A New Working Version Of The Declaration Of Independence

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When in the course of history it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political and economic bonds that have colluded to strip national and global citizens of their human rights, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind require that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all sentient beings are created equal; that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights, that among these are the right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

 

We hereby declare that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. That when a government attempts to tyrannize, enslave and abuse its own people; it is the responsibility of the people to reclaim and protect their rights. That a long train of abuses and usurpations have been committed in a direct attempt to undermine democracy and reduce the people under absolute despotism. That when a democracy is usurped by corporations which place profits over life, justice and equality it is the right of the people to institute a new Government organized in a manner to provide for their safety and security.

 

We stand together in solidarity to fight off the injustices for which the rights of the people set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States have been abused, usurped, and denied through the corruption of our government. Such has been the patient sufferance of the people; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. We gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice. Let these facts be known:

 

That elected representatives and government officials have continually betrayed the trust of the People selling out our government to the highest bidder corrupting our processes of civil, democratic governance and allowing a small group of wealthy individuals and giant multinational corporations. That said collusion between the United States Government and private interests has resulted in the denial of basic human rights and have committed injustices against all life on this planet.

That said collusion has continually undermine and prevented the ability of the people to unite and advocate for better pay, living wages, safer working conditions, reasonable hours, and job security.

That instead of protecting our economy by preventing monopolies, the government instead props them up with tax breaks, subsidies, decreased regulations, and bail outs.

That our government has created a system where the banks are allowed to steal our homes out from under us through the manipulation of markets and policies. A system where student loans for private profit seeking entities has resulted in the economic enslavement of an entire generation crippling them.

That collusion has lead to the closings of public schools, extreme increases in the cost of higher education and corrosion of education itself.

That our government has given away and sold out our airways, roadways, land, public goods and resources to corporations who in turn charge us for their use.

That collusion has lead to the pollution and destruction of our food system resulting in inadequate and unsafe food and drinking water.

That collusion has lead to the pollution of our environment and the endangerment of countless animals.

That collusion has denied countless patients access to effective and necessary medical treatments. That our government has allowed for our regulatory agencies like the FDA to be corrupted by major industries like the pharmaceutical industry.

That such collusion with corporations has perpetrated colonialism and imperialism at home and abroad through the misuse of tax dollars derived from the people.  

That elected government has sent our military into an illegal war in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan without clear military goals or the necessary supplies to ensure success. This war perpetuated torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas in our name. That our government has ignored the Geneva Convention and must answer for war crimes and release political prisoners.

That collusion between the government and private interests has lead to the illegal torture and detention center Guantanamo Bay as well as the military industrial complex.

That our government illegally smuggles drugs into our country for political power and profit. Our government then continually allows our major banking institutions to launder money for the major banks without recourse.

That our government at the same time continues to wage a War on Drugs against its own people, which has failed leading to increased drug use, mass incarceration and extreme violence at home and in our neighboring country, Mexico.

That our government has allowed for profit prisons and policies resulting in the largest prison population in the world.

That our government has systematically perpetuated racist policies through our public education and justice systems. Racial profiling has lead to the disproportionate mass incarceration of Black and Latino Americans.

That our government has systematically perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

That our government has failed to adequately protect the rights of children refusing to ratify Declaration of the Rights of the Child as member of the United Nations.

That our government has failed to adequately protect the rights of animals allowing torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of animals for profit.

That corruption of our representatives and courts has lead to the passage of numerous laws which violate our constitutional rights; Patriot Act, Homeland Security Act, National Defense Authorization Act, Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, Troubled Asset Relief Program, National Defense Resources Preparedness (Executive Order 13603), Citizens United.

That our government has attacked the freedom of our press using the courts, police and military in attempts to silence the press. Our government has taken over our mainstream media in attempts to keep the people under control through misinformation and fear.

That our government has allowed private interest to buy out our elections, has assassinated our leaders, prosecuted our whistleblowers and brutally oppressed our dissent.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms. Our repeated -petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.  Today, we are united by our realization that we can no longer silently allow ourselves to be the passive subjects of a political and corporate media system that consistently ignores, trivializes, and misrepresents the reality of our concerns, our histories, and diverse cultures. We must, therefore hold them as Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We believe that a fair society requires a framework for informed and meaningful participation by all people; and that democracy derives its legitimacy from treating all persons, indiscriminately with social, political, and economic fairness. We have divergent goals and opinions, but are nonetheless discovering a common bond of respect and responsibility for our collective future.

We, therefore, solemnly publish and declare, that we the People, are a Free and Independent State, that we are absolved of all allegiance to the United States Government. As a Free and Independent State we have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and things which Independent States may of right do. The outcomes we seek will extend to the limits of our compassion, our integrity will determine each step. For the support of this Declaration, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

 

 

Resources and Citation:

http://www.nycga.net/resources/documents/declaration/

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dFROR0FEZ0o4WTR4dnI0c21sekNpNEE6MQ#gid=0

http://www.scribd.com/doc/79581559/Declaration-of-the-Occupation-of-Fort-Lauderdale-2012-01-22

http://www.occupyboston.org/2011/11/30/occupy-boston-ratifies-declaration-occupation/

 

http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/w1615/what_grievances_of_the_king_posed_in_the/

http://www.reddit.com/r/occupywallstreet/comments/prg1q/a_new_declaration_there_is_no_economy_without_an/

http://www.reddit.com/r/occupywallstreet/comments/nyt6o/the_new_declaration_mostly_changes_to_the/

http://www.alternet.org/story/152912/a_new_declaration_of_independence%3A_10_ideas_for_taking_america_back_from_the_1?paging=off

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20239.htm

http://www.salon.com/2011/10/31/a_new_declaration_of_independence/singleton/

 

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