that the future of this movement should be infinite. Never again should we become complacent and allow Big Money to determine how we’re governed. But a list of goals is necessary. Washington and the 1% are starting to take notice, and we need to be ready to respond.

What do you think?

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Beth believes many societal problems can be solved through sharing or other alternatives to the corporate system. I'm interested in exploring the growing collaborative consumption movement and how sharing is changing the way we work and play. See what I'm up to by following me on Twitter as @ecosphericblog.



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