Voice to the Voiceless Solidarity Declaration, 2014
We, a diverse group of people brought
together by the spirit of resistance, recognize that the time has come for
brave, cooperative action to throw off the chains of our current broken and
outdated political and economic institutions. We, the 99%, hold that all life
on earth is inter-connected and endowed with certain natural rights which
cannot be granted or permitted by any coercive institution.
Because we are deeply concerned with the violations of these rights perpetrated by corporations and corrupt governments, both here and abroad, and fear for the future of our planet and our children, we declare our moral and spiritual outrage regarding the failures of our current oppressive political and economic systems. Rising to the challenges posed by tyranny, we stand in solidarity with one another and all people who strive not only to survive, but to lead lives of dignity, integrity and freedom.
In contrast to the exploitative political agendas of those currently in power in the United States, we declare that we are together committed to higher ideals, including (but not limited to) the following:
· GLOBAL PEACE. End wars and interventions by the U.S. and its operatives; stop wars motivated by aggression and profit, even when presented publicly as “just” wars. Immediately dismantle the military-industrial complex, weapons of mass destruction & foreign military bases. Stop the “War on Terror” & prosecute our own high-level terrorists & war criminals. End all participation & direct or indirect financial or political support for troops, "advisors" & bases / "outposts" of the U.S. government & its allies (especially in Afghanistan, Iraq & the Middle East). Immediately withdraw support for Israel in its attacks on Gaza & the Palestinians. End U.S. government's destabilization policies in Latin America, Ukraine & around the world.
· HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL PEOPLE. Justice, quality education & healthcare (as well as alternatives), housing/land & safe food, water & environments for all--without regard to race, creed, ethnicity, sex or sexual orientation. Stop deportations now! Support right of peoples to their own lands & culture, especially indigenous peoples (e.g., Native Americans, Chechens, etc.). An immediate foreclosure moratorium to prosecute Wall Street/Big Bank crimes & to create means by which bank victims can truly be recompensed.
· FAIR ECONOMICS. End income disparity & poverty. Create just alternative(s) to our current outdated, unnatural & unfair economic system. Disallow the hoarding of scarce resources. Begin by breaking up the corrupt Big Bank/Wall Street monopoly, ending corruption & recognizing legally that corporations are not people.
· REDEFINING HOW PRODUCTIVE & REPRODUCTIVE LABOR IS VALUED. Freedom from slavery & unfair/intolerable work conditions! All work is valuable, including women's traditional work. The right for all to a living wage and to unionize. Reproductive rights.
· RESPECT & PROTECTION FOR THE NATURAL WORLD. Protect animals' rights, as well as the earth’s natural climate & water systems. Sustainable, natural development only. Save endangered species!
· SUSTAINABLE, NATURAL AGRICULTURE. Affordable organic food. End the factory-farming of animals & the dangerous genetic manipulation of our food sources. Honest labeling.
· SAFE AND NATURAL RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY CONSERVATION. Ban frakking, nuclear power & other forms of energy dangerous to our health, environment & future. Stop Tar Sands development!
· TRUE DEMOCRACY. A United States government truly representative of the people, not the 1%; a true democracy serving the people, not the wealthy--who allow only their two Parties to have power. Get money out of politics!
· RESTORATION OF OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES. Reinstate & protect freedoms of speech, assembly & the press/internet. An end to the police state, including infiltrations and National Security Agency spying & the prison-industrial complex. Prosecute police brutality & murders. End the "War on Drugs", which has led to mass incarcerations as well as violations of Latin Americans’ (and others') rights. Protect the human rights of the institutionalized & the imprisoned. Outlaw the death penalty & the use of the Segregated Housing Unit (solitary confinement), which has been likened to torture by the United Nations. Free all political prisoners now!
We envision a society guided by compassion, wisdom, equality, and life-affirmation, in contrast to today’s materialism, militarism, greed and prejudice, which inevitably will lead us to the destruction of life on earth. Our governments have proven they are incapable of fairly representing us or addressing our grievances, and so we are compelled to rise up together, using direct democracy, non-violence, and the forging of collective will to guide us towards the creation of a new and more cooperative global society.
We pledge to support one another and to participate in direct actions, non-violent resistance, creative protests, Occupations/sit-ins, boycotts, strikes, teach-ins, assemblies, and in any other ways which we individually or together feel called for the purpose of enacting the collective will of oppressed people everywhere. Another world is possible!
This is a living document that can be edited in the future by a direct democratic process of the people.