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Occupy Muskegon Declaration

This declaration was created to outline some of the demands of the muskegon occupation. This draft is not final and WILL change as time goes by and wording is solidified. It is posted simply to help explain our missions here in muskegon. This should be considered a working draft.

Declaration of the Occupiers of Muskegon, MI

We the people, citizens and inhabitants of the United States in the State of Michigan, in solidarity with the global Occupation Movement, have come together to assert nonviolently our indignation and defiance in the face of manifest dangers threatening our democracy, our homes, our freedoms, and our fundamental values. By common consent, we assert the following principles:

We condemn the use of violence and intimidation against all peoples exercising their rights of free speech and peaceable assembly.

We demand that no State of Emergency be used to deny or abridge our Constitutional and human rights and demand that all emergency measures, published or secret, that infringe upon these rights be terminated.

We condemn the misuse of national security and secrecy legislation to conceal fraud, waste, corruption, incompetence, and malfeasance at home and abroad.

We condemn the use of undeclared and recurring wars as an instrument of national policy.

We condemn the outrageously irresponsible [and criminal] actions by officers of banks and financial institutions that have brought this country to the brink of ruin, inflicting untold damage on millions of our citizens while unjustly enriching the perpetrators. We demand full investigations of these actions and vigorous prosecutions to bring corporate scofflaws to justice.

We demand the restoration and enforcement of antitrust laws to reverse the dangerous growth of certain banks and institutions that, by reason of their size, have achieved an unfair competitive advantage in restraint of free trade. We assert that no bank, financial institution or insurance company can be allowed to become �too big to fail.�

We condemn the brazen and systematic use of fraudulent documentation in effecting foreclosures.

We observe that the outrageous and irresponsible conduct of our banks and financial institutions has been aided and abetted by the Federal Reserve and regulatory agencies, endangering the security of our nation, and demand that this be stopped immediately.

We call for sweeping reforms in the financing of political campaigns and condemn the ability of corporations and the very wealthy to buy our elections and elected officials through unlimited monetary contributions and secretive lobbying.

We demand that a living wage be made the norm for all employees and condemn the exploitation of workers anywhere.

We call for a truly equitable restructuring and simplification of our tax laws.

We demand that government surveillance of the Internet and of libraries be curbed, and that freedom of inquiry be assured.

We call for government action to render unprofitable the exportation of American jobs.

We demand the breakup of media monopolies and the restoration of a truly free and independent press, with full and equal protection[s] for all journalists in all mediums.

We demand that the rights of employees to bargain collectively be guaranteed.

We hold that access to health care is a basic human right without which no one can enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and demand that effective action be taken to make it affordable to all citizens regardless of their economic status.

We reassert all human and civil rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and all other [customary] rights retained by the people. We maintain that corporations are not human beings. As mere human constructions and creatures of law, they must be firmly regulated.

We demand the restoration of true democracy and the rule of law, the assurance of liberty and justice for all, and the absolute right of the people to hold referenda on laws passed by our elected officials.

We demand that the environment be protected from unsound practices that desecrate and destroy our air, forests, waters, and wildlife, sacrificing the health, safety, and welfare of all the Earth's species, including our own.