PRINCIPLES

FOR ALL WHO SPEAK ABOUT OCCUPY WALL STREET

Read the Statement of Autonomy yourself, and maybe even at your talk (see below), and bring a sign-up sheet!

I agree to represent these principles

This is not a protest, this is a call to action.

We are not an organization, we are a movement

We do not support any political party, this goes beyond party politics.

We will not produce a narrow list of demands for decision-makers to concede to; we produce solutions and we are decision-makers.

To take direct action and be a part of this movement, you do not have to get arrested; OWS is about structural social change and to accomplish this we use many strategies and tactics that address the needs of a variety of people – including but not limited to non-violent direct action, peaceful assemblies and marches, community teach-ins and movement building.

We have no brand, we have a message.

We have no head office, we have assemblies and meetings everywhere.

We have no one leader, we are all leaders.

I agree to represent OWS, not my organizational or personal interests

I am not here from central command, I am another person who is a part of the movement who just happens to be speaking in front of you at the moment.

I am not doing this to get ahead professionally or financiall(since we are not an organization, none of us will ever get paid); I am doing this because I am committed to this movement for equality, justice and freedom.

I am not here to tell you what to do, or to do for you, but to ask what we can do together. 

I am not here to promise resources, but will do what I can to help you develop your own resources. 

This is not my activist group, it’s our movement.

 

OWS STATEMENT OF AUTONOMY

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Passed by the General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street. November 10, 211
and passed revision by the General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street, March 3, 2012

Occupy Wall Street is a people’s movement. It is party-less, leaderless, by the people and for the people. It is not a business, a political party, an advertising campaign or a brand.  It is not for sale.

We welcome all, who, in good faith, petition for a redress of grievances through non-violence.  We provide a forum for peaceful assembly of individuals to engage in participatory democracy.  We welcome dissent.

Any statement or declaration not released through the General Assembly and made public online at www.nycga.net should be considered independent of Occupy Wall Street.

We wish to clarify that Occupy Wall Street is not and never has been affiliated with any established political party, candidate or organization.  Our only affiliation is with the people.

The people who are working together to create this movement are its sole and mutual caretakers.  If you have chosen to devote resources to building this movement, especially your time and labor, then it is yours.

Any organization is welcome to support us with the knowledge that doing so will mean questioning your own institutional frameworks of work and hierarchy and integrating our principles into your modes of action.

SPEAK WITH US, NOT FOR US.

Occupy Wall Street values collective resources, dignity, integrity and autonomy above money.  We have not made endorsements.  All donations are accepted anonymously and are transparently allocated via consensus by the General Assembly or the Operational Spokes Council.

We acknowledge the existence of professional activists who work to make our world a better place.  If you are representing, or being compensated by an independent source while participating in our process, please disclose your affiliation at the outset.  Those seeking to capitalize on this movement or undermine it by appropriating its message or symbols are not a part of Occupy Wall Street.

We stand in solidarity.  We are Occupy Wall Street.