Hi there everyone... Just wanted to throw a thought out there that I hoped we could discuss...
After finally reading the declaration released last week by the NY GA today I had to to sit back and think...
And read by Keith Olbermann:
(I thought the video above was so great)
We are working on a couple of documents at this time... What I wanted to put out there is maybe we need to think about doing the Statement of Unity @ the General Assembly on Saturday instead.
Do we absolutely need to put it off til then? No. But I think before this is sent out to 'everyone' that 'everyone' united needs to have input. Face to face and in real time. I read the comms minutes from tonight. I agree with the idea that NOT having an initial statement worked well for the Wall St. Occupiers... Is finalizing this document crucial? I just thought if it took those tens of thousands 3+ weeks to write the NY declaration, we could slow it down just a little and wait for the General Assembly to meet. Once all have gathered, then creating a consensus around ALL issues/concerns to be shared in the Statement of Unity should be reached. I know it may not be an ideal process for some, but it may be the process that needs to happen for the full inclusion of all.
I'm also wondering if there were any first nations people's that joined the comms working group as well... I think attempting to get feedback from that group is really important. Has any contact been made with any of the Native Friendship Centers in Edmonton? I read the minutes of tonight's meeting and was unclear on the issue surrounding the subject. Which is why I would like to encourage us to draw in some First Nations people to this workgroup or wait for the GA Assembly on Saturday and hope they come. I have multiple reasons for putting this particular request to our working group. The primary cause is that giving them special mention (IMHO) is the right thing to do. I think mentioning First Nations people in this or any document without consultation from them would not be the best way to go.
Made a couple more tweaks...
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> Statement of Unity:
> We are part of the 99% and we are Occupy Edmonton.
> We are here because we identify with the call that is being heard around the world.
> We stand in solidarity with all genders, all races, and all peoples across Canada and across the planet whom are exploited and oppressed by a system that works against the 99% of us.
> We stand in solidarity with the people and identify with the common expressions of the students, workers and Indigenous strikes of Chile, the Arab springs, the general strike of Madison, Wisconsin, with the Occupy Wallstreet/Occupy Together movement currently taking place
> in 100's of cities across the United States, Canada and beyond and with all peoples and movements pushing and fighting for a better, more just world.
> We stand unified and are a part of a growing global movement because unrestricted Capitalism, a system whose primary motive is profit at the expensive of all, nor a state infected by corporate interests has the answers to our needs or the needs of this world.
> Exploitation of the many by the few must end.
> We seek a way to live in harmony with our planet's natural environment and to abolish the suicidal system that is pushing us closer to the brink of ecological and climate collapse.
> We stand in solidarity and support the struggle of First Nations peoples. We live on Indigenous traditional territory and recognize the colonial history of injustice on which Canada is built.
> We seek to build a world free of oppression, a world with equality for all regardless of gender, age, race, sexual identity, ability or nationhood.
> We seek an inclusive world where all peoples have the power to make decisions for our own lives. A world where the global right to live and thrive, not simply survive, exists.
> We come together with our diverse experiences to transform the disparity that exists and is increasing daily, to halt the advancing environmental collapse. United together we will build a world that provides economic security, genuine equality, and the protection of the environment for all.
> Together we are the majority. Together we will fight for the world we need to see.
> We are the 99%.